8 facts that made me vegetarian

These are just a corner of the facts that have altered the way I approach my diet.



The estimated one-day figure for November 9th 2009 of animals slaughtered included 122,000 cattle, 433,000 pigs, 10,000 sheep, 3,000 veal and 27,000,0000 chickens. Making an annual number of chickens slaughtered at 10 billion. That means about 16,000 birds were killed during the time it took you to read this.
The magnitude of these numbers I plainly cannot grasp or comprehend.
The best way I can wrap my head around how much this is, is to put 1 billion seconds into days. 1 million seconds is equal to about 12 days; 1 billion seconds is equal to about 32 years.
How can that production, which inevitably is going to increase, be sustainable.
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we kill over 56 billion land animals every year.

That is an exorbitant amount of seconds…not counting seafood
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From the Omnivore’s Dilemma

Piglets are weaned from their mothers about 10 days after birth. They can have them gain weight faster if they put them on a drug fortified feed than sows milk.

Quote from omnivore’s dilemma
“This premature weaning leaves pigs with a lifelong craving to suck and chew, a need to gratify in confinement by biting the tail of the animal in front of them. A normal pig would fight off his molester, but a demoralized pig has stopped caring. “learned helplessness” is the psychologocial term, and its not uncommon in CAFO’s, where tens of thousands of hogs spend their entire lives ignorant of earth or straw or sunshine, crowded together beneath a metal roof standing on metal slats suspended over a septic tank…….a depressed pig will allow his tail to be chewed on to the point of infection. Since treating sick pigs is not economically efficient, these underperforming production units are typically clubbed to death on the spot. “


Meat production is so land intensive it is the culprit of 2/3 of the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. 


A single pound of meat requires 1800 gallons of water. 


California, responsible for feeding half the US with vegetables and fruits, is using so much water, the land is actually sinking. 



Source Meathooked.
Jay Flagmilletti, hydrologist, a professor of Earth System Science and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
A statement on the loss of ground water globally:

 “without water there’s no food, without water there’s no energy, without water there’s no life. Where will we be 50 years from now if we don’t take any action? We will be in the post apocalypse; the apocalypse will have happened.”


source excerpt from dominion
This fact considers animals ability to experience, comprehend, and show signs of sentience. (

Alex the grey parrot.

Alex the parrot was trained by Irene Pepperberg.  He’s about 25 years old and can discern between shapes colors and objects
Here is a section from Dominion –
Irene: Ok, Alex. I’m going to give you a tray of different objects. We got red and blue balls and blocks. OK?
Now look at the tray. Can you tell me how many blue block? How many blue block
Alex: Two.
Irene: Ok. You’re a good boy. Can you tell me how many rose block?
Alex: Four.
Irene: Four. Good boy.
Alex: Want nut.
Irene: That’s a good birdie. OK. You can have a nut. –
Daniel Dennet one of the lead philosophers on consciousness states in regards to the bird –
“Alex is a remarkable and important individual in this world. I have seen enough of what Alex, the parrot, can do to realize that he is not just a well-trained circus animal. He is not just doing this by rote memorization. It hasn’t just been dinned into him. He makes remarkable transfers of knowledge and inferences. Alex is pretty amazing.”
Animal’s ability to suffer, the intergenerational environment concerns, and the sanctity of my mind being able to take bites out of my meals is what I am very concerned with. These are just a limited window into the reality of what the giant gap that resides from the reality of the use and abuse of animals for our taste buds.
We are brought in the most extensive exploitation era undoubtedly ever. When we buy our foods in neat orderly packages that we can’t associate with living breathing sentient animals.
The crowded conditions when you witness a semi-truck full of animals transporting them is a brief depiction of their constant status of life. With the exception of course that the animals are getting fresh air and sunlight through the slatted sides of the semi. It is a very brief window to their miserable lives these animals endure with modern methods of animal raising. I still have a taste for various meat dishes, I happen to have introduced fish or seafood recently because the research I’ve done has shown that we do need some omega 3’s and I want to see if my energy levels improve to a discernible amount. But I’m omitting all other meat sources. The actions we take on a daily basis matter and I simply don’t want my actions to contribute to the poor treatment of animals. These 8 facts are just a few that struck me and made me more concerned about where my food comes from.
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