For 25 years, nobody ate more meat than Gary Yourofsky. He wore leather shoes and even owned a goat fur coat.

But now, at age 36, Yourofsky is a vegan activist. He neither eats nor wears anything that once had a face, a mother or a bowel movement.

Yourofsky is the founder of the Royal Oak-based animal rights organization, ADAPTT (Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow). Lean, toned, and just a little bald, he delivers his litany to college classrooms around the country. Since ADAPTT's 1996 inception, Yourofsky has given nearly 1,000 lectures -- and on Nov. 14, he spoke at Wayne State University.

Yourofsky shows footage he took himself showing the gruesome inside of slaughterhouses. Cows are chopped up and baby chicks run through grinders. He uses "Even God Must Get the Blues" by Jo Dee Messina as background music, and as the line, "Rain falls down from heaven" plays, a goat's blood sprays from its wounded neck on to the ground.

As people turned away from the footage, Yourofsky said, "If it's not good enough for your eyes, then why your stomach?"
According to Yourofsky, 98-99 percent of all animal abuse occurs in the meat, dairy and egg industry. Also, it is an industry that uses up 70 percent of the U.S.'s crops that could be used to feed humans. Meat and dairy are subsidized by the government. Water is free to farmers, and cattle are allowed to graze on public land. It is about supply and demand. If people stop wanting these products, the cruelty would stop, too.
"How is soy gross? Blood, flesh, veins, muscles and tendons are gross," said Yourofsky.

Yet at the heart of his argument, Yourofsky feels animals should be treated by the golden rule. Animals should be treated as humans are treated. He quoted clergyman William Inge as saying, "If animals formed a religion, humans would be depicted as the devil."

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