I truly believe in the importance of saving the animals and keeping the importance of animals still on this earth we inhabited and invaded them on. I think most people think that they are in our land or they should be succumbed to our wanting, but thats the exact opposite.
To give you a background of my beliefs, last year of January 2015, I decided to become a vegetarian on the basis of I never liked red meat and that it does more harm than good. Now I am technically a Pesco-Vegetarian as I still consume dairy, eggs, and fish, but no other animal flesh. At some point, I would like to move into being a vegan, but at this point of my life, I feel the transition would be too hard.
Here’s some research that I found on why you should become a vegetarian:
- Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals.
- Our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores and to not consume meat.
- The total production of excrement by the U.S. population is 12,000 pounds per second. The total production of excrement by U.S. livestock is 250,000 pounds per second, which would be greatly reduced if humans ate a more plant-based diet and had little or no need for domesticated livestock. Less livestock would also greatly reduce Earth’s trapped greenhouse gases.
- Approximately 25 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of wheat. Around 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of meat. Many vegetarians argue that more people eating a meat-free diet would lower the strain that meat production puts on the environment.
- Vegetarians have lower body mass indices, lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and less prostate and colon cancer.
- Plants yield 10 times more protein per acre than meat.
- The number of animals killed for meat every hour in the U.S. is 500,000.
There are many more facts regarding why you should consider becoming a vegetarian, but I also believe that animal endangerment is a real thing. I only know as many facts as I can find online, but to really submerge myself in the belief of saving animals, I will be going on an Alternative Summer Break to Florida in regards to Animal Endangerment (blog post to come.) Endangered Species is defined as: A plant or animal species existing in such small numbers that it is in danger of becoming extinct, especially such a species placed in jeopardy as a result of human activity. One of the principal factors in the endangerment or extinction of a species is the destruction or pollution of its native habitat.
Some causes of Animal Endangerment:
- Destruction of Habitat: when they fill swamps and marshes, dam rivers and cut down trees to build homes, roads and other developments.
- Pollution: Oil spills, acid rain and water pollution have been devastating for many species of fish and birds.
- Hunting and Fishing: Many animals are over-hunted because their meat, fur and other parts are very valuable.
- Exotic Species: When animals or plants arrive into a new habitat from a foreign place they sometimes introduce diseases that the native species can’t fight. These “exotic” species can also prey on the native species.
Other ways that Animals can be in harms way of humans:
- Entertainment: Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.”
- Food: From the meat industry’s rampant abuse of animals and environmental devastation to the tremendous health benefits of a vegan diet to helping end world hunger and deplorable working conditions in slaughterhouses, there are countless reasons why more and more people are leaving meat off their plates for good and embracing a healthy and humane vegan diet.
- Clothing: Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry—all in the name of fashion. Whether the clothes come from Chinese fur farms, Indian slaughterhouses, or the Australian outback, an immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater.
- Experimentation: Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to be free. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them.
After all of this, here are some simple measurements we as humans, inhabiting on an animal’s planet, can do to make less of a footprint & to help these species:
1. Make your home wildlife friendly. (Secure garbage in shelters or cans with locking lids, feed pets indoors and lock pet doors at night to avoid attracting wild animals into your home. Reduce your use of water in your home and garden so that animals that live in or near water can have a better chance of survival. Disinfect bird baths often to avoid disease transmission. Place decals on windows to deter bird collisions.)
2. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. (Attracting native insects like bees and butterflies can help pollinate your plants.)
3. Herbicides and pesticides are hazardous pollutants that affect wildlife at many levels. (Many herbicides and pesticides take a long time to degrade and build up in the soils or throughout the food chain. Predators such as hawks, owls and coyotes can be harmed if they eat poisoned animals.)
4. Slow down when driving.
5. Recycle and buy sustainable products. Look for the indication if it was used for animal testing or not.
6. Protect wildlife habitat (Wildlife must have places to find food, shelter and raise their young. Logging, oil and gas drilling, over-grazing and development all result habitat destruction.)
7. Consume less animal products (you don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan to make a difference.)
8. Visit less circuses, fairs, and captivities (unless it is being used to protect the animals and not for entertainment.)