Are you a vegan and thinking ‘I don’t need 101 reasons to go vegan, I’m already fully dedicated to this choice?’
Well, the funny thing about me is that even though my choice has utterly, completely to do with animals and preventing cruelty towards them, I still love finding more reasons to be vegan. Well, they are not ‘reasons’ per se, but more like amazing reminders why this lifestyle is the best choice one can make for their health, other creatures’ lives, and the planet. I certainly don’t need more convincing, but I simply feel good finding, collecting, and sharing these reminders.
This is why when I come across a video or an article talking about ‘why go vegan’ or ‘reasons to go vegan’ – I don’t just pass it by with the thought of ‘Oh, I don’t need this, I have enough reasons already.’ I decide to talk about it, and share it here on the site with the hope I will make more vegans feel good, read something that is informative, and maybe if they feel like it – share this information with someone, who might be open to it.
This is the beauty I find in Social Media –
when you feel strongly about something, or feel passionate about it – you can simply share an article or a thought on your wall, and whoever feels at least a little bit curious about it will actually take the time to read or listen to it. For me this is a great way to express yourself without being too pushy – you are basically inviting people into your world, and they can take the invite or leave it.
So, I am posting this list followed by a brilliantly constructed presentation on 101 reasons to go vegan with these two goals in mind:
To help fellow vegans feel good, and basically stay excited about being vegan; to get transitioning vegans this little extra push they need; and finally, to encourage anyone who feels like this to share this on their social media channels and invite others to explore the topic for themselves.
Check them out and I also highly recommend the video you’ll find in the end!
One of my favorite points in the video is when he calls reference to tradition. There have been many traditions we had in our culture over time that no longer exist today. These traditions started with us thinking things were one way when really they could have been another. We blindly followed these traditions and now look back on them and think “wow, I can’t believe we did that.”
I am not the center of the universe: other creatures’ lives matter.
Animals never gave their consent to use their bodies for food.
People eat 20% of U.S.-grown corn, while animals consume the remaining 80% and 95% U.S.-grown oats.
1 acre of land can produce 40,000 pounds of potatoes, or 250 pounds of beef. 56% of U.S. farmland is devoted to beef production.
Producing a meat-centered diet requires burning 3 times more fossil fuels than for a meat-free diet. The burning of fossil fuels results in the greenhouse effects, which produced global warming.
Producing the meat-centered diet resulted in clearing 260,000,000 acres of U.S. forestland, extinguishing over 1,000 species of flora and fauna each year.
To meet the high demand of American consumption, Central and South America export 300,000,000 pounds of meat each year. These regions’ forests are cut down to make pasture land, draining resources while 75% of Central and Southern American children under the age of 5 starve.
Livestock production consumes more than ½ of all water used in the U.S. Check this out.
25 gallons water = 1 pound wheat
5,000 gallons water = 1 pound beef
5,000 gallons water = 200 pounds wheat
The amount of water used in production of the average cow is sufficient to float a a large naval ship.
If every human ate a meat-centered diet, the world’s known oil reserves would last a mere 13 years. They would last 260 years if humans stopped eating meat altogether.
33% of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by the U.S. are devoted to the production of livestock, as compared with 2% to produce a complete vegetarian diet.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, two-thirds of the world’s major fishing grounds and stocks are now exhausted or seriously depleted.
With so many fish species on the brink of extinction (see #4), governments continually try to regulate fishing gear, catch size, and catch season. But the regulations almost never work. Policing is expensive.
Every year, 24,000 fishermen worldwide die on the job, making fishing the most dangerous occupation in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. In the U.S., a fisherman is 16 times as likely to die on the job as a policeman or fireman.
Half of every butchered cow and a third of every butchered pig becomes either by-product material or waste. In addition, 920 million animals die on U.S. factory farms before reaching slaughter.
Our modern dairy cow lives with an unnaturally swelled and sensitive udder, is likely never to be allowed out of her stall, is milked up to three times a day, and is kept pregnant nearly all of her abbreviated life.
A commercial egg-laying hen is kept crammed with four to eight other birds for life inside a small wire cage. The birds remain perpetually tortured and frustrated as their eggs fall through the wire mesh to roll out of reach but not out of sight. Egg laying is such a personal matter that a hen seeks privacy when performing the function.
Because of animal agriculture, the world sees a global pandemic of influenza three or four times per century. Ducks are often the original incubators for a new subtype. In turn, pigs are periodically able to act as hosts for both the avian viruses and human ones. Within the pigs’ lungs, the transspecies viruses swap genetic material, creating a new strain that may be passed back to humans. Historically, the most fertile place for this to happen has been south China, where billions of pigs, domesticated ducks, and people all live in close proximity to one another.
In any factory-farm operation, a percentage of the animals are sick or crippled. The industry calls them “downers.” Federal law does not protect them in any way. Downers are dealt with conveniently. Veterinary care is not wasted on them. If unable to walk, a downer is often dragged by chain or pushed by a tractor or forklift to slaughter. Such animals may be left to starve or freeze to death.
50% of all piglets have their teeth crushed and tails cut off without anaesthetics.
25% of turkeys are in chronic pain because of swollen joints – 70% of big birds.
Meat-eating women are 3.8 times more likely to contract breast cancer than vegans or vegetarians. The Cancer Project
Meat-eating women are 3 times more likely to die from ovarian cancer than vegans or vegetarians.
Men who eat meat are 3.6 times more likely to contract fatal prostate cancer.
Heart attacks are the #1 killer in the U.S., taking one person every 45 seconds. Men who eat meat are at 50% risk of death by heart attack.
New research suggests that dementia may be linked to a BSE-like ‘prion’ found in some meat.
Animal foods are high in sodium, which causes the blood to retain water. They also cause plaque to build up in the arteries, narrowing the flow area for blood. Combine these phenomena and you have a recipe for a disease that afflicts about 50 million Americans: high blood pressure. You can take calcium channel blockers and diuretics to control it, but studies warn that you risk losing intellectual function if you do.
Reduce risk of osteoporosis.
Eating a plant-based diet guards against disease, first in an active way, with complex carbohydrates, phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, then by default: The more plant foods you eat, the less room you have for the animal foods that clog arteries with cholesterol, strain kidneys with excess protein, and burden the heart with saturated fat.
Life span: There was a study in 2002 by the German Cancer Research Center which involved 1900 people, divided into 60 vegans, 1,165 vegetarians; and moderate vegetarians (occasional meat and fish eaters). Studying the mortality rate in comparison to the general population 52 deaths occurred for every 100 reported deaths. The results showed a 50% increase in longevity to male vegetarians and 30% for women.
Rats grow more slowly on vegetable protein than animal protein. When this fact was discovered 75 years ago, the meat industry seized upon it as proof that people should buy meat products. Subsequent studies, however, have shown that foods that promote rapid growth cause rapid aging and are more likely to facilitate cancer.
At least one in every five U.S. cow herds is believed to be infected with Johne’s disease. The infection is increasingly being linked to Crohn’s disease in people, a condition of chronic diarrhea, which requires victims to have parts of their intestines removed periodically.
Antibiotic resistance: To control staph infections and other diseases, livestock consume 55% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. As do humans, livestock build up immunities to these antibiotics, and the meat goes to market infected, presenting a health hazard to the public.
Less than one out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues.
99% of U.S. mother’s milk contains significant levels of DDT. In stark contrast, only 8% of U.S. vegetarian mother’s milk containing significant levels of DDT. This shows that the primary source of DDT is the meat ingested by the mothers.
Contamination of breast milk due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products found in meat-eating mothers versus vegetarian mothers is 35 times higher.
The amount of the pesticide Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant is 9 times the permissible level.
A report issued by the National Academy of Sciences in the summer of 2000 said that 60,000 children are born in the U.S. each year with neurological problems caused by mercury exposure. Environmental groups later concluded that the toxic threat of mercury in seafood was greater than previously thought, especially for children and pregnant women. Their warning advised that certain ocean fish, not just species of freshwater fish, should be avoided.
Meat packing is the most dangerous occupation in the nation. Workers may be crushed by animals falling off the line. Poultry workers typically make a single movement up to 20,140 times a day and suffer repetitive-stress dis-orders at 16 times the national average.
When researchers at Cornell University took on the task of developing menus for long-term space travel, prolonged and sustainable life support was their mission. Astronauts not only would have to prepare their own food; they would have to grow it first. In such lifeboat conditions, meat and dairy would have to be off the menu. Too bad not enough people see planet Earth in a similar way!
Pigs are more intelligent than any dog. More on this here.
Most factory farmed animals never see the light of day.
In the production of leather, cows are generally skinned alive after an eletronic stun.
Animal testing: Animal testing is a useless practice. The idea that a creature who might have a similar heart, lungs, or skin is the best way to do trials for new products, is cruel. How medicine affects our systems is not just one organ or one biological system, it affects a variety of biological systems and body chemistry.
You are pretty much forced to learn how to cook better and its great fun to chef it up and prepare colorful veggie meals!
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”