Dogpaddling Through Life

It’s estimated that 87% of Americans eat meat.

Most of us have no clue about where our meat comes from. It’s cut up, wrapped in plastic, and neatly displayed in refrigerated cases in grocery stores.

When you ask people why they eat meat, some will tell you they enjoy the taste. A recent study funded by the Humane Research Council found that 66% of Americans believe that using animals for food is necessary for human survival. Some will discuss the nutritional value. But the truth is that most of us have never asked ourselves why we eat meat; we just assumed that was the way it’s supposed to be. The consumption of meat has traditionally been seen as a sign of wealth and affluence. That’s why, as more of the world’s people acquire wealth, more meat is consumed.

In some countries the tide is changing as people see that the more affluent…

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