There are essentially three reasons to go vegan, each sufficient on their own:
Animals: The vast majority of animals raised for food live miserable short lives filled with suffering. In fact, there is so much suffering in animal agribusiness that more animals literally suffer to death before slaughter than are killed for all other reasons (fur, experiments, shelters) combined. We can easily prevent this needless suffering by eating vegan meals instead of eating animals and their products.
Environment: Modern animal “farming” is environmentally destructive and wasteful. It is a leading contributor to today’s most serious environmental problems.
Human Health: Vegetarians and vegans tend to have lower incidences of disease, specifically heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. But there’s more than just disease caused by excessively eating animals. The more important health hazard may be the diseases spread by animals. An increase in the demand for products from livestock animals is likely to result in an increase in the spread of infectious diseases. That’s due to overuse of antimicrobial drugs in livestock, overcrowding of animals that hastens the spread and mutation of disease, and waste from CAFOs that contaminates water and soil.
Any of the reasons above is a good reason to go vegan!
Borrowed with permission from: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/why-vegan-three-reasons/ (March 2014)
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