What's Wrong With Meat ?

1. What's Wrong With Meat?
2. From Shell to Hell
3. The Cruelest of Deaths of Animals is Mauritius

                                         What's Wrong with Meat?
On today's factory farms, chickens have their beaks sliced off with a hot blade, pigs have their tails chopped off and their teeth removed with pliers, and male cows and pigs are castrated, all without anaesthesia. The animals are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to make them grow so quickly that their hearts and limbs often cannot keep up, causing crippling lameness and heart attacks. Finally, at the slaughter house, they are hung upside down and bled to death, often while fully conscious.

Fish can feel pain too, just like all animals. Hauled from the deep, fish experience an excruciating decompression, followed by a slow and painful death by suffocation.

Today's factory farms leave behind an environmental too that future generations will be forced to pay. Do you know that the meat industry is among the one in the world with the biggest industrial water users and polluters.

Eating meat is also harmful to human health- it is packed with fat and cholesterol but contains no fibre or carbohydrates. People who consume animal products are 10 times more susceptible to heart disease, 40 percent more susceptible to cancer, and at increased risk for many other illnesses, including stroke, obesity, appendicitis, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, impotence and food poisoning.

                                                      WHAT YOU CAN DO?
                                                     Go vegetarian- for life!

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N.B. Slight modifications in the 3rd Para. is ours.

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       From Shell to Hell

'Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.'

-Albert Einstein






                The short, miserable lives of chickens
Every year, more than 3 million chickens are slaughtered for food in Mauritius. Shy and sensitive animals, almost all of them spend their unnaturally short, miserable lives crammed together in windowless sheds on factory farms, each one with less space than an A4 sheet of paper.


"Broiler" chickens are raised and killed for their flesh. They are bred to grow so large so fast that often their legs cannot withstand their weight. Tens of thousands of them are forced to live in a dark shed in their own excrement, among corpses of other birds who died of heart attacks, suffocation, starvation or stress. Their natural lifespan of 15 to 20 years is cut short when their throats are slit after six or seven weeks. Many broiler chickens spend much of their lives in so much pain that they are unable to move.

Only females chicks are useful to the egg industry, so males are tossed live into a grinding machine, killed with carbon monoxide or thrown live into the rubbish to suffocate. Female chicks have their beaks seared off with a red-hot iron, then they're shoved into a tiny cage with three to six others in windowless sheds filled with thousands of stacked cages. They have so little space that they can't even stretch out a wing. Eighteen months and about 400 eggs later, the hens are packed into trucks and sent to slaughter. Their battered flesh is made into dog food, soup and other chicken products.

Chicken contains as much artery-clogging cholesterol as beef (100 mg in just four ounces), and a single egg has twice as much cholesterol as a hamburger. The slaughter machines spatter bacteria-laden faeces onto the carcasses so that most chicken flesh sold  is swarming with salmonella, campylobacter and other dangerous bacteria.

How many often, you have read in the newspapers that people have been whipped to the hospital due to food poisoning or a student has died. Chicken and eggs are leading cause of food borne illness.  Besides, unsold  pastries are taken by the pastry makers/confectioners to be used again (added in the mixture) to make other kinds of pastries. There is not always proper control by the Health Dept in comparison with the number of shops available around the country and due to most often shortage of labour while some officers know for certain obvious reasons which you could deduct why-- they are expert in closing the eyes!

These chicken processing plants use tons of water per day. Many farms have violated environmental laws by discharging their waste into nearby rivers and streams. According to an Engineer at a multinational having also one of the largest chicken-processing plant in Mauritius, his plant uses about 500 metric cubes of water per day and this amount should be multiplied by 200 production days (100 metric cubes per year) per plant. This needs to be multiplied by 15 (for other plants). Is it not a waste of resources when the same amount could have been used for our crops and vegetables!

If you want to make sure a chicken dinner won't poison your family-- throw it away! Better still don't buy it in the first place.

N.B. This article has been slightly modified for local purpose.
With Courtesy PETA.
Picture Credit: PETA.

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