December 17, 2009
Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year, no matter where you are located geographically. The majority of people (westerners that is) join together with family and friends to celebrate being thankful! What are you thankful for?
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
When I became a vegetarian, I was nine years old. From then on, my knowledge and compassion towards animals has grown tremendously. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. That’s what makes everyone beautiful. Each one of us are individuals who choose our own beliefs. I’m going to share with you all a few facts about what is happening in the meat industry. I’ll be gentle and leave an open slate for questions. I will leave a few links to venture deeper into the world of compassion, if you choose.
On average, an American consumes 17 pounds of turkey meat each year. Therefore, there is an annual slaughter of about 252 million turkeys, where more than 65 million of whom are killed during the winter holiday season. The majority of these birds spend their lives confined in sheds and never see or feel the true rays of the sun. In the business of factory farming, these beautifully, intelligent birds are seen as meat-producing machines. In the 1960’s it took 220 days to raise a 35 pound turkey. The meat industry thrives on making as much money as possible, as quickly as possible (this being a belief for many westerners). Currently with selective breeding and growth hormones, it only takes 132 days to raise a 35 pound turkey. When factory farmers enforce growth hormones on thier animals, it causes them to grow at an unnatural speed, often leaving the animal with chronic health problems and sometimes disabilities. Those illnesses are then passed on to the humans whom are consuming that product. Chickens and turkeys are the most abused animals on this planet. In the United States, there is no federal law protecting any birds, raised for food, from cruelty.
I was thankful to spend my Thanksgiving in Bali with a beautiful crew of conscious beings. Together we enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast where no animals were harmed in the making. There were no turkeys involved, no dairy products, and no extra energy wasted. There was only love!
Simone did a beautiful job providing us with a beautiful Organic, Raw Thanksgiving dinner!
If you are interested in learning more about what happens in factory farming or where your animal products are coming from, check out the following links.
Meet YOUR meat! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-513747926833909134#
If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian! http://www.meat.org/
Thank you for your time! Honor your compassion!