The latest figures for the Australian Bureau of Statistics show we're eating more dead cows.
The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 706,000. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in 1979.
The trend estimate for beef production rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 189,000 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in 1979.
[ABS - 7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Nov 2006]
That's a run rate of 8.4M cows killed each year or one about every 30 seconds.
Now we like to air condition - though the air has no ozone ring
Still they're chopping down the forest for mcdonalds and the burger king
Eating cows with such persistance - doesn't offer much resistance
To this cockamamie business
George Harrison | Cockamamie Business lyrics:
Oh it's a cockamamie business alright particularly when firstly there is no nutritional need to eat meat (don't take my word for it - look for yourself and ensure you ignore the interested parties such as meat promoters).
Secondly there are many related health issues to a Western meat/milk centric diet. Read The China Study - based on 20 years of research by a partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. From the book blurb
The China Study is not a diet book. Consumers are bombarded with conflicting messages regarding health and nutrition; the market is flooded with popular titles like The Atkins Diet and The South Beach Diet. The China Study cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging. Additionally, he challenges the validity of these low-carb fad diets and issues a startling warning to their followers.
(Best sung to Lesley Gore's hit - It's my blog and I will preach if I want to - it's 5:21AM and I didn't sleep well!)
I am not a picture of health (need to lose some weight and do more regular exercise) but I have been vegetarian (no meat, no fish) for 16 years and have certainly not suffered for it and I can sleep easy knowing I am not contributing to the senseless slaughter of sentient beings. Pity I can't seem to sleep for other reasons - poor recent sleep pattern, related to work, not a guilty conscience.