“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." 

- Albert Einstein

Acknowledging Alternatives: The Meat Industry Finally in Decline

Shaun Britton looks into the reasons behind the meat industry's recent decline.

Photo by Antonio Grosz

Humankind has always shared the planet with myriad other animals. While some animals we view as friends and family, and some as powerful statures of nobility, some we see as commodities. Those we see as such suffer enormously under human rule.

Similarly, the proven effects of animal products on us and our environment have provoked an urgent call for change and alternatives. Whether these changes occur may be of profound and irrevocable importance to our future, but some progress seems to be beginning.

The ‘Other’

Domestic animals could be referred to as the ‘other’, the downplayed and downtrodden, whose treatment in our major industries is overlooked by benefactors and concealed from the public. Phillip Wollen, a philanthropist, vegan speaker and activist, has even described animal rights as “the biggest social justice issue since the abolition of slavery.”

Every year globally, over 70 billion animals are killed for food, and that number is likely to double by 2050. It is estimated that between 2007 and 2016, 2300 billion wild fish were also killed globally for food, having a profound and startling effect on our oceans.