Me and my boyfriend have quite recently chosen to follow a vegan (plant based) lifestyle and 'diet' for oh so many reasons.
We have had a lot of discussions about it, we have watched a lot of documentaries and read up on it to be able to make an informed decision.
My mom has been a vegetarian for many years and I've always felt that I want to do the same.
Now when I no longer live with my parents, I have a 110% chance to choose what kind of difference I want to contribute with in the world, and also what difference I want to make for myself and my future.
Why I decided to go vegan:
• The meat industry is shit.
The animals are treated horribly, they are forced to live in WAY too small enclosures without the stimuli that every living being needs to live a happy and healthy life.
After being fed a diet, not suited for anything but to grow the animals muscles as fast as possible, they are brutally slaughtered. Animals are boiled alive to make the slaughter as number efficient as possible.
• The milk and egg industry is shit as well.
Cows are impregnated and then the calves are taken from them, for the sake of the cows lactating, so that they can be forced to produce milk for our pleasure.
The human body isn't even equipped with the necessary enzymes to absorb the nutrients in the milk, cheese, yoghurt etcetera. It's growth serum for the baby cow, not for humans.
• I love animals.
I don't want any animals to get hurt or killed for my pleasure, because to be that isn't worth it, even in the slightest.
• Environmental reasons.
The meat industry and the industry which is responsible for the animal agriculture is one of the biggest, if not the biggest reason for the environmental changes.
The emission of methane and the emissions from the industries responsible is one of the earths biggest enemies.
• If the animals die, we die.
The oceans are being emptied of life, every day.
Yes, fish are quick to multiply and become a greater number, but in the pace that we are fishing the oceans, they could never multiply fast enough.
• For the other people here on planet earth.
If everyone would switch to a mainly plant based diet, there wouldn't have to be any famine at all, anywhere in the world.
The fields and areas where we plant food for the animals, could instead be used to planting food for us. Meaning no one would have to starve anywhere.
• For my own health.
There are so many studies and papers, correlating eating animal products with all kind of disease.
There are even cases with people who have had some sort of cancer or similar problems, who've been able to reverse the disease by simply eating a plant based, mainly whole foods diet.
I think that the problem with why not more people follow this 'lifestyle' is a lack of education.
We can safe all people and the earth with that, by just making a difference in our life.
There are so many options for meat, and it's so easy to just go vegan, or at least vegetarian.
Don't give up what we all need in the future, for what you want today.
Have an awesome day!