Most people were raised to think of animals in categories: some are pets, some are for eating, some used for their skin or feathers or fur, while others are for performing bizarre tests in the name of science. But once we understand that all animals think, feel, and love, the thought of exploiting any animal becomes horrifying. Every animal deserves to live the life they were meant to live.
There are countless videos online showing the violent abuse that takes place in the food, fashion, and medical-testing industries. Some people will say those are extreme cases. The sad reality is that the "standard industry practice" in every animal-based business is a practice of brutality. Other people may say that meat and dairy should come from "humane" farms. The fact is humane meat and dairy does not exist. There is absolutely no way to force an animal to live a life serving humans without using violence to force our will upon that animal. Ask yourself if that cow, pig, chicken, etc. was a dog or cat, would society tolerate the treatment that is forced upon that animal? The answer is no. In fact, if people treated dogs and cats the way these other animals are being treated every day, they would be charged with animal cruelty.
All of this needs to stop if we are to be a peaceful society.
There are many other benefits to living a vegan life. A plant-based diet has been proven to be the healthiest way to eat, every nutrient we need is in plants. The protein from plants is clean and free of antibiotics, hormones and cholesterol.
Going vegan is also the single biggest and easiest thing we can do to save the environment. Animal agriculture is responsible for a large percentage of the greenhouse gases leading to climate change. It uses huge amounts of water, and the untreated waste from factory farms pollutes our ground water and rivers.
For some people, going vegan may seem extreme, but when we stop and think about all that goes into breeding, raising, and then killing animals, we realize a meat-and-dairy diet is incredibly extreme and disgusting. We have been raised to believe eating animal products is normal. Those whose diet is based around meat and dairy essentially eat the same 3 or 4 animals and the same cows milk in different forms with every meal. Once we step away from meat and dairy, a whole new world opens up. There are literally thousands of different plants we can eat, each one with unique flavors and colors.
Over the past few years the vegan market place has exploded. In addition to all of the fruits, grains, and vegetables, most grocery stores now stock an array of vegan items, making it quick and easy to prepare a vegan meal. Vegan milks, cheeses, and mock meats seen in the stores can also be prepared from scratch at home for an even healthier and more affordable way to eat vegan.
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