Including the wedding cake.
Paul McCartney has long been a prominent voice against the cruel treatment of animals in our factory farms around the world. A famous quote of his:
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we'd all be vegetarians.
Sadly, they don't have glass walls, but we are still complicit in what goes on behind every single one of those walls. And, don't kid yourself about dairy and eggs not being harmful to animals.
The life of a dairy cow is no picnic and the laying hens probably live a more horrible life than any of the other animals that we eat. And guess what happens to the male chicks in an egg factory? They are dropped into a plastic bag to smother to death along with their brothers -- 250 million of them per year, just in the USA. Michael Pollan describes the lives of those female laying hens in our book:
It is routine practice to cram laying hens into cages so small that the birds are sometimes driven to cannibalize their cagemates. The solution to this ‘vice’—as the industry and the Department of Agriculture call such counterproductive behaviors in livestock (talk about blaming the victims!)—is to snip the beaks off the hens with hot knives, without the use of anesthetic.
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com