Why be vegan?
56 billion land animals and 100 million tons of fish are killed each year. There is no need to breed these animals into lives of suffering or take their lives, so why do we continue to do it?
We can all live happily and healthily without killing others, but it goes further than that. Vegans are less likely to get certain types of cancer or suffer from chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes. Data from Harvard suggests that one third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone ate a plant based diet: vegans live longer than either vegetarians or meat eaters.
On top of the ethical and health arguments, there’s also the strong environmental case to consider. In short, animal agriculture is a bigger driver of global warming than all emissions from transportation combined. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, and is causing a massive loss in wild species diversity. We only have one planet, and we need to starting taking our responsibility to look after it seriously.