For the Animals
This is personally my number one reason for going vegan. I just couldn’t justify the suffering these animals were experiencing at my hands. Animals have rights just like people. Who decided that these beautiful creatures should be used and abused at our expense and for our edible pleasure? Unfortunately, we seem to have a great love and respect for dogs, cats, lions, tigers and other cute and fuzzy animals, it sadly seems harder to make the connection that cows, pigs, lambs, chickens are just the same. I was there myself and I’ve glad I woke up.
For your Health
Not only has the vegan diet been proven to reduce the risk of diseases, strokes, diabetes and obesity, I have never felt better. My skin is clear, I have more energy and I blooming well ran the London marathon. Nutritionfacts.org is a great resource for nutritional information as well as the latest studies and findings related to the benefits of a plant based diet.
For the Food
As I’m sure you know by now, vegan food is more than just lettuce and avocado. ‘What do you eat?’ is one of the most common questions that I get asked by those carnivorous types. I usually answer ‘virtually everything you eat’…curries, stews, pies, stir frys, pasta, chips, crisps, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, cereal, bread. You name it, you can veganise it. See it’s not too different, eh?
For the Environment
If you’ve seen Cowspiracy, you would know that eating animals is one of the biggest contributing factors to climate change. The production of meat and other animal products places a huge burden on the environment – from crops and water needed to feed the animals, to the transport from the farm to your plate. Furthermore, the large amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss as well as species extinction.
For the People
I have been accused of only caring about animals and not people. Apart from the fact, that my heart is big enough to care for all living beings, we can feed more people in the world on the food that animals, raised as food, eat than we can on the “food” that you get from animals.
The fact is you can get everything you need from a vegan diet, without harming others and our environment in the process so what’s the point in eating meat?
Thanks for reading.
London Vegan Bird.