WHY WON'T VEGANS JUST
STOP TALKING ABOUT IT?
WE BELIEVE THAT IT'S BECAUSE DOING GOOD FEELS GREAT, AND WE WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO TRY IT!
Some reasons to try a vegan diet:
For the animals
More than 150 billion animals are tortured by the food industry each year. The land and sea animals we consume are sentient beings capable of positive and negative experiences such as pleasure and pain. In factory farms, these animals are confined, unable to practice their most basic behaviors, and subjected to painful and stressful practices, such as castration, tail-cutting, debeaking, or horn cutting without any anesthesia. Although laws seek to regulate how animals are treated in different production processes, the suffering of millions of animals cannot be denied.
For the environment
Environmentally, animal agriculture is one of the most harmful industries. It accounts for at least 14.5% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions globally and up to 91% of the Amazon's deforestation. Meat production is also one of the biggest polluters of watersheds globally. Maintaining this unsustainable food system by consuming animal products means risking our existence on this planet. A risk we cannot afford to take.
For your health
Several studies link the consumption of animal products to many diseases and health conditions. Scientists have proven that the consumption of animal products could lead to a higher risk of several types of cancer, such as colorectal, pancreatic, prostate, and breast cancer. Moreover, meat consumption is also associated with a significantly increased risk of diabetes, heart diseases, heart attacks, and strokes. However, a predominantly plant-based diet can help prevent, treat, or reverse heart disease, brain diseases like stroke and Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancers.
To prevent future pandemics
Factory farms are known to be perfect breeding grounds for the propagation of diseases: usually closed, unsanitary places filled with stressed, immunologically compromised animals, poor sanitary conditions, little or no genetic variety. But animal agriculture also contributes in other ways to the emergence of illnesses: through deforestation, altered land use, climate change, and increased contact between farmed and wild animals. Nowadays, 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.
For indigenous peoples
The deforestation and land-use pressure caused by animal agriculture and crops used for animal feed are some of the main contributors to the theft of indigenous peoples' lands. For example, a report from Amnesty International shows that JBS, the world's largest beef producer, contributes to human rights abuses by offering economic incentives for cattle illegally grazed in protected areas.
For workers rights
Workers in factory farms, the meatpacking industry, and fisheries are some of the most exploited and vulnerable, and these industries even rely on the work of undocumented and unprotected immigrants. This sector accounts for very high injury and illness rates, often with accidents leading to death, and higher chances of developing psychological disorders due to intensive exposure to violence and death. There are also several reports of human rights abuses, such as killings, beatings, and trafficking, within the animal industry.
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