Delicate topic—but necessary
Our book has eleven chapters—and one of them is entitled “Hell on Earth.” We chose that title because it best describes the entire lives of the 60 billion food animals that we humans consume each year on this planet.
Granted, most people believe that we truly “need” to eat animal protein, and they’re really not interested in learning all about what goes on behind the scenes to deliver that meat to their plates three meals a day.
But, what if everyone did know that we don’t actually “need” to eat meat? What if they knew that by eating mostly whole plants that they could reverse their own heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes? What if they also knew about the staggering impact our meat and dairy habit is having on our natural resources?
If they knew all of the above, they might very well be more interested in exactly what goes on behind the scenes. But, most people today simply have no idea.
So in our book, we tried to gently share some disturbing information without driving them away. We included a quote by John Robbins in Chapter 7—a quote that might help people better understand what life is like for 99% of the laying hens in the USA:
Picture yourself standing in a crowded elevator. The elevator is so crowded, in fact, that your body is in contact on all sides with other bodies. Even to turn around in place would be difficult. And one more thing to keep in mind—this is your life. It is not just a temporary bother, until you get to your floor. This is permanent. Your only release will be at the hands of the executioner.
Two-minute video. One more thing before we share the following “Sunny Acres” video with you. After 393 consecutive days of blogging, there have only been fifteen posts that deal with the suffering of our food animals—less than 4% of my blogs. We don’t dwell on this topic all the time—but that doesn’t mean that it is any less important.
And don’t kid yourself, free range and grass fed are almost non-existent—accounting for around 1% of the total of all the animals that we eat. For the other 99%, this is a short story of their lives at the delightful Sunny Acres Farms. (Want to learn about a zillion more facts on this horrible topic, read Eating Animals by Jonathan Saffron Foer).
Welcome to Sunny Acres Farms
Can’t imagine yourself in that situation? Try imagining your children in there–for their entire lives.
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Thanks go out to Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bitch, for sharing the above video with me. You can follow her on Twitter @RoryFreedman
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I really appreciate your posts on the suffering of food animals. Because this is something I hadn’t given very much thought until I started reading your blog. I am moving to a vegan diet for health reasons. It wasn’t until I started reading your blog that I realized how veganism also helps the environment and animals. And those realizations have made me even more convinced of the importance of a vegan (plant-based) diet. I appreciate your insights, and the diversity of your blog posts. The big picture is vitally important. Also – I just got your book and will start reading it today!
This is one disturbing video. Thanks for sharing.
Are we making any gains?
I was at the new casino in Queens NY. The place is huge — maybe the size of four football fields and crowded with people. There is a noise level from all the slot machines that is barely tolerable.
My estimate is that 60% of the people playing the slots were Asian and the other 40% were mixed but predominately Caucasian. And as is typical, most of the Asians were slim, the Caucasians, fat.
I have no interest in gambling, so I visited all the restaurants. Whether it was the buffet, the fast food counters or the sit down restaurants, the featured food was animal flesh — you know the story, meat and more meat, all with the fancy labels. What little vegetables I saw, were as usual, slathered in oil.
For me an unpleasant experience, but at least I spent no money.
I ask again: “Are we making any gains?”