The ENDOTHELIUM Association
All heart attacks and most strokes are caused by a sick endothelium
Many chickens grow so fast they cannot stand for long or they cannot stand at all. Note how many are not

What a diversity of ethical questions are raised by our joy of meat eating.  Americans are
consuming more and more, currently about 230 lbs a year and 50 lb, more than we did fifty years ago.  
Fifty years ago we had no idea of what our diet was doing to us and our endothelium.  Today we know.  
The next generation is predicted to have a shorter life span than this generation.

What is the ethical course to follow when we know that our current dietary choices, to which we are
attached, will very probably lead to an earlier incapacity or death that might otherwise be the case? Is this
not free will? Is there an ethical question?  If so, what is our ethical responsibility to ourselves, to our
families, to our environment and to the animals we consume ?  

The ethical dilemma is even greater when we include the environmental concerns relative to our menu
choices which contributes about 51% of global warming.  We are told that we are fast approaching that
tipping point in the global climate when we have utterly lost control of the situation and can do nothing
about what is happening.  Responsible scientists are predicting that our prime source of oxygen, the
ocean, could be dead in 100 years. On the other hand, perhaps all of the predictions of disaster are
wrong.  Is the “do the right thing” impulse enough to turn us away from the temptations of the tongue?  

Then there is the question about potable water, which is critically short in many parts of the world.   
Cattle use a tremendous amount of water per pound of food.  A pound of wheat takes about 25 lb. of
water to grow while the cow drinks about 12,000 gal. of water per pound of meat.  In addition there is the
fertilizer and pesticide runoff from the fields that provide the corn and soybeans force fed to cattle.  Even
before the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the runoff from the Mississippi has created a vast dead spot  
depleted of oxygen the size of Massachusetts in the Gulf. Is there an ethical issue here that concerns us?

How do you react to the idea of 9.5 billion deaths to fulfill our meat appetite?  Some would find that
a sufficient reason to refuse to continue to be part of a meat eating society.  Others are not so repelled
by that idea as they are by the animals' concentrated living conditions that deprived them of any normal
animal behavior before they are slaughtered.  

In a competitive market, where cost is king, there is a high premium for everyone in the food chain to
get animals to slaughter as quickly as possible.  The logic and the mathematics of the process dictates
the rules of the game: get the animals to grow as fast and as economically as possible. That logic leads
to various systems of forced feeding and confinement depending upon the animal species.  Confinement
and forced feeding practices are not good for animals. They will, without counter measures, become sick
and die.  Chickens are in confined areas so small that their beaks are cut off, without pain killers of
course, so that they will not peck each other.  Pigs are in cages so small they cannot turn around.  Cattle
are sent to “feed lots” where for week after week  they stand knee deep is excrement while they are
fattened up for slaughter. Thanks to the miracles of modern antibiotics, given in large quantities, they can
and do live out their miserable lives until they reach a profitable slaughtering weight. Modern farming is
hardly farming at all.  It is more like Auchwitz for animals.
Wikipedia   PETA

What is your ethical responsibility to your earth and to your fellow creatures on this earth?  Can you
allow your earth, your atmosphere and your fellow creatures to be treated this way in service to a lower
cost product?  When you are looking for a low cost product, what is your ethical responsibility in this
chain of events?  Can you continue to participate in this activity?  Source   

Where to you come down?