6 Solid Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Meat For Good

6 Solid Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Meat For Good

By Metro UK on February 4, 2015
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The arguments for leaving animals off our plates have never been stronger.

Plant-based eating has thoroughly infiltrated the mainstream and couldn’t be easier.

Still not vegetarian?

Here are six good reasons to ditch bacon in favour of ‘fakin’ bacon’ today.

1. It’s the best way to help animals

 Employees work at a production line of a chicken processing factory in Shenyang, Liaoning province, August 9, 2014. China posted mild consumer inflation on Saturday, well below the annual target in July, giving authorities room to further relax monetary policy, but deflationary pressure for producers remained stubborn, highlighting a wobbly economic rebound. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS AGRICULTURE) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA Sheng Li/Reuters
A chicken processing factory in China (Picture: Reuters)

It’s a no brainer: the best way to show your respect for animals is not to eat them.

On today’s farms, animals are crammed into filthy wire cages.

These animals will never raise families, forage for food or do anything else that is natural and important to them.

Most won’t even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.

2. It helps save the planet

 6 reasons to give up meat for good
Cattle graze near a burnt section of the Amazon rainforest (Picture: Bloomberg/Getty)

Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy and water.

A United Nations report found that that eating meat is ‘one of the … most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global’.

Forget energy efficient light bulbs and hybrid cars – removing meat from our diets is the single best thing we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

3. It helps prevent heart disease, the UK’s number one killer

6 reasons to give up meat for good
Cutting out meat makes for a healthier heart (Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images)

Diets filled with animal fats are killing us, and the UK’s single biggest killer of men, heart disease, is linked to a meat-based diet.

Luckily, you can help prevent the majority of cardiovascular diseases – and other degenerative illnesses, for that matter – simply by adopting a plant-based diet.

4. It helps you fit into that little black dress

6 reasons to give up meat for good
An apple a day and all that (Picture: kzenon)

A vegetarian diet is the ultimate weight-loss diet, and vegetarians are one-third less likely to be obese than meat-eaters.

5. All the cool kids are doing it

6 reasons to give up meat for good

Ariana Grande (Picture: AP)

The list of stars who shun animal flesh is basically a ‘who’s who’ of the hottest celebs.

Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Skepta, Ariana Grande, Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding are just a few stars who have made the decision not to make their bodies a graveyard for dead animals.

6. If you wouldn’t eat a dog, you shouldn’t eat a hog

6 reasons to give up meat for good

Would you eat lil’ ole me? (Picture: Don Curry)

If we’re horrified at the thought of stuffing Fido and Fluffy and roasting them, we should feel equally disgusted at the sight of a hog roast.

After all, pigs are just as loving, intelligent and capable of feeling pain and suffering as our canine companions.

Paul McCartney summed it up perfectly: ‘vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.’

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