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Ditch Dodgy Burgers - It's Veggie Month!
Posted 1 March 2013
March is Animal Aid’s annual Veggie Month and, in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, there’s never been a better time to go meat-free. Trust in the meat industry has fallen dramatically in recent weeks as a wide range of products has been found to contain horsemeat and other contaminants. Simply put, consumers don’t know what is in their meat, so why not avoid it altogether and go meat-free this Veggie Month?
As well as issues of labelling and potential health impacts, the horsemeat scandal has also exposed the cruelty inherent in the meat industry. Throughout Europe cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and horses are routinely transported hundreds of miles across borders, crammed into suffocating trucks with no access to food or water, only to be brutally killed at the end of their journey. The flesh is stripped from their bones, much of it processed into huge frozen cubes, and then repeatedly traded back-and-forth across the continent before being mixed into cheap burgers and mince.
Says Animal Aid campaigner Ben Martin:
‘The best food we can eat is fresh, unprocessed and plant-based. It’s difficult to tamper with fresh vegetables – you can’t bulk out a carrot with ‘filler’ and anyone trying to pass off cabbages as aubergines would soon be caught out. Although fans of convenience foods can’t be entirely confident of the ingredients in ‘ready meals’, given the additional costs associated with meat products, we can be sure that there is little chance of any vegetarian dish being tainted with horsemeat or any other dubious animal products. That’s why this March, as part of National Veggie Month, Animal Aid is calling on the British public to ditch dodgy meat in favour of plant-based meals.’
Going meat-free is also great for your health. A recent study published by the University of Oxford revealed that vegetarians cut their risk of needing treatment for heart disease by 32 per cent and that their blood pressure and body weight were more likely to be within healthy levels.