I stole this from:    http://goveg.com/theissues.asp 

The website has much more information on each topic, if you are interested.

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Vegetarian Diet

Cruelty to Animals

More than 27 billion animals are killed for food every year in the U.S. alone. Animals in factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats, including neglect, mutilations, genetic manipulation, drug regimens that cause chronic pain and crippling, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent slaughter.

 


Amazing Animals

Farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as our companions. They are inquisitive, interesting individuals who value their lives, solve problems, experience fear and pain, and are capable of using tools. According to animal-behavior scientists, chickens begin learning from their mothers while they are still in their shells, pigs can play video games better than some primates can, and fish form social bonds and can remember things that they have learned for the human equivalent of 40 years. 

 

Your Health

Vegetarian foods provide us with all the nutrients that we need, minus the saturated fat, cholesterol, and contaminants that are found in meat, eggs, and dairy products. Plant-based diets protect us against heart disease, diabetes, obesity, strokes, and several types of cancer. Vegetarians also have stronger immune systems and, on average, live 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.

 

The Environment

America’s meat addiction is poisoning and depleting our potable water, arable land, and clean air. More than half the water used in the United States goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population does, the run-off from their waste greatly pollutes our waterways.

 


World Hunger

Raising animals for food is extremely inefficient—for every pound of food that they eat, only a fraction of the calories are returned in the form of edible flesh. If we stopped intensively breeding farmed animals and grew crops to feed humans instead, we would easily be able to feed every human on the planet with healthy and affordable vegetarian foods.

 


Worker Rights

Human Rights Watch has declared that slaughterhouse workers have “the most dangerous factory job in America.” The industry has refused to do what’s necessary to create safe working conditions for its employees, such as slowing down slaughter lines and supplying workers with appropriate safety gear, because these changes could cut into companies’ bottom lines. 

 


Factory Farms: Poisoning Communities

Factory farms pollute the air and water for many miles in every direction, often spreading contamination and illness to the people who live and work nearby. Chronic sickness, brain damage, poisoned waterways, elevated cancer rates, and even death plague these communities, while the government does nothing to protect citizens or regulate the industry. 

 


Government Negligence

Between 2000 and 2005, agribusinesses funneled more than $140 million to politicians, who more than earned their money by helping to ensure that laws that might protect consumers, animals, and the environment did not pass. The unfortunate truth is that the federal government does very little to protect human health, animal welfare, and our environment from the factory-farming industry’s negligence and excess.

 

 


Corporate Campaigns

Since October 1999, when we launched our "McCruelty" campaign against Fortune 500 company and fast-food-giant McDonald's, PETA has waged a series of successful campaigns urging the restaurant and grocery industries to improve conditions for the animals killed for their menus and shelves.

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mama_...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:15 AM

you can have your eggplant, i'll stick to my steak.

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layla...
Feb. 11, 2008 at 11:56 AM

tofu anyone?

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bacon...
Feb. 18, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Wow! Where to begin. Hmmm how about the beginning.

Cruelty to Animals - Wish my family had all the money you are talking about needing to do the cruelty to animals. I don't know of any farmer that can afford to mistreat his animals. Everything you mentioned would decrease the value of the animal at the sale barn which cuts into the profits a farmer hopes to make. Yes you do find a few out there that are cruel but I can tell you many more people are cruel to their children and in far worse manners so should we ban people from raising children because of the ones who abuse them?

Animals are smart but so are plants. Plants know which way to bend in order to get the most sun, moisture, etc. Maybe they don't have the same type of brain we have but they do have a system that tells them if you bend toward the right you'll get more sun. Something tells them to reach their roots deep into the ground to get the most moisture. They are living things so by your reasoning we shouldn't kill them and eat them. They live and they die.

Health - Let's see, my greatgrandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc all have a history of long life. We're talking into their late 80's, 90's & even a few 100's thrown in there. Could it be because they ate meat but they also got off their buts and worked hard outside and didn't sit around like most people. To many people like to blame meat for their problems instead of theirselves. If you overeat on fruits and veggies you can also get over weight which leads to many of the same problems you listed.

Environment - Ok I'll give you this one. Let's just turn all the cattle, pigs, goats, chickens, etc loose to roam at large. They can then bred at will and multiply many times over and of course by doing this they will no longer create cow poppies! Get real. This one I always find so laughable. A cow will poop anywhere it wants and it still needs cleaned up afterwards. Unless you have some grand plan an animal must still eat, drink and poop. What do you think should happen to all these animals that will multiply greatly without being slaughtered for meat. Maybe we should let everyone have one as a pet and they can come in and use their toliets and drink from their sinks. You can't just say it's wrong to raise animals on a farm and then have no other plan as to what is going to happen

 World Hunger - Once again you're right. Instead of eating these animals that take up so much of our resources we should instead allow them to continue to eat, drink, poop and bred at will free to roam where they desire like the other wild animals.  Let's take pigs. One pig can have 2 - 3 litters per year. Now lets assume that we're not eating them as you say we shouldn't. That means at the end of year one we now have approximately 20 pigs from the one and since that one can have a long life of "free" breeding since they shouldn't be raised on farms and should roam at will we're now talking 200(?) pigs and of course those 200 pigs all get to have little piggies so we're now at 40,000 pigs in about 10 years! How do you purpose to settle the population explosion. I'll tell you there's not many people I know that will raise farm animals for free. They aren't going to castrate them either for free. All of this costs time and money. A lot of money!

Workers rights - Slaughter houses aren't the only ones with this problems so please don't act like it is. What about all those oversea's jobs that don't even pay a living wage but I'm willing to bet you have a pair of their shoes on your feet or clothes on your back made by them. They don't have any workers rights but I bet you supported those factorys!

Factory Farms - They polute but so do you. Maybe you ought to live the life of an animal for a while and put up with YOUR polution. You know the stuff put off by heating/cooling your home, your car, clothes, your trash that goes to a landfill, trash that is thrown out of cars going down the road, etc. Now think about it...who really polutes more you or the factory farms. Oh and lets add in one other thing, the polution from your big time veggie farmers. After all it takes a lot of gas, tractors, farm laborers many illegal with no workers rights, trucking these veggies. Then these veggies must be packaged into cans, plastic, etc that often go into the landfill and polute the earth. All of YOUR polution gets onto the land that the animal is trying to live on and affects them. Ever try to reach down a cows mouth and pull out a plastic bag after it has blown into the field and it tried to eat it because it got mixed in with their feed.

Government - This could easily go either way. After all the government tells people many things and I personally don't believe even half of it.

 Corporate - I do agree that animals should be slaughter humanly but there will always be those few people who get their thrills out of it but then we also have those that get their thrills out of killing humans. Yet these same humans insist that lethel injection is not humane but they rape, burn, mutilate, etc innocent people. Slaughter house must keep their costs down but at the same time I do not condone torturing an animal to death.

Now to look at this from a farmers view. Do you know how many people drop off their unwanted cats, dogs, snakes, etc in the country because they no longer want them? After all it's a farm they need cats to get the mice, dogs to protect, they won't mind a snake or two they just live underground and won't hurt anyone. Instead the reality is that these animals end up being shot because they chase/kill the farm animals, become sick and diseased possibly transfering to the farmers family.

Farmers that have been raised and farm the family farm are being told they need to take care of that stench from city folk who want to get out in the fresh country air and live. Well guess what that stench is part of the fresh country air! How about taking your electric plant stench and shut them down for smelling/ poluting? During blizzards most farms do not shut down. Nor do they do without heat, lights, etc. They know how to survive without all the modern day gadgets you have. Could you?

 So in one final statement I'll take my daddy's t-bone steak any day of the week and you keep your tufo to yourself! Yuck! Talk about gross. I'll take my pork chop that my kids used to call Fred and enjoy as will they. Yep we eat the family pet!

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luvfo...
Feb. 18, 2008 at 10:49 PM

I just posted something about the beef recall. I totally agree with you! There are so many different reasons a person becomes veg/vegan.

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Rowan...
Feb. 18, 2008 at 10:55 PM There's absolutely no reason to be an asshole about it Baconbits.....nice name btw....

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prett...
Feb. 18, 2008 at 11:19 PM   Yeah, baconbits there is definately coming across as an Asshole. And by the way, not all veggies/vegans like Tofu. We don't live off of salads and tofu.

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jelly...
Feb. 18, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Ha ha!  I saw BB's blurb about plants' rights and stopped reading.  That's my favorite argument!  Why do people think plants give their life to feed us?  When you pick an apple from a tree does it die? NO! It's happy to know that the apple might be able to reproduce!  Plants give life!  What happens when you pull meat of a pig's belly?  It does not get to continue giving life, it dies.  The meat rots, soaked in blood and cholesterol and contaminated with whatever disease, hormones, antibiotics and whatever else the farmers decide to pump into its innocent body.

If there were less farms, that land could be used to make much more earth friendly food. There would NOT be a massive herd of cows and pigs to overthrow humanity because there would be less cows and pigs, and the land that is used to grow food to feed them could be used to grow food to feed us.

I don't blame meat for my health problems.  I blame plants for my great health.  I partially blame the industry for contaminating society's food for  our contry's insane rates of obesity and disease.

Etc Etc Etc. 

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jelly...
Feb. 18, 2008 at 11:44 PM Voted popular, by the way.  Thanks for sharing!

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joani...
Feb. 19, 2008 at 12:14 AM

HAAAAAA~HAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  HER NAME IS BACONBITS!!! 

   IGNORANT FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JCsmo...
Feb. 19, 2008 at 4:10 AM I agree Bacon Bits  please to meet you my name is Pork Chop!!!!!!!!    I just had a big helping of steak for dinner.  I  broiled it!!!!!!!!! 

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