I was inspired by some recent posts and a very wise man who refers to himself as 'Maddox' to write this. Many think that by cutting off their supply of meat and boning up on eating vegetables and fruits helps save the animal kingdom, eh? They couldn't be more wrong. Every year, millions of free-roaming animals are killed during the harvest of your vegetables that they've claimed as their only food source. Rats, field mice, voles, and many other species of rodents, even birds! By buying these vegetables, they give more money to the farmers that slaughter these animals. And these animals endure even more pain than a humane spike through the throat to a cow! Their bodies are mangled in the combines, putting them through unbearable torture. Let me ask you this question; if you were to choose which way to die; would it be through swift shot to the head, or by being fed through a woodchipper? Another thing is that lots of bigger animals (elk, deer, antelopes, etc) are killed every year through permitted hunting because they pose a threat to crops. The only way you could ever stop the killing of animals in order for you to get food is if you bought some land, planted your crops by hand, and then picked them yourself without any machinery. Or just give up eating food, but then you'd die within a matter of days. That isn't exactly realistic, right? Vegetarianism is a complete contradiction of what people stand for. Oh, and this isn't meant to antagonize anyone who is a vegetarian. It's merely a message that what you think you're preventing is only pursuing the problem. Don't shoot the messenger, please. Check out Maddox's rant on this here.