Animals do have rights, they have the right to not be harmed according to Tom Regan, professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, and he also says "those who support current animal agriculture by purchasing meat have a moral obligation to stop doing so" and that "the individual has a duty to lead a vegetarian way of life".
Gary L. Francione, professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark says there is "no moral justification for using nonhumans for our purposes".
Darwin quote: "There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery."-Charles Darwin. YOU are an animal, in fact your a GREAT APE, Humans and Bonobos are more closely related to each other, than to a Common Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and even further an Orangutan. All Great Apes (and proud of it).
MY STORY: I met vegans when I was a kid and was impressed by them. My non-vegetarian grandfather who worked at Paramount Pictures said that the very top people in the biz are/were vegans. I hoped to be a vegan someday but my family did want to go to Chinatown to get me soy milk which was not in regular stores back then, and my family was under court order to feed me veal. My mom frequented Cantors Deli in Hollywood, and forced me to eat tongue, while she ate brain with scrambled eggs (I never did like eggs). I became a vegetarian at age 15, thanks to neighbor friends, Jeanie Doe dancer/violinist, and Marcus McCallen musician; but for family reasons that even vegans understood, I reluctantly gave up vegetarianism for around 13 years, with the intent of going back to it someday. I am back on a strict Vegetarian Diet since Aug 1992 except one last meal of meat January 1993 (when a family member gave it up entirely), and on an even stricter Vegan diet since December 22 1998 Vegetarian Quotations http://www.archure.net/salus/vegquotes.html
Make Meat Illegal Worldwide (non-retroactive)
Restaurants can serve rice, beans, pasta, veggies, fruit. Former butchers can be placed in other jobs, Cowboys will still be needed for spaying and neutering animals, probably best to be certified.
We have plenty of food, the animals are all stuffed, we can feed them less and use the surplus to help starving people, here and around the globe (thru the United Nations) which we already do, even more surplus to help more people, and that's the kind of American Reputation we want, the Good Guys.
It took some geniuses many years of research to determine that vegetarianism is a healthier, option, and now with the manufacture of B vitamins its a happy option. Now with more research, The China Study, and www.pcrm.org "Power Plate", we find even more evidence in favor of veganism. I am convinced that our aquatic ancestors ate nutritious seaweed, not fish (sharks tend to attack fish eaters more than vegans is what I heard tell around the beach). Don't eat shark before going swimming. Don't bring a chicken sandwich on that hike around Las Vegas which is near the Grand Canyon (50 miles away) home to many Condors with 11 feet wingspans (14 feet and larger has been reported). Put aside the bad habit of Meat. The human digestive system is that of a vegetarian, our ancestors did not eat meat, its not natural for us, its not healthy, and we end up raising way more domesticated animals and having to feed them 5 times more than we feed ourselves. Lets us learn from the professors and research and geniuses, and simply make Meat Illegal for all of society. Vegetarian Quotations http://www.archure.net/salus/vegquotes.html
REALITIES 1989 by John Robbins (1989 data but proportionally relevant today)
Human population of United States: 243,000,000
Number of human beings who could be fed by the grain and soybeans eaten by U.S. livestock: 1,300,000,000
How frequently a child dies of starvation: Every 2 seconds
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on 1 acre of land: 20,000
Pounds of beef that can be produced on 1 acre of land: 165
Pounds of protein fed to chickens to produce 1 pound of protein as chicken flesh: 5 pounds
Pounds of protein fed to hogs to produce 1 pound of protein as hog flesh: 7.5 pounds
Number of children who starve to death every day: 40,000
Number of pure vegetarians who can be fed on the amount of land needed to feed 1 person consuming meat-based diet: 20
Number of people who will starve to death this year: 60,000,000
Number of people who could be adequately fed by the grain saved if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 60,000,000
(1989 data but proportionally relevant today)
WAY MORE DATA
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "When about 16 Years of Age, I happen'd to meet with a Book written by one Tryon, recommending a Vegetable Diet. I determined to go into it.... My refusing to eat Flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity...." -Ben Franklin- Chapter 1 "The Autobiography" E302.6F7A2
SUGGESTED DIET http://www.archure.net/salus/healthdiet.html
United Nations "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" 1948 (World Law) http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html
I suggest Articles 4 & 5 should be amended to include animals:
Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 11. (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
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