There are many good reasons for reducing meat in your diet including:
- Meat production, particularly beef, releases enormous amounts of greenhouse gases, especially methane.
- Meat production uses huge amounts of land.
- Meat production uses huge amounts of energy.
- Meat production uses huge amounts of water.
- Meat production produces more total sewage than people do. By odd legal fluke, it is dumped into rivers untreated.
- A low meat diet reduces risk of heart disease and obesity.
- Usually animals used for meat are mistreated and kept in filthy over-crowded barns or cages.
However, I consider the argument that killing animals is cruel to be bogus. What is the alternative? Letting an animal get old and arthritic with failing kidneys and die slowly? Surely that entails far more suffering that a quick bolt to the brain. The other alternative is to ensure the animal is never born. I would think a free range cow would be happy for a chance to exist, even if life ended suddenly. Vegetarians consider eating meat disgusting. However, the cow does not care what happens to its corpse. The normal thing in nature is for corpses to be eaten. All that matters to the cow is how well it is treated while it is alive.~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
|Cetacean Captivity||Debate on whether is as right to keep cetateans in captivity. 2016-07-11|
|Cetacean Intelligence||Captain Paul Watson, similar to what I did, argues that cetatceans are considerably more intelligent that humans. 2016-07-11|
|Seal Hunt||The Canadian commercial seal hunt is a barbaric bloodlust ritual where baby seals are beaten to death with spiked clubs and also skinned alive, all for no economic benefit. Its motive is simple sadism. 2016-07-14|
|Cetacean Intelligence||Cetaceans (Whales and dolphins) are intelligent. I give mostly personal experiences as evidence. This issue is particularly important because members of the Makah Indian band in Washington state have revived the ancient religious rites of whale sacrifice. The Makah along with most people are convinced that whales are just big cows and so it is perfectly OK to kill them. 2016-07-26|
|Free Range Eggs||The case for buying free range eggs in preference to factory eggs. 2016-07-19|
|Quotations about Animal Rights||Quotations about Animal Rights, animal cruely, animal intelligence. 2016-07-27|
|Animal Slaves||Modern day animals are treated with much the same disdain slaves were in past. We will have an awakening to that suffering. 2016-07-26|
|Whale Torture||The US Navy is using low frequency sounds millions of times louder than considered safe for human divers. These are tormenting whales driving them to suicide. 2016-07-11|
|Protest Japanese Whale Hunting||Japan kills 90 whales a year in the name of research and sells the carcasses as food. The Japanese Mitsubishi Electric plans a salt plant that will send gray whales into extinction. 2016-07-11|
|Protest Makah Whale Hunting||Members of the Makah Indian band in Washington state want to revive the ancient religious rites of whale sacrifice, only now using high power boats and high power weapons. The point of the exercise is not money or food, but to improve their self esteem. Why not revive the rites of human sacrifice while you are at it? 2016-07-19|
|John Lilly||obituary of John Cunningham Lilly, M.D. dolphin researcher and lots more. 2016-07-26|
|Whale Sacrifice Banned||Sanity has prevailed and the Makah gray whale hunt in the USA has been banned. 2016-07-11|
|Dolphin Slaughter||The Japanese are about to slaughter 17,000 dolphins. We stopped the Makah’s lunacy. Surely we can also wake up the Japanese to the stupidity and cruelty of what they are doing. 2016-07-11|
|Plant-Based Diet||There are three main reasons for switching to a plant-based (not necessarily strictly vegan) diet: |
|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the animal rights section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2016-07-11|
Fudging the Counts
As of 2010-04-11, the US military claims it has killed only 4000 Afghan civilians, all by mistake. This is absurd. When you drop bombs on cities you know that 50% of the victims will be children simply because 50% of the people in the buildings you blow up in Afghanistan are children. Half of the rest will be women. Only a small fraction will be combatants. There is nothing at all accidental about the killing. The military don’t count the over 1,000,000 civilians they starved and froze to death in the first winter of the war by cutting off all supplies including humanitarian aid. They also don’t count kills by special forces or contractors.~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
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