Each year, 99 percent of the animals killed in the United States die to be eaten. In the U.S. alone, over 10 billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption every year — more than 1 million birds, pigs, cows, and other animals every hour.
Nearly all of these animals are kept on factory farms, where the goal is to raise as many animals as possible in the least amount of time and space. Competition to lower costs has led agribusiness to treat animals as mere objects, rather than individuals who can suffer.
Meat production in the United States has changed dramatically in the past half-century. The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes portrayed in children's books have been replaced by windowless metal sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other intensive confinement systems — what is now known as "factory farming."
Most of today's farms are actually industrial facilities, also known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). They emphasize high volume and profit with minimal regard for humane treatment of animals, human health, safe food, and the environment. These large livestock operations look more like animal factories than farms.
Today there is a growing consensus that factory farming is a violation of the most basic ethical standards of how we should treat animals and the environment.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As public awareness of factory farming grows, more and more people are choosing to eat vegetarian foods. By avoiding or eating fewer animal products, you can help animals, the earth, and yourself. An animal-based diet, and the factory farming which underlies it, causes suffering for the animals, pollution of the natural world, and danger to our health.
A healthier, humane, and environmentally-sound lifestyle can begin with your next meal. Vegetarian eating is a powerful way to help make the world a better place!
EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF A PLANT-BASED DIET
For the Animals
Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice.
For your Health
'It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful,
For our Environment
According to the Sierra Club, 'Large-scale corporate animal factories pollute our air and water, endanger our health, and