Other things to take into consideration are environmental issues surrounding the meat industry and of course the sheer despair that billions of creatures live in for the entirety of their lives, just be to slaughtered for meat. Livestock farming currently covers 45% of the earths total land and it is having a devastating effect on our planet. Of course, as the demand for meat increases, so does this devastation. Not only are we tearing down roughly 1 to 2 acres of rainforest every second to grow feed for livestock, but we are also pulling animals out of the ocean at an incredibly alarming rate - nearly 2.7 trillion animals are taken from the sea every year. There is a statistic that 6 million animals are killed every hour for food - and that one vegetarian saves more than 400 animals per year. I'm not sure how reliable this information is, but it certainly inspires me to keep fighting for the cause.
I recently posed as a 'photography student' and visited a slaughterhouse for research purposes and to photograph what goes on behind those walls. As soon as I approached the building, a putrid smell entered my nostrils - that alone was enough for me to be put off ever eating meat again. The smell of dead flesh is something that will stay with me for a long, long time. As if the smell wasn't bad enough, I was escorted to the 'slaughter room', where I watched a number of cows meet their maker. I was shocked at the turnover of animals and how a cow can go from being alive and healthy to a headless, limbless and skinless carcass in literally minutes. The next 20 minutes that followed felt like a scene from one of the 'SAW' movies. When I left the slaughterhouse, my white overalls and wellington boots were covered in blood, I quickly removed them and rushed to my car where I proceeded to sob for the next few minutes and try and process what I had just witnessed. This abattoir experience stunned me to the core and I can safely say that I will never be eating meat again. ever.