Today is the World Vegan Day.
As veganism becomes more mainstream and the amount of products on offer grows, the question is no longer “why are you vegan?” but “why aren’t you vegan?”.
Vegans don’t consume any animal products, while also ditching leather, fur and silk.
Here are a few of the many reasons that people are going vegan faster than you can say “pass me the fakin’ bacon”.
Most won’t even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto lorries headed for the slaughter house.
Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do – to feed their babies. However, on dairy farms, calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth so that the milk nature intended for them can instead be consumed by humans.
It would actually be more natural for any adult still drinking milk to drink human breast milk – if that thought turns your stomach, so should the thought of drinking cows’ milk.
It helps prevent heart disease
Eating foods loaded with animal fats is literally killing us. Coronary heart disease, which is linked to a meat-based diet, is the leading cause of death in the UK. On average, 224 people die of heart disease in this country each day.
The good news is that we can help prevent the majority of cardiovascular diseases simply by adopting a plant-based diet.
Animal agriculture is killing the planet
Think that going vegan means you’ll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and ice cream? Think again.
As the demand for vegan food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious vegan meat and non-dairy foods which have all the taste of the real stuff but none of the cholesterol or cruelty.
by Mimi Bekhechi that is the Director of PETA UK