Sunday 3 June 2018
The benefits of cutting out meat and dairy aren’t just environmental
In response to Harriet Minter’s article, I would like to add that the more meat or dairy one consumes the greater the likelihood of getting heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and various forms of cancer. The other existential threat facing us is the increasing failure of antibiotics to work. Animals reared for meat are fed a huge amount of antibiotics and by consuming the meat human beings are ingesting them, making our bodies immune.
The failure of antibiotics would spell a disaster as diseases that have been neutralised over the last hundred years will come back to haunt us. The massive use of pesticides is polluting our waterways and destroying the fragile ecosystems. The unrelenting abuse of factory-farmed animals is also something we as a species need to look into. The time has come to radically change human/animal relationship from one of exploitation to one based on respect and compassion. With the unprecedented surge in the number of people going vegetarian and vegan the stage is set for a new deal for animals.