Many people reject eating pork
and other meats
derived from pigs for religious reasons or health reasons
. When people start eating a more vegetarian diet,
red meat is usually the first thing they eliminate from their diets.
When they do, various health indicators generally start to improve, such as their cholesterol levels and blood pressure readings
. Health is one of the most compelling reasons to eat vegetarian
, but the inhumane treatment of the animals mass-produced
for human consumption
is another reason many people are rejecting a carnivorous diet.
follows the same processes that chicken farming
and other animal farming
employ. The pigs
are kept in small crates with limited movement
. They?re overfed so they can be slaughtered more quickly
. Their living conditions can be dirty and they?re fed growth hormones to stimulate weight gain and antibiotics
to ward off diseases
that are the results of their living conditions
They?re forced to live in unnatural conditions and they exhibit signs of chronic stress that other animals produced for human food do. They chew on the bars of their cages or worry with their water bottles excessively. Their limited range of movement prevents the rooting behavior that?s natural for a pig.
The pigs pay an extremely high price to feed us. And we pay a high price for eating pork and other red meat. We?re basically not made to eat meat. Our teeth weren?t developed to rip and tear meat. We evolved from herbivores and it?s still the better way for us to eat. When we eliminate red meat and other meats and animal products from our diet, we get healthier ? more lean and fit, less tired and sluggish. And there?s the added psychological benefit of knowing that we?re not contributing to the suffering of innocent animals.