I think that more people should be vegetarian. I think this is for the plain reason that we were not meant to eat animals. It is an unruly act of slaughter, very inhumane and very injustice. Over seven billion farm animals are butchered each year in just the United States. With numbers like this, we cannot afford to kill so many living beings. Other people may think that not all nutrients are supplied in a regular vegetarian diet. For example, they may think that not enough protein is supplied in a vegetarian diet. This is simply an assumption. For example, spinach contains twenty-six times more protein than regular beef. Another medical aspect of turning vegetarian is reducing your meat intake by fifty percent; you reduce your risk of heart attack by forty-five percent. Another advantage of vegetarianism is having no risk of contracting infections such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella. If more people knew this, it could change their minds.
People may also believe that meat tastes good and is filling. This is not a marvellous image to set for young children. If they were aware of the unhealthy conditions in which these animals are brought up, we could change their view from an early age. Others may say that it takes a lot of effort and creativity to avoid the boredom of salads. This is complete nonsense. People may not have noticed, but one of the world’s most enjoyed meals is very much one hundred percent vegetarian. Pizzas and various pasta can satisfy millions of people without concerning the consumers. There has never been an incident regarding a person contracting a terminal illness from a pasta dish. There are also many environmental problems, with two-thirds of the world eating animals. Livestock production is a major cause of desertification. This is when the land dries out and loses its topsoil, so vegetation is unable to grow. Two hundred years ago, before mass meat production existed, the average topsoil in America was twenty-one inches. Nowadays, it is just six inches that remain.
Another daunting fact is that sixty million people will starve to death this year. If more people were aware of the situation and reduced their meat intake by ten percent, there would be enough space to grow crops for all sixty million. Large companies should consider these facts before taking a further step. Not only is it very healthy to become a vegetarian, but it is also the best route to take in the long run. There is a constantly growing concern about animals taking up too much space. For each burger sold in a regular fast food outlet, fifty-five square feet of rainforest had to be destroyed. This action is not even an excellent idea. Cattle ranched on rainforest land will consume all of its recourses within a few years. If they put as much money and effort into advertising healthy eating as they do meat products, they could well change many people’s views. Therefore, if this feat of deforestation reaches its peak, we may see our countries without any rainforest.
Many organizations have put together animal welfare parties that think the animals should have some rights. For example, bulls raised for meat production are routinely castrated without any anesthesia or pain killers. Another dire fact is that most factory-farmed animals have never seen a blade of grass in their life. The regular animal factory’s idea of ‘free-range chickens’ is stuffing five chickens into the space of 40cmï¿½. This is simply wrong. I would like to know how meat-eaters can eat their food, knowing the animals they are eating are being put through such torture. I conclude by saying that if more people knew about how these poor animals were being treated, the life-threatening infections, and the frightful effects on our country’s rainforests, more people would change their minds about eating meat.