“Veganism is the practice of eliminating the use by human beings of non-human animal products. Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans or strict vegetarians eliminate them from their diet only” (Wikipedia, 2010) The first time I heard the word “VEGAN”, I thought of someone who only ate vegetables and didn’t think of veganism as a lifestyle. There are many different types of vegans. There are people who choose the lifestyle for dietary reasons or to lose weight, and there are also people who choose the vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons. Vegetarians are strictly people who do not eat meat, eggs or dairy.
Good parents have always worried about the health and development of their children and good vegan parents are no different. But according to Marilyn Sterling R.D. some vegan children may not be getting the vital nutrients they need to prosper. Many native vegetarian cuisines, such as those in India, gives us evidence that humans are naturally omnivorous and need meat to survive, reproduce and grow. Even though “traditional vegetarian diets, in places like India, regularly include dairy and eggs for complete healthy diet with protein, essential fats and vitamins” (Planck), that does not attest to the fact that an animal-free diet is unsafe, or even a bad idea for adults and older children.
“Researchers concluded that the current animal food industry is quite simply unacceptable due to its effects on humans, the environment, and animals raised for food. Their report came at a time when not only American but world-wide demand for animal products, especially meat, have risen to their highest point yet.”(Pluhar, 2010) Animals are housed in small cages or pens instead of in a barn or
Gathering up the dead chickens, the farmer piles them to dispose of the bodies. She has to do this every day because many of the chickens’ bodies can’t handle the massive growth. ….. There is a real message in the film that animals should not be treated as machines or production units, but are, in the words of Joel Salatin, “critters”. They have wants and needs and thwarting those is not healthy for them or for us.
These animals are forced to repetitively give birth, either for creating more meat or producing as much milk as possible, without any concern for their health or wellness. "Is it part of the gulf we draw between ourselves and other animals that leads farmers to talk of animals as 'farrowing' rather than 'giving birth,' 'feeding' rather than 'eating,' and 'gestating' rather than 'being pregnant'?” (p. 341). Changing these words in such a way is meant to make it easier for people who drink milk from a store or eat pre-packaged meat to enjoy such fruits of nature without worrying about the lives of the animals from which they came. Most people do not want to know about the enormous number of animals being confined to small pens, the techniques used to get cows to over-produce milk, or how the animals are slaughtered. The farmers producing these animals
Autonomous, antipatriarchal being is clearly vegetarian. To destabilize patriarchal consumption we must interrupt patriarchal meals of meat” (200). In contrast, Kathryn Paxton George argues that feminists should boycott not meat but, rather, ethical vegetarianism, on the grounds that it assumes a ‘male physiological ideal’ that ultimately reduces most women, children, and many elderly people to second-class moral citizens. Because women, children, and a large number of people living in poor and/or developing countries are nutritionally vulnerable in comparison to the male physiological ideal, “[t]hey are physiologically barred from ‘doing the right thing’ because they are not ‘being the right thing’” (106). Paxton George concludes that vegetarian diets are not morally superior to diets that include the consumption of animal products; she advocates a view that treats dietary choices as expressing “intersubjectively valid aesthetic [as opposed to moral] values” (171).
There is no guarantee that raw ground beef or sprouts will be free of certain harmful bacteria. These foods provide a favorable environment for bacterial growth, whereas, the production process does not include a step to reduce these bacteria, such as cooking or pasteurization. For these foods, irradiation provides a bacteria-killing step. However, one association disagrees that the issue and claims that irradiation only covers up problems that the meat and poultry industry should solve, increasing the fecal contamination that results from speeded up slaughter and decreased federal inspection. Per Organic Consumers Association, Irradiation is a ‘magic bullet’ that will enable the company to say that the product was ‘clean’ when it left the packing plant.
The eyes of the bunnies often become irritated, infected, and even blind. Monkeys are being taught to fly planes by using electric shock. Chickens, cows, and pigs are growing up in enclosed areas without much food, water, or even space to stretch out. Singer also feels that our world revolves around speciesism. Speciesism is a term that means “discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, especially in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans”.
Jennifer Watkins Susan Mitchell College Writing II December 12, 2012 Argumentative Research Factory Farming and Animal Welfare Factory farming is a concept that describes the practice of raising animals in confined space for meat, eggs or milk in the most efficient way for human consumption. Factory farming produces a larger quantity of food at a less time than before. Factory farming include holding of large animals in a small area, use of growth enhancers and other hormones, and use huge amounts of antibiotics to fight diseases (Webster 97). These farming practices employed have raised questions of animal welfare and cruelty issues among the animal welfare advocacy groups and the public. The methods and conditions present in factory farming have been identified as significant stressors and cruel to animals, and should be exposed to bring more public awareness to reduce further animal suffering.
As the pigs become more powerful and seize control, Old Major’s vision turns horribly sour. The plot is a satire on Stalinist Russia, also the novel deals with the more general theme of the abuse of power. Old Major’s vision was for a Utopian society for all the animals. He wanted their lives no longer to be miserable, laborious and short. They are born and only given enough food to keep them alive, the capable animals are worked to the bone, and once useless they are slaughtered with hideous cruelty.