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You don't need to kill aminals to eat
Member Name: rojm
Date: 13/02/12, updated on 14/07/13 (87 review reads)
Advantages: healthy diet
We don't need to eat meat to survive so why do people? Some people say you need to for protein, others say you need to for iron. I don't eat meat and neither do my immediate family including my children and we are totally healthy.
Most animals are stunned and killed by cutting the blood vessels in the neck causing the animal to die by extensive blood loss.
They try everything in their power to get away from the killing machine and to get away from
you. They have been stunned, so their muscles don't work, but their eyes do, and you can tell by them
looking at you, they're scared to death." - Virgil Butler, former Tyson slaughterhouse worker
Chickens arrive at the "processing plant" in crates about 1 metre square, containing twelve to fifteen chickens. The crates are opened and the chickens are hung upside down by their ankles on a chain line which will carry them through the meat processing process. An electrical charge will render them unconscious within ten seconds of their being placed on this line.
At this stage, the chickens should be unconscious but not dead. They will then have their throats and major arteries cut by a worker with a knife. If their heart is still beating they will bleed out and produce the clean white meat we recognise as chicken. If the electric shock killed them, they won't bleed. This meat from these birds is brown and will be rejected.
I haven't eaten meat for around 20 years and I am healthy, I get all the protein, iron and minerals that I should get and so do my children.
There is a lot protein in quorn (vegans don't eat this) and other non meat things.
I don't preach what other people eat but I don't cook meat in my house. When my eldest child was younger and one of her friends only ate chicken nuggets, I bought quorn (or some other non meat substitute at the time) nuggets and the child loved them.
Children surprisingly don't taste the difference between normal sausages and meat free ones. The meat free ones are a lot more healthy.
My husband and my eldest child used to eat fish as did my youngest but then my youngest thought it was wrong to eat fish as it was an animal and was killed for people to eat so she persuaded her dad and sister not to eat it any more. (at 3 year old wow she is unbelievable) Fish has certain omegas that are good for you but we take flaxseed oil and vege omegas. so we get what we need. (we alos add omega seeds to soups etc)
I do eat eggs but always buy free range in fact I get them from a friend that has chickens.
When you see 'cage eggs' printed on an egg carton, it means those eggs were laid by battery chickens. Battery chickens live a miserable life, there are three and four of them crammed into tiny metal cages. Their toes must curl around the bars to stay upright, so most cannot walk on a flat surface. As soon as they lay an egg, it rolls down into the egg compartment so they can't eat it. The only thing they have to eat is chicken feed - no grass, no scraps, no insects, none of the nice things that free chickens like to eat.
Lots of nutrients that are needed can be found in vegetables. Vegetarians can obtain all the vitamins they need from a balanced and varied diet including soya or quorn.
We do not need to kill a living thing to eat ask yourself could you personally kill the cow to eat it.
Summary: no need to eat meat