Animal exploitation is peaking, as species after species are being bred in captivity, tortured and killed in the most inhuman ways, almost all of them in violation of both legal and ethical considerations. India is projected to be one of the largest growth areas for consumption in chicken, beef, and mutton. And while vegetarianism is often believed to be widespread in India, influenced by religion and other factors, the data seems to suggest otherwise.
According to the sample registration system SRS baseline survey 2014 by the registrar general of India, 71 percent of Indians over the age of 15 are non-vegetarian. While that means 330 million of India’s 1.2 billion people are vegetarian, it obscures the fact that many are rapidly abandoning their vegetarian diet due to an increased desire for meat.
This is important for many reasons, as the world is already grappling with climate change and water scarcity. It takes over 8,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of mutton and over 4000 liters for 1 kg of chicken meat, which is significantly larger than that of plant-based protein. Chicken production also releases 25 times more CO2 than grain production per calorie.
India continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world, which means we now have a humongous number of cows in dairy farms suffering because of artificial insemination, killing of male calves, abandoning spent cows a fallout of cow slaughter - all in extremely unhygienic conditions, making the lives of these innocent cows miserable to their very end!
India is also witnessing an increasing trend in the production of eggs from 2009-10 to 2015-16. There was a compound annual growth rate of 5.5% from 6024.4 ten million during 2009-10 to 8292.9 ten million during 2015 16 - and all this due to the millions of hens kept in battery cages, leading lives of misery only to keep the egg production growing to a market that is showing no signs of slowing down.
Strangely, things are changing worldwide. More and more dairy farms and meat factories are shutting down as the reality of livestock and their impact on global warming has sunk in. More and more institutions, prominent public figures, and experts are moving to a vegan lifestyle as the ill effects of animal protein have created widespread awareness & fear! In short, the world is going vegan faster than ever before!