This eCourse was made just for kids! Today we’ll learn all about meat, and 5 reasons not to eat it. There are a lot of reasons, but we will focus on the animals, your health, the environment, and world hunger. Now, let’s learn how you can make a huge difference by not eating meat!
Course Video & Article
If you’re a kid and you love animals, then this post is for you! And really anyone who loves animals, including animals! (although i don’t know if they have Internet.) I’m so excited to be making my second video just for you! If you missed the first video, we talked all about milk. You can watch that later if you want!
Today we’re going to talk about meat. And in case you missed my first video, I’ll say again that I won’t be showing you anything scary, that I promise to not talk down to you (cause you’re pretty smart) and I promise tell you the truth no matter what.
Now, if you’re like me, you love animals. Well, today we’re going to talk about why eating meat doesn’t really make sense if you love animals and some other reasons people called “vegans” and “vegetarians” don’t eat it.
Now there are a lot of reasons to not eat meat and I though we’d just go through five: [tweet this]
Reason Number One: Meat is Animals
It may sound silly but it’s important to realize that bacon, beef, ham, pork, mutton, lamb chops, fish sticks and chicken nuggets are all made from animals. Meat is pieces of these animals muscles and to get these pieces we have to kill the animals.
Some adults may even tell you that the animals don’t feel anything when they die or that they were put here for us to eat. But I like to put myself in the animals’ shoes, or hooves, claws or what have you, and think about how I would want to be treated.
Now this is pretty sad but really important: We kill animals for food when they are still kids and they don’t get to run and jump and play like you do and like every kid should. They are cramped into tiny cages and taken away from their families. Imagine how scary and sad that would be! I don’t know about you but I don’t think that sounds like it’s pain-free or anything that someone who loves animals should be doing to them.
Reason Number Two: Meat is Unhealthy
Meat does a lot of things to our body and most of them aren’t very good. In my country, the United States, we eat a lot of meat and have a lot of diseases that countries without high meat consumption don’t.
Now there’s a lot of science and doctor speak I could get into but it’s kind of boring, to tell you the truth. If you want to learn more about it all you can look at some of the links I added down below. Anyways, let’s try to make it real simple. Eating a lot of meat can make it hard for your heart to do its job, which is a really important one! It can also contribute to cancer and diabetes.
Just remember: Eating a lot of meat makes it hard for your heart to beat! [tweet this]
Reason Number Three: The Environment
The environment is very important and it’s in danger. For you to have an earth to live on, we have to start changing things otherwise the earth could face some serious problems within your lifetime.
You may hear adults talk about recycling or saving water, but eating animals is the absolute worst thing we can do for the environment. It takes so much water and other resources to raise and house all the animals we eat.
Here’s a crazy example: If you went an entire year without eating any meat or dairy like milk, cheese and yogurt, you would be saving 719,100 gallons of water for that year, based on what Americans eat. That’s the same amount of water as if you didn’t shower at all for 53 years if you take 15 minute showers, or 79 years if you take 10 minute showers. [tweet this]
Can you imaging not showering for 79 years? you’d be pretty stinky! So I think it’s best for everyone to just not eat animals!
If you want to learn more about what eating animals does to the environment, you can see this video post here.
Reason Number Four: Feeding the Hungry
So you may have heard that there are a lot of people in this world who don’t have enough to eat. Sometimes adults use this argument to get you to eat your food, which I never quite got. My solution was to give them my food!
Well, something you may not know is that as much as 60-80% of all the food we grow—like corn and soy—is fed to the animals we raise to eat. So we already have all the food we need to feed everyone in the world! But because we eat animals, there’s not enough to go around.
So, if you don’t eat meat, you help feed another kid who doesn’t have enough to eat. If we all stopped eating meat and other animal products we could totally solve world hunger! That’s pretty awesome, right? [tweet this]
Reason Number Five: Meat is Death
So we kind of already talked about this in reason number one, but I think it’s important enough to make it a whole other reason by itself. There’s no way to get meat without killing an animal. And there’s no way to kill an animal nicely.[tweet this]
If we really love animals like most of us say we do, then it just doesn’t make any sense to eat them! But it does make sense to love them and even give them hugs! (watch the video for a great animal hug!)
I hope that this was helpful. just remember, when it come to meat, Use your HEAD!
- takes food from the Hungry,
- is bad for the Environment,
- comes from Animals’ bodies,
- and always causes Death.
Thank you for reading this, even the hard parts. Now you know why not to eat meat. Let me know what you thought of the video in the comments and if you have other things you’d like me to cover, let me know!
— Emily Moran Barwick
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