How one tweet can save the planet
When you think of a farm, you probably picture a nice farmer, a red barn, and animals roaming freely, right? Well, that’s a far cry from reality for more than 90 percent of animals who are raised and killed for meat, eggs, and dairy products. Most animals who end up on your plate come from factory farms—where they are denied everything that is natural and important to them.
Animals on factory farms live in filthy, cramped conditions—sometimes in crates or cages so small they can never even lie down or spread their wings. Undercover investigations have shown that animals are beaten with metal rods, sexually abused, punched, kicked, and forced onto the slaughterhouse floor kicking and screaming.
Cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and other animals feel the same pain, fear, and suffering as your dog or cat does—but they are treated like nothing more than products. They have their beaks seared off with hot blades, and their testicles ripped out without any painkillers. They are forcibly impregnated and are hacked apart while still conscious. This kind of abuse would be illegal if dogs or cats were the victims—but animals on factory farms are protected only by poorly regulated laws (or no laws at all, in the case of chickens and turkeys!).
Whether it’s because you like animals and don’t want to see them suffer, because you want to improve your own health, or because you want to fight the number one cause of climate change (which is the factory farming of animals), going vegan is the best and easiest way to make a positive impact on animals, the Earth, and yourself.
Fortunately, going vegan has never been easier—vegan alternatives to cheese, milk, eggs, and meat are readily available at most grocery stores! Vegans eat the same foods as everyone else—just minus the animal products—and have decreased risk of obesity, heart disease, strokes, and cancer. Most of all, you don’t have to feel guilty anymore for eating someone who had a family and a face and who didn’t want to die. There’s no better feeling than being able to say that you save more than 100 animals every year just by choosing not to eat them!