Reasons to be Vegan

19 Jan

This is just a few of the many reasons to be vegan, there are many more, please add your own below in the comments section if you feel inspired.

To explain why to be vegan I must first answer the question- what is a vegan? This is the Vegan Society’s definition:

A vegan is someone who tries to live without exploiting animals, for the benefit of animals, people and the planet. Vegans eat a plant-based diet, with nothing coming from animals – no meat, milk, eggs or honey, for example. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose.

 A short explanation of this is that vegans, neither use or eat products of animal origin.

 

Three reasons to be vegan:

 1. Not wanting bad stuff to happen to fluffy things

One of the principal reasons for a person to adopt veganism is to avoid causing any animal suffering. Meat, leather, dairy and eggs, to name but a few, are products made from animals. Animals endure pain, are abused and killed, merely because people enjoy the products they provide. Vegans find this unacceptable and choose not to support these practices through avoiding the consumption of any product of animal origin. Some vegans term the way animals are treated in our society as “speciesism”-  where animals are treated as a commodity; existing to serve us, clothe us and provide us with food. Vegans are aware that people do not need to use or eat any animal products to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life – veganism is an alternative to causing suffering.

To find out more about how animals are farmed visit the vegan society’s webpage on animal farming

factory farm run-off

2. Wanting to make less of an impact on our planet

Vegan diets can be better for the environment because they are more energy efficient. Animals consume much more energy than they produce, therefore it’s more efficient for humans to eat plant-based foods directly, than to consume them indirectly – further up the food chain – by eating animals. Because of this increased efficiency, vegan diets have the potential to feed more people on less land than diets that require conventional livestock farming.

Animal farming can also directly harm the environment; fishing destroys ocean ecosystems, and over-grazing of marginal lands can lead to desertification. Another example is factory farming which causes local pollution problems such as slurry run-off contaminating watercourses, as well as global pollution problems: the greenhouse gas methane, a by-product intensively farmed animal waste which contributes to global warming.

To find out more on this topic visit these sites:

www.vegansociety.com/resources/environment.aspx

www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/environment.html

3.Wanting to eat better

Although this is not usually the main motivation for people becoming vegan, and vegans enjoy plenty of yummy and indulgent food, a nice perk of a vegan diet is that it can be easier to eat healthily. Many people find that as a result of becoming vegan they eat more home-prepared food, fresh fruit and vegetables and think more carefully about meeting their nutritional needs in their diet.

For more info on vegan nutrition visit:

www.theveganrd.com/food-guide-for-vegans

www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/

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2 Responses to “Reasons to be Vegan”

  1. Helen March 28, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    this looks great. Thanks for putting the website together. What’s in the lovely picture next to 3. Wanting to Eat better?

    • imbici April 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      yes, that’s some proper gourmet cooking, it’s not all brown veggie slop for us vegans!

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