10 Hard-to-Swallow Facts That You’ll Wish Were April Fool’s Jokes

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It may be 1 April, but we’re not pulling your leg. Meat and other animal products contain some extremely disturbing ingredients. Cruelty, for a start – but also some other stuff that’s just, well, gross.

Unfortunately, the following 10 facts about what’s really in meat and dairy products are 100 percent true – we’d just advise you not to read them while you’re tucking into a hamburger or any other food that contains dead animals.

      1. Arsenic
        Farms feed chickens and pigs arsenic to help ward off infections in their filthy living conditions and to turn the animals’ flesh the pink shade that is considered appetising – because nothing says “appetising” like poison.
      2. Poo
        Jo-Anne Mc-Arthur / weanimals.org
        When animals’ intestines are torn open during slaughter, faeces spill out onto their flesh. So when people buy meat, they’re getting – well, sorry – crappy food.
      3. Industrial runoff
        Who would head down to the local river, whip out a glass and gulp down some river water? No one? Well, then people might want to avoid eating fish, who are contaminated with the pollutants that run into waterways from our tanneries, factories and industrial plants as well as manure runoff from pastures.
      4. Hormones
        Spironolactone bodies” by NEPHRON / CC by-SA 3.0
        Did you want a side of HRT with your fish and chips? How about a splash of oestrogen in your milk? Traces of contraceptives and other chemicals in the water supply have led to fish becoming “feminised”, with male fish laying eggs, and cows’ milk comes with an added dose of sex hormones.
      5. Calf-stomach lining
        Fromagerie” by Super Manu / CC BY-SA 3.0 
        Many cheeses are made with rennet, an enzyme taken from calves’ stomach lining. Does eating babies’ stomachs make you sick to yours?
      6. Pus
        Cows on dairy farms often suffer from mastitis, a painful inflammation of the udders caused by bacteria. Their bodies try to fight off the infection by producing pus. And guess where the pus goes – into the milk and into the milk-drinker’s mouth.
      7. Parts of a totally different animal
        There could be a horse in your lasagne or a pig in your “beef” meatballs. Given all the recent scandals, we’re just wondering what “surprise” ingredient is going to turn up next.
      8. Drugs
        Lots and lots of drugs. Animals on farms are routinely fed massive doses of antibiotics (even if they’re not sick) with alarming consequences for antibiotic resistance and the emergence of dangerous “superbugs”.
      9. Diseased organs
        FOIEGRAS If you’ve ever eaten foie gras, you should know that the diabolical “delicacy” is made from the livers of ducks and geese who have been force-fed until they’re desperately ill.
      10. Pink slime
        This nauseating paste is made by sending animals’ bones through a machine that scrapes off the last bits of flesh and blood then treating the resulting mass with ammonia and dyes. The “mechanically recovered meat” is the main ingredient of chicken nuggets and other processed meats.

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  • Jimmy commented on April 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  • Wowzers commented on April 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    You ain’t alone if you think this is disgusting, but it’s a warm-up compared to what’s in veggie burgers (emphasis on burger)!

    • Nemesis commented on April 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      At least post links to your sources if you have any credible ones that is

    • Turbochicken commented on April 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      @ Nemesis, your comment is a bit ironic considering there are no sources (credible ones that is) for the majority of the “facts” above.

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on April 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

    There is no need to eat animal at all, we don’t need it, don’t care what anyone says, we don’t need to eat meat, end of…then the poor animals wouldn’t be put through sheer hell..

    • Lilly commented on April 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Sorry to say that you don’t need to eat processed carbohydrates like sugar, you can survive on fructose and honey, but meat is part of our daily diet next time you go to the mirror have a look at your teeth, you have canines if you’re human they serve to rip off the meat of the bone ! That’s you’re nature human accept it! Or become a weak herbivore if you wish!

    • Nicki Millward commented on April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Dear Lilly

      If you look at a number of vegetarian animals like proboscis monkeys and even horses they have canines too so these are not just related to eating meat. We have teeth that equip us to tear food – i.e. tough fruits and vegetables. We have a choice as humans to eat meat or not to and have developed as omnivores able to make that choice. It is our moral code not a misunderstanding of our teeth that should inform us what to eat. If we can live without causing harm to another being then why wouldn’t we?

    • Carlos commented on April 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm


      You do have a very valid point on animal suffering. The way slaughter houses and such treat animals is disgusting and downgrading. However, Lilly also has a point, not only because we have canines, but because like the bear or raccoon, ever since we evolved in the Homo-Erectus, we are omnivores. Which, as you know means that our body is capable of processing fruit, veggies and meat. That said, I do agree with you that after thousands of year of evolution as alleged Homo-Sapiens we have a moral obligation to improve the life of other species and reduce our impact. In my case I would suggest improving slaughterhouse to a humane standard where animal suffering is minimized. But short of creating an inanimate magical transgenic kind of meat it will be hard to stop meat consumption simply by the fact that we are omnivores and we need meat to stay healthy. A bear cannot only live with berries.

  • Daniela Oberti commented on April 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Basta con queste violenze!

  • Sandie Stone commented on April 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I stopped eating meat for both ethical, and health reasons. I feel that the meat industry, and the big food giants, are responsible for the increase in childhood obesity, and other related health problems! Fast food outlets make these poison products so readily available, and the advertising campaigns draw people to them in droves, even when they are not hungry! All for big fat profits!!

    Educate the children in schools from an early age, then they can educate the parents who hopefully will stop buying these products!

  • Ashleigh commented on April 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

    The thing is if you got a to a good butcher/farm shop the animals are not treated this way. I agree some things us humans do to animals is vile and cruel but I will not stop eating meat – I just buy good quality local meat that I know how been sourced locally and looked after. Also with reference to the hormone section – all those extras are found in tap water! So you may want to buy a Britta Filter or something similar.

    • sally commented on April 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      i really dont think a britta filter will get the “hormones” out of tap water. there is no conclusive proof that hormones are in the water supply. the source on this is the daily mail, hadly a newspaper known for its truly factual, non bias storys

  • Simon Tucker commented on April 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Okay – enough of the propaganda. Much of that might pertain in the US but in the EU standards are considerably higher. As for your vegan agenda: plants are living things as well – you are making an arbitrary and foolish distinction between what life is and is not acceptable to take. Humans are omnivorous so get over yourselves and accept your position in the animal kingdom.

    You do great work against animal abuse – which I fully support – but this constant pro-vegan diatribe is hypocritical and boring.

    • Deena commented on April 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Plants are not sentient. Scientists continue to state that plants are not sentient as they have no nervous system. Sentience is the distinction you are grasping at.
      People who roll out this ridiculous argument just to try and stick one to vegans are moronic. Would you really say your dog and a plant were exactly the same? Of course not.

    • Ania commented on April 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      If you read ”the China Study” as well as other scientific publications that expose the impact of animal based diet on our health, you would reconsider your ‘humans are ominvorous’ argument.

    • Anne commented on April 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hi Simon. sorry to hear that you are not interested in a vegan lifestyle. However, thousands of others are and we are overwhelmed with requests for from people who want information about switching to a plant-based diet!
      As an organisation that stands up for animal rights, it would be remiss of PETA not to highlight the industry that kills more animals than any other in the world – i.e. the meat industry.

    • Mrs Cabrio commented on April 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      So the horsemeat scandal didnt worry you Simon Tucker? Vegans are just saying they know what they are eating, do you KNOW what is in your meat? vegetables do not have feelings, or emotions, or a nerve centre, unlike animals. You say these vegans do great work against animal abuse, but do you eat dog or cat like countries such as Korea and China? If you dont agree with that, then you are the hypocrit, picking and choosing which animals you think deserve to be kept in squalor because its cheaper. Greed is not good, its always the animals that suffer. Would you kill and eat each animal you wanted as a meal? Highly doubtful! Maybe if you ate less meat and had more of a conscience your opinion would be more valid.

  • rasmus commented on April 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I hate when people abuse animals. I will never support they who do it… Go vegan!

  • Lorna commented on April 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Mmmm chicken nuggets

  • michael commented on April 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Milk from a cow with mastitis goes down the drain, and that’s fact, working on a dairy farm for 20years.

  • jolene commented on April 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    thats a bloody disgrace

  • MeatLover commented on April 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Sorry but half of this is old news, especially the last pink thing from McDonald’s, pathetic lies.

  • Lilly commented on April 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I have the answer let’s go hunting animals as we used to, if you feel disgusted by that news. People we are born to die what we eat won’t change the fact

  • lorena peinado commented on April 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Debido al maltrato animal en los mataderos en la medida de nuestras posibilidades debemos detener ese sufrimiento, y para colmo los mataderos son insalubres, por lo que la mejor opción es ser vegetariano, es saludable y de ayuda tanto al ser humano como a los animales.
    Por un trato sin tortura, justo, digno hacia los animales, quienes no tienen derechos y sufren en silencio sin poder defenderse ante el maltrato del hombre en todas las formas posibles.

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