Hello! So, as of a little over a month ago, I decided to go vegan and, quite frankly, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It has so many wonderful benefits, but before I get into that, I would like to explain why
I switched to veganism.
One of the reasons, and perhaps the most obvious, is the cruelty inflicted on animals in factory farms. For example, chickens in the meat industry typically spend their entire lives tucked away in warehouse-like buildings, never getting to see the sun or nature even once. With as many as 20,000 chickens locked up in one such building, each chicken only gets an area similar to a letter-sized piece of paper on which to live. This often results in sores and scratches for the poor birds, who are forced to walk on and trample each other if they want to so much as move. Additionally, these chickens have their growth artificially sped up, so that when they are large enough to be sent to the slaughterhouse, they are only 6-7 weeks old and still chicks but are larger than adult chickens are naturally supposed to be! There is also no law that the slaughterhouses must render chickens unconscious before killing them, and the electric water baths used to stun them are often still painfully felt by the animals before they are actually stunned. It's not just chickens treated like this, either. Cows are kept in cages too small for them to turn around, and these cages are never cleaned. Pigs are kept in pens and have their tails cut off when they are still piglets. And this happens during the production of various animal products, not just meat.
"Humane" labels are no help, either. The layers of "cage-free" eggs are still often tightly packed into windowless warehouse buildings with no room to spread their wings. "Free-range" labels can simply mean that a small pen leading to the outside (even if the animals can't actually access it easily) is attached to the warehouse. "Grass-fed" animals can still have their bodies chock-full of pesticides and chemicals - such as ammonia and arsenic - and grass-fed could even mean that these animals have tasted grass once
in their lives. Once.
Veganism also has health benefits for humans. First off, it's a more natural way to eat. Think about it: humans are not only the one species that drinks milk past infancy, but the only species that drinks another species' milk for which out bodies aren't designed. After all, I'm sure you've heard that milk makes your bones stronger; actually, the U.S., which has the second highest rate of milk consumption in the world, has the second highest rate of hip fractures in women over the age of fifty-five in the world. The only country with a higher rate of hip fractures is Australia - which also has the highest rate of milk consumption in the world. Veganism also lowers the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, cataracts, macular degeneration, and Type 2 diabetes.
For me, going vegan gave me more energy. When I wake up in the morning, I'm less tired than I was before I made the switch. Additionally, my skin has cleared up a lot. It's also nice to know that no animals were harmed in the production of my meal. For me, I can't go back to eating a regular diet after learning how bad it is for your health and how horribly these animals are treated. Still, in the end, it's your choice.
Sources:www.farmsanctuary.org/learn/fa…www.farmsanctuary.org/learn/fa…www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/…The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell P.H.D.