While it may be still debatable whether Adolf Hitler was vegetarian or not, a study by German Vegetarianism Association in a latest study claimed that an average German eats more than 1,000 animals in his/her life. The British newspaper, Daily Express reported that as per the estimates of the German body, on average individual Germans consume four cows, four calves, four sheep, 46 pigs, 37 ducks and 46 turkeys as well as 12 geese and 945 chickens in their lifetime.
The organisation wants Germans to have one meatless day a week which would save 157 million animal lives a year, according to spokesman Sebastian Zosch.
The research estimated that more than one billion animals, which does not include fish or sea creatures, were eaten in Germany every year.
It also stressed the point that raising plant products for food has lower emission of “greenhouse” gases when compared to raising animals. It reported that between five and six million Germans are vegetarian in a population of 83 Million.
Peta and GoVeg.com also make claims about effects “factory farming” of animals have in countries like USA. They claim various effects for human and animal health as well as environment in general.
America’s meat addiction is poisoning and depleting our potable water, arable land, and clean air. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from their waste is fouling our waterways. Animal excrement emits gases, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, that poison the air around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide, which are major contributors to global warming. Forests are being bulldozed to make more room for factory farms and feed crops to feed farmed animals, and this destruction causes soil erosion and contributes to species extinction and habitat loss. Raising animals for food also requires massive amounts of food and raw materials: Farmed animals consume 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains that we grow, and one-third of all the raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S. go to raising animals for food. In short, our country’s meat addiction is wrecking the earth.
Though a matter of personal discretion vegetarianism has seen support from various sectors and segments ranging from celebrities to rights groups.