Rainforests are leveled to raise cattle, over-grazing erodes fertile land into arid desert, and vast quantities of energy and water are wasted to raise animals for food.
“I chose to be vegan initially as an energetic pursuit, as meat and dairy were slowing me down, but I have since become convinced that it is not only the most healthy way to live, but also the most compassionate and ecologically responsible way.” – Actor Woody Harrelson.
Help the world WORLD, Help the animals and help yourself!
Reasons abound for not eating meat.
• The natural world upon which humans and animals depend is under attack. Animals in factory farms suffer terribly, and pollution, deforestation, global warming, and resource depletion are rapidly destroying the planet. Vegans want to the world a better place by giving up meat, dairy products, eggs, and other animal-derived items.
• Veganism saves animals from the horrors of the slaughterhouse, reduces pollution from factory farms, and preserves millions of acres of land that could otherwise be used to grow grain to feed the millions of malnourished people in the world.
• Vegans are motivated by compassion for animals’ suffering and respect for life. Both modern science and simple common sense tell us that other animals besides humans feel pain and fear death.
• Vegans empathise with living creatures and understand that humans don’t need to eat meat, wear leather, or drink milk to survive.
Vegans use widely available cosmetics alternatives that are animal-free. • Plant-based diets, including vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, whole grains, and legumes, offer an abundant, diverse selection of nutrient-rich foods to choose from, are high in fibre phytochemicals, and antioxidants, and have no saturated fat (with the exception of coconuts and palm oil). According to numerous studies, plant-based diets have been shown to lower the risk of many diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
• A plant-based diet is also an important step towards solving the terrible problem of world hunger. Animal agriculture is a grossly inefficient way of growing food. Experts estimate that at least three kilograms of grain or soybeans are needed to generate half a kilo of meat. Food that could be going directly to hungry people is instead being used to produce steaks and hamburgers. Animal agriculture also wastes huge amounts of water and energy.
• The production of meat has a devastating impact on the subtle web of connections that sustains life on our planet. Rainforests are leveled to raise cattle, factory farms pollute rivers and lakes’, over-grazing erodes fertile land into arid desert, and vast quantities of energy and water are wasted to raise animals for food. At sea, huge fishing drift nets turn acres of ocean into graveyards. All this damage to the earth can be stopped – taking meat, dairy, and eggs off your plate will make a difference.
• What we put into our bags at the supermarket has more environmental impact than whether we bring our reusable shopping bag or drive a hybrid to the shop.
A 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation study revealed that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation combined. It said:
“Livestock is a significant contributor to today’s most serious environmental problems.”
Animal agriculture contributes to the global greenhouse effect from the methane produced by cows, deforestation of the rainforest to create land suitable for grazing and the enormous consumption of fossil fuel used to operate the factory farms and slaughterhouses. It takes eight times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein as it does to produce plant protein. Over half the total amount of fresh water consumed in the world goes to irrigate land to grow feed for livestock.
By going vegan you join hundreds of thousands of people who have decided they will improve the world by changing what they eat. Veganism is a celebration of life.