Green Mountain Animal Defenders

Green Mountain Animal Defenders

*Working to Protect the Well-Being of All Animals Since 1983

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Green Mountain Animal Defenders opposes the use of animals as food because whether they are raised for their flesh or by-products like eggs and milk, the animals' physiological and psychological needs are rarely met.

Factory-farmed animals are typically taken away from their mother as newborns. In addition, male chicks and calves not used for veal are simply disposed of as unmarketable by-products. The "lucky" animals are confined in tiny enclosures in which they very often suffer due to illness, overuse of antibiotics and growth hormones, and forced feedings before inevitably being slaughtered.

Nearly 10.2 billion land animals were raised and killed for food in the United States in 2010. - Report: Number of Animals Killed in US Increases in 2010, Farm Animal Rights Movement.

According to Meatout Mondays, 9 percent — more than 850 million — never made it to the slaughterhouse because they had already died from disease or injury caused by stress.

Cow and Calf

Animals slaughtered in the USA since you began viewing this page:

0 marine animals
0 chickens
0 ducks
0 pigs
0 rabbits
0 turkeys
0 geese
0 sheep
0 goats
0 cows 0 rodents
0 pigeons and other birds
0 buffaloes
0 dogs
0 cats
0 horses
0 donkeys and mules
0 camels and other camelids

In addition to the abuses animals undergo while being raised and slaughtered, the farming of animals results in major environmental degradation. Carbon emissions from slaughterhouses and transportation vehicles, cropland used for agricultural feed, and animal waste by-products all contribute to ecosystem pollution. Also, farming animals as food is an inefficient use of resources.

"A meat-heavy diet requires 10 - 20 times as much land as a plant-based diet...even a 10 percent drop in United States meat consumption would make sufficient food available to feed the world's starving millions." - Green Your Diet, Farm Animal Rights Movement

Senior United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld recently reported that the meat industry is "one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems."

What Can You Do to Help?

Learn more about the treatment of farmed animals:


Become a vegetarian or vegan if you are not already one:

By becoming a vegetarian or vegan you not only pull financial support away from inhumane practices, but reduce the negative environmental effects of meat production and gain health benefits for yourself:

Not prepared to be vegan? You can still reduce the harm done to animals by choosing more humane products:

Participate in Great American Meatout and World Farm Animals Day events.

Report farmed-animal cruelty in Vermont.

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