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June 17, 2019

Eliminate Eating Them At All

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am

In a recent letter by Lex Manwill of Livermore about not eating animals for Lent, and some of the other reasons why, I’d like to tell of my experiences being an animal, and environmental activist who has been inside of factory farms assisting in investigations. Most people don’t want to know, or think about what happens inside animal farms, and there’s a reason for that. People who “love animals” and care for “companion animals” would never want to imagine an animal they love subjected to severe suffering, like farm animals. The truth of it is, these animals (an estimated 56 billion land, and two trillion aquatic animals per year) we call food, are not any different from the cats and dogs we adore, other than the bodies they are born in. Pigs, cows, bunnies, chickens, goats, lambs — all have distinct personalities, and are capable of close bonds with ourselves and each other. They feel joy, fear, excitement, love — everything we feel.

What I’ve seen personally is large numbers of innocent beings fighting for space, food, water and safety, while constantly living in a state of intense fear and misery, in abysmal conditions with no veterinary care for injuries (that would cut profits). They are considered things, like a chair, or a cup, or some commodity to merely make profit from. They are usually killed very young. The sick and injured are often left to die. Waste from these farms permeate the air, contaminate waterways, and contribute more to climate disruption than the entire transportation sector.

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