In Part 1, of my explanation of why I am vegan, I discussed my personal journey to be coming vegan and also, the health reasons of why one should become vegan.
In Part 2, I will discuss the environmental and ethical reasons. Also, I am a lot more brief in this post, than in Part 1, which contains most of the information I have given on veganism.
So, let’s start off with the environment…
The affects of animal agriculture on the environment:
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. Here’s why:
- Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
- Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere
A few more facts (these are not all the affects, but just to list a few):
- One tenth of the water on this planet is polluted by animal agriculture, making the land it sits on uninhabitable (destroying entire ecosystems).
- Millions of acres of rainforest and even forests in the U.S., are destroyed in order to grow crops to feed factory farm animals. (Yes, soy and grain that humans eat come from deforested land, however, we would not need as much land for these crops, if we were not mass producing and feeding billions of animals just to be food.)
- It takes 2,400 gallons of water (50 full bathtubs) to produce one pound of meat.
I find it odd, that we use all this land to grow crops to feed animals, that are born only to then be eaten, yet 795 million people suffer from hunger daily. If we allowed a normal population of farm animals, and stopped mass producing them for food, we could instead, feed these crops to children and families whose stomachs are empty.
“Certain animals are meant for food, others serve us as pets.”
No species is on this planet to serve another species. Animals are sentient beings, meaning we all feel. We all desire to live and we all desire companionship. A mother cow having her baby calf taken away at birth, feels loss and pain. It is her natural instinct to want to care, love, and provide for that baby. We all have these same instincts and emotions. Humans have become disconnected from the world around them, not realizing or caring, where products come from. We don’t even stop to think that the meat on our plates is flesh, a carcass of a once living being, that was cognizant of its demise. These beings, lived a life only knowing endless slaughter and prolonged emotional and physical pain.
Industries materialize living beings and buying these products will keep these industries afloat.
What about free range and organic?
Organic or not, animal products are just not meant for your body, and are not the best for you.
And, free range?
This is the difference between caged chickens and free range:
I would not consider being crammed into a room, without sufficient amount of space to move, freedom. I am not going to go into the details about the cruel methods and conditions of factory farming right now. The point is, we are taking away the animals ability to be as they are. I know people will tell me”But, its tradition, or what people are used to”. Just because something is tradition, does not make it moral, or right. Slavery was, and is to some still a tradition, but it is clearly immoral. We are enslaving animals. We materialize living souls, slaughter them, then package their dead bodies and put them on shelves to be bought. There are over seven billion people on this planet, currently. Nine billion animals are slaughtered in both the meat and dairy industry each year. Let that sink in. It gives my body chills to think that all these animals can be mass produced, and then wiped out without anyone blinking an eye, without anyone noticing. For whatever reason humans like to feel superior, they crave power, and whenever possible, exert it over another. In this world, money is power, so getting rid of these industries, would take a widespread awakening. It would also require a whole lot of, uh oh, change. I know, scary, right? Change is difficult. Getting rid of these industries would also take away jobs and would kill a large money making industry. It’s big business, that is why their isn’t an abundance of knowledge of the effects these products have on your health. Another thing, people would have to change their eating habits, and although we don’t like to admit it, we get addicted to certain foods to the point where we crave them.
“Plants have feelings too. If we are going to kill them, we might as well kill animals too.”
No. No, they don’t. Plants don’t even possess nervous systems to feel pain, and they also don’t have brains. Humans eating plants benefits our ecosystems and actually spreads plant growth through germination. Destroying tons of extra land to grow crops for animal agriculture does not.
Here is another video. This documentary does not sugar coat. It can be graphic. Naturally, it is quite disturbing. It will take away the ability to ignore the truth, and the truth that you see you won’t be able to forget. It is a harsh reality check. I am not asking you to watch this to torture yourself. You obviously don’t have to watch it, and the only reason people chose to watch it, is to become self aware and educated of the cruelty. It reassures you of your decision to become vegan and serves as a reminder. It is also motivating and drives you to spread love and end suffering. Often where motivation is lacking, is where ignorance remains.