Afraid of beef (per mad cow diseases)? Think pork is safe?
Here is a short summary of the list of reasons why you should consider stopping eating pork, according to a famous organization:
Meet Your Meat: Pigs
1. Porking You Up:
Literally. You are what you eat. All of that saturated fat goes right to your belly. (Pork belly!) Not only that, it increases your chance of getting deadly diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, asthma, and impotence (gasp!).
2. Pigs Have Feelings Too:
97% of pigs are raised in factory farms. Maybe you should pay a visit to these farms, or better yet, watch "Earthlings
" to see how these animals are treated. Animals have feelings. Do you really want to eat dead animals that were depressed, angry, and tortured?
3. Pigs and Playstations:
Wow, this is a surpriser. Pigs can play video games better than dogs! As actor Cameron Diaz put it after hearing that pigs have the mental capacities of a 3-year-old human: "[Eating bacon is] like eating my niece!"
4. Pigs Prefer Mud, Not Crud:
Pigs are actually very clean animals. But of course, in factory farms, they're forced to live in extremely unpleasant conditions. One fourth of factory farmed pigs suffer from manges - for rest of their lives.
5. Farming Family Values:
Mother pigs have it the worst. I don't even want to go here. Piglets, who are taken away from their mothers almost immediately, have their tails chopped off, and the male piglets are castrated-without painkillers. Talk about cruelty.
6. The Manure Is Blowing in the Wind:
Have you seen the recent movie "Simpsons
"? (If not, you should! ^^) A pig farm with 5,000 animals actually produces as much fecal waste as a city of 50,000 people. And they get in our water supply! Eeeek!
7. Bacteria-Laden Bacon and Harmful Ham:
70 percent of pigs become very sick (i.e. pneumonia) by the time they're killed. To make them stay alive, farms drug them with stronger antibiotics everyday. And of course, the end-user of meat-pork, ham, bacon, etc. eventually end up consuming all of these harmful drugs.
8. Hell on Wheels:
Pig trucks are hellish, bloody, and sick.
9. Killing Them Without Kindness:
One slaughterhouse kills 1,100 pigs every hour.
10. Ditch the Bacon and Get Fakin':
Actually, veggie hams are very tasty compared to what people think. Some Asian markets have quality veggie hams that are much cheaper than unhealthy pork that came from unpleasant places. Most health markets nowadays carry a variety of veggie meat selections that are surprisingly delicious. Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Pigs