Why I Am a Vegan

I am mostly a vegan because I feel sorry for the animals. I know too much about slaughterhouses and the lives most commercially raised animals have to endure before they even get to the slaughterhouses. That knowledge and understanding of the suffering these poor animals go through just so I can eat them is enough to stop me from eating animal products. A great book to read is The Way We Eat – Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. You can also view the adventures of Leo the enlightened porker and Moopheus, his bovine mentor. This online cartoon exposes the harsh realities of factory farming and the meat industry. Click here for The Meatrix.

But there are also other reasons to become a vegan or reduce the consumption of animal foods. Your health will improve on a vegan diet since you avoid cholesterol, hormones, animal protein (read T. Colin Campbell’s book The China Study why animal protein is not as good as it is cracked up to be ).  By eating a plant-based diet you nourish your body with more phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

The environment stays cleaner when you choose to be a vegan or reduce the consumption of animal foods. John Robbins timeless book Diet For A New America clearly points out how detrimental intensive animal husbandry is for the soil and water. The video The True Cost of Food  produced by the Sierra Club, is part of a campaign to encourage people to think about the environmental impact of their consumption choices.

More people could be nourished on plant foods if we did not raise animals for food. The ratio of how many pounds of grain are necessary to grow one pound of meat is 10:1 and is therefore not very economical. It’s all about choices and making a difference. Click here for a great article about how we could feed more people by eating more plant foods. Could veganism end world hunger? Click here to find out.

Here is a good website to explore more reasons to eat vegan food and avoid leather products or other animal products. Click here.

If you like to explore the topic further of why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows, click here.

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