Warning. While this blog is necessary, it’s not altogether pleasant.
After 225 consecutive daily blogs, I have only devoted two of them to the disgusting topic of animal suffering. Now there will be three. In our book, we cover five categories of reasons supporting a plant-based diet: health, environment, energy conservation, world hunger and suffering of animals. I began my own journey to a plant-based diet for health reasons, but after eight years of eating this way, I am now perhaps even more passionate about those other four categories of reasons — especially this one.
Driven by the availability of cheap energy, we have simply been consuming the wrong food (for our species) in great quantities for the past fifty years — and we’ve inflicted great damage to our own health and to the health of the planet in the process.
While disrupting the precious harmony of nature with our food choices, we’ve also been complicit in a violent process of bringing animals to market — a process that can never be a part of the inevitable restoration of harmony on planet Earth. And, if we can’t figure out a way to get it done, we’ll leave Mother Nature no other choice but to do it herself.
There are eleven chapters in our book and one of them is devoted to the suffering of the animals that we raise for our dinner tables. It is entitled “Hell on Earth” and it is titled appropriately. Not very many people have ever seen the inside of a factory farm and the meat, dairy and egg industry would like to keep it that way — because they are very much aware that opening their doors for public tours would be very bad for business.
So, I have arranged for you to have a brief tour of a factory farm that produces pork. When I found this video yesterday, I was required to sign in with my gmail account, then confirm that I was over 18 years of age. A short video at 2:41, I can honestly say that I didn’t make it past the first minute. The sound alone made me want to scream. Maybe I could’ve made it without the sound, but I simply decided that I didn’t want to see it and I didn’t need to see it. But the vast majority of our population does need to see it — because without their own complicity, this kind of process would not be happening — without them ordering sausage on their Domino’s pizza.
When we consume a product, we are complicit in every process that is required to bring that product to market. We may not know what all of those processes are, but as the ultimate consumer, we play a very important role in all of them. In a country where almost everyone claims to love animals, our out-of-sight, out-of mind attitude about what we’re eating is maddeningly unconscionable.
The Bottom Line. The world currently produces 60 billion animals per year in this kind of environment in order to feed just the wealthiest 2 billion people. Unless we reverse the current trend of a steady move to this woefully harmful, wasteful and cruel diet-style, that number will soon grow to 100 billion, then 200 billion.
Where does it end? Who can stop the madness? We can; by simply taking charge of our own health, we can become part of the solution — of promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
Oh, some will say that pigs suffer more than the other animals. Think that beef cattle have it pretty good? Consider this; when you’re talking about castration without anesthetic, there is simply no “humane” way to get that done. My two earlier blogs are provided here here for your convenience.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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