Understanding Veganism

Veganism is Environmentalism

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Over 51% of greenhouse gases are from animal agriculture while only 13% are from the entire transportation industry. 


91% of the Amazon Rain Forest has been destroyed due to animal agriculture which is 1-2 acres of rain forest gone every 60 seconds.


Waste from dairy 2,500 cows equals waste from a city of 411,000 people.


It takes over 660 gallons of water to make 1 hamburger. That is the equivalent of 2 months worth of 15 minute showers.


Over 51% of all large fish have been killed and by the year 2048 all ocean life will be gone due to the fishing industry and animal agriculture. 


82% of the world's starving children live in countries in which their surplus grains are shipped to feed animals raised for food in developed countries. 


http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/


http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facts-on-animal-farming-and-the-environment/

Veganism is An Attempt to a Cruelty Free Lifestyle

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Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. 


It is estimated that, each year: 970 billion – 2.7 trillion fishes are caught from the wild, of which. 450 billion – 1 trillion fish are caught to make fish meal and fish oil. 37120 billion farmed fish are killed for food. 


Every year over 1 billion animals are killed for leather and over 50 million are killed annually for fur.


 Each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing. 


http://www.animalequality.net/food

Veganism Leads to Optimal Health When Done Responsibly

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A Vegan Diet Is Richer in Certain Nutrients 


It Can Help You Lose Excess Weight 


It Appears to Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improve Kidney Function 


 A Vegan Diet May Protect Against Certain Cancers 


It's Linked to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease 


A Vegan Diet Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis 


80% of our Immune System is in our Digestive System and can do more than any medication if allowed to do so with a healthy diet. 


Every three per cent increase in calories from plant protein was found to reduce risk of death by 10 per cent


 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/vegan-meat-life-expectancy-eggs-dairy-research-a7168036.html


https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-diet-benefits#section1

Veganism Is Not a Diet

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 Vegans abstain from eating any animal products. According to The Vegan Society, “Veganism is a 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.” This means that many vegans also don’t purchase leather goods. But it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re eating lots of whole foods plant-based meals. Vegans could get through life eating processed foods and snubbing their veggies just like anyone else. Think potato chips, (vegan-friendly) gummy candy, and even cookies.   


A whole foods plant-based diet, on the other hand, emphasizes eating whole fruits and vegetables, consuming lots of whole grains, and staying away from (or at least minimizing) the intake of animal products and processed foods for health reasons. That means that even vegan desserts made with refined sugar or bleached flour are out. It does not restrict their purchase of leather goods. 

 

There are no strict guidelines or definitions for what constitute a whole foods plant-based diet other than focusing on eating lots of fresh produce and minimally processed foods. It’s focus on eating whole foods.


The goal for all should be a vegan lifestyle on a plant based diet. Vegan lifestyle encourages a compassionate and cruelty-free life and a whole food plant based diet is the healthiest diet to avoid and cure illness.


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plant-based-diet-vs-vegan-diet_us_5923374fe4b034684b0ebff0

No Oppression is Isolated

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Being Vegan is about living a life that is against oppression of animals. Humans are animals as well. Although non human sentient beings are voiceless and viewed as property to too many people being vegan is about trying to make a difference for all animals that may be oppressed. 


It took about 250 years for the United States to realize slavery was wrong because its in the bible.


Women had to fight for their right to vote, own property and be considered an equal to men according to the law. 


The Civil Rights Movement helped change the law in which people of color would be allowed to attend schools, use bathrooms, sit in the same seats in public establishments and be able to vote the same as the rest of Americans. 


So with animal rights, many are aware they have feelings like happiness, fear, pain, love, etc., and are not accessories but living sentient beings that have every right to live and be free as their human counterparts. As the social issues listed above, history has proven that the law may be behind the times. Just because something is tradition or legal doesn't mean it was ever morally correct.  


 In his memoir, Callus on My Soul, Gregory wrote:I had been a participant in all of the "major" and most of the "minor" civil rights demonstrations of the early sixties. Under the leadership of Dr. King, I became convinced that nonviolence meant opposition to killing in any form. I felt the commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill" applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other—war, lynching, assassination, murder, and the like—but in their practice of killing animals for food and sport. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel, and brutal taking of life. 


https://www.bonappetit.com/story/dick-gregory-vegan-civil-rights

Veganism for Children

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Raising children as vegan is not just about the nutritional benefits, but also about teaching them about compassion and treating other living beings with respect and equality.


‘It’s important for children to understand where food comes from, how animals are treated, the impact that has on our health and the environment


This allows children to make informed choices based on facts and compassion rather than habit and what is perceived as the ‘norm’. Those choices are then more likely to be better for their health, for animals, and for the environment.’


/www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/animals-used-food-factsheets/vegan-children-healthy-happy/