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If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls . . .

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If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls . . . Many people are not aware, worldwide, about the truth behind the meat industry. To be able to look at a McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese, or a Burger King whopper and know what happens in the process to produce the time bomb we see advertised everywhere sickens me. Meat production is an outrageous waste of our Earths limited resources. Many people in the third world are starving, which is not a secret. However, what may be more of a secret is that much of this starvation is a result of rich nations demand for meat. Seventy-five per cent of third world imports of corn, barley, sorghum, oats and others are fed to livestock destined for slaughter and not to hungry people! The minority of people in developed countries who eat meat contribute to millions of deaths in the third world due to malnutrition. In the period humans have walked the Earth, never has there been a larger amount of people overweight, in contrast; never before have there been so many people malnourished (twenty-five per cent). All the cattle on the planet consume more than the entire human race put together. If one person chooses to eat a meal of beef they deprive fifteen other people from eating, although not intentionally. This is due to what that cow has eaten to be fattened up for slaughter; it takes 16kg of grain for 1kg of beef. ...read more.

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Across the world up to eighty per cent of deforestation that occurs is a direct result of this corrupt and brutal industry. Rainforest soil lacks nutrients and when massive sections are cleared for grazing cattle, using the slash and burn technique, much of the 'topsoil' is swept away with the rain and wind. Therefore, depriving it even further of nutrients. With such loss of nutrients from the tropical soils, vegetation does not grow successfully for long periods of time. Thereby, forcing cattle ranchers to slash and burn down more rainforest to be used for grazing cattle once again; and the viscous cycle continues. A huge factor, which supports the consumption of plants as opposed to animals, is the fact that human beings are much better suited to be herbivores compared to omnivores and carnivores. This may seem like a rather radical evolutionary theory but if one takes time to think, it makes a lot of sense. Human stomach acidity is pH four to five (the same as a herbivores); omnivore and carnivores stomach acidity is less than pH 1, however, in contrast. Human beings also do not have the nails, mouths and teeth, which is well suited to a carnivorous diet. Herbivores and humans have much larger small intestines than those of carnivorous and omnivorous diets. The fact that humans chew their food is also a trait of a herbivore. ...read more.

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The notoriously clever marketing strategies play with the human mind, because the packaging is shiny and clean, we automatically assume that this must also be the case for the meat, which is inside this packaging. Around 100,000 chickens die every day, before slaughter and roughly 40 million chicken carcasses on shelves worldwide contain salmonella. This is one example of an animal that is extremely unbeneficial to human health when eaten. Too add to this, cardiovascular disease is virtually unknown in those areas where meat is scarce, so we can therefore make a link between meat consumption and heart disease. Even those who do eat meat cannot guarantee that the meat, which they believe they are consuming, is actually that meat. For example, many cat foods in the USA now contain horsemeat. This is due to the fact that other countries which slaughter horses for food put the meat in the products that they export. By not accepting these products because of moral values would be a breach of the international trading code. Furthermore, those who do not eat meat can be subject to the terrible side effects of those who wish to breed animals for consumption. For example, the SARS epidemic that caused wide spread concern all over the globe was widely believed to have been a cause of the way in which chickens in certain provinces of China were bred i.e. next to open sewage. Word Count: 1458 ...read more.

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