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Global Warming and the Consumption of Meat.

Killing our Planet & Ourselves

Meat is a Major Global Warming Issue. (Part 1) "The Earth is not dying - it is being murdered.

Research and story format, by Mike Smith

With Contributions from; Dan Brook, E Magazine

This Article was posted Jan. 27 2008 with additional details, information and photos added by Mike Smith in May 2008, in March 2012. Updated in June 2015. We claims no copyrights to the original article, which is posted only as a public awareness service.

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People of the world "Pay Attention and put that hamburger down! Our carnivorous habits are hugely responsible for the dire threat of ever increasing global warming. Did you know that American industries, such as McDonalds, with their demand for beef, not to exclude European, Indian and Chinese companies demand for raw materials are the leading contributors of Amazon deforestation and global pollution.  Is it really necessary to destroy our world to feed our lust for products and food stuffs? It's no longer just about our individual desires and wasteful lifestyles... it's about our very survival.

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All meat should be packaged with a picture of the moment of death of some miserable animal in an unhygienic slaughter house.  Further, there should also be a picture of a nasty cancerous growth in a colon and a picture of a diseased heart or a person suffering a heart attack from eating meat.  A warning should state that the animals contribute immense amounts of methane which is a global warming gas.

There are many human activities that contribute to global warming and among the biggest contributors are; electrical generation, the use of passenger and other vehicles, air traffic, over-consumption, international shipping, deforestation and loss of plant & animal habitat, and fast food corporations, factories, housing, over use of resources, lack of planning, golf courses, as well as other recreational activities. In addition, one of the biggest polluters is militarism. (The U.S. military, for example, is the world's biggest consumer of oil and the world's biggest polluter) They alone spend 1/4th of the world's entire military revenues.

What many people do not know, however, is that the production of meat also significantly increases global warming. Cow farms produce millions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane per year, the two major greenhouse gases that together account for more than 90 percent of U.S. greenhouse emissions, substantially contributing to "global scorching."

Did you know that 1 ounce of milk can produce a gallon of gas in a human's intestine? That a cow constantly releases methane gas when exhaling? That it takes up to 10 acres of grassland to feed just one cow and that doesn't include the vast amount of land required to grow the corn, oats, sorghum and other plants necessary to feed them. And there's always the chemicals, such as steroids, etc. used to quicken their weight gain in order to increase their value. Now with that in mind, consider that Texas alone has in excess of 140 million cattle and are the USA leader in raising sheep for wool and horses! Did you also know that the raising and consummation of meat is the world's leading cause of human death, medical  and disease? In addition, it takes an average of 40 gallons of fresh water per cow, per day to water a cow!

US Hog Slaughter Easily Sets Record, Up 10% Vs a year ago.

Watch the below Video on killing our planet

Lower hog prices and firmer wholesale pork values expanded processing margins to their widest levels in two years, which encouraged packers to push more hogs through the plants in a single weekend. Federally inspected hog slaughter this week, estimated at 2.362 million head, was up 10% from a year ago and easily surpassed the previous high, which was set the week-ending Oct 2007. The higher pork prices led to speculation by some traders and analysts that hog prices may be near a seasonal floor. Did you know that last year millions of hogs were pulled from the market and simply killed in order to elevate the price of pork? The same is true for billion of metric tonnes of grain, as growers manipulate the market by letting the grain rot in silos or in the field. Sufficient grain to feed the entire world every day for a year was wasted The same is true for all other livestock, such as chickens and is doubly true for grains.
Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 48.4 billion pounds last year alone and increases annually. Just try and comprehend the number of chickens slaughtered each year?
Minnesota ranks 3rd in the USA "Pork Production." Pigs follow primates and dolphin’s in intelligence and suffer from lack of movement, and from intensive confinement. Thousands of Minnesota breeding sows spend their miserable lives imprisoned like this, unable to walk or turn around. Some cruel and painful animal husbandry practices have been banned in other countries such as Sweden, and England.
Dog Meat; Would you, as a meat lover, eat your dog, man's best friend? Well millions of Asians do!!! Diners can and often choose their meal from 100's of caged dogs and cats. Once the dog, or cat, is selected, it is dragged away to its death. These animals are not stupid and can sense danger, as they live with death all around them. Koreans and Filipinos believe that dogs who die painfully will release more adrenaline into their flesh, creating a more potent and flavorful meat. Is there really a difference from eating a dog to eating any animal or even a human?

Is it worth the destruction of our world just to eat the flesh of other living species, which harm our health and generate billions in profits for corporations. There are billions of animals murdered and butchered annually? Our children evolve from loving animals to eating them. Think about it!

According to the United Nations Environment Program's Unit on Climate Change, "There is a strong link between human diet and methane emissions from livestock." The 2004 State of the World is more specific regarding the link between animals raised for meat and global warming: "Belching, flatulent livestock emit 16 percent of the world's annual production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas."

The July 2005 issue of Physics World states: "The animals we eat emit 21 percent of all the CO2 that can be attributed to human activity." Eating meat directly contributes to this environmentally irresponsible industry and the dire threat of global warming.

Additionally, rainforests are being cut down at an extremely rapid rate to both pasture cows and grow soybeans to feed cows. The clear-cutting of trees in the rainforest -- an incredibly bio-diverse area with 90 percent of all species on Earth -- not only creates more greenhouse gases through the process of destruction, but also reduces the amazing benefits that those trees provide. Rainforests have been called the "lungs of the Earth," because they filter our air by absorbing CO2, while emitting life-supporting oxygen.

"In a nutshell," according to the Center for International Forestry Research, "cattle ranchers are making mincemeat out of Brazil's Amazon rainforests."

Of course, the U.S. should join the other 163 countries in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. Of course, we should sharply reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and shift towards renewable sources of energy. Of course, we need to stop destroying the rainforests. Of course, we need to stop the war in Iraq and drastically reduce the U.S. military budget (presently at half of the entire world's total military spending), which would increase, not decrease, national and global security. But as we're struggling and waiting for these and other structural changes, we need to make personal changes.

Geophysicists Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin from the University of Chicago concluded that changing one's eating habits from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a vegetarian diet does more to fight global warming than switching from a gas-guzzling SUV to a fuel-efficient hybrid car. Of course, you can do both. Where the environment is concerned, eating meat is like driving a huge SUV. According to Eshel, eating a vegetarian diet is like driving a mid-sized car or a reasonable sedan, and eating a vegan diet (no dairy, no eggs) is like riding a bicycle or walking. Shifting away from SUVs and SUV-style diets, to much more energy-efficient alternatives, is key to fighting the warming trend.

Global warming is already having grave effects on our planet. Vegetarians help keep the planet cool in more ways than one. Paul McCartney says, "If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do." Andrea Gordon, in her article "If You Recycle, Why Are You Eating Meat?" agrees: "There is a direct relationship between eating meat and the environment. Quite simply, you can't be a meat-eating environmentalist. Sorry folks."

Vegetarianism is literally about life and death -- for each of us individually and for all of us together. Eating animals simultaneously contributes to a multitude of tragedies: the animals' suffering and death; the ill-health and early death of people; the unsustainable overuse of oil, water, land, topsoil, grain, labor and other vital resources; environmental destruction, including deforestation, species extinction, mono-cropping and global warming; the legitimacy of force and violence; the misallocation of capital, skills, land and other assets; vast inefficiencies in the economy; tremendous waste; massive inequalities in the world; the continuation of world hunger and mass starvation; the transmission and spread of dangerous diseases; and moral failure in so-called civilized societies. Vegetarianism is an antidote to all of these unnecessary tragedies.

The editors of World Watch concluded in the July/August 2004 edition that "the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future -- deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease." Lee Hall, the legal director for Friends of Animals, is more succinct: "Behind virtually every great environmental complaint there's milk and meat."

Global warming may be the most serious global social problem threatening life on Earth. We need to fight global warming on the governmental and corporate levels, and we also need to fight global warming on the everyday and personal levels. It is now the time to do more than change our light is time we unite and stop the maddening destruction of our planets with our dining choices.

Dan Brook is an instructor of sociology at San Jose State University and author of "Modern Revolution" (University Press of America, 2005). 

Do you realize that by eating the flesh of other living creatures and using crops to burn in your vehicles is contributing to the very demise of our planet? Do you really want to eat dead animals and deprive millions of food by burning crops in your cars?

Why we should not Eat Meat!

Every year 55 billion animals are killed worldwide for human consumption. For example, in Germany it is 442,100,000 roasting chickens, 65,200,000 pigs, 34,000,000 soup chickens, 26,300,000 turkeys, 16,200,000 ducks, 5,100,000 cows, 1,700,000 geese, 1,100,000 sheep or goats and 8,100 horses. And in the US the numbers are even greater.  In 2006 the USA slaughtered several billion animals that were raised for consumption. These included for instance, 51 million cattle and calves, 154 million pigs, 5.2 million sheep, 365 million turkeys, 28,6 million ducks, as well as 2,933 million broilers and 504 million laying hens. In addition to the raised animals, fish stocks are mostly depleted and even sharks are on the verge of extinction. As  many as 75 million sharks are killed annually just for their fins. The demand for the fins are from Asia, especially China, where shark fin soup is very popular. The sharks are caught, their fins hacked off, and are then thrown back in the ocean to slowly and painfully bleed to death. From whaling to the killing of dolphins and to the murderous clubbing of baby seals...the world's populace has lost all sense of morality and, unfortunately, now has the means to destroy all life on this planet...which includes you!

Horse slaughter for food

Slaughter is the inhumane killing of horses for human consumption. Horse meat is not, as we know, eaten here in the United States. It is shipped off to other country's like Japan, France and Italy. What really happens to horses that go to slaughter well let me tell you. Horses that are auctioned off for meat go to a kill auction. Were all the horses that are sold go to slaughter houses around the U.S. Not all horses bound for slaughter are old many are young race horses that didn't make it on the track. Many are not even in there 20"s.

Horse Slaughter
Each year, over 100,000 American horses face a gruesome death in the slaughterhouses of the US, Mexico and Canada.  They are tightly packed into trucks and driven for days without stopping to rest and without food or water.  Mares are mixed with stallions, the strong with the weak, the frightened and the starving.  By the time they reach the slaughterhouse, they have often endured terrible injuries.  But that's just the beginning of what they will endure.  The method used at some slaughterhouses involves stabbing them in the artery or muscle in their neck or spine in order to paralyze them, then shackling and dismembering them while still alive.  Their flesh is then sent to foreign countries in Europe and Asia and eaten as a delicacy or turned into perfumes, soaps and dog food.  The horses taken to slaughter are mostly in good health and not old or sick; after all, why would anybody want a tough old steak?  They are all breeds of horses, used for many disciplines.  They were companions and pets, racehorses, show horses, trail horses, therapy horses, police horses, 4-H horses, Pony Club horses, mules and unborn foals.  The animals did all that humans asked of them, and many knew love and kindness during their lifetimes.  Yet their owners took them to auctions hoping to collect a few bucks, while the horses had little chance of finding a new home at an auction.  Their fates have been sealed.  Most are purchased by the pound by "killer buyers"--there is money to be made from their flesh and hides.

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After reading and watching my videos on these two pages, please email me and let me know if you still think there is any hope for mankind? Email me, Mike Smith

We are 'All Just Animals'

'Specieism' is a prejudice or attitude of bias in favour of the interests of one's own species and against those of other species. Perhaps the less accurate term 'Animal Racism', with its appropriate and familiar connotations, is a more useful term. Most human beings are 'specists' - they take an active part in and accede to practices that require the sacrifice of the most important interests of members of other species yet only promote the most trivial interests of our own species.

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