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Reason #4: In addition to concerns about the effects of meat-eating on one’s health, eating animals raises numerous ethical issues. In a recent column, the New York Times’ Mark Bittman discusses the book Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight by Timothy Pachirat. The book, writes Bittman, “shatters any belief you might have about the system treating animals with a shred of decency.”

Pachirat worked for five months in an Omaha slaughterhouse where about 2,500 cows are killed per day; he had taken the job “not as an animal rights activist but as a doctoral candidate in political science seeking to understand the normalization of violence.” Noting that “meat-eaters may assert that this is somehow justifiable, because we ‘need’ to eat meat — just not cats or dogs or goldfish — to live,” Bittman points out that the “system” of industrialized agriculture is simply “perverse.”

This “system” reduces “all of us to a warped state”, says Bittman. The way our culture raises, kills and eats animals reduces the humanity of all, whether we are working in slaughterhouses or consumers of the products wrapped tightly in plastic in the local grocery store.

Do we want to be remembered as the civilization that created, and ate, pink slime?

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10:38PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Reading things like this make me realize just how lucky I am to have grown up a vegetarian.

5:46PM PDT on May 28, 2013

For all these reasons, and more, already not eating meat...

11:10AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Interesting article

8:52AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Stop ALL killing, and we'll all live longer.

6:17AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

There's always alternative

2:58AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

11:42PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

thank you

3:07PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

I would add sincere love for animals, thank you for sharing!!!

1:22PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Reason #2 needs more study. I don't know how true this is in humans, but my boyfriend is an excessive meat eater, yet at the same times LOVES fruits and natural sweets. I'd like to see more study on that in humans if this is the case, since it's actually very interesting to see in other carnivores.

I stopped eating meat a long time ago for health reasons, but like Reason #4, a lot of people are in the dark about how the meat industry works behind the scenes. Definitely things that will make you quit eating meet altogether if you ever seen the videos! They're horrendous!

2:25AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Thank you

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