Wednesday 27 November 2013

Video: When Meat Consumption Becomes Unsustainable

Today a friend posted a link on her page to a film that made me so glad that I am a Vegetarian.

This film isn't an easy watch and contains footage of animals being killed and gutted. However, it is a real eye opener into the secrets of the mass meat-producing industry from the start of the process to the plate.

It just goes to show what happens when the demand for meat becomes unsustainable. Buying cheap meat and animal products in the supermarket means that the meat you are eating probably comes from a source similar to this, where the animals were badly treated and where their lives from start to end were probably pretty horrific and inhumane.

This is why I believe things like Meat Free Monday and Fish Free Friday are so important. I'm not saying everyone should become Vegan or Vegetarian, but if people reduced their meat and fish intake, so that the demand was more sustainable then perhaps scenes like this would be reduced. It isn't good for your health to eat meat every single day - so why not consider eating either meat alternatives or looking for something else to put on your plate a couple of days a week.

Also, if people cared more about where their meat came from and bought from more independent producers, where animals are ethically treated and have happy lives, then hopefully this would also cause a reduction in the practice of battery farming.

As I said, when I watch films like this, it does make me glad that I don't eat meat. Although I am not an animal activist, part of the reason I don't eat meat is because I can't stomach the thought of animals being treated badly and farmed, killed and packaged just for the convenience of humans.

What do you think about this film? Would it encourage you to change your eating habits?

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