I could write many volumes about what is vegan all about but I will suffice in providing the following brief definition: A vegan is one who refrains from consuming any products that were derived directly or indirectly from any sentient beings, a.k.a. animals of all kinds. In other words, a vegan does not eat meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs or honey and a vegan does not eat any food whose list of ingredients include any of these. A vegan will also not wear clothing or use cosmetics and personal care items that have been derived from animals or have been tested on animals. Likewise, a vegan boycotts entertainment that exploits animals and that would include aquariums, zoos, rodeos, circuses, horse races, bullfights, etc.
If the above explanation of what is a vegan all about seems that being vegan is much too restrictive, let me assure you that it really is not. Rather, it is about making different kinds of choices — choices that are based on thorough research and ethical behavior. People choose to become vegan for a variety of reasons:
- Health. Some individuals choose to be vegan for health reasons because they have learned that eating no animal products but plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds promotes optimal health. There are many studies that show indisputable proof that plant-based diets have the power to prevent as well as reverse heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and many other horrible conditions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s “The China Study” is among the most famous such studies.
- Ethical veganism. Some individuals choose to be vegan for ethical reasons and that is ethical veganism. It has been show over and over again that the use of animal products of all kinds is the direct result of oppression, abuse, exploitation and ultimately murder of innocent animals. There is simply no need for that!
- Herbivorous Biology. Some individuals choose to be vegan because they understand the human biology. We, people, humans are biological herbivores whose digestive systems were intended to metabolize plants but not animal products. This logically leads them to the vegan diet.
- World Hunger. Many people adopt the vegan lifestyle because it is a known fact that the amount of food that is being fed to livestock can save all the hungry and starving people all over the world. Veganism is the only solution to world hunger.
- Global Environment. Animal agriculture or factory farming which includes the meat, dairy, fish and egg industries are the most notorious pollutants of the air we breathe and the water we drink. They destroy the world’s oceans and rivers, they contaminate the soil and they poison the inner as well as the outer atmosphere. The animal agriculture industries are by far worse than heavy industry and automotives.
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