1. Get in shape and get energized
Yes, energized! Read it and weep. Here I am defying the stereotype that vegans are a weak, grey, shrivelled excuse for a human being. People who follow a vegan diet are in fact far more energetic and find themselves easily keeping off any excess fat. Just check out vegan athletes such as Timothy Shieff, Jim Morris, Patrik Baboumian & Amanda Riester for some inspiration!
2. Save the lives of 198 animals every year
Now this one is a give-in. Going vegan reduces the demand for meat, dairy and eggs. In order to provide for 1 person who follows a typical western diet, nearly 200 animals are killed in these industries. It’s cool to be kind.
3. Reduce the risk of being poorly
Sniffles will be a thing of the past. Okay, I’m not saying you’re never going to get a cold again. But, your chances of getting a serious illness (all caused by harmful meat proteins) such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure are drastically lowered to a nearly non-existent rate. I mean, how many vegans are sat in hospital wards?
4. The food is ridiculously delicious
I’ll let the following photos speak for themselves…
5. Meat is literally nasty
I’m not even exaggerating or being petty here. Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids (eurgh!) All of these nasties make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States.
6. Help feed the world & keep farmers rich
It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people who go vegan, the more efficient we will be at feeding those who need it the most. There is no proof that a societal change to a vegan diet would harm the economy. Farmers who enslave and kill animals could easily transform their land back to its original purpose: the harvesting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.
7. Make the planet a greener place to live
If you thought cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships were bad for the environment it is important to realise that the meat industry alone causes more damage to the earth than all of these transportation methods put together.
8. Because being vegetarian simply isn’t enough
“The suffering caused by the dairy and egg industry is possibly less well publicised than the plight of factory farmed animals. The production of dairy products necessitates the death of countless male calves that are of no use to the dairy farmer, as well as the premature death of cows slaughtered when their milk production decreases. Similarly, in the egg industry, even ‘ethical’ or ‘free range’ eggs involve the killing of the ‘unnecessary’ male chicks when just a day old.” (The Vegan Society)
9. ‘Ethical meat’ is a myth
“It’s tempting to want to believe that the meat we eat is ethical, that our ‘food animals’ have lived full, happy lives and that they have experienced no pain or fear at the slaughterhouse. Yet the sad truth is that all living creatures (even those labelled ‘free range’ or ‘organic’) fear death, just as we do. No matter how they are treated when alive, they all experience the same fear when it comes to slaughter.” (The Vegan Society)
10. We get to live longer – hurrah!
We have an increased longevity of up to 50% than meat, dairy and egg eaters.
So, if all this isn’t enough to convince you head over to www.adaptt.org or www.vegansociety.com for more information.