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Reasons for Veganism

Vegan is often considered synonymous with hippy and animal lover, someone who has chosen to give up all animal products for the sake of the welfare of their animal friends. Vegetarian is considered often a milder version of vegan, someone who doesn’t want to kill for their meal but doesn’t mind using animals to get milk and eggs. The truth is far more complex. A section, possibly a vast one, chose to go vegan or vegetarian for different reasons and chose to adopt the animal loving attitudes, because they could now without issue stand on the ethical pedestal.

Here is the list I have compiled from my personal knowledge and research. In the following weeks, I intend to go into more detail for each one. If you have personal experience, please let me know. If you have any other reasons you know of, please do tell me.

Love for Animals

Disliking meat

Allergies

Chronic condition

Healthy living

Save the Planet

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3 thoughts on “Reasons for Veganism

  1. The problem is with the first and last items on your list. Large-scale agriculture – of the kind necessary to feed our overpopulated world – kills animals. In fact, it does far more than that: it eliminates habitat, and that leads to local extirpation and, if these extirpations become widespread, which they often do as more and more marshlands are drained and more and more forests are felled in the name of producing soy beans and other crops, extinction follows.
    An emphasis on vegetable production and consumption has an insidious side effect: it promotes population growth. In vast areas of the world that traditionally lived on some combination of harvesting wild animals or on family herding, populations remained stable and sustainable for hundreds and even thousands of consecutive years. With the advent of agriculture, aquifers are being drained at a rate faster than they can be renewed, biodiversity is being lost as forests are felled, grasslands are turned under plow and wetlands are drained. The wild animals that formerly occupied these ecosystems don’t simply “move” to other places. There are no other places. They die. They die of starvation, they die of pesticide poisoning, they die when they do try to move and get into territorial fights with members of their own species battling over increasingly little space and food, they die when their parents abandon nesting and birthing sites.
    So… if you want to help with this, focus on efforts to educate people to lower their fertility rates. As for whether you have carrots or beef for dinner, it doesn’t matter much – unless it matters to you for health reasons or psychological reasons.

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