For the Animals

Their suffering matters and each one of us can help

The faces we ignore

The tidy slices of turkey or ham on our sandwiches, looking so unlike the animals they came from, conceal from us the agony of their miserable lives and messy deaths. With the blood all washed away and their faces never having entered our imagination, we eat animals unmindful that they screamed for a chance to live before we had them killed for our lunch.  

The misery we impose

We joke about how we salivate over bacon, oblivious of the dark truth of how we keep sows pregnant and locked in crates barely larger than the size of their bodies, unable to even turn around, for most of their lives. Our taste buds are no justification for treating an animal like this — if we wouldn’t so confine a dog, it cannot be right to do so to pigs either.

The bodies we mutilate

We cut off the testicles of male piglets as they scream in pain. We slice off the sensitive beaks of the female chicks raised for their eggs; and, since we have no use for the male chicks, we grind them up alive. We brand cows with hot irons, we cut off their tails, and we burn, gouge out or chop off their sensitive horn tissue.

The monstrous growth we engineer

With intense genetic selection and specially formulated feed, the chickens we eat are forced to grow to almost seven times their natural weight. They are babies when we slaughter them, not even one-third of their way to reproductive age. Yet, they are so grotesquely large and unhealthy that their bones can barely support their weight and many struggle to even walk.

The horror we beget

Imagine someone locked you in a closet so tiny you could not fully extend even one of your arms — for as long as two years! Imagine not even the comfort of a solid floor, but only a wire mesh on which to sit or stand. Imagine lasting through this intense suffering, only to be violently hauled out and killed. This is the lifelong horror we inflict on hens whose eggs we eat.

The pain we inflict

As if our systemic use and abuse of animals in agriculture were not bad enough already, busy or stressed-out workers routinely heap on them yet more pain and suffering. Multiple undercover investigations have documented animals being slammed against walls, stomped on, swung around for fun, kicked, punched, and even sexually abused.

The kindness we deny

We say we love animals, forgetting how selective we can be. We welcome dogs and cats into our homes as family—we snuggle with them, we buy them toys and treats, we smother them with kisses and we praise them in baby talk. Chickens, pigs and cows, however, who are just as deserving of our love, we confine, abuse, slaughter and eat.

The rights we usurp

Non-human animals have value independent of their usefulness to humans. It is only ethical that we respect their right to bodily integrity and acknowledge their right not to be forced to serve human interests. It is only ethical that we stop eating animals and stop imposing on them so much pain and suffering in our names.

We can be better

When we eat vegetarian—or even better, eat vegan—we reduce some of the most intense suffering we cause other beings. We can thrive just fine without eating the flesh, eggs or milk of animals, and our planet will thrive better too. Let’s eat vegan and make this a better world for all!

For Your Health

Eating fewer animal products is good for our kidneys, better for our hearts and great for our gut. It is even associated with better brain health as we age. Fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains are a powerhouse of good nutrition.

For the Environment

Besides adding to greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to climate change, animal agriculture pollutes our air, land and water. We would all breathe easier, the planet included, if each of us made the choice to eat vegetarian.