Cambridge University archaeologist Dr Pía Spry-Marqués recently told the Independent how she decided to go vegan after learning about the pork industry.
Like so many of us, Dr Spry-Marqués grew up eating meat. But while researching for Pig/Pork: Archaeology, Zoology, Edibility, a book she intended to fill with pork recipes, she learned about the horrific cruelties inflicted on pigs at factory farms:
"My son was born three years ago and I was nursing him. People looked at me funny for breastfeeding my child, and yet it was fine to drink lattes with cow’s milk, or eat chocolate spread,” she recalls to the Independent."I started thinking about how it’s weird to drink cow’s milk. I was writing the book and researching factory farming and pigs nursing piglets and it was all too much. I decided that I would go vegan the next day. And that was it."
She observes how “disengaged” we all are when it comes to suffering and death of farmed animals and how we’re capable of loving some animals and eating others. “We’re conditioned by an invisible belief system that encourages us to eat animals which is shared by all meat-eating cultures.”
Dr Spry-Marqués even asserts that eating meat isn't something humans inherently do, and she couldn’t be more right. Eating meat, dairy, and eggs isn’t natural or necessary. But by doing so, we contribute to suffering for countless animals.
Pigs, cows, chickens, fish, and other animals raised and killed for food suffer immensely at factory farms. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 provides rules for transportation, housing, and so on, but an acute lack of proper enforcement and stringent penalties results in this kind of continuing abuse.
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