ok, get ready to open up the books and learn some things. The only way to freedom is through education. If you have anything you would like to add to this, any facts, stats, or just plain ol' human experience, please feel free to do so here.
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Ok, since the discussion came up recenlty on vegan/vegetarian and meat eaters, I want to educate the meat eaters on things that they may not otherwise know. This is by no means a way for me to force my views on anyone, for all you have to do is choose not to read this and close it. I hope, though, that you do choose to read it, and take away something from it. Gain more knowledge to make a rational decision.
I am vegan. It started when my friend and co-host (although absent at the time) told me that milk had pus in it. I immediatly stopped drinking milk. Next she sent me the Meet Your Meat video, which angered and saddened me. Although I knew that the modern factory farms were no place for animals, I did not know that it went as far as it did. As soon as I saw that I went vegetarian, I knew I could not support an industry as cruel and hateful as this. She continued to send me factsheets, and the more I read, the more I saw that veganism was a healthier choice than meat and dairy. I also found out that it is better on the environment, it could feed the world over and that it was better on the economy, factors I never thought about when thinking about vegetarianism/veganism. I had no choice, for the benifit of the planet and all living entities that share it, including myself, I went vegan.
I, now, would like to share with you what she shared with me. The first thing, as I already stated, is that milk has pus in it. "Painful inflammation of the mammary glands, or mastitis, is common among cows raised for their milk and is one of the reasons most frequently cited by dairy farms for sending cows to slaughter. There are about 150 bacteria that can cause the disease, one of which is E. coli.(11) Symptoms are not always visible, so the somatic cell count (SCC) of milk is checked to determine the presence of infection. Somatic cells are a combination of white blood cells and skin cells that are normally shed from the lining of the udder. Just as in humans, white blood cells, sometimes referred to as “pus,” are produced to combat infection. The SCC of healthy milk is below 100,000 cells per milliliter, but the dairy industry is allowed to combine milk from the teats of all the cows in a herd to arrive at a “bulk tank” somatic cell count (BTSCC) and can sell milk with a maximum BTSCC of 750,000 cells per millileter.(12,13) A BTSCC of 700,000 or more generally indicates that two-thirds of the cows in the herd are suffering from udder infections.(14)"
Next she sent me the meet your meat video, which I would like to share with you here. Meet Your Meat.