From Wayne Pacelle’s blog:
As New York Times food writer Mark Bittman notes, “If you hate factory farming (and you should), your primary concern should be reducing consumption.”
I’ve written extensively about our work to ban some of the worst cruelties forced upon farm animals. We need to realize that as crucial as this is, for animal welfare, public health, and environmental reasons, our society must reduce the total number of animals raised and killed for food. Raising 10 billion land animals in the United States annually for food is simply not a sensible plan of action.
The science is clear that a diet that is primarily plant-based is better for our personal health, and it’s obviously better for animals and the environment. Even the USDA—the one-time promoter of the basic “four food groups,” with animal products constituting half of the dietary plan—has moved in the right direction, recently publishing a fact sheet on how to follow a healthy vegetarian diet.
I’ve emboldened the parts I think are most important. And here are those points again, expanded:
- If you hate factory farming, you should reduce or eliminate your consumption of animal products. That goes for EVERYONE, not just people who believe that animals deserve rights. If you hate factory farming for environmental reasons, you should reduce or eliminate animal product consumption. If you hate factory farming for public health reasons, you should reduce or eliminate animal product consumption. If you hate factory farming for workers’ rights reasons, you should reduce or eliminate animal product consumption.
- A plant-based diet is better for our health, and better for animals and the environment. Something that’s so good for so many can’t be so bad. Just do it! Go vegan today!
- For the good of our country, for the good of our planet, and for the good of future generations, we must reduce the total number of animals raised and killed for food. We can begin with our plates, but we shouldn’t stop there. We should use any ethical and effective means possible to reduce or eliminate factory farming.