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Poultry Farming: The Shocking Reality of a Factory Farm Chicken

Did you know that more than 1 percent of households in the United States keep chickens as pets? Backyard flocks are becoming increasingly popular, with some calling chickens “the new dog.” Those facts make industrial poultry farming all the more revolting.

People sometimes raise chickens themselves because they want access to fresh eggs. Over time, however, they bond with these animals, give them names, and interact with them like they would any other pet.

If you’re familiar with poultry farming, however, you know that billions of chickens are denied such healthy relationships. Whether they’re raised to lay eggs or for their meat, chickens in factory farming operations suffer needless cruelty and death.

You might not be familiar with the poultry farming industry, but this guide will take you deep into the bowels of operations that treat chickens as nothing more than commodities.

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Becoming Vegan: What You Need to Know to Make the Change

Becoming vegan is one of the best ways in which you can contribute to a healthier environment — as well as a healthier you. While becoming vegan might seem like a difficult process, it’s far simpler than you think.

Since you’re extracting meat, dairy, eggs, and honey from your diet rather than adding new things to it, you can easily avoid foods and other products that contribute to animal harm. Plus, if you focus on whole foods rather than their processed counterparts, you don’t have to worry about sneaky ingredients.

Before we get into the meat of this article — no pun intended — let’s answer some of the most common questions about becoming vegan.

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Vegan Health: Why Plant-Based Protein Is More Than Enough

If you’re thinking of going vegan — or if you’ve already made the switch — you might have heard an old familiar argument: But what about protein?!?! The truth is that plant-based protein is more than enough to meet your nutritional needs.

It’s a myth that you can only get protein from meat and animal by-products. Plenty of plant-based proteins exist, from soybeans and nuts to legumes and lentils. Many of these proteins have the added benefit of readily absorbing flavors from sauces, herbs, and spices, so they provide a veritable blank slate for your culinary repertoire.

Most importantly, you don’t have to miss out on anything when you’re vegan or vegetarian. There’s no reason to feel deprived, whether nutritionally or in terms of taste. Plant-based proteins keep you healthy and provide a cruelty-free alternative to meat.

To understand how a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle impacts your diet in terms of protein, you first have to understand protein and what it does for your body. Then you have to find fresh ways to work plant-based protein into your life.

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Clean Meat: The Logical Solution to Factory Farming

Clean meat is a relatively new idea and one that will likely be called numerous things as it grows. Some people and organizations are calling it “cultured meat,” “cruelty-free meat,” “cell-based meat,” and “lab-grown meat.” We’ll go for clean meat in this article.

The relationship between humans and other animals has been one of juxtaposition for thousands of years. Human desire for meat – whether for reasons of culture, society, or survival long ago – has resulted in predation, domestication, and the wide-spread industrial animal agriculture that is today harming the planet, the people, and of course the animals. But could clean meat help alter that relationship so we stop viewing other animals as edible products versus sentient beings?

Vegans and vegetarians don’t eat meat at all. They may eat “meat-like” products made from products like soy and grains, or they limit their diets to fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and the like. Either way, they don’t contribute to factory farming or the slaughter of animals for human consumption.

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Dairy Cows: Their Tragic Role in Factory Farming

We’ve all seen heartwarming photographs of dairy cows grazing on green calves and nursing their young. The reality for most dairy cows, however, is much different.

The law views animals as objects. In other words, they — and their byproducts — have value. If someone is willing to pay for an object, whether it breathes or doesn’t, a business can spring up around it.

Dairy cows are commercialized because they provide the milk that companies sell to consumers. Whether it’s in a gallon container, made into cheese, turned into butter, whipped into yogurt, or otherwise altered, it’s still a product.

Since dairy cows have the product, dairy farmers use them as objects. The cows are not viewed as sentient creatures but as means to ends.

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Vegetarian? Here Are Your 27 Best Natural Protein Sources

If you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, or if you’ve already made the commitment, you’ve likely faced a popular question: Where can you get your protein?

Fear not – there are plenty of protein sources for vegetarians. You just have to know where to shop for your food.

Vegetarians don’t eat any meat at all, so they will not be getting protein from beef, poultry, fish, and other types of animal products. But that is not a problem. Instead, they arrange their diets to get the necessary macronutrients — fat, carbs, and protein — every day.

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Dairy Farming: The Sad Reality About Your Milk and Cheese

Dairy farming has a wholesome ring to it. After all, it’s not about the unnecessary slaughtering of innocent animals. Or is it?

What you don’t know about dairy farming can hurt you.

Not only are dairy farms dangerous for the animals who produce dairy products, but they’re also dangerous for humans. Ordinary products you pick up at the supermarket could have a nasty impact on your health.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about what dairy farming is and what it means for your diet, lifestyle, and commitment to animal safety.

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Animal Abuse: How You Can Prevent It From Happening

Animal abuse is one of the most important topics for us to discuss, but it’s also among the most difficult to contemplate. Animal lovers can’t understand the psychology behind animal abuse, yet it happens every day.

In many cases, abuse isn’t as obvious as one might think. For instance, a dog owner who leaves the animal outside in 100-degree temperatures without water or shade all day is abusing that dog, yet there might not be outward signs of the abuse.

Animal abuse also often takes place far from the public’s prying eyes. You wouldn’t know if your neighbor was abusing an animal unless he or she brought the activity outside where you could see it.

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Veganism: 20 Powerful Reasons People Become Vegans

Veganism is one of the most powerful ways in which you can support animal rights, spare the planet, protect your body, and live without moral compromises. More people go vegan every day, and if you’re committed to this dietary lifestyle, you won’t find it as difficult to follow as you think. It is the single best action you can take.

Many still believe that veganism is unhealthy, unnatural, or impossible. None of those things are true. In fact, going vegan can actually make you healthier and keep you more in line with the natural order of things. Plus, if you think it’s impossible, maybe you should give yourself more credit.

Today, I’m sharing with you 20 powerful reasons people choose veganism over any other diet. I’ll explain why going vegan is important and how to make the switch.

Going Vegan: What You Need to Know to Make the Change

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People talk about going vegan all the time, but what does it really mean to go vegan in every aspect of your life? Many consumers need a blueprint for going vegan so they can adopt this lifestyle seamlessly.

That’s what I’m going to provide.

We’re not talking about a fad here. Veganism is growing in popularity all over the world, and many of your favorite celebrities, professional athletes, and influencers have gone vegan.

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