An ethical approach to eating meat can make a huge difference to your life and the lives of billions of factory-farmed animals
For many, the prospect of giving up meat means a major lifestyle change, which can understandably be daunting. However, eating humanely doesn’t necessarily have to be an all or nothing proposition. If more people startedeating a little less, but higher-welfare meat, they could help the billions of animals who are factory farmed every year.
Better for the animals
Of the 70+ billion animals farmed annually, 50 billion of them are factory farmed. These animals are treated more like cogs in a machine than living, breathing, feeling animals. They endure short, miserable lives and are often crammed together in cages, crates or pens where they are unable to engage in natural behaviour.
Many animals are even selectively bred to be fast-growing; lameness, weakened or broken bones, infections, and organ failure are all commonplace. By avoiding cruelly produced cheap meat, consumers can support farmers who are doing the right thing.
It’s also clear that by reducing our meat consumption, there will be less pressure on the farmers who have industrialised their systems in order to meet the excessively high global demand for meat.
Better for our health
According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) eating less red meat will also reduce your chances of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, kidney disease, liver disease, or lung disease.
At the moment, Britons consume twice as much protein as they need, eating an average of 80kg of meat and 10.2kg of cheese each year. But we don’t actually need that much – experts recommend around 0.7g of protein daily for every kg of body weight.
Better for the planet
Livestock production now contributes nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, even more than all the cars, planes, and other forms of transport put together. Millions of cows raised for meat are belching out tremendous amounts of methane, far more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Over a 100-year period, the “global-warming potential” of methane is28 times greater than for carbon dioxide. The environmental impact of meat production needs to be taken much more seriously.
We are not a vegan or vegetarian organisation, but we do understand the huge effect that eating less, but higher welfare meat can have on the lives of farm animals, your health, and the planet. So join us in pledging to cut back on cruelly produced meat, and together we can move the world to protect farmed animals.