Veganism is an integral component of a healthy diet and a cruelty-free lifestyle and provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health.
What is a vegan? A vegan is someone who chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. Vegans choose not to use flesh foods and avoid dairy and eggs, as well as lanolin, gelatine, fur, leather, wool, down, silk, cochineal, honey, beeswax, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
For the animals: Sentient beings do not want to die. Despite the common belief that drinking milk or eating eggs does not kill animals, commercially-raised dairy cows and egg-laying chickens, whether factory-farmed or ‘free range,’ suffer and are slaughtered when their production rates decline. Male calves born in the dairy industry and male chicks born for ‘free range’ egg farming do not produce milk or lay eggs and are therefore killed, before their lives have even begun.
For the environment: Animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the earth. It is an inefficient way of producing food, since feed for farm animals requires land, water, fertilizer, and other resources that could otherwise have been used directly for producing human food. Also, there is now the added worry that palm kernel is used for dairy fodder – from palm plantations that may have been created from de-forested rainforests.
For our health: Cows’ milk contains ideal amounts of fat and protein for young calves, but far too much for humans. Humans’ teeth and intestines are not made for eating meat. The consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon and lung cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, obesity, and a number of other debilitating conditions.