Father’s Day is coming up! It’s the time of year when we shower our father figures with love, get together, and grill up our favorite foods. But before you rush off to buy those burgers, make sure you read these 7 facts about meat.
1. Meat Can Make You Sick
While you can be stricken with foodborne illness any time of year, your risk peaks in the summertime. The USDA reports that hot weather and grilling are the culprits. Meats prepared on grills at barbecues can easily be undercooked. Summer heat also creates a thriving environment for bacteria.
2. It Raises Disease Risk
Countless studies have linked meat consumption to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, various cancers, and more. In fact, the World Health Organization placed processed meats in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos and smoking cigarettes. Bottom line: Meat isn’t good for you or your dad!
3. It’s Killing Our Planet
Does your dad love the outdoors? Do the planet and him a favor and skip meat. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits.
What’s more, simply by avoiding animal products, you cut your carbon footprint in half. Keep in mind that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy.
4. Hot Dogs Are Gross AF
Hot dogs are mainly made of animal products called “trimmings.” According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, trimmings consist of “lower-grade” meat, such as fatty tissues, blood, liver, skin, head meat, feet, and “other edible slaughter by-products.” Still not grossed out? Just read this.
5. Burgers Aren’t Any Better
The Washington Post reports: “Meat patties aren't just made from the muscle tissue of a single animal, but from the fibers of as many as a hundred cows, or even more. We mix different kinds of cow tissue like one combines colors on a palette, potentially putting animals that once grazed next to each other into tightly packed beef discs.” Yes, this means one burger could contain meat from over 100 cows!
6. No Federal Laws Protect Farmed Animals for Most of Their Lives
Unfortunately, not a single federal law protects animals during their lives at factory farms. The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act pertains only to the slaughterhouse. What’s more, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act doesn’t include birds, leaving them with virtually no protection from abuse.
7. Meat Comes From Suffering Animals
Arguably the most repulsive thing about meat is the incredible animal cruelty in every bite. Extreme confinement; mutilations without painkillers; and bloody, violent slaughter are all the norm at modern farms.
Celebrate this Father’s Day with kindness and love. Leave all animal products off your plate and enjoy a delicious, nutritious, and compassionate vegan meal!
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