Visitors to The Catholic Weekly website will get some food for thought, just in time for Easter, when they see this banner advert on their screens:
This eye-catching image is designed to remind people that Jesus asked his followers to have mercy for the meekest among us. And no species on Earth are in need of that mercy more than the pigs, chickens, cows and other animals who are routinely abused on factory farms and sentenced to a painful and terrifying death in order to feed humans.
Pigs, who are as sociable and intelligent as dogs, are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs or cats were the victims. Chickens are crammed into filthy, windowless sheds by the thousands and denied everything that’s natural and important to them.
Pigs, chickens and cows aren’t the only ones who suffer. The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy foods has been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Also, according to the United Nations, the meat industry is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” and a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.
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