Why Vegan

For the animals:

  • Most farm animals live in factory farms.  These farmed animals are confined in spaces so small they can barely move, mutilated without painkillers, and slaughtered brutally at a young age.
  • Meat and animal products with the labels “humane”, “organic”, “free-range”, “cage-free”, and “kosher” often provide little difference in animal treatment. Animals are still treated poorly, and many of these farms are also factory farms.
  • Farm animals are individual with personalities and feelings.

See this link for more information about factory farming, and see this link for more about the myth of “humane” farming.

For the Environment:

  • Vegan foods save water, land, and fuel. More land, water and fuel are required to make meat and animal products than are required to make plant-based foods.
  • Vegan foods prevent deforestation. Much of the rainforest land is cut down to provide grazing land for farm animals, or grains for farm animals.
  • Vegan foods prevent water and air pollution. According to a study by United States’ Senate, farm animals produce 130 times more poop than humans do. Also, according to a World Watch report, animal agriculture may account for half of greenhouse emissions.

See this link for more information about plant-based foods and the environment.

For Personal Health:

  • Animal products are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein.
  • Plant-based foods are the only source of fiber and many vitamins and minerals.
  • Vegetarians and vegans tend to have lower rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and several other illnesses.

See this link for more information about veganism and personal health.