We are a wasteful society. We throw more things in the landfill, and, hopefully, the recycling bin, than most cultures. Some of those things, however, were once living, breathing, sentient beings who were raised only to be slaughtered for our taste buds. Of course, not all food waste comes from the slaughtered remains of pigs, cows, chickens, fish, etc. We throw away vegetables and fruits; we throw away grains; we throw away food, in general.
However, if we want to cut down on the suffering of farmed animals in this country, we need to focus on reducing the amount of animal food purchased but never eaten that winds up in the dumpster. If we could cut in half our animal wastefulness, we “would spare the lives of over 500 million chickens used for their meat, over 35 million egg-laying hens, over 15 million pigs and over 3 million cows each year .”
Along with being less wasteful, we can also turn our sights to eating fewer animals. A vegan/vegetarian lifestyle supports your health and the planet’s health. And, it automatically cuts down on the number of animals being farmed for food who may eventually wind up in the trash bin.
When you think about it…by supporting healthy living, fewer animals’ remains will wind up in the dumpster.