For the World
Ecology / Environment
The production of meat, milk and eggs through the use of animals puts far more strain on the environment than any other kind of food production, in addition, the use of animals to produce food is extremely inefficient. It is also a wasteful use of resources, which in the near future will not be as readily available as they are today. As a result of the increasing world population and steadily decreasing amount of agricultural land we are forced here to find new ways to feed ourselves. More information.
Animal welfare / Animal Rights
More than 65 billion chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, sheep and ducks are killed year for year, world wide. As a consequence of this enormous figure, the keeping of livestock over the last decades has become totally industrialised. Animals have been degraded to meat-machines; they are kept in cramped conditions, often unable even to move. Ironically, developments in science reveal that these very animals are beings who are conscious and capable of experiencing suffering. There is a discrepancy between science and awareness of animal welfare in society on one hand, and the practice of industrialised livestock farming on the other. They are diametrically opposed. More information.
Feeding the World / Hunger
Eating animals means that the food chain, starting with plants and ending with humans, is lengthened and with that we waste a lot of food which could be used to feed people. In addition to this, foodstuff used to feed animals is often imported from countries where starvation is rife. Hence the well known, telling saying: “the cattle of the rich eat the bread of the poor”. More information.
Today, the over consumption of meat is increasingly regarded as one
of the major causes of many typical diseases facing humans. This is
not the only negative effect that industrialised livestock farming
has on human health. More information.