Just in time for International Women’s Day (8 March), PETA India erected a towering message in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, urging feminists to stand against the abuse of all females by not consuming eggs and dairy, which are the direct result of exploiting the reproductive systems of hens, cows, and other female animals.
In the egg industry, hens’ bodies are manipulated to produce as many as 300 eggs per year – far more than the 15 per year that they would lay in nature. Because of this, they often suffer from osteoporosis, infections, ovarian cancer, and reproductive tumours, and eggs can even become lodged inside them. If treated well, a hen has a life expectancy of about 10 years. On an egg farm, her body typically wears out after just two, if that. When her egg production drops, she’s considered “spent” and is thrown into a lorry full of other “spent” hens bound for a slaughterhouse or a live-animal market, where her throat is cut while she’s still conscious.
Cows, like female humans, need to be pregnant or have recently given birth in order to produce milk, so dairy farmers repeatedly impregnate them by forcibly inseminating them – which is done by shoving instruments into their vaginas while they’re restrained in a device that industry insiders abroad have called a “rape rack”. The mothers’ beloved calves are torn away from them shortly after birth so that the milk that was intended for them can be sold for human consumption.
There’s no nutritional need for humans to eat animal-derived foods. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals, vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity.
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