An Open Letter To Our Vegetarian Friends

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Hey Vegetarian!

Wazzup dude? How have you been? I’m sorry it’s been awhile since we’ve spoke. I’ve been meaning to talk to you actually. Me, and the rest of the V gang wanted to invite you over! We have so much in common! We are both environmentalists, we are both humanitarians, we are both concerned about animal rights, and we both love great food!

Speaking of food though, have you given up eggs and dairy yet? Oh my gosh, did you read Peta’s article, “21 Things the Egg Industry Doesn’t Want You to See”? It was literally just a list of all the cruel and unnecessary things that are the standard practices of the industry.

Here was what they listed:

1. It Takes approximately 34 hours for a hen to produce an egg.

2. So to keep up with the demand, more than 300 million hens are used by the U.S. egg industry every year.

3. Their lives are two years of misery, starting right when they are born.

4. Chicks are born in large incubators.

5. They will never see their mothers.

6. Shortly after giving birth, the males and females are separated.

7. The females head to a life in the egg industry…

8. …and the males are either tossed into trash bags to suffocate…

9. Or ground up alive.

10. The female chicks have the ends of their beaks cut off with a hot blade.

11. Five to 11 hens are crammed into tiny wire “battery” cages.

12. The cages are often stacked on top of another…

13. Which allows urine and feces to fall down onto birds in lower cages.

14. Because of the terrible living conditions, chickens often die in their cages.

15. They are sometimes left to rot in the same space with living birds.

16. After about two years, those who have survived are sent to slaughter.

17. At the slaughterhouse, laying hens meet the same bloody end as that of the chickens raised for their meat.

18. They are shackled and hung upside down…

19. …they are electrocuted…

20. …their throats are cut…

21… and they are often scalded to death.” The dairy industry isn’t any better.

Have you watched the documentary “Dairy is scary”, or “Conspiracy”? I was recently on “Freefromharm.org” and read their article, “10 Dairy Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”. This was what it said, “

1. 21,000,000 dairy calves are slaughtered for veal or cheap beef every year globally.

2. Like all mammals, cows must give birth in order to make milk. Like human mothers, they carry their babies for nine months, then begin to lactate for the sole purpose of nourishing their young.

3. Due to extensive biological manipulation, today’s dairy cows produce up to 12 times more milk than they would naturally produce to feed a calf.

4. Even so, virtually all dairy calves are stolen from their mothers within hours of birth in order to maximize profit. 97% of newborn dairy calves are forcibly removed from their mothers within the first 24 hours. The rest are removed in a matter of days. On so-called humane dairy farms, cows are often taken within the first hour of birth as separation of mother and calf is considered less stressful when they have not been allowed to bond.

5. To keep them lactating at maximum yields, cows are artificially, repeatedly, and forcibly impregnated year after year after year. The constant cycle of forced pregnancy and birth creates a huge surplus of calves.

6. Some female calves will join the milking herd. They typically spend the first 2 to 3 months of life confined in lonely hutches, fed a diet of milk replacer so that humans can drink the milk that was intended for them.

7. Whether on factory farms, or “family” farms, or even small, humane-certified farms, male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap beef. The veal industry would not even exist without the dairy industry. The “high welfare” slaughter of “humanely-raised, pastured” dairy calves was openly filmed for public television.

8. Over 90% of U.S. dairy cows are confined in primarily indoor operations, with more than 60% tethered by the neck inside barren stalls, unable to perform the most basic behaviors essential to their well being.

9. Trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation, perpetual lactation and near-constant confinement, most dairy cows’ overworked bodies begin producing less milk around 4 to 5 years of age, at which point they are then slaughtered. In natural conditions, cows can live 20 to 25 years.

10. Of the 9 million dairy cows in the U.S., 3 million are slaughtered each year at only a fraction of their natural lifespan. Their worn out bodies become ground beef and restaurant hamburgers.”

I realize I’m throwing a lot of information at you, but I wanted you to know the facts. I know you are a good person. I honestly believe that most people are. We have just been taught to participate in a very bad thing. These industries do a very good job at painting a nice picture for us, making us believe all their propaganda. They do this because they know if consumers knew the truth that is behind closed doors, we wouldn’t buy their products. It starts with education. It starts with awareness. It’s time we start being brave and start asking for, and looking at the real and very raw truth, as hard as that may be. Don’t we deserve it? Don’t the animals deserve it?

However, once we are aware, it is our duty to act. We must stand up against these industries, and we can do that by spreading awareness, and not buying any products made from animals. These companies are built on supply and demand.Veganism is the only way we will end this barbaric atrocity.

I know you care! I know you care about your health, you care about our earth, and you care about the animals we share it with! My dearest friend, I was once like you, and thought that there was nothing wrong with eggs and dairy because I thought no animals were being harmed from that. Boy was I wrong! Once I found out, I went vegan. So I ask you, now that you know, won’t you take the plunge? You’re already so close! Take it to the next step. For me, for you, for us, for them.

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I am newly vegan, 97 days today to be exact. My 19-year-old daughter and I started the same day, and have since been helping transition my husband of 10 years, and my 8-year-old son as well. For me, it’s something I have been moving towards over the past few years. However, my decision to finally take the plunge and go vegan happened after watching numerous documentaries, and video footage of the unspeakable, sad truths behind the meat and dairy industries. I decided to educate myself by not only watching these educational documentaries but by following people on Instagram. I truly made the connection after watching videos and reading stories of animals from a sanctuary that were saved from absolutely horrendous conditions. I stayed up all night one-night reading story after story about the pain and suffering these poor innocent souls have to endure every day of their lives. I knew at that moment, that this was something I could no longer be apart of, and wished I never was. It was an awakening as if my third eye had opened, and I could finally see clearly. It has been the best thing I have ever done. It has changed me inside and out. I am not only healthier and feel better physically and emotionally, but have grown so much spiritually as well. I now feel a stronger sense of connectivity to the earth and the beings I share it with. Although going vegan has been a big step in the right direction, I still have a yearning to do more. I’m looking to get more involved, and want to do as much as I can in helping educate others, and helping them make the connection!

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