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Vegetarianism- A Hidden Perspective Americans eat more meat per person in the world and the world is suffering because of this The truth is that many global problems like hunger or rainforest destruction can easily be solved if Americans cut down their meat consumption If you eat meat you have something in common with most of the cows you have eaten Theyve eaten meat too The meat industry has developed ways to boost its productivity and lower its costs This process is a form of recycling When a cow is slaughtered about half of it by weight is not eaten by humans These parts including the head hooves horns bones and blood are dumped into giant grinders at rendering plants along with the entire bodies of cows and other farm animals known to be diseased Rendering is a 24 billion-a-year industry which processes forty billion pounds of dead animals a year There is no such thing as a dead animal too diseased too cancerous or too putrid to be welcomed by the rendering plant Another staple of the renderers diet in addition to farm animals is euthanized pets- the six or seven million dogs and cats that are killed in animal shelters every year The city of Los Angeles alone sends some two hundred tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a rendering plant every month Added to the blend are the euthanized catch of animal control agencies and believe it or not roadkill When this gruesome mix is ground and steam-cooked the lighter fatty stuff floating to the top gets refined for use in cosmetics candles soaps lubricants and waxes The heavier protein material is ground into a brown powder about a quarter of it is fecal material This powder is then mixed with artificial hormones antibiotics and large portions of grains This is then fed to livestock Farmers call it protein concentrates The hormones
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