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  • Tay

    It's interesting how even in today's age- you guys in America at least- are still utilising the full animal rather than wasting it. I wonder if this applies to just American animals or to the animals farmed overseas but processed in America.

    I'm quite sure the diagram wouldn't apply here in Australia though

  • Suzanne Christy

    Surprising that so few people thought the complex relationships that humans have with animals on this planet were interesting enough to get involved? Only 3 looked at those amazing contributions that animals make to our industry, clothing, housing, arts, communications, ad infinitum and wanted it recognized. I'm a little disappointed...

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Hi Suzanne- valid point you bring up about the value of animals in our society. I think this infographic is just trying to show how little we know about the amount of animal products that exist and how vegans sometimes don't realize that they use products made of animals. Wondering if you avoid using animal products and if so, do you have any ideas on how to do it effectively?

      • Suzanne Christy

        Yes, my take on it entirely. I was surprised that it didn't get much of a reaction from vegans denouncing the facts as posted or denying that they were party to any use of cows in non-food products.
        I'm not vegetarian but I do limit my meat intake for health: small amounts, typically in stir-fry or sauce and definitely not daily. Vegetables are my main intake, combined with fish weekly and eggs 2 to 3 times weekly in various ways.
        On my farm, I made sure to treat the chickens, ducks and turkeys well. They had housing secured from weasels & raccoons, fresh water daily and all day outdoors in the barnyard. However, as the farmer paying for their grain, I did collect their eggs and eat a few of them in exchange. I sold hatchlings as well. Unlike a lot of modern Americans, I was more intimately associated with their lives. In that way, I felt that my animals had a good life and I did my best to ensure that the end was as quick & painless as possible. I loved farming and miss it but I have to have health insurance now. Sadly, that is not a benefit that farming provides.

          • Suzanne Christy

            Um.. I am amazed at your question. I guess you are not joking? Any farmer who can earn enough can buy health insurance independently, but until the Affordable Care Act, that meant $600 to $2000 per month for a couple, more for children. While their land may be worth a fortune, I would not be surprised to see earnings low enough to qualify for ACA insurance.
            Most farmers try to live right & pray for good health. Illness or hospitalization can bankrupt a farm business but neighbors & friends often hold fund raisers to help with overwhelming bills. The "United Farm Workers" help to ensure human working conditions to, often, unskilled alien laborers who plant, pick & pack crops, but living conditions are still marginal. Farmers have no Unions or Health Insurance Groups. They simply work hard, fast and without much free time; to feed us all. God bless them, we owe them our lives...