The meat, dairy, and egg industries would like you to believe that their products are safe and nutritious. The fact is that you can get all the nutrition you need from a plant-based diet while avoiding the health hazards associated with eating animal-based foods.
The meat, dairy, and egg industries would like you to imagine farmed animals live happy lives before going to painless deaths. The fact is that most farmed animals lead lives of unrelenting misery from which the only respite is a painful and terrifying death. No farmed animals—not even those on allegedly “humane” or “free-range” farms—enjoy the freedom and self-determination that make life sweet. They cannot choose their life partners or protect their children from pain. They cannot choose whether or with whom to mate and are often forcibly separated from their siblings, parents, or children.
The meat, dairy, and egg industries would like you to believe that they are responsible corporate citizens or, even better, small family farmers. The truth is that most meat, milk, and eggs are produced by or for corporations that pollute the environment, violate the rights of workers, and make life difficult for farm families.
Even small-scale meat, dairy, and egg operations waste vital food and water resources and contribute to global warming. And, of course, all animals exploited for their flesh, milk, or eggs — whether on massive factory farms or small family farms — are deprived of their liberty and, ultimately, their lives
Before you give any more of your hard-earned money to the meat, dairy, and egg industries, get the facts about their products and how they are produced. Then you can make up your own mind about whether it is healthy or ethical to support their practices with your grocery money. If you think not, then go vegan.
The readings below offer a wealth of information on the ethical, economic, and environmental problems associated with animal agriculture. For even more information on the ecological impact of meat, dairy, and eggs, visit the Ecocide page in our Connections section.
- FactoryFarming.com — From the low-down on downed cows to the latest word on methane, this fact-filled Farm Sanctuary site offers a comprehensive guide to industrial animal agriculture
- The Plight of the Birds — This United Poultry Concerns publication traces the history of industrial poultry and egg production
- White Poison — Colorlines magazine article on the perils of dairy
- The Dirt on Factory Farms — Multinational Monitor article on the environmental and consumer impacts of industrial animal agriculture
- Meet Your McNuggets — Investigative report by The Guardian
- Home on the (Free) Range? — Don’t believe the hype
- Medical Costs of Meat — New York Times article on a medical journal report on the health care costs attributable to meat consumption
- The Price of Poultry — Washington Post expose of the economic environmental costs of industrial poultry production
- The Meat Mob — This 1997 Animal People article on the corporate crimes of meat producers remains relevant today
- Factory farm map — Find the factory farms in your state
- Pamphlets, flyers, and display photos — Vegan Outreach helps you share what you’ve learned
- United Poultry Concerns
- Compassion in World Farming
- Farm Animal Rights Movement
- Farm Sanctuary
- HSUS Factory Farming Campaign
- Compassion Over Killing
- Mercy for Animals