Mercy for Animals continues to be a strong voice for animals. They have released a 12 minute video entitled Farm to Fridge - The Truth Behind Meat Production. In a nutshell the video reveals the disturbing ways animals are abused in the meat, dairy and egg industries. As you watch this video, remember that the footage is not isolated incidents, it's industry standard.
It never gets easier for me to watch these videos, but I think they are a vital part of educating people. For those of us that are vegan, this video is a good reminder of why a lot of us chose this lifestyle. We know that these animals have the right to live and be free from the abuse and suffering endured in factory farms.
For those not vegan, maybe you are learning about and watching these horrors for the first time. I know it might be disturbing, shocking, appalling and disgusting, but the most important thing you should realize is that it is reality. While brutally graphic, this video is just a glimpse into the terrors these animals endure. I hope you do some research on your own and discover that these types of activities happen throughout all factory farms.
Some people will say these videos are released to make you feel guilty hence guilting you into a vegan lifestyle. This of course is not true. These videos are meant to shine a light on a dark and sinister truth. For me, and I believe most people, we only experience guilt when we knowingly do something that is in conflict with our values and ethics. I have never felt guilty for doing something that I felt was right. You shouldn't feel guilty for eating meat before you knew about the evils that go into making it. If you continue to eat meat and you feel guilt then you should take a step back and evaluate why you are feeling that way.
If you haven't yet, please go to www.meatvideo.com and watch "Farm to Fridge." If you are moved by the footage and are interested in a plant based diet, you can request a free vegetarian starter kit from their website. The best way to stop factory farming is to decrease the demand for their product by switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Share this video with as many people as possible, everyone deserves to know the truth about their food.
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