The single best thing you can do to alleviate animal suffering, sustain the environment, and improve human health is to embrace the compassionate vegan lifestyle.
Why Choose Vegan?
Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. --Albert Schweitzer
There are many empirical arguments to be made in favor of a plant based diet. Scientists all over the globe are speaking out about how detrimental animal agriculture is to the planet. Stanford biochemistry professor and researcher Patrick Brown refers to animal farming as “by far the biggest environmental catastrophe.”
More and more medical professionals are endorsing a plant based diet as a way to not only prevent but actually reverse many serious diseases. Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, argues that heart disease can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished with a plant-based diet.
Research increasingly points to the same conclusion − a plant based diet is the best way to cure world hunger. According to the Worldwatch Institute, “In a world where an estimated one in every six people goes hungry each day, the politics of meat consumption are increasingly heated, since meat production is an inefficient use of grain—the grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat eaters and the world’s poor.”
However, none of us require scientific research or expert opinions to instinctively know that animals do feel pain, do experience fear, and do have a will to live. We also instinctively know that – regardless of the pervasive “humane treatment” myth – in order for their flesh or by-products to end up on our plates, animals are tortured and killed. So, basically, it’s very simple. It’s not about empirical evidence. It’s not about solid arguments. It’s only about morality and justice. Humans have no right to use sentient beings for our own selfish needs. Period.
If we care about the environment and our health, if we don’t want to be complicit in killing sentient beings, if we care about using our planet’s resources in the most ethical manner, we will all move toward a vegan lifestyle.