Why Do People Adopt A Vegetarian Or Vegan Diet, Or Are Meat Reducers?
There are a range of reasons people may choose a vegetarian or vegan diet.
To Stop Animal Cruelty
One reason people adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet or lifestyle is because they feel strongly opposed to the horrific cruelty that the meat, dairy and egg industries continuously inflict on animals.
Animals are only made to endure bad treatment, and the horrific terror and agony of slaughter, because people fund the industry by buying animal products. As long as people repeatedly fund it, the cruelty will continue. The only way to stop it, is to close your wallet to it.
Vegetarians and vegans against animal cruelty refuse to fund industries that causes such suffering. Each person can save around 100 animals from suffering every year, simply by not eating meat.
In addition to not eating meat, vegans who are opposed to animal cruelty will not eat eggs or dairy because of the cruelty of these industries. See the “How Do Animals In The Egg Industry Suffer?” for more information.
Vegans opposed to animal cruelty will not just adopt the vegan diet, but also adopt the vegan lifestyle.
Part of the vegan lifestyle is avoiding funding animal suffering in all areas of their lives. For instance, they will not wear clothes made of leather, mulesing wool, or anything else derived from animals. These vegans would never purchase or wear real fur, considering it is sliced off the bodies of animals while they are alive and conscious. Some vegans will not purchase faux fur because it is known that real fur can be purposely mis-labelled and sold as faux fur.
These vegans will also not buy products tested on animals (see Cruelty Free Shopping). Many vegans will not buy or use products containing palm oil, as palm oil plantations are created by destroying the forest habitat of wild and endangered animals, such as orangutans. The forest is burned, and many animals get killed in the fires. Orangutans and other animals are often also killed by the plantation workers who are protecting the crops.
Some products state they use sustainable sources of palm oil, although there is doubt about how meaningful that is. To find out more, see here.
To Help the Environment
Image: Greenhouse gases caused by transportation, compared to animal agriculture. Howard Lyman is a former cattle rancher turned campaigner.
Some people choose to have vegetarian or vegan diets to help the environment. Meat has a huge carbon footprint, due to the methane farm animals release, the planets rescources used, plus other factors. This is bad for the environment and contributes to global warming.
It alarming how much of the planets resources are used to produce just one pound of beef, and how much damage is done to the environment, as seen in the image above.
In contrast, the image below details the environmental benefits, as well as other advantages, of going vegan.
World Poverty And Starvation
Another reason people choose not to fund animal agriculture is to help combat world poverty and hunger. The images below demonstrate why.
For Non-Ethical Reasons
People can also adopt these diets for non-ethical reasons: They may not
like the taste of meat, they may want to improve their health, and they may wish to abstain from eating processed meat to avoid illnesses such as cancer.
The antibiotics pumped into farm animals are a big factor in the nation becoming immune to anti-biotics. Human deaths from infection are already growing alarmingly, due to anti-biotics failing to work. There is also concern about what effect growth hormones, and other drugs given to farm animals, are having on consumers of meat. These factors could also contribute to people deciding on a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Food allergies or an intolerance can also cause people to adopt vegetarian or vegan diets.
Some people have a vegetarian or vegan diet because of the religion they follow. Other reasons can be political, cultural, aesthetic or economic.
Einstein said “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”
Why Be A Meat Reducer?
Meat reducers are people who consiously make an effort to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. They may do this because they recognise the health benefits of doing so, and/or they understand the impact animal agriculture has on the environment and want to reduce it.
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