Cut down on meat consumption

Opinion
Elaine Gerou editor-in-chief elaine.gerou@apps.schoolcraft.edu
Elaine Gerou
editor-in-chief
elaine.gerou@apps.schoolcraft.edu

Eating meat has several overlooked negativities

I grew up eating a meat dish for almost every dinner I ate as a child, but now I think vegetarian entrees should be incorporated more often for everyone. After seeing the video “What Came Before, featuring Steve-O: the Truth About Meat and Modern Farms,” I am disgusted by the “American way.”

The 11-minute video tells stories from the lives of a pig named Nikki, a hen named Symphony and a cow named Fanny, all animals that were able to evade their former living conditions. The video then goes into detail with what the living conditions consisted of for each of the livestock types and what would have happened to each animal if they were to continue living the way they were.

The short film revealed that all of the animals are locked in metal cages so small or pens so crowded they can barely move. Many pigs go insane due to stress, abuse and boredom, and chickens’ feet become disabled due to the metal flooring they must stand on their whole life. On top of that, due to genetically modified organisms (GMO), chickens grow to be so unnaturally large, they suffer heart attacks, have chronic pain and often develop leg disorders. Many of these animals are never able to see the sun or feel dirt and grass on their feet.

Image from Huffington Post  Meat consumption should be cut down by everyone not only for health reasons, but to also save animals’ lives from the cruel treatments of the meat industry.
Image from Huffington Post
Meat consumption should be cut down by everyone not only for health reasons,
but to also save animals’ lives from the cruel treatments of the meat industry.

Farm animals are also physically abused by procedures they must go through with no pain relief, such as branding and castration.

When animals get sick, no care is ever provided to them, and they continue to live with the others in the farm (possibly infecting them) before a worker mercilessly kill them.

The healthy animals’ lives are ended terribly as well. To see for yourself, watch the video at youtube.com/watch?v=R1Bc38i2ep0.

The way our food is treated is inhumane. We would never treat a pet like that, and quite frankly, I don’t think it is healthy to eat animals that lived in conditions where they could not exercise or breathe fresh, clean air. You are what you eat, and I do not want to become a GMO with displeasing health conditions.

There are several benefits of eating less meat. Saving money because meat can cost more than vegetarian options, eating fewer calories and less fat, lowering the chance of heart disease and bettering skin conditionsd due to antioxidants in fruits and veggies are only a few of the benefits of going vegetarian.

If you do not want to give up steak forever, you can do meatless meals or days by replacing meat dishes with eggs, milk products, beans, peas, soy, nuts and seeds. By doing so, you not only improve your health, you also contribute less to the animal brutality that goes on in the American food industry.

If more people jump on this bandwagon, it will cause the meat industry to lose more money and business, which means fewer animals will be mistreated. Who knew changing what you eat could better the world.