If not for the animals , then for the earth. If not for the earth, then for your health.
Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing and any other purpose.
Our society claims cruelty to animals is evil, abhorrent and sadistic and yet for most of us, we contribute to the active enslavement of animals across the globe.
We are born into societies and cultures that condition us from birth into believing that animal products are normal, natural and necessary. We are told to love some – and eat others.
We have normalised behaviour that we would normally consider horrific, using excuses and ingrained justifications to hide behind the reality of our immoral actions.
Animals suffer, just like us. They feel a vast spectrum of emotions including love, joy, grief, fear and pain. The suffering that occurs in order to produce animal products is immense – and it is all unnecessary.
Moving from an animal-based diet to a vegan diet means you are directly opposing animal cruelty and oppression. Every purchase we choose to make is a vote for the type of world that we want to live in. Therefore when we buy animal products, or products tested on them – we are saying that we are comfortable living in a world that slaughters 3,000 land animals every second.
When we choose the vegan option, we are demonstrating that we oppose animal cruelty and wish to live in a compassionate, non-violent, inclusive world.
Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent – and one animal’s life.
Livestock currently cover 45% of the total land on earth and animal agriculture is the leading cause of the destruction of the planet. Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Raising animals for meat, dairy and eggs requires a huge amount of energy, in fact, animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the transportation industry combined!
Animal agriculture is also responsible for the largest mass species extinction of the past 65 million years – and by the year 2048 we could see fishless oceans. By choosing to eat meat, dairy and eggs you are contributing to ocean dead zones, water pollution, habitat destruction, species extinction and greenhouse gas emissions.
By saying “No” to an industry that is making you sick you are doing what you can to mitigate climate change.
Do we really need animal products to be healthy, or do they inhibit a healthy body and mind?
The meat, dairy and egg industries tell us that animal products contain essential nutrients that we cannot find elsewhere, but this simply isn’t true. Every nutrient that the human body needs to survive and thrive, can be found in abundance in the plant kingdom.
More and more evidence confirms that consuming animal products is associated with a myriad of unnecessary and preventable diseases including heart disease, cancer, strokes, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol, autoimmune disease and osteoporosis.
In fact, consuming animal proteins has been linked to 15 of the top 16 killers of people in the west. Choosing and consuming only plant proteins will help you to prevent these diseases and in many cases reverse them as well.
Choosing plant-based at any age is good for you! There are a myriad of resources out there to go Vegan today.