Go Vegan
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    1. Christiane Henker
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      Christiane Henker

      Leipzig, Germany

All around us today, the natural world upon which humans and animals depend is under attack. Animals in factory farms suffer terribly, and pollution, deforestation, global warming, and resource depletion are rapidly destroying the planet. But how can one person make any difference?

The answer is as close as your dinner plate. Thousands of people across the country are standing up for animals and the environment by adopting a vegan lifestyle.

 

Vegans take personal responsibility for making the world a better place by giving up meat, dairy products, eggs, and other animal-derived items.

 

That simple choice has powerful consequences. Veganism saves animals from the horrors of the slaughterhouse, reduces pollution from factory farms, and preserves soybeans and grain--which would otherwise be fed to animals being raised for food--for the millions of malnourished people in our hungry world.

 

Eco-Eating

Animal agriculture is directly or partially responsible for many of the world’s most serious environmental problems- global warming, water use and pollution, massive energy consumption, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and spices, as well as the deep impact of fishing on our oceans. Reducing or eliminating the consumption of animal products is one of the most powerful ways an individual reduce his or her carbon footprint.

Prevent Animal Cruelty


Vegans are motivated by compassion for animals' suffering and respect for life. Both modern science and simple common sense tell us that other animals besides humans feel pain and fear death. Vegans empathize with living creatures and understand that humans don’t need to eat meat, wear leather, or drink milk to survive.

Animals on a modern factory farm lead lives of unimaginable suffering and die cruel deaths in order to end up on the dinner table. Intense competition drives farmers to value profits and efficiency over the animals' natural desires or quality of life. Animals are squeezed into ever smaller living quarters, even as new biotechnology is used to make animals grow bigger and produce more meat, milk or eggs. Lowering the cost per unit is the overriding goal.

Pumped up with hormones and drugs, dairy cows spend years in a concrete stall or filthy feed lot before they dry up and are sent to slaughter. Most calves born to dairy cows are quickly separated from their mothers, confined in tiny pens, and then killed for veal after only a few months of life. Chickens raised for eggs are crammed together in tiny cages and have their beaks clipped to prevent them from hurting one another due to stress from confinement. Death is merciless and inevitable: a bolt gun or a knife ends a life spent in hell.

Vegans do not wear products derived from animals. Fur and leather are the result of suffering and exploitation. So is wool: lambs are castrated and have their tails cut off without anesthetic, and many sheep die of exposure due to premature shearing. Some cosmetics and personal care items contain animal by-products such as honey, lanolin and lard. Vegans use the widely available alternatives that are animal-free.

Experiments on animals are another source of suffering. Rabbits, dogs, rats and many other beings die to test soap and make-up or in medical research that many doctors have condemned as irrelevant to human health. The agony suffered by animals in research facilities is all the more outrageous because cruelty-free non-animal-based alternatives exist.

A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.
—Leo Tolstoy

Preserve Your Health

Plant-based diets - including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes - offer an abundant, diverse selection of nutrient-rich foods to choose from, are high in fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, and have no saturated fat (with the exception of coconuts and palm oil). According to numerous studies, plant-based diets have been shown to lower the risk of many diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

The American Dietetic Association states, “…appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, as well as for athletes.”

But going vegan won't just save your life and animals' lives. A plant-based diet is also an important step towards solving the terrible problem of world hunger. Animal agriculture is a grossly inefficient way of growing food: Experts estimate that at least seven pounds of grain or soybeans are needed to generate one pound of meat. Food that could be going directly to hungry people is instead being inefficiently funneled into producing steaks and hamburgers. Animal agriculture also wastes staggering amounts of water and energy. One thing is clear: if all the people of Earth are going to be fed, we must eat more wisely, responsibly, and compassionately.

Protect the Earth

How we eat also affects the air, the water, the forests and the oceans. The production of meat has a devastating impact on the subtle web of connections that sustains life on our planet. Rainforests are leveled to raise cattle, factory farms pollute rivers and lakes, over-grazing erodes fertile land into arid desert, and vast quantities of energy and water are wasted to raise animals for food. At sea, huge fishing drift nets turn acres of ocean into graveyards. All this damage to the earth can be stopped. Taking meat, dairy, and eggs off your plate will make a difference.

On Global Warming-

What we put into our bags at the grocery store actually has more environmental impact than whether we bring our reusable shopping bag or drive a hybrid to the store. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released a study in 2006 revealing that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation combined.

 

“Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems,” says U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official Dr. Henning Steinfeld, senior author of the report.

 

Animal agriculture contributes to the global greenhouse effect from the methane produced by cows, deforestation of the rainforest to create land suitable for grazing and the enormous consumption of fossil fuel used to operate the factory farms and slaughterhouses. It takes 8 times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein as it does to produce plant protein.

Better Than Local-

When we think of eating green, we often think of locally produced food as being the most ecological choice. However, a 2008 study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that shifting just two meals a week from meat and dairy products to a vegetarian diet reduces more greenhouse gasses than buying all locally-sourced food.

 

Water-

Over half the total amount of fresh water consumed in the U.S. goes to irrigate land to grow feed for livestock. It takes less water to produce one year's worth of food for a completely plant-based diet, than to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products. Additionally, the millions of tons of waste produced by these massive farm animal populations pollutes our lakes, rivers, and groundwater.

De-forestation-

Animal agriculture destroys thousands of acres of forests that help purify the air, reduce carbon dioxide, and are home to many species of insects, animals, birds, and plants. It is estimated that one acre of trees is preserved each year by every individual who switches to a completely plant-based diet.

COMPASSIONATE CHOICES-

As you are making your compassionate transition, IDA is here to help and support you. From easy, delicious recipes to a vegan starter kit, IDA offers a variety of free materials to help you start enjoying a plant-based diet. By going vegan you join hundreds of thousands of people across the globe who have decided that they can and will improve the world by simply altering what they eat.

 

Veganism is about celebrating life by taking care of your heath and the health of our planet, and protecting of the animals that share our world.

 

more information:http://www.chooseveg.com/

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    • Katie C BALDWINSVILLE, NY
      • 4 months ago

      Everyone should go vegan to make the world a better, cleaner, and more peaceful place!

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    • Mikayla Marshall WILMINGTON, NC
      • 7 months ago

      I believe in being vegan, so this applies to me.

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    • Stan BALABUSZKO GILBERTS, UNITED STATES
      • 9 months ago

      The Ghost of Dead livestock.

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    • clint balabuszko MARENGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      Before I became a vegetarian and after a year a vegan, I would have been seen consuming animals like the majority of others. When my family and I went out to a restaurant to eat at; my sister, Sabrina, who is a vegan, would shake her head and ask us why we were eating meat? Children naturally take in what they see, what everyone else is doing, and attempt to understand and adopt what they observe into their life, which is what I did, until I felt as if I needed more insight into topics before adopting something relatively foreign as my belief. “Everyone else is doing it” may be a logical assumption because it appears to be logical to comply with a populace within a country that is applying ethics to a culture to unearth and prove the obvious fact; everyone, everywhere, is created equal, but what are the parameters of everyone? I had given it thought, but I thought because it was such an “immense commitment” I could not commit because I enjoyed eating meat too much, this is a excuse that I hear most of time when discussing with people about why I am a vegan. With a growing curiosity on cultural customs, as a result inspected Sabrina’s perspective through the internet, books, magazine articles and other resources. I realized how oblivious I was to certain information in the world; I wanted change and show others these truths.

      When people criticize or question my reason for being a vegan, to me, it always seems like they are asking inapplicable questions. For example, my grandfather, we call him popop, says I need meat to become strong for sports and other activities. This is false statement, for instance, Bob Harper, the professional trainer from Biggest Loser, is a vegan; look him up he’s ripped. Popop is a conservative, and finds it strange to see things change and believes his say in things is almost always correct, so I just nodded along. If this was someone that is more open for my point of view I would have said it’s what your diet consists of; there is no reason to eat meat when I can gain three grams of protein from a cup of broccoli. Nuts, seeds, soy products, and cereal all contain amino acids which are the structure of proteins. My protein levels are healthy, for my weight, and I am not living a guilt free life, I am still ashamed of contributing to this unresolved conflict for as long as I did as a child.

      When the question of why I am a vegan arises I answer with a very diluted version of what I am thinking. I get angry sometimes when people are exceedingly unfamiliar on why I am a vegan, when, in my mind, it is so obvious. Since humans dominate the world as the apex predator we think we have the authority to distinguish which animals are bound to become a dish on a menu or a house pet. I try to speculate on why is a dog abnormal to consume in America but, in Asian countries, considered to be a normal and actually “beneficial” dish. Also, how people can give one animal, a cat for instance, living space, food and a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years and a perpetual death sentence to cows in American and other cultures around the world. The average lifespan of a “meat cow”, a cow that has been conceived for the sole purpose of consumption, is given a depressing 15-20 months to grow. During this period of time they are injected with hormones so that they begin growing at a faster rate and certain parts of their bodies develop faster so when the cow is sliced and bagged there is a larger bang for the meat packing company’s buck. Cows are also given corn, a foreign vegetable to them, instead of grass. Since corn is a component of gas, when gas prices rise so is corn prices so if corn is not on the menu then cows are fed bakery waste; donuts, gum, that is still in the wrapper and even leftovers of their fallen comrades are also provided as a food source for cows. Since they are forced to eat corn, they get sick from consuming food that they shouldn’t be eating and are then given antibiotics because their stomachs are specifically designed to eat grass not junk. On top these facts, they are given a substantially lower life expectancy because of constant sickness invading their bodies. With human interaction discarded from the data, cows can live to up to 20-25 years. In one single hour 250 cows are slaughtered; with that insane number people might wonder how many in a year. Well, in Australia alone there are 9 to 10 million are killed a year; this is only one country with a smaller population than that of the United States. Now, imagine a growing population on a crowded planet and have not only the numbers which I iterated, but for pigs, goats, chickens, and exotic animals multiplied and the results are overwhelming and people who eat meat contribute their appreciation to the depressed, confused, and deprived animal by buying it at McDonalds for under a dollar; a dollar for all of that.

      Some might argue that cows are not capable of comprehending the situation; believing they are stupid, but cows are a very underestimated species. Since cows have a lazy lifestyle people, that haven’t looked into cows complexities, just adopt the stereotypical portrayal of cows inner abilities. In reality, cows have very advanced cognitive capabilities; retaining and learning information is simplistic to cows. This intelligent mammal can develop friendships and hold grudges against people or other cows that are rude to them. When a loved one, family member, dies they grieve them as humans would. Within a wild herd social relationships are formed and cows even elect leaders for their herd based on their attributes. The intelligent mammal reacts in the same manner that a parent would if their child was with them one second and absent the next while in a grocery store. Calling out their name, frantically and trying to search for them. This is the same case for cows except their missing babies are now considered veal. We aren’t very much different when it comes to basic instinctive matters.

      With these undoubtedly horrific facts crowding my my mind I did not want to be classified as a homosapien. Once I finished researching I didn’t want to feel happiness again knowing that these horrors occur every hour of every day and were committed by the human race; the people who believed that everyone is created equal; we are people that will not stand to be overlooked and stepped on, but we are people with intelligent, willing bodies willing to stand up to cruelty and oppressors for the sake of our individuality and our freedom. How could break our promise to the upheld belief by being so cruel and oblivious to not even stop to notice that that “burger patty” had the possibility to live; to experience life, grow old and die happily and it ended up in a bun knowing only of pain and suffering. Oppositions to not being vegan is completely irrelevant to me because with what I have learned there is no reason to eat other animals; we as a whole could be so much better, but as always our ignorance will be the roadblock to our success. This is a belief that I will take to the grave and it defines me as who I am and what I want for the sake of billions of the animals.

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    • Samantha Kulcsar GLENDALE, AZ
      • 9 months ago

      Animals are amazing! And, A lot of people live longer and happier with a vegan diet. :D

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