Why Should You Go Vegan?
FOR THE VEGAN SUPERPOWERS OF COURSE!
Yes! Being vegan gives you amazing superpowers if you focus and dedicate yourself to being vegan for long enough. These powers are insanely strong and will practically turn you into a superhuman. Vegan superpowers include amazing abilities like:
- the ability to tolerate the endless questions about your protein intake
- incredibly fast and accurate food label reading skills
- the power to be right in any argument about human canine teeth
- the wonderful ability to have effortlessly gorgeous hair and skin and much more…
But besides these amazing superpowers, there are a few more important reasons for becoming vegan:
Livestock production, which includes meat, milk and eggs, requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes immense animal suffering. These animals with complex cognitive abilities, brains and nervous systems that enable them to feel emotions similar to humans, suffer tremendously throughout their shortened lives. They are mutilated without the use of painkillers, kept in crowded, filthy, disease-ridden sheds, and finally forced to endure a long trip to the slaughterhouse without food or water. They arrive there in tears because they can smell the blood, they can smell the fear and they already know what´s coming. This is why they often stop, refuse to move, refuse to get into the container. They are all afraid as they face their deaths. As a human, how do you feel when you read these lines? Are you touched? Do you feel sorry for these animals?
The capacity for empathy is innate in humans but the meat industry desensitized us and uses objectification to reduce our sensitivity and numb our empathy. This is why cows are called beef, pigs become pork and sheep is served as mutton. The screams of these innocent creatures are muted and their bodily secretions become plastic wrapped packages. Don´t buy the lie! If you truly love animals, go vegan!
A staggering 51% or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. According to the UN, a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
It takes an enormous amount of water, more than 2,400 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef, while producing 1 pound of tofu only requires 244 gallons of water. By going vegan, one person can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.
More than 90% of all Amazon rainforest land cleared since 1970 is used for grazing livestock.
While factory farms are ruining our land, commercial fishing methods such as bottom trawling and long-lining often clear the ocean floor of all life and destroy coral reefs. They also kill thousands of dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other “bycatch” animals. Coastal fish farms release feces, antibiotics, parasites, and non-native fish into sensitive marine ecosystems. In addition, since most farmed fish are carnivorous, they are fed massive quantities of wild-caught fish. For example, it takes up to 3 pounds of fish meal to produce every pound of farmed salmon.
WHAT TO DO?
The good news is that it’s easier than ever to switch to an Earth-friendly vegan diet. Take PETA’s pledge to be vegan for 30 days. You will likely see an improvement in your health after a month, and your conscience will be lighter knowing that you are doing your part to help the environment and animals.