Average Weight of a Pet Pig

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Americans in Support of Banning Slaughterhouses

I started out writing this blog post with the intention of bringing awareness to the falsity of the “teacup pigs” of the pet industry after tragedy woke in British Columbia (BC) when a rescued piglet, Molly, from the SPCA was killed and eaten by her parent named Austin Manson Forget. Concern was brought to the surface about the Canadian laws regarding the cruelty to animals. In Canada, it is legal to rape, kill, and eat your pet. Obviously figuring out the little loop holes and tragedies in the Canadian animal protection law system made me really upset and angry. However, I got further into writing this piece I found that I sounded a little harsh when I talked about the irony of vegetarians and meat-eaters. I stand by my morals and beliefs and live a cruelty-free lifestyle while raising my own little furry family, however, getting angry at people who want to learn about the meat industry and veganism isn’t the way to go. PETA is known for their scare-tactics and even though these are the reality of the meat industry, educating someone will always do better than scaring them. You came to this blog post for a reason and I don’t want to shame you because you are obviously thinking about a cruelty-free lifestyle and I couldn’t be more happy to help you get started!

To get started on vegetarianism the first thing we need to understand are the top three dangers from the meat industry. I want to point out here that I understand and respect that vegetarianism isn’t for everyone and that some people need meat in their diets. However, you can still be a meat-eater and help relieve the dangers from the meat industry by eating local fruits and veggies, cage-free eggs, and farm-raised livestock. 

The Environment

“The meat industry in (just) America makes more pollution than every single transportation unit in the world…combined.”

That’s right! Going vegan or vegetarian helps the environment. To be honest, before I became vegan I had no idea that it helped the environment, I was seeking veganism strictly for structure, health, and to lower the need of the meat industry products (aka. help the animals).However, when I did learn that my veganism was helping the environment it made me really proud. Veganism helps the environment by reducing the need for meat factories. The meat industry in (just) America makes more pollution than every single transportation unit in the world…combined.

Health

“Eating processed bacon is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes…”

As a smoker, I personally love this one because of the irony I receive almost on a daily basis. Many people will be quick to shame someone who smokes but when it comes to giving up bacon themselves…it’s just “too yummy” (As are my cigarettes Mom!) Vegans lower their risk for cancer, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, macular degeneration, cataracts, arthritis, and osteoporosis. They begin improving their BMI, weight loss, energy, skin, hair, nails, PMS, body odour and bad breath while increasing their life expectancy.

Cruelty to Animals

“Pigs are smarter than dogs and can learn how to play video games!…Chickens can learn how to play the piano!…Cows can recognize faces even if years have passed because they have a great memory!…”

Cruelty to animals is obviously a huge part of becoming vegan. Animals in the meat industry are tortured in wire cages, torn away from their mothers, left in complete darkness, huddled together to the point they can’t move, and drugged to increase their size for consumption. Basically…money. Money is all industrial meat factories want and they’ll do anything to get it which includes torturing defenceless animals.

Vegans tend to have a stigma attached to their way of life. Vegans don’t eat any animal products including milk, eggs, fish, honey, or meat. Vegans also tend to dress in clothing that is free from fur, leather, or any type of animal skin which is known as cruelty-free living. The ironic part of meat consumption is the lack of education. More often than not the people making fun of vegans are uninformed on the meat industry and have never killed an animal themselves. Many people who eat industry meat don’t understand how the livestock is raised, what health problems that often arise due to the meat industry, or the environmental damage caused. It’s actually just as dangerous to eat processed bacon as it is to smoke cigarettes. As a vegan and a smoker, it makes my blood boil when people lecture me about smoking cigarettes meanwhile they eat bacon, sausage, and eggs every morning for breakfast. The irony between meat eaters and vegetarians is really quite incredible. Both Veganism and ignorance are lifestyle choices.

I live by a basic rule that you should be able to look your meal in the eye before eating him. People who project their guilty conscious by making fun of people who are educated in the meat industry is simply rude…save making fun of vegans for the 7% that do it for a fad 😉

I’m actually not an advocate for a vegan lifestyle, however accessible it is, it’s not for everyone. Some people need supplements, certain diets, meat, fish, dairy, or eggs, and that’s ok. Your diet should be something that satisfies your health, your conscious, and the earth while being cruelty-free to the defenceless.

I want to touch on the fact that many people who eat meat in the West are against the dog-meat trade in Korea and some people even go as far as saying that it’s barbaric. This is another incident of irony because the way dogs are treated within the meat industry in Korea is the same way that livestock is treated in the west. Chickens can learn piano, pigs mate for life, and cows form cliques. Shaming different cultures because of their way of life isn’t acceptable when we do the same hurt to a different species. Livestock and domesticated animals have the same capacity for love and human connection.

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Vegans Get More Dating Messages

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The UK is eating less meat!

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Liberals practice veganism!

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Christians have the highest % of vegans

Why do people become Vegan?

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Follow a food trend

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Social Justice / World Hunger

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Taste Preference

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Concern for the Environment

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Animal Protection

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Health

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