- Why are there wars
Why are there wars
19. Why are there wars? Everything in our existence is an accumulation of everything before. Everything we are today is decided on what we are for.
Everything we are tomorrow is determined by what we are for, today.
One way to look at war is by spelling it in reverse. Cooked food led to cooked flesh. When earth’s people ate only raw, there was no cannibalism, or carnivores or war. Those people knew what they were for and they lived it.
Meat consumption 1960s-1980s
Sick and Mean
The sicker we get, the meaner we get, the more forgetful we get. The price of living things undone, gets done.
Coronavirus will end war and meat eating. Coronavirus-Carnivorous, No Mistake.
Both words are identical and the odds are astronomical.
National eating disorder
Michael Pollan begins by diagnosing America with a “national eating disorder.” He argues that Americans are suffering from mass confusion about what to eat, propelled by constantly-changing food trends and conflicting diets. This is a uniquely human problem, since humans are omnivores by nature who can eat most plants and animals and, therefore, are faced with the challenge of deciding what to consume.
This problem is especially acute in a country with endless food choices—many of which are highly processed and far removed from their natural origins. Pollan sets out to trace major American food sources like corn, which he follows from one end of the food chain to the other in a journey that takes him from farms to fast-food restaurants. In doing so, he explores the implications of the choices Americans make within the modern food system, ultimately seeking to answer what Americans should eat, for their own sake and for the sake of the planet.
Do animals fear their death
Billions of intelligent animals, capable of feeling fear and pain, suffer in the dark without sympathy or compassion at a scale that is hard to imagine.
Do animals feel pain?
The desire to survive is a basic evolutionary precept not exclusive to humans. Pain is both a critical indicator of injury or illness as well as a strong motivator to avoid actions that lead to (or prolong) injury or illness. While there is no reason to assume non-human animals don’t feel pain, the scientific community has explored and debunked the myth many times over. Cows, chickens, and many crustaceans and fish feel pain.
Do animals fear their death?
Yes. Many of the animals we eat are highly intelligent creatures capable of feeling fear and empathy.
Until recently, most people were unaware that pigs are as smart as dogs. Pigs use tools, understand symbolic language and mirrors, can be house trained, wag their tails when happy, control their environment, and are empathetic. Even less intelligent animals like chickens, rats and mice demonstrate empathy.
I like eating meat. Can I still help?
If you’re not ready help anyway
If you’re not ready to go vegan, you can still save animals without dramatically changing your diet. Here are a few completely effortless ways that you can make a big difference:
- At the grocery store, purchase only the amount of meat that your family is certain to eat. American consumers throw away 21.7% of the meat they purchase–needlessly killing billions of animals.
- Opt for products from animals that haven’t been tortured. When purchasing meat, egg, or dairy products, look for obvious animal welfare labeling on the packaging. And never eat veal or fois gras.
- Eliminate one animal product from one meal each day (e.g. drop the sausage at breakfast, grilled chicken from your salad, or bacon from your club sandwich).
- Offset your animal cruelty footprint by donating to a highly rated animal welfare charity. These organizations uncover animal abuse and advocate for the humane treatment of the animals you eat.
- Explore animal-free dietary options. There are amazing new cruelty-free substitutes for everything from milk and ice cream to hamburgers and cold cuts coming to market every year.
Check out the charities noted above for more information and ideas on ways to help. Additionally, learn about becoming a reducetarian with a diet that includes fewer animal products.
“it’s the natural order of things”
Isn’t this just the natural order?
We often hear: “it’s the natural order of things” or “just what god intended.” The fact that something is natural does not automatically make it good. Disease and murder are natural. Treating animals humanely is no more an affront to nature than curing disease or criminalizing murder.
Nature can be cruel; industrializing that cruelty is wrong.
How many animals are killed for food in the US each year?
The United States Department of Agriculture reports that 9.76 billion land animals were slaughtered in 2020:
- Chickens: 9,346,660,000
- Turkeys: 223,003,000
- Cattle (incl. calves): 33,242,000
- Pigs: 131,563,000
- Ducks: 22,484,000
- Sheep (incl. lambs): 2,225,000
Accounting for U.S. animal meat imports and exports2, 8.2 billion land animals were killed to support the U.S. food supply:
- Chickens: 7,835,037,000
- Turkeys: 201,638,000
- Cattle (incl. calves): 33,714,000
- Pigs: 101,916,000
- Ducks: 22,484,000
- Sheep (incl. lambs): 6,768,000
Adjusting for pre-slaughter farmed animal mortality rates3, industrial farming claimed the lives of 8.53 billion land animals in 2020 to support the U.S. food supply:
- Chickens: 8,127,632,000
- Turkeys: 214,509,000
- Cattle (incl. calves): 36,164,000
- Pigs: 124,061,000
- Ducks: 23,275,000
- Sheep (incl. lambs): 7,499,000
Aquatic animal deaths are challenging to calculate since these lives are measured in tons. A very thorough analysis completed by Counting Animals estimated that 3.8 billion finned fish and 43.1 billion shellfish were killed to support the U.S. food supply in 2013. Total U.S. fish landings remained flat at these levels at least through 2018.
Taken together, more than 55 billion land and sea animals die annually to support the U.S. food supply. Adding in bycatch (sea creatures caught and discarded–injured or dead) and feed fish, the total number jumps substantially.
Wars deaths same number of animals in US
To put this in perspective, during World War II–the deadliest conflict in human history–more than 60 million people were killed over 6 years. The same number of animals die in support of the American food supply every ten hours.
There’s a live clock
How many animals die for food in the United States every second?
Land animals only (USDA 2020 slaughter + imports – exports + pre-slaughter deaths)4:
- Every year: 8,533,141,000
- Every day: 23,378,000
- Every hour: 974,100
- Every minute: 16,234
- Every second: 271
Inclusive of land and aquatic animals:
- Every year: 55,429,141,000
- Every day: 151,888,000
- Every hour: 6,328,000
- Every minute: 105,480
- Every second: 1,758