As a society, we have built a huge economy around the consumption of animal products.
We are the largest consumers of animal proteins in the world.
But we have a long way to go before we are no longer eating animals for their meat and eggs, but rather for the purposes of food production and farming.
For that reason, animal charities are very important.
They provide a powerful voice for the people who are struggling to make ends meet, but who are also the ones most affected by the exploitation of animals for food.
They also have a profound impact on how our world is viewed by the public, which is vital if we are to move toward a sustainable future.
For a list of charities that focus on the welfare of animals, click here.
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