MEAT FOR MUSTANGS — Today is the first day of Meat Out for Mustangs, May 2017. How are you doing so far? Huh?
Well, if you follow The Horse Fund by email you already have a good idea what this is about and completed a quick online form pledging your participation.
Playing by numbers:
The USDA estimates that 202.0 lbs of meat were consumed per capita (per person) in 2014. This includes the whole population (approximately 318 million) and does not take into account vegetarians and vegans. [See 1].
MEAT INSTITUTE STATISTICS
According to the Meat Institute, the meat and poultry industry is the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. Total meat and poultry production in 2012 reached more than 93 billion pounds.
In 2013, the meat and poultry industry processed (their euphemism for slaughtered):
8.6 billion chickens
33.2 million cattle
239.4 million turkeys
2.3 million sheep and lambs
112 million hogs
The reason why we are giving you these statistics is that no matter how many people we get to “Meat Out for Mustangs” we are not going to begin to make event the slightest dent in the amount of meat bought or consumed — nor are we trying to.
However, we decided we would point this out before anyone stops by to accuse us of trying to harm the U.S. meat industry by this exercise.
We will tell you what we are trying to do in our next post.
TAKE THE PLEDGE
We are so excited about the turnout so far and hope to have thousands in every State taking a stand for Mustangs and drawing attention to their plight by fasting from meat, in particular beef, for the whole month of May.
So far most of you are pledging to do more than beef out; more than half have promised to try a plant-based or vegan diet the entire month! You inspire us. You really do. Thank you!
One Green Planet
Times they are a-changing. Cargill selling off their feedlots? See Major beef supplier, Cargill, sold off their last U.S. feedlots to invest in plant-based proteins; One Green Planet; May 1, 2017.
When I first read the headline, I blinked and looked at my calendar. I thought this might be an April Fool’s joke. Nah. It’s May. —Vivian
Please do more than “meat out” if you can. Go plant based all month even if it’s one day a week for all of May. You will be saving innocent lives and much, much more.
Spread the word. Share far and wide, especially recipe ideas, what you are eating, if the family is doing it with you, is it easy, is it hard — cool stuff.
The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management contracted helicopter drives federally protected wild horses into a trap, robbing them forever of their freedom and home. National Geographic.
TAKE THE PLEDGE
It’s not too late to join. Go here »