The main reason for veganism is the concern about animal rights and animal welfare. Vegans recognize that all living beings have the right to self-determination and do not need to suffer unnecessarily for our pleasure and pleasure. It is perfectly possible in our current society to replace animal products with alternatives without having to compromise on living standards.
Ecology / climate / environment
As far as ecology and sustainability are concerned, a vegan diet undeniably offers great benefits. On the current scale, livestock farming and meat and dairy production are unsustainable for our planet. Not only is 70% of the agricultural land and 30% of the total surface of the earth used for livestock, the livestock is also responsible for 18% of the total CO2 emissions. That is more than for example the transport sector. In addition, the livestock industry pollutes its environment with nitrate and antibiotics that end up in watercourses, it is one of the main drivers for deforestation and is a huge water consumer. For example, 1 kg of beef requires 16,000 liters of water, almost as much as two months of showering.
A vegan diet can also offer great health benefits in certain areas. Scientific research shows that vegans with a varied diet have less chance of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers than meat eaters. For more information about what a varied vegan diet, see here .
World food supply
It is much more efficient to use agricultural land for the production of crops for human consumption than to grow crops for animal consumption. For 1 kg of beef you need about 8 kg of grains, while you can also use that 8 kg directly to feed people.
Why choose veganism over vegetarianism
Although vegetarianism strives for less animal suffering, vegetarians often overlook the fact that the egg and dairy industry also causes animal suffering. Because they can not be used as laying hens or broilers, millions of roosters are annually gassed or crushed. We see a similar picture in the dairy industry, where male calves have no use for the production of milk and are transported to the slaughterhouse at a very young age.
Despite the close natural bond between a cow and her calf, calves are often separated from their mothers several minutes after birth and only put in a calf box. In addition, cows used for dairy production are simply slaughtered when they stop producing milk.
Ethically responsible and organic meat
It is tempting to believe that the meat we eat is ethically justified and that the animals used for our food have had a good life and died a painless death. Unfortunately, behind the terms “organic,” “free range,” and “free range” lies a lot of suffering, a good life is almost never the case. Even if this were the case, it ends for all those animals in literal mortal fears at slaughter.
The good news
The good news is that you can indeed change something. Every day you can opt for vegan instead of animal products. Every day you can save a lot of animal suffering. You can save lives every day. Moreover, it is becoming easier to live a vegan day by day and this process is accelerated as more and more people discover the benefits of veganism and also make the switch.
As the Vegan Society puts it: “It’s time to ask yourself: if it is now possible to live a life that requires delicious food and drinks, delivers better health, leaves a smaller carbon footprint and avoids other creatures – then why do not we?”