Serving Bacon in Hospitals? NHS May as Well Encourage Patients to Smoke
Does this billboard look political to you?
As the NHS continues to serve carcinogenic red and processed meat to patients, PETA tried to place this thought-provoking and not-at-all-graphic advert near hospitals, urging them to go vegan. But a billboard supplier rejected the ad on the grounds that it “[does] not run adverts of such political nature”.
NHS Under Pressure
Cancer, obesity, and heart disease rates in the UK have never been higher. The NHS is shooting itself in the foot by serving carcinogenic animal-derived foods to its patients. Bacon and sausages are laden with saturated fat, and encouraging people to eat them will lead to disease that further taxes its already stretched system.
The healthcare system may as well be encouraging people to smoke cigarettes.
People who consume processed meat suffer higher rates of early death, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, chronic kidney disease, and strokes.
Did you know that eating just one rasher of bacon a day increases your risk of developing bowel cancer by 19%?
The United Nations says that 80% of chronic diseases are preventable if we all adopt a healthy diet, alongside other good habits.
All 11 hospitals in New York City now serve vegan meals as the default option, while Lebanon has a fully vegan hospital in order to tackle the root cause of diseases. It’s time the NHS followed suit.
Save Animals’ Lives … and the NHS Money
Replacing meat, eggs, and dairy with vibrant vegan foods like vegetables, pluses, and grains would protect animals, the planet, and the health of the British public.
Making all patient meals plant-based would also help the NHS save more than £30 billion per year.
Before they are turned into sausages and bacon served by the NHS, gentle pigs are forced to spend their lives crammed into barren concrete pens. They may never see the sun or breathe fresh air. Farmers routinely cut off their tails and grind down their sensitive teeth, usually without painkillers. Male piglets may even be castrated without anaesthetic.
They end their short and miserable lives at the abattoir, where the terrified animals are hoisted upside down by their back legs and their throats are cut, often without effective stunning.
About 10 million pigs meet this fate each year in the UK alone.
Don’t Gamble With Your Health: Go Vegan
Going vegan is one of the best ways to keep your heart in shape, lower your cholesterol levels, and decrease your risk of having a heart attack. What are you waiting for?
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