Each vegetarian saves about 80 animals each year from a lifetime of misery and death. A vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water a day whilst a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water a day.
With statistics as disturbing as these I opted for a healthier and humane way of life ó I turned vegetarian.
Last week, a shoot for PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) India put things into perspective. PETA, with more than 800,000 members, is the largest animal rights organisation in the world. It operates on the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment with or use for entertainment.
Vegetarianism is one of PETAís largest campaigns. Animals in India are raised on cruel factory farms and are then crammed into overcrowded lorries for a nightmarish ride to the abattoir.
Another concern is the use of leather in the clothing industry. The Indian Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has now pledged to work with PETA and bring about reforms that would alleviate some suffering of cattle and other animals used for leather.
Animals suffer horribly for the sake of human entertainment. An estimated 60-70 million animals are used in experiments every year. You can be a volunteer with PETA by reporting cruelty towards animals and being a part of any PETA campaign you best identify with.