Meat consumption in West Bengal is plummeting, according to the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO). The reason? Multiple reports state that meat was being sourced from dead animals at dumping grounds.
With little concern for where their meat products came from, many people did not know the difference between meat from slaughtered animals and rotten meat from dumping grounds. FIAPO director Varda Mehrotra stated:
Meat being sourced from rotten bodies of cats, dogs and even diseased animals in unhygienic conditions is not uncommon. Animals bred for the purpose of meat are routinely given anti-biotics, growth hormones and other drugs and their meat may contain these drugs with many viruses and bacteria.
FIAPO is hoping this will raise awareness about the health concerns of eating meat and urge Indian residents to switch from a diet that includes animal products to a plant-based one.
Eating meat has been linked to many health issues. In fact, the World Health Organization has placed processed meats like bacon in the same category of cancer risk as asbestos and cigarettes. The WHO estimates that diets high in processed meats cause 34,000 cancer deaths per year. And according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, even modest consumption of red or processed meat significantly increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, an illness that can cause debilitating health problems, including blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, and strokes. In contrast, an 11-year study of 45,000 volunteers completed in 2013 found that a vegetarian diet could cut one’s risk of heart disease by as much as 32 percent.
More recently, a study from Harvard Medical School found that at least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone switched to a plant-based diet, suggesting that at least 200,000 lives could be saved each year if people ditched meat.
Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard, says:
When we start to look at it we see that healthy diet is related to a lower risk of almost everything that we look at. Perhaps not too surprising because everything in the body is connected by the same underlying processes.
Eating a plant-based diet not only safeguards your health but protects the planet and spares farmed animals a life of misery. Pigs, cows, and chickens are treated like unfeeling objects, and their short lives are marked by unimaginable cruelties: intensive confinement, agonising mutilations, and violent deaths.
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