Animal rights activist shares views with campus
Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009 09:09
Gary Yourofsky isn't an animal lover, but he loathes injustice so much he has been arrested 13 times and spent 77 hours in a maximum security prison in the name of animal rights.
Cancer rates would drop by 60 percent if the world stopped eating meat, he said in a speech Tuesday afternoon in Holmstedt Hall.
"Human beings are not carnivores or omnivores in any shape or form," Yourofsky said. "Human beings are herbivores."
Animal ingredients were never meant to be in human bodies, he said. Animals eat the whole animal, humans only eat parts and cooked parts.
During a presentation about animal rights and a push toward veganism, Yourofsky showed several videos about animal cruelty. The videos showed the violent ways animals are treated before they are finally killed.
Last year, 10 billion cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys were raised in "concentration camps," as Yourofsky calls the slaughterhouses.
Smithfield, a major food company, kills 1,100 pigs per hour, Yourofsky said.
"All animals end up dead when it's time to make a profit. All animals are murdered in the end," Yourofsky said.
Female pigs spend their entire life in gestation crates where they can't turn around, he said.
"Female animals are nothing but baby machines to the food industry," Yourofsky said.
Pigs in general get in a lot of fights before they are finally killed, he said. When they are young their tails are cut off without anesthetic to prevent tail biting. Workers also cut out teeth and castrate the pigs so no damage can be done to their bodies if they fight, again without anesthetic.
Chickens are debeaked, so they do not injure each other in fights.
"I'm vegan," he said. "I do not eat anything that has a face, mother or bowel movement."
"There would be no starving persons if we used plant-based agricultures," Yourofsky said.
Eighty percent of the world's wheat and corn are fed to animals so the food industry can kill them to serve to consumers, Yourofsky said.
The United States could solve world hunger if we didn't do this, he said.
Yourofsky is a Michigan native who has debated with several people, including the man he calls his Lex Luthor, Ted Nugent.
Yourofsky said he is just following in the footsteps of people like Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi and Jesus Christ by trying to make a difference in this world.
In the past 150 years, because of people like King, Ghandi and Jesus, Yourofsky said, our society has advanced in religion, peace and human rights. He hopes that in the next 150 years we can advance so far that we do not eat animals.