There are countless reasons to go vegan, but I thought it’d be nice to provide an overview of what I believe are the three most persuasive reasons to change your diet.
The first reason, the one that initially captured my attention, is for the animals. Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed each year, not including fish (animal equality.net). As I’ve learned from various sources, these animals live tortured lives before slaughter, many of which are killed alive (rather than being knocked out first). I’ve read accounts from factory farm workers who admit to beating and even sodomizing animals. Dairy cows are repeatedly impregnated only to have their babies ripped away from them, pigs are so confined they can’t even turn around, chickens and turkeys can live their entire lives without even seeing sunlight. The list goes on and on. Any compassionate heart will realize that these are sentient beings and they want to live, they deserve a good life. If you believe it’s wrong to treat a human this way, or a dog this way, why not farm animals?
The second reason is for the environment. Climate change is real and it’s here. The easiest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is by removing meat from our diets. The livestock industry produces more greenhouse gasses than the entire transportation industry combined (planes, trains, cars)! That is so shocking to me. In addition, factory farms produce disgusting cesspools that poison our waterways, and our few remaining forests are being cut down so the land can be used for animal agriculture, meaning to grow food to feed livestock. Again, the list of horrors continues, there really is a domino effect where one small action we may not even think about has a much larger impact.
Finally, the third reason is for yourself! Take your health into consideration. As my dad can tell you, not eating meat and other animal products lowers your cholesterol. It can also reduce blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers, clear up acne, help reverse diabetes, and maybe even increase your lifespan. If you’re interested in learning more about the health side of a vegetarian/vegan diet, I recommend watching Forks Over Knives, available on Netflix.
If you found these topics interesting, keep an eye out for future posts further exploring each one. Let me know what convinced you to go vegan, I’d love to hear from you!