Interesting Animal Rights Facts
Meat/Dairy centered diets are linked to many types of
cancer, as well as heart ailments, diabetes, obesity,
gallbladder disease, hypertension, and more deadly diseases
Meat contains approximately 14 times more pesticides
than plant foods; dairy products contain 5� times more
pesticides than plant foods. 15 million pounds of
antibiotics are used in animal production every year- These
drugs end up in your milk and meat.
95-99% of toxic chemical residues in the American diet
come from animal sources.
By reducing your consumption of meat, dairy products and
eggs by 50%, you reduce your risk of a heart attack by 45%.
By following a pure vegetarian diet (no animal products at
all) you reduce your risk by 90%.
Meat and dairy products raise the acid level in human
blood, causing calcium to be excreted from the bones to
restore the body's natural pH balance. This calcium
depletion results in osteoporosis. Contrary to the common
belief that dairy products are necessary to prevent
osteoporosis, dairy consumption actually increases the
likeliness of this crippling disease.
About 30% of all pork products are contaminated with
toxoplasmosis, a disease which is caused by parasites. It
can be passed on to consumers.
The vegetarian diet is more likely to meet the
government recommendations for fat, carbohydrate, and
protein than a nonvegetarian diet. The government as well as
many other organizations tell us to reduce our fat intake
(especially saturated fat) and also to eat more grains,
fruits, and vegetables. This is easy for a vegetarian!
On a meatless diet, you are less likely to get a
bacterial infection such as E. coli, Camphylobacter, and
Of the 20 million tons of plant protein given to raise
cows only 2 million tons of protein are used. That means 18
tons of plant protein are wasted! The 20 million tons of
plant protein could have reduced 90% of the world's yearly
protein deficit for humans.
Plants yield 10 times more protein per acre than meat.
A man who eats meat has a 50% greater chance of dying
from a heart attack. A man who does not eat meat only has a
15% chance of dying from a heart attack.
Women who eat eggs 3 times or more a week have a risk 3
times higher of developing ovarian cancer than those women
who consume eggs less than once a week.
Animals are able to feel pain just as we can!
660,000 animals are murdered in the United States every
hour for their flesh!
About 7 billion farm animals die or are slaughtered each
year in the U.S. for the production of flesh food.
There are virtually no laws against cruelty to animals
raised for food in the U.S. The Animal Welfare Act, which
governs the humane treatment of animals, excludes animals
intended for food consumption.
Chickens are raised in crowded, unnatural environments.
There are usually 3,000 or more in one pen. The birds are
not able to move about freely or even spread their wings due
to the over crowding. They use "nests" made out of metal and
they are bred by unnatural means.
In order for hens to lay mass amounts of eggs,
artificial light is on 17 hours a day. Each hen averages
about 300 eggs per year. Once a hen's egg production declines
they are slaughtered. Most hens live an average of 5 to 6
Many factory-farmed animals never see a blade of grass
in their lifetime.
In the egg industry, male chicks are considered useless
so are often thrown into a grinding machine- ALIVE!
Animals raised for food production are nearly always
deprived of natural sexual, social, hygienic, and parental
Reason for veal's light color and tender texture: Veal
calves are force-fed an iron-deficient, anemia-producing
diet devoid of solid foods.
Bulls raised for meat-production are routinely castrated
without any type of anesthesia or pain-killers.
Many animals are transported to slaughter without food
and water for a long time! Millions die on the way to
The slaughtering process is inhumane. When the animals
are stunned before they are slaughtered, it is not always
reliable and the animals are in pain as they move towards
Veal calves are raised in cages on an anemic diet. The
cages are so small that the calves cannot stand or even move
in order to clean themselves. The veal calves are kept in
the dark most of their lives within the cages. They are
subjected to a cruel and horrid death.
More than 7 billion animals die yearly for human
Most food animals are killed by the process of Kosher
slaughter. Kosher slaughter involves hanging an animal
particularly a cow or pig by its hooves. The animal's neck
is cut without any kind of anesthesia. The animal hangs and
bleeds to death.
Livestock production is a major cause of desertification
(where the land dries out and loses its precious topsoil so
vegetation is unable to grow on it anymore) as well as
deforestation (loss of trees).
Two hundred years ago American cropland had topsoil that
averaged 21 inches in depth. Today, only about 6 inches
remain. Every year in the U.S. an area the size of
Connecticut is lost to topsoil erosion- 85% of erosion is
associated with livestock production.
Spinach grown on an acre of land can yield 26 times more
protein than beef produced on the same acre.
Number of pure vegetarians who can be fed on the amount
of land needed to feed one person consuming a meat-based
Some beef comes from cattle raised on land that was
formerly rainforest. This land is not good for grazing and
it lasts only for a few years, after which more rainforest
must be destroyed to raise the cattle on.
For each quarter-pound fast food hamburger sold that
came from cattle raised on former rainforest land, 55 square
feet of rainforest was destroyed.
A lot more water is required in animal agriculture than
in plant agriculture. It takes only about 25 gallons of
water to produce a pound of wheat and around 390 gallons to
produce just one pound of beef. In fact, It takes less water
to produce the food that a pure vegetarian needs for one
year than to produce the food that a meat eater needs for a
Animal production requires a lot of fossil fuels. Fuels
are needed to transport animal feed, to heat their housing,
and to take the animals to slaughter, meat packing plants,
and grocery stores. The burning of these fuels, as well as
methane produced by the animals, is one cause of global
Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers used in the
production of animals' feed pollute land and water.
Many plants and animals become extinct due to the
destruction of land.
260 million acres of forest in the United States have
been cleared in order to maintain a meat-centered diet.
1,000 rainforest species become extinct every year
because people destroy the rainforest for cattle grazing.
a concerned student at Stetson University in
She/he never states their name, but did do a
good job on researching the subject.
The Vegetarian Youth Network
resources for young vegetarians, well, even for people who are
not young. They have a lot of information on different
subjects concerning vegetarianism.
Another excellent resources for information on