Going veggie saves animals’lives.
In the UK alone,around1000 million animals are killed for foodeach year. And the average meat-eaterconsumes about 5000 in his or herlifetime. Farmed animals reared for theirmeat,eggs and milk are treated as if theyare unfeeling machines. But each andevery fish,chicken,lamb,cow andpig is a sentient being capable ofexperiencing pain,fear,discomfortand distress. Whether factory farmed,free-range or organic,after a short andwretched life,all farmed animals facea terrifying slaughterhouse death.
Going veggie is good foryou,too.
Half of all adults in theUK are overweight or obese,andchildhood obesity is on the increase.Saturated animal fats – found in meatand dairy products – pile on the poundsand also increase your risk of fourdevastating diseases:cancer,stroke,diabetes and heart disease. A varied andbalanced veggie diet,on the other hand,is low in fat,high in nutrients and willboost your energy and fitness.
Going veggie is better for theenvironment.
Plant-basedagriculture uses much less water,land andenergy than animal farming and generatesless greenhouse gas.Up to 10 times asmany people can be fed if the availableland is used to feed people directly ratherthan growing crops for animals and killingthem for meat. Vegetarian food has never been morepopular. A broader interest in healthyeating,coupled with an increasing numberof food scares,is leading to anincreasingly positive attitude towardsthe vegetarian diet.Going veggie can be fun,as there is ahuge variety of tasty and interestingfoods to discover.
So explore,experiment,enrich yourlife – and enjoy!
Welcome tothe Animal AidGuide to Animal-Free Shopping,Cooking & EatingNew Edition 2007
We hope it will showyou just how easy itis to go veggie andhelp you on your wayto a healthier andmore compassionatelifestyle