Updated: Sep 26, 2019
It's about working together and taking care of our planet,
the nature, the animals and the people on it.
“It has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.” - Worldwatch Institute
Are you an animal lover? Then don't eat them!!
It's as easy and as straightforward as this: if you say you love animals then prevent their suffering and death by eating plant-based foods. Animals are just like us and our beloved pets we call family. They feel affection, fear, pain, grief and joy. They are able to form emotional bonds and friendships. Whenever you eat a piece of meat, you are killing a unique and beautiful creature who was once full of life. And get this, being vegan can save nearly 200 animals per year!!
It is commonly misunderstood that no animals are harmed in the egg and dairy industry. NOT TRUE! Billions of hens, chicks and millions of cows and calves go through immense suffering and death every year.
Did you know that by nature, a wild hen only lays between 10 and 20 eggs per year? Whereas, chickens used in the egg industry have been genetically modified to be able to lay between 250 and 300 eggs per year causing painful and fatal reproductive disorders. Not to mention the fact that laying an egg on it's own is stressful on a chicken's body. And don't be fooled by the labels that read "cage-free" and "free range" eggs! Most of them come from terrible conditions such as confined and filthy warehouses.
Likewise, the dairy industry is made up of destruction of motherhood, exploitation of the female reproduction, abuse and death. Just like all mammals, cows produce milk to feed their babies but instead the calves are immediately removed from their mothers after birth, and the milk is consumed by humans.
Now, let's not forget about all the animals in the ocean! All the farming chemicals, pesticides, hormones, runoff from animal manure has resulted in dead zones in the ocean (unable to support life), meaning that areas in the ocean has been polluted to the extent of oxygen depletion. However, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council's magazine, these dead zones can be saved over the years if we stopped agricultural pollution. Moreover, commercial fishing continues to unintentionally kill an abundance of ocean life. Fishing nets are annually harming and killing thousands of dolphins, whales, seals, turtles and sharks...
[Watch this 60 seconds of factory farming video by PETA -
Behind the scenes of the meat, egg and dairy industry
You will never want to eat animal products again]
**Viewer discretion is advised**
(contains violence, abuse and death of animals)
Help Feed the Hungry
“We are essentially using twenty times the amount of land and crops, and hundreds of times the water, as well as polluting our waterways and air and destroying rainforests, to produce animals to kill and eat … which is unhealthier than eating the plant products we could have produced.” - Dr Richard Oppenlander
Eating animal products not only harm animals but it harms people too! Every year, in a world of 7 billion people, 1 billion of them are malnourished and about 6 million children are starving to death. The production of meat is insanely inefficient, wasteful and unnecessary. Did you know that about 6kgs of grain is used to produce 0.5kg of meat? If we all just ate plant based foods directly, imagine how many more people we could feed.
“If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” Pimentel reported in Scientific American December 28, 2011.
Save Our Planet
"A global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save eight million lives by 2050 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds"
The consumption of meat is actually terrible for the Earth. It causes immense amounts of pollution, inefficient land use, as well as land degradation, water scarcity, deforestation, species extinction, and habitat loss.
Did you know that 70% of all agricultural land and 30% of all land is used to livestock production, in which deforestation is what provides the majority of this land? Deforestation causes mass extinction of animal and plant species, as well as the act itself results in immense pollution.
Furthermore, in regards to climate change, livestock production contributes more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined. Gases that play part in the greenhouse effect are carbon dioxide, which is created through the burning of fossil fuels which power farm machinery, transportation and the cooking of food. Another one of them being, methane which is produced in the intestines of ruminant livestock, such as cows, and nitrous oxide which is released through tillage and the fertilization of soils.
Finally, it is estimated that by the year 2025, more than 60% of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas. This can be prevented by changing to a vegan diet due to the fact that livestock production play a key factor in water shortage.
If you are already trying to help our environment by reducing your use of water, recycling and limiting car use, you must first examine the main contributor to climate change - what we eat.
Want to slim down or live a healthier lifestyle?
Then choose a vegan diet! Vegans are on average 10kgs lighter than meat-eaters! Being vegan also reduces your risks of developing diabetes, heart diseases and high blood pressure compared to meat-eaters. There have been studies conducted that suggest that a vegan diet can avoid, reduce and even reverse the development of many illnesses!
In addition, being vegan could prevent you from getting food poisoning! Scientists tested chickens' flesh from supermarkets and found that 96% of Tyson chicken packages were contaminated with a dangerous bacterium (campylobacter) that causes more than 2 million cases of food poisoning every year.
Moral of the story is...
Why not become vegan? You would not only be saving the animals, the planet and the people on it, but yourself!
Going on a vegan diet will have the biggest effect, but even going vegetarian, or cutting down on the consumption of animal products as much as possible can already have a huge impact on the environment.
So let's do it!!
Oppenlander, R. A. (2011). Uncomfortably Unaware. Minneapolis: Langdon Street Press.