For the animals…56 billion land and 90 billion marine animals are killed globally every year. Most are raised using intensive farming methods, in which they suffer lack of space, never experience their natural environment and are prone to disease and injury caused by overcrowding. Factory farms can use painful procedures such as pigs having their tales docked while Chickens are often debeaked, and suffer from broken bones and deformed feet. In the dairy and egg industries all male animals are killed, often at only a few days old, as they will not produce eggs or milk. Dairy cows are forced into a continual cycle of pregnancy where their calves are torn from them within days of birth, so that we can drink their milk, and when they are too worn out they are sent to the slaughterhouse.
Even if some of these animals are raised using free range or organic methods, all of these deaths are completely unnecessary for human life.
For our environment…Livestock and their by-products account for at least 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions including 150 billion gallons of methane per day, which has a global warming power 86x that of CO2. Water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually. A Meat eating diet requires 4000 gallons of water a day compared to just 300 gallons for a vegan diet. In our oceans for every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
Habitat Destruction and Land use is also a major issue, with animal agriculture being responsible for up to 91% of Amazon rainforest destruction. Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land and is a leading cause of species extinction.1.5 acres of land produces 375 pounds of meat compared to 37,000 pounds of plant-based food.
For your health… A vegetarian or vegan diet can decrease your risk of getting many types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Plant based sources of vital vitamins and minerals, such as protein, iron and calcium, tend to be lower in saturated fats, higher in fibre and contain a higher amount of nutrients than meat and dairy sources. For example 100 calories of beef contains 6.4g of protein while 100 calories of broccoli contains 11.1g.
For global hunger…We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people worldwide, while 50% or more of grain produced is fed to livestock.