Every five minutes more than 250,000 animals are slaughtered for food in the United States alone; annually that amounts to millions of mammals and billions of birds, for an estimated total of approximately 27 billion cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other animals killed each year in the United States ‘in the name of food.’ … The animals are non-consenting victims of reprehensible torture. … Once in the slaughterhouse it takes about thirty minutes to turn a cow into a steak, during which time these sentient beings suffer immensely. … Cows display strong emotions; they feel pain, fear and anxiety. … We need to replace ‘mindlessness’ with ‘mindfulness’ in our interactions with animals and the Earth.
~ Marc Bekoff, The Animal Manifesto (via thinkveganworld)