Why vegan? Why not stick to a regular diet? It’s so much easier to find food when you are on the go to begin with. Then, it’s oftentimes a lot cheaper than buying fresh fruits and vegetables and all that stuff. So why did I do it? Here’s why…
Back in 2005, I decided to become a Vegan. I was leading a vegetarian lifestyle for 3 years at that time and was already getting very interested in making the transition. I am convinced that we as humans should not be taking advantage of animals – no matter what kind of animal. Why then forego eggs and dairy products? It’s simple. What you are consuming might not be a dead animal, however, chickens that produce eggs and cows that produce milk live a life of torture, despair and misery until the day they die.
I have been a Vegan for almost 13 years now. In terms of health, all I can say is that I do feel great. And this is not only about physical well-being, I’m also talking about emotional balance. Simply because I made one small choice all those years ago, I have saved and still save lives of dozens of innocent animals each day and week. That makes me feel great.
United States, South America, Eastern Europe. Everywhere on factory farms, animals are being held by thousands in dark, dirty and overly crammed sheds. Chickens live in wire cages and pigs in crates that are far too small, so they cannot move even the tiniest bit. These animals never have a chance to show any of their natural behavior, behavior that is important for their well-being. They don’t even get the chance to breath fresh air and see the horizon once in their lives.
Factory farming is all about maximizing profits and minimizing costs. To what expense? That animals live in misery day in and day out. Corporations don’t give a s**t. Let’s be real here for a second and admit that.
Cows will naturally stop producing milk about 1 year after they gave birth. This is why they get artificially impregnated on an annual basis. Calves are taken away from their mothers within the first day of seeing the light of day. There is only one word to describe that: Cruelty.
Do you know how long a cow lives under natural circumstances? About a quarter of a century. A cow in the dairy industry is usually killed after half a decade of producing milk, because they are not as productive anymore as they have to be. What happens to all these animals once they are sorted out? Their meat is used for soups, burgers and animal food.
Hundreds of millions of chickens produce eggs each year. Their lifespan is a mere two years. Because after two years of laying enormous eggs every single day, they are two week to live on. Laying hens get their beaks cut off, so they don’t injure each other and oftentimes die from dehydration, because they can’t eat nor drink due to suffering too much pain.
Laying batteries are about 18″ wide and 20″ long. Have a guess at how many hens live in a single battery… It’s about a dozen. These hens are so crammed that they can’t even unfold their wings. They urinate on one another and many of them die due to infections.
There can’t be anything wrong with eating fish, right? Wrong! Fish are way smarter than most of us think. They have nerve tracts, which means that they are very-well able to endure pain. Nevertheless, more than 5 billion fish are caught and killed every single year in the United States alone. There is no legal protection for many of the cruel methods of impaling, suffocating, slicing, crushing and gutting.
Then there are fish raised in aquafarms that are either based on land or in the ocean. These fish live in crowded and oftentimes dirty cages. Living conditions are horrible, which is why most fish die before they reach adult age, when they get killed and packaged. In the wild, billions of fish and other animals get caught and die miserably every single year. This includes sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and birds.
Leather, Fur, Wool
In most cases, there is no label on leather that tells you where it was produced. Your leather shoes might be made from dog or cat leather imported from China or Taiwan. India is also one of the leading nations when it comes to leather production. Animal laws in these third nation countries basically do not exist.
Search for “fur farm” on Google and you will stumble on some of the most disturbing images that you will ever see in your life. Fur farms mean tremendous suffering for animals. What’s more, most of the fur that we use in the United States comes from China, where cats and dogs are often skinned alive and slowly bled to death after. The Chinese fur industry deliberately mislabels real fur for artificial one to conquer lowering sales figures, so be careful.
As with fish, sheep feel pain. But the wool-producing industry treats these animals like they were some kind of commodity. Skin and flesh are cut from them, because factories want to reduce their costs and that can only be achieved, if workers work faster.