Why Factory Farming Inspired me to go Vegan

Everyone has a cause that affects them more than anything else. For me that cause is animal cruelity and factory farming. This is an extremely difficult topic for me to discuss but one that needs to be exposed to the public. There is a famous quote by Paul McCartney, a long time vegetarian ““If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

Like most Americans I grew up eating chicken, beef and pork. Every meal had at least one serving of meat or poultry. Back then, I believed I needed animal protein to be healthy. After picking up Kimberly Snyder’s book, “The Beauty Detox”, I was inspired to limit the amount of animal products in my diet. Since reading that book I have not eaten beef, chicken, pork or turkey. However, I do eat seafood occasionally. Not only has my health improved drastically since switching to a 98% vegan diet, but I also feel like I am doing my part to end factory farming.

Not a day goes by that I do not see heart breaking images of animals that are the victims of cruelty in the hands of humans. Although the meat and dairy industry portray idyllic images with rolling hills, healthy, happy cows and red barns, factory farming dominates food production in the US. Factory farm animals are exploited for profit with no compassion for their well being.

Here is a list of just some of the cruel treatment factory farm animals endure:

Egg Laying Chickens:

  • 260 million male chicks are killed each year.
  • Female chickens are de-beaked so that they are unable to peck at their bodies because of the stress of their environment.
  • Female chickens are starved up to 2 weeks to shock their bodies into an egg-laying cycle.
  • After 1-2 years of laying eggs, female chickens are gassed to death.

Meat Producing Chickens:

  • 9 billion chickens are killed in the US each year.
  • Chickens are confined to warehouses with up to 20,000 other chickens, with no access to fresh air or light.
  • Chickens are electrified in a water bath 42 days after they are born.


  • Female pigs are contained in gestation crates and are unable to move or turn around.
  • Babies are taken away from their mothers at 17 days old, they scream so much that their throats turn raw. The babies are raised until they are market weight and then slaughtered.

Dairy Cows:

  • Dairy cows endure constant artificial impregnation to induce milk production.
  • Hours after dairy cows give birth, their calfs are taken away. The calfs cry, are so stressed out that they are unable to eat and lose weight.
  • The male calfs are sometimes taken and put into tiny crates, unable to move and are used for veal.
  • Factory farm dairy cows are commonly treated with bovine growth hormone, which is a GMO (genetically modified organism).

Cows Used for Meat:

  • The cows are de-horned and castrated. Castration results in a more tender meat that humans prefer.
  • The cows are fed at a feed lot until they weight about 1,200 lbs. This weight is usually reached at 6 months old by feeding the cows an unnatural diet of corn to fatten them up. Upon reaching market weight they are trucked off to the slaughter house where they are shackled and their throats are cut off.

Sadly, this is just a short list of the cruelty farm animals experience at the hands of humans. If you are interested in learning more about factory farming I recommend the following documentaries available on NetFlix:

  • Food, Inc.
  • Forks Over Knives
  • Vegucated
  • Super Size Me
  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  • Hungry for Change
  • Food Matters

Quotes from famous vegetarians:

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”- Albert Einstein

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”- Thomas A. Edison

“Ethically they had arrived at the conclusion that man’s supremacy over lower animals meant not that the former should prey upon the latter, but that the higher should protect the lower, and that there should be mutual aid between the two as between man and man. They had also brought out the truth that man eats not for enjoyment but to live.”-Mahatma Ghandi

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”- Leonardo da Vinci

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”George Bernard Shaw
If you want to transition to a plant based or vegan diet, I can help you do that. From my experience it can be difficult to be a successful vegetarian or vegan unless you transition your diet properly. Going vegan is a learning process, like anything else. Learning to try new foods, learning to cook new foods, learning how to survive in a world that is focused on meat eaters.
For more information on my plant based health coaching programs, email me: Brooks.Dawn@gmail.com.
Thank you!
Brooks Sig

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