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I have always loved the sunflower. It is a genuine symbol of life, strength, beauty, and is the symbol for veganism. It is a poignant reminder every summer, when it blooms fully, that every living entity wants to flourish and thrive.

The definition of veganism, coined by Donald Watson, founder of The Vegan Society in 1944, is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” Veganism is about respecting animals as living beings. The results of living a vegan life naturally inspire us to preserve and care for our ourselves and our planet in every way possible. Veganism is about living abundantly.  It is about learning to be conscious of what it means to be alive and respecting all life forms. It is about embracing all of creation, respecting and nourishing it.

As each day passes, we are closer and closer to destroying our planet by not living vegan. Our waters are contaminated, our air is polluted, our rich rain forests full of abundant healing plants are being eliminated, our planet is being destroyed by climate change mostly due to factory farming, sentient beings are being mindlessly and needlessly captured, caged, tortured and killed for our palates, and our bodies are being diseased by the animal products we consume.

Why Live Vegan

Go Vegan for the Planet

Consuming a vegan diet will help save, preserve, and edify our only planet. 

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Here is why: 

  • Animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world; the 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year, which equates to 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Fifty billion animals are raised and slaughtered in factory farms around the world each year (ten billion in the United States alone).
  • Over ninety nine percent of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms.
  • It takes only twenty-five gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of grain. It takes 2500 gallons to produce 1 lb. of meat!
  • Seventy percent of the grain grown in the U.S. is used for producing meat. If that grain were being fed directly to people, no one on the planet would go hungry.
  • Twenty vegans can live off the same amount of land required by one meat consumer.
  • Nitrates and pesticides used on crops grown to feed livestock flow into our rivers and destroy the health of micro environments and our planet’s ecosystems.
  • Rainforests are cleared at an alarming rate every year to make room to raise cattle for meat consumption. At this rate, American forests cleared to raise cattle will be extinct in fifty years.
  • A third of the land on our planet is used to raise farm animals. One large factory farm can create as much waste as the entire city of Los Angeles!

Go Vegan for the Animals 

Consuming a vegan diet will save billions of animals from needless suffering and slaughter every year. 

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Here is why: 

  • About fifty billion animals are unnecessarily factory-farmed worldwide every year for meat consumption. These animals are exposed to cruel, unsanitary and horrific conditions.
  • Animals are kidnapped against their will; they are forced into a cycle of unnatural breeding and giving birth their entire short lives; they are caged, raped, tortured, dehorned, debeaked, branded, knifed and scalded alive, drugged with antibiotics, given hormones to speed growth, genetically engineered, beaten, and overcrowded. Their testicles are cut off without anesthesia, and they are made to spend their limited lives in cages not even large enough for them to turn around in! This is atrocious!
  • Dairy cows are considered the most horribly treated animals. They are kept constantly pregnant. Once they give birth, their calves are taken from them and made into veal. The milk that is meant for that calf is consumed by people.  Once the dairy cow is thoroughly spent and exhausted from giving birth so many times, she is then rendered useless and ground up for fast-food hamburger patties.
  • Chickens are now specifically bred for either eating or laying eggs. Male chicks are immediately killed, either by being burned alive or thrown into a large bag and left to suffocate to death.
  • Pigs are kept in extremely crowded conditions. The poor ventilation and filth in factory farms cause such rampant disease in pigs that seventy percent of them have pneumonia by the time they are sent to the slaughterhouse. In order to keep pigs alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them and to promote unnaturally rapid growth, the industry keeps pigs on a steady diet of the antibiotics.  This overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. The ham, bacon, and sausage that you are eating may make the drugs your doctor prescribes when you are sick completely ineffective.
  • The oceans are over-fished and are dying. Marine life is being dramatically and dangerously depleted and killed. Many species are on the verge of extinction for being accidentally killed in modern fishing practices. In Indonesia, for every one pound of shrimp, twenty-six pounds of other sea animals are killed and tossed back into the ocean, for example.

Go Vegan for Yourself

Consuming a vegan diet will dramatically improve your health. 


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Here is why: 

  • There is no nutrient, vitamin or mineral that your body requires that cannot be obtained by consuming a plant-based diet.
  • Vegan diets contain higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, and foliate.
  • A vegan diet contains ZERO cholesterol, which is a leading cause of heart disease.
  • Vegans live an average of eight years longer than meat eaters.
  • Consuming meat contaminated with antibiotics and growth hormones has been proven to cause tumor growth in humans and wreak havoc on the body.
  • Meat from slaughterhouses is contaminated with fecal matter, is often rotten and not deemed safe for consumption. This meat is rinsed in bleach to “clean it up” before it is packed for sale. Is this something you truly want to eat?
  • The average American eats twice as much protein necessary for a healthy diet, and much of that comes from meat and dairy. Adequate protein levels are found in fruit and vegetables, legumes and beans, seeds and nuts. A small amount of protein is needed for optimal health. An excess amount of protein has been proven to cause degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • A healthy weight loss is the typical result of an organic, plant-based, vegan diet. By eating vegan, you will eliminate most of the unhealthy foods that cause weight issues and some degenerative diseases. Thirty three percent of American animal-based diet consumers are obese while only two percent of vegans are.
  • By following a healthy vegan diet, your energy level is much higher than that of a person who consumes an animal-based diet.
  • Bone health depends on a balance of small amounts of protein, adequate calcium intake, high potassium and low sodium. Eating a healthy vegan diet will ensure all four of these points and prevent osteoporosis. 

Veganism is the wave of the future. It is actually THE FUTURE if we want a future, that is. It is time to bring about a world where our resources, the animals, and our bodies are respected and cherished. It is time for a drastic change towards compassion, love, and veganism worldwide.

Works Cited

Farm Sanctuary. https://www.farmsanctuary.org/. Accessed 31 Oct 17.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). https://www.aspca.org/. Accessed 31 Oct  2017.

The Vegan Society. “Definition of Veganism.” https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/definition-veganism. Accessed 31 Oct 17.

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