Imagine being born just to be killed for meat. Every day suffering in a tiny and dirty metal cage, miserably knowing that one day you will be free of this life, but only after the horror of slaughter. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many farmed animals.
Amongst these farmed animals, chickens and pigs are some of the most abused.
Farming systems include factory farmed, RSPCA approved, FREPA certified, free range and certified organic. Overcrowded factory farms are the worst farming system, with many chicks dying from heart failure before they are even 6 weeks old.
However, despite the farming condition:
-Day old chicks deemed ‘unviable’ are ground up alive or gassed to death
-All are bred to grow unnaturally fast so that their legs can barely support their weight
-All are killed as chicks at around 6 weeks old when their natural lifespan is up to 8 years. They are electrocuted before their throat is cut
-94% of meat from pigs comes from those confined in factory farms
-Piglets have their tails cut off and their teeth cut, all without pain relief
-They are transported to slaughter from as young as 4 months old, when their natural average lifespan is 10 years
-Even pigs from free range and organic farms are killed in the same slaughterhouses as those raised in factory farms
Besides, decreasing or replacing meat with plant-based alternatives decreases the risk of many major diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. It also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol (which is only found in animal products).
We can help reduce this cruelty to animals by choosing from a wide variety of cruelty-free alternatives including:
-Include burgers, schnitzels, nuggets, sausages, stir fry strips, mince and more
-Made out of soy, wheat or rice protein, legumes or vegetables
-Brands include Fry’s, Vegie Delights
-TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
-Lentils (range of colours including red, yellow, green, brown, black)
-Chickpeas and foods made from chickpeas such as falafel & hummus (also contains sesame seeds)
-Peas (including split peas)
-Brands include Pattu (dried), McKenzie’s (dried), Edgell (canned)
-Seitan (wheat gluten)
-Whole peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts & their butters
-Pumpkin seeds/pepitas, sunflower seeds