by Luke Miller
Fox hunting is quite possibly one of the cruellest and psychopathic acts one could take part in.
Regardless of your beliefs on meat, if you take something like the meat industry, although a lot of it is cruel and possibly unnecessary, you can see why it exists. There is a reason for it.
The people who work in the factories are likely disconnected from what they are doing and although there are no excuses for the level of cruelty that goes on in some of these places, the people who work there are not killing for fun.
Hunting for meat is another thing that although in some cases can be cruel; you can still see why some people have to do it for survival. In some cultures it is just part of the food chain and a way to feed themselves.
Again although I do not personally agree with it you could see why a farmer or someone who is in danger may kill an animal to protect themselves or their livelihood.
But when you take something like Fox Hunting which involves groups of people on horseback, packs of dogs all chasing one poor little fox and you call it a sport you have to wonder why anyone would find that enjoyable.
To me it is one of the most disempowering, selfish and unmeasurably cruel things anyone could do and the fact that its legality is even argued, shows the level of thinking that those at the top have.
If you take a look into the history of serial killers and those people who commit acts of brutality almost all of them start with animals, so why in any humane and decent society would we allow people to kill animals for fun?
Even if you look at it in the most selfish of ways, I would argue that someone who gets kicks from murdering small defenceless animals would probably be a danger to society and not safe to roam the streets with those who don’t enjoy killing.
It has been argued that it is done to keep down the population and I even read an article saying that it gives the foxes a better quality of life, which is quite honestly the most stupid thing I have ever heard, to justify getting your thrills by saying you are helping the species you are killing is just beyond my level of thinking.
It has also been argued that it is political correctness gone mad, and a restriction of our human rights. But ultimately no one has the right to kill for fun. I understand that it is a part of certain people’s heritage, but so is child sacrifice in some communities and we are not going to start defending satanic cults to protect their human rights.
Evil is evil at the end of the day and anyone who participates in killing for fun should be treated as you would treat anyone else with these tendencies. If little Mike your neighbour’s child started running around the neighbourhood killing cats and dogs, chances are he would end up in a psychiatric hospital, no matter how he justified his actions. The same should apply to grown men and women who think it is acceptable to kill animals.
In the UK they trying to overturn the ban on this barbaric sport, with our prime minister saying- “it’s my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt” This really cannot happen as it is not only cruel but encourages hatred, death and destruction.
I am a big believer in human rights and the freedom to do pretty much what you like, but I think that freedom comes with the responsibility that you will not harm anyone or anything without a good enough reason. Killing for fun in my opinion is not a good enough reason.
If you would like to get involved you can sign a petition that has well over half a million signatures here
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Recently a new federal report was issued which outlined the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based or vegan diet and apparently, the meat industry is not too happy about it. The representatives are saying that sustainability shouldn’t be a topic of discussion for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. A representative from the North American Meat Industry actually stated: “The same concern would exist if an expert sustainability committee were making nutrition policy recommendations, it is not appropriate for the person designing a better light bulb to be telling Americans how to make a better sandwich.”
“Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.” – Harvard Medical School (source)
“Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” (Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 2009) (source)
What Does The Actual Report State?
The report says that “The overall body of evidence examined by the 2015 DGAC identifies that a healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate in alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meats; and low in sugar sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.”
The Committee’s Findings On The Standard American Diet
- About half of American adults have one or more chronic disease related to poor diet and inactivity.
- Many of these that are preventable include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Nearly one third of American children are overweight or obese.
- When focus is on treatment rather than prevention there are increased healthcare costs, and reduced overall health.
- Chronic diseases are affecting lower income communities
A big part of the problem with the American diet is that people are simply uneducated about health and what it actually means to be healthy. The media portrays a healthy diet as consisting of low or no calorie foods, leading many people to opt for heavily processed foods as a result. Unfortunately, these foods are extremely high in sodium, preservatives, and artificial ingredients, while simultaneously lacking in essential nutrients.
For the first time ever, the committee recognized the importance of environmental sustainability and mentioned it in its recommendations, stating:
“Quantitative modeling research showed how healthy dietary patterns relate to positive environmental outcomes that improve population food security. Moderate to strong evidence demonstrates that healthy dietary patterns that are higher in plant based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and lower in calories and animal based foods are associated with more favorable environmental outcomes (lower greenhouse gas emissions and more favorable land, water and energy use) than are current US dietary patterns.”
What Does The North American Meat Institute Have To Say?
They believe that the advice is “flawed and nonsensical,” even going so far as to launch a petition on Change.org to get people to protest the new dietary guidelines. The petition states, “hot dog, sausage, bacon, salami lovers throughout the land stand together as Americans in favor of a balanced diet that includes meat and poultry of all kinds.” They certainly are trying, but times are changing and people are starting to become much more aware of their diet and lifestyle. It has almost become common knowledge nowadays that many meats, especially processed meat products, are not good for you.
I want to point out that while the meat industry is upset, the report doesn’t say to eliminate meat and animal products completely, just to drastically lower your consumption of them. If everyone were to do this it would make a huge difference on our current environmental footprint.
What Can You Do?
If you are someone who is used to having meat for every single meal, consider the following:
- Try some meals with no meat. Make an effort to have one meal a day that is free from animal products. You can try smoothies or oatmeal in the morning.
- Cut down your portion sizes of meat. Make an effort to include a lot more fruits, veggies, and legumes.
- Try out Meatless Mondays to start and then gradually add more days as you get comfortable with vegetarian cooking.
- Spread the word and invite your friends over for a meatless meal so they too can discover that a nutritious, plant based meal can also be delicious!
It is up to us to take care of our health and the environment. Finally the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is stressing the importance of a more plant based diet, it’s time we gave it a shot for our health and for the environment’s sake!
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