Not only is meat hard on the environment, a lot of conventional meat and dairy production is cruel to the animals involved. Animals in factory farms live in horrendous conditions, receiving copious amounts of antibiotics to mitigate the diseases that these conditions breed.
If you want to do your part to help these farm animals, there are a few things you can do:
Go Vegan or Vegetarian
Cutting out or cutting back on the animal products in our diets makes a huge difference. The average vegetarian saves over 50 animals from slaughter every year. Even if you replaced a portion of the meat in your diet with plant food, you’d be making an impact.
Support Farm Animal Rescue
Organizations like Farm Sanctuary do great work rescuing animals that have been abused on farms. Whether you volunteer or donate, you’re helping these folks give abused animals a chance at a happy life.
Check out the Care2 petition urging US President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron to speak out against factory farming.
If you aren’t interested in signing a petition and you do eat meat, you can vote with your wallet! Spend the extra cash to buy free range, organic meat. It might mean eating less meat, but if also means higher quality, reduced-cruelty food in your kitchen and in your body.
What other ways can folks take action against factory farms?
[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo via Farm Sanctuary]