Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat

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Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat

Hancock 1

Haley Hancock
11/22/11
J. Adu
English 1010

Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat

Imagine your favorite animal. Whether it be a cow, a pig, a fish, a cat, or a dog. How do you feel knowing that hundreds of these animals are killed every single day for people to consume. Do you ever wonder how the meat was produced or how the animals were killed? Or do you just worry about how good the meat tastes. It's hard to give up eating something you've been exposed to all of your life, but I guarantee you will live a healthier, guilt free life. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. The abuse that animals have to go through is heartbreaking, sickening and cruel. More than 16 billion animals are killed for food every year in the U.S.( Marcus, 16) Farmers cut off baby chickens beaks so that when they are placed into their tiny cages, they wont peck the other chicks that they have to share their cage with. Chickens on large farms don't even have enough room to stretch their wings, and hen's cages are built so that every egg they lay rolls away from them, and onto a conveyor belt to be collected and sold. When the hens cannot produce anymore eggs, the farmer first stops feeding them. Farmers have discovered that starving the hens makes them produce more eggs for a little while. Then, when the hens finally can't produce any more eggs, they are driven to a slaughterhouse and are killed for meat. On meat farms, chickens are given hormones so that they grow faster and bigger, until they grow so large that they can barely stand. Hens that are raised naturally can live up to 20 years, but on large egg farms they only live up to 2 years....
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