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Taxpayers Fund Animal Cruelty and Environmental Devastation

Taxpayers Fund Animal Cruelty and Environmental Devastation
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“A new report finds that $62 of every $100 that U.S. farmers earn comes from one level of government or another.  In 2009, that added up to a staggering $180.8-billion (U.S.).”

~ The Global Mail, 2010

As explained in Animal Cruelty: Who is to Blame?, the atrocities of animal slavery are essentially consumer-generated. What this means is that not only are consumers responsible for the brutality that is inflicted on our behalf, we also have the power to actually put an end to widespread animal cruelty by refusing to purchase products and services that involve exploitation in any form.

But many people may not be aware of how much taxpayers are indirectly, but overwhelmingly, helping to fund this excessive and corrupt business in another way: government assistance. When you begin to investigate the huge excesses and waste associated with large-scale animal farming, it becomes clear that assistance from the government is an essential factor in helping this industry to stay afloat.

Because industry and investors are primarily business people, who are focused on making money by fulfilling demand for specific products, they would ordinarily be indifferent to whether they are selling apples or animal products. There are, however, two strong economic factors which cause industry to nurture the demand for animal products, and, on the flip side, resist efforts to promote vegan living.

The first economic factor is the highly profitable excesses of animal agriculture. Animals consume (in plant foods) multiple times the protein that they provide. Depending on confinement and feed factors, cows require 9 to 13 times as much protein as they provide; pigs 5 or 6 times; and chickens twice as much. This means that most of the crops grown in huge monocultures, such as soy and corn, are sold to animal agriculture.

When you add the extra transportation, harvesters, and fuel to the high demand for crops fed to animals, along with the other resources required to raise, transport, and slaughter animals (and refrigerate them afterward), it’s easy to see why multiple large industries have a strong interest in the continued existence and growth of animal agriculture (and why socially responsible consumers should reject it outright, even without taking into account the deplorable rights violations to the individuals in question).  With its extreme waste and inefficiency, animal agriculture makes all agriculture many times larger than it would otherwise need to be to feed its human consumers.

Image: Flickr – Alex E. Proimos

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7:33PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

We must all admit that by doing nothing, by keeping quiet we contribute to the cruel treatment of animals.

8:27AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Interesting

1:41AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Of COURSE there are, Bill K. You said, "it's funny how people point to some unhealthy vegans as somehow proof that a vegan diet doesn't work. are there no unhealthy meat eaters?".........examples of very unhealthy vegans and those who tried such a lifestyle and it ended up with severe issues have been provided to refute remarks made by vegans that such a lifestyle is BETTER than any other way, which is UNHEALTHY because "blah, blah".

Being either vegan or NOT can result in being unhealthy if the diet is not balanced and does not contain all the necessary nutrients the body needs. Some people need different nutrients, others can't digest things are have allergies. There are as many variables as there are people.

1:20PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Thanks for this article It leaves much to think about

7:17AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

meat is animal abuse (and human abuse and environment abuse). ethical omnivore is an oxymoron.

it's funny how people point to some unhealthy vegans as somehow proof that a vegan diet doesn't work. are there no unhealthy meat eaters?

11:29AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Thank you for the article.

11:08AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

I wish we would get off of meat in this country. We treat these creatures so badly. We treat them like canned goods, instead of living beings. Go Vegetarian! Its better for you and its better for the environment.

10:20PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Thank you Diane!

I am posting this link (again? was it another thread? can't remember) of a devout vegan who not only got ill following a "nutritionally balanced" vegan diet, but when surveyed all of her friends and acquaintances, found they all supplemented their vegan diets on the sly with animal products - because their bodies were in need of the nutrients:

http://voraciouseats.com/2010/11/19/a-vegan-no-more/

8:20PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Again, well said, Lilithe! Maybe more people haven't "come out of the woodwork" for a few reasons........#1, they don't waste time in sites such as Care.2, #2, they don't think it's important enough to SHOUT to the world about their choices, or #3, they're a bit hesitant to explain for fear of being attacked and bashed by the militant vegans who criticize them as James is doing and being called names and an attempt of a guilt-trip being laid on them. So, they keep what they've gone thru to themselves.

8:15PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

James, I am thrilled to hear one of your kids did a report on factory farming and how that information has now been shared with the rest of the kids. Great work!

I do hope you are being balanced in your teaching, however, that the alternatives are not just veganism, but responsible animal food shopping if one chooses meat - getting in touch with your local community of farmers, asking questions of those who raise animal foods, making informed choices.

I honor a person's desire to go vegan (even though I personally think they will HAVE to switch to eating some animal products at a future date - I believe it an unsustainable diet for the human body - but you know how I feel about that already) , but I also hope that one such as yourself who is helping to mold the impressionable minds of these kids, gives them as full of a picture as possible, and not imposing your own agenda onto them. Guilt trips about food are EXTREMELY unhealthy for a young mind and a young body.

I will NEVER be a part of your vegan world. Been there, done that, made me sick, makes thousand of others sick (who are fessing up and coming out of the woodwork right now) and is truly a nice idea that is unrealistic. Perhaps your body will be one of the ones to evolve this way. Who knows - it's a magical Universe...

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