“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
— Albert Schweitzer
The first step to a cruelty-free lifestyle is to give up meat altogether, or at least reduce its consumption and choose only genuine free-range meat and eggs.
In the name of profit and productivity, modern farms overcrowd animals and shut them up for their entire lives in tiny cages or pens, often in windowless sheds. Many animals are genetically manipulated and stuffed with growth hormones and antibiotics. Chickens often have their beaks chopped off to stop them pecking each other. Piglets are castrated and mutilated, often without anaesthesia. Cows are de-horned, castrated and painfully branded with hot irons. Calves are torn from their mothers at just a few hours old, raised in confinement in narrow crates, fed a liquid diet to make them anaemic and slaughtered at just a few weeks old for veal. Geese and ducks are force fed until their livers swell to ten times the normal size to make foie gras. The death rate is high. Many animals succumb to respiratory illness, infection from neglected wounds, bacterial and viral disease, stress, and heart attack. Many go mad from sheer lack of stimulation. Animals in slaughterhouses can often smell the stench, hear the screams and see the slaughter of those before them. Many are still conscious when their throats are slit and they are lowered into scalding tanks with boiling liquid.
It is scientifically proven that fish can feel pain just as much as other mammals and birds. Deep-sea fish, when captured in trawler's nets and dragged up, often undergo excruciating decompression. The pressure can rupture their swim bladders, pop out their eyes and push out their stomachs through their mouths. When they are tossed onboard they slowly suffocate. Many fish struggle so hard in nets that they bleed to death. Others are still alive when their throats and bellies are cut open. In fish farms, overcrowding causes injuries, stress and outbreaks of disease. Of course, even lobsters and shrimps feel pain. Cooking crabs and lobsters while they are still alive, scooping out turtles from their shells and chopping the fins off live sharks are all unnecessary and wanton cruelty.
List of web resources:Factory Farming:
The websites listed below reveal the hidden truth about the transformation of animals into food in factory farms.Compassion in World Farming: http://ciwf.org.uk
Find out why more and more people are adopting a vegetarian and vegan diet.The Vegetarian Society of Singapore: www.vegetarian-society.org
For a comprehensive list of where to find vegetarian and vegan food in Singapore go to http://www.vegetarian-society.org/fdl