I commonly get this question. And I get it, because I have frowned upon it for a long time. My quickest answer is always: “For the environment.”, since that is actually the main reason why I went vegan.
But there is more to it.
Disclaimer: Now, I am in no way trying to convince you or pass on judgements. These are just my personal reasons for going vegan and I happily share them with you since a lot of people still have questions about this topic. With this in mind, let’s have a look at my three reasons.
The environment. I always worried so much about deforestation and animal extinction. Turns out that animal agriculture is the biggest culprit. I’ve got all my facts and knowledge from watching the documentary Cowspiracy. If you don’t feel like watching the documentary, you can have a look at this infographic or visit their website by clicking the button below. Therefore, I couldn’t eat meat and dairy products anymore without feeling guilty.
A plant based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%.
The meat & dairy industry use 1/3 of earth's fresh water.
Every minute, 3.2 million kilograms of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth's total land.
80.4 metric tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year.
110 animal and insect species are lost every day from rainforest destruction.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of amazon destruction.
Animals. A lot of people will ridicule vegans and vegetarians because of the reason: “It’s sad.” Well, isn’t it sad? It’s easy to forget how incredibly big this industry is and how many animals are killed every day. Click here to see how many animals are slaughtered for food every second. Also, it’s not just how many are being killed. It’s also the terrible circumstances they are being kept under.