Originally Posted by mark100net
I am jumping in here late. But since Adam mentioned a documentary as inspiration for this thread, I thought I would mention another one: Earthlings. If you have any regard for nonhuman animals this should give you a ton of inspiration for not eating stuff that is bad for you.
I didn't run through this whole thread so sorry if this is redundant. This thread didn't come up when I searched on Earthlings, though. Anyway here is the link:
You can watch the whole movie online for free.
i watched this movie before. it made me become a vegan. except that only lasted about 12 hours before i realized i could never give up meat, cheese, milk, etc. i then got a slice of pizza... and it was probably the best pizza ever because a few hours ago, i was planning on never eating pizza again.
this is the main film that animal lovers and vegans push to convince people that it's immoral what we're doing to animals. to be honest, i agree with them and i think it is really cruel what we do to the animals. not to mention the heath concerns to humans who eat animals that are raised under these horrific, disease ridden, conditions.
please note though, this film is very difficult to watch. especially if you like animals. but i made myself watch the whole thing because i felt that it would make me a bit of a hypocrite to eat meat and animal products while being willfully ignorant as to what has to be done to animals in order for me to eat most of my meals.
however, i think the solution is not to have everyone become a vegan... i think it would be better if animal cruelty laws and regulations were enforced so that animals couldn't be raised under the types of conditions that are present at the big factory farms. unfortunately, the government is in bed with the big agra companies that grow the harmful GMO foods and run the big factory farms. these days, the government tends to go after the smaller farmers who are doing things the right way in order to protect the Monsantos of the world.
I think i would be willing to pay a little bit more for food if i was assured that the animals were raised under relatively humane conditions, fed relatively healthy food (rather than just being pumped with growth hormones), and aren't running around in overcrowded cages or pens that are filled with their own feces.
i'm sure it's possible for me to seek out some of this healthier foods... but i just buy my meat from the butcher across the street from my apartment which i figure is better than the walmart meat... but who knows. it's hard enough for me to just cook my own at home, rather than just eating pizza slices every day... so i think as long as i'm not eating mcdonalds all the time like i used to, that's good enough for now.