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   But what is the alternative you ask? How will you live without that drive through fast food joint, or that regular burger or steak -- or even that chicken sandwich?   That choice is as individual as the animals you are eating.   That choice means finding another way" a way that has been proven a more spiritually enlightening way -- a less violent way -- a healthier way and the proven path to the least possible entry into disease -- all disease.   (Volpe)

   A great man, T. Colin Campbell and his son Thomas, wrote a book that the world needed to read in "The China Study" after a 20-year scientific study on the consumption of animals and health/disease.   It contains research that proves that eating animals causes cancer, and many other debilitating diseases.   Their focus was mostly on cancer, however each and every disease common to man and their cause - is listed in these pages.

   Another book that has proven through scientific study that heart disease, the number one killer of Americans can be completely avoided, as well as reversed -- yes, I said reversed -- and is Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.'s "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" subtitled "Based on the findings of a now 20-year study first published in the American Journal of Cardiology."   This wonderful physician walked away from $150,000 (each) heart surgeries, because he knew there was a better way.   He found it, he published it and he has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt that eating animals and their secretions causes heart disease and a host of other heart related diseases.  

   John Robbins, who is the man that changed my life for the better has written extensively on his research of longevity in human beings, in "Healthy at 100" evidencing the proper diet for health in "The Food Revolution" as well as his best seller "Diet for a New America" which not only delves deeply into the health benefits of a vegan diet, but also the emotional, loving and human life saving abilities of all animals.  

   The proof of health in relation to diet is endless, truly, and bypassing animal products for ethical, moral and emotional reasons are admirable motives, but now the proof is in -- refraining from eating animals or their secretions also has beneficial health reasons.     

   The reason for eating animals or their products is becoming less and less of a reasonable argument, especially with the knowledge that there are not any legitimate laws to protect these innocent beings who feel pain both physically and emotionally - from worker abuse, feed abuse, improper caging or neglect.   The fact that the enormous numbers of slaughtered animals daily prove that there cannot possibly be "humane' treatment should be reason enough to abstain.     Those who love animals and care about cruelty abstain for those reasons alone -- and if those reasons aren't sufficient, health is also a benefit of nonparticipation.   These animals need your help, your love and consideration.   Going vegan is the only compassionate choice.  

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). National Agricultural Library. Humane Slaughter Act. Washington, DC: , 2012. Web. .

Sneddon, Lynn. "Sustainable Animal Production." Sustainable Animal Production. n. page. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. http://www.agriculture.de="" acms1="" conf6="" ws5apain.htm="">.

Eisnitz, Gail. Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry. United States: Prometheus Books, 2007. Print. http://www.amazon.com="" slaughterhouse-shocking-inhumane-treatment-industry="" dp="" 1591024501="">.

Volpe, Tina, and Judy Carman. The Missing Peace, The Hidden Power of our Kinship with Animals.. 1st Edition. New York, New York: Dreamriver Press, 2009. Print. http://www.dreamriverpress.com="">.

Campbell, T. Colin, and Thomas M. Campbell. The China Study, Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. 1st Edition. Dallas, Texas: Benbella Books, 2006. Print. http://www.thechinastudy.com="">.

Esselstyn, M.D., Caldwell B. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. 1st Edition. New York, New York: Penguin Group, 2007. Print. http://www.heartattackproof.com="">.

" Slaughterhouse Worker Turned Activist, Virgil Butler." Poultry Press, Fall. 2004: n. page. Web. 8 Nov. 2012. http://www.upc-online.org="" fall04="" virgil.htm="">.

"Pork: A Pig's Life." Compassionate Action for Animals. 10 2011: n. page. Web. 8 Nov. 2012. http://www.exploreveg.org="" issues="" pork.html="">.

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Tina Volpe is the author of The Fast Food Craze, Wreaking Havoc on Our Bodies and Our Animals, Canyon Publishing LLC, 2004; and co-author (with Judy Carman) The Missing Peace, The Hidden Power of Our Kinship With Animals (a Silver winner in the (more...)
 
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I hope that this piece allows you to see what meat... by Tina Volpe on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:41:24 AM
Thank you immensely for speaking on behalf of thos... by BFalcon on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 11:29:24 PM
Re concern that farm animals will disappear or we ... by Suzana Megles on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 8:10:40 AM
But it is not that simple. There are quite a few c... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:06:49 PM
Meat Consumption A 2003 report published in the "... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:09:42 PM
perhaps a little hypocritical:   "Re concer... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:15:07 PM
Hello BFalcon, as I stated in my article, it has b... by Tina Volpe on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 10:40:14 AM
between legitimate studies that demonstrate certai... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:32:44 PM
Could you please explain further what you mean whe... by Provoked on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:51:10 PM
Don't like killing anybody but accept that some "a... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 8:26:30 PM
For cattle, sheep, etc: Let them die a natural dea... by Kim Cassidy on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 11:18:54 PM
Of a truly compassionate person (my daughter share... by BFalcon on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:40:45 AM
Thank you, thank you Tina. I just read the first ... by Suzana Megles on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 3:48:24 PM
I saw a video about animal slaughter some 4 years ... by Stephen Zimmett on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 4:08:44 PM
Thank you Stephen... and I hope so too! That is w... by Tina Volpe on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 10:47:11 AM
The term "proper treatment" is a cruel joke in the... by Netanya on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:31:43 PM
I just wanted to say thank you for all of the wond... by Tina Volpe on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:35:43 PM
Reply... by Tina Volpe on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 10:40:02 AM
The problem is not in eating animals, it is in abu... by Ned Lud on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:21:07 AM
I also kill, skin, disembowel, dismember, butcher,... by Swamper Tom on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:43:39 AM
And seeing the world for what it is.... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:41:47 PM
Dried Beans and Rice have been staples for me, man... by Swamper Tom on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 10:14:30 PM
I heard her speak a year or so ago, with the direc... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 2:09:07 PM
click here... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 2:10:15 PM
I do not think Temple Grandin is doing a THING to ... by Tina Volpe on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 11:17:50 AM
I enjoyed reading the article and comments. &... by Mohammad Ala on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:28:23 PM
I only read a few of the above paragraphs... Becau... by Kim Cassidy on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 11:04:54 PM
Kim, that is bull and an unreliable excuse for dri... by Tina Volpe on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:02:04 PM
In the fields of psychology and women's studies. ... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:39:28 PM
I will reinstate them with either a new author or ... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:43:49 PM
That I am SO grateful to you for this article. You... by Kim Cassidy on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 11:08:34 PM
I'm glad you liked it - you are awesome too - just... by Tina Volpe on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:03:21 PM
Whenever there was a rendering day (community live... by Kim Cassidy on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 11:25:09 PM
...go not backward." I agree with Daniel, I thin... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 12:34:33 AM
am primarily vegetarian.However, if anyone wants m... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 9:55:25 AM