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Going Vegan: Health-Based Decision or Protest Against Mistreatment of Animal?

Posted on September 21 2016

More than just being a popular health trend today, going vegan has deeper roots and rationale—both for the animals and our health. Being vegan is not just about ditching meat produced by pork, beef, chicken, fish and other animal meat, but also their produce including dairy, eggs, etc.

Is it a Move for Your Health?

More and more people are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits. Different studies have shown that people who stick to eating plant-based food alone have increased energy levels, have younger looking skin.

Many researchers are also looking into the possibility that people who are vegan live longer than those who eat the average western diet, given all the chronic illnesses people get from eating meat.

The nutrients Vegans get from plant-based food are low in saturated fat, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world's biggest health issues such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer—which are some of the leading causes of death in many parts of the globe. These chronic illnesses are directly linked to meat-based diets, given the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat they have which accumulate and build up in our arteries.

Massive meat eaters are also nine times likely to be obese compared to Vegans.

Is It a Cause to Save and Fight for the Rights of Animals?

The plight of animals is one of the principal reasons why many people around the world converted into a vegan and chose to ditch meat and animal produce.

Because of the organizations exposing the cruelty to animals when they are slaughtered, the number of people expressing their care for the animals has switched to the diet, and some have even actively participated in campaigning for the rights of animals.

Activist groups, advocates, and organizations believe that animals have rights and deserve to have their best interests taken into consideration, regardless of whether they are useful to humans.

There is a continuous uproar against animal cruelty and mistreatment, especially when animals are treated like factories of meat, milk, and egg—like the main purpose of their lives is to supply the demand of food for people who are fond of eating their flesh and products.

For every day of their lives, they are treated like they do not have lives. These animals are manipulated, treated as scientific experiments and drugged to yield as more and as quickly as possible.

Chickens have their beaks seared off with a blade while they are still alive. Male cattle and pigs are castrated without any painkillers. Farmed chickens, turkeys, and pigs spend their brief lives in dark and crowded warehouses, too cramped and overpopulated that they can't even extend their wings or move a step. They are forced to live with their waste products beside them as they sleep, and the stench of ammonia fills the air.

They don’t even have the luxury—or even merely freedom of seeing the sun and feeling its warmth. They never experience care, or merely looked after.

Not all these cruel things happen only at slaughterhouses or farms, many even have a hard time when they are in transport. Many of them die during their transfer because they are too weak to walk to the truck.

These are the ugly truths that animals go through as people’s consumable. The truth that many of us refuse to see, or pretend not to see, so that we continue to use them as a mere commodity.

Animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other reason. Some people switch to being vegan because of their emotional attachment to these animals. Many believe that just like us humans, they are responsive creatures that have a right to be free and should not be murdered just for the absolute commodity.

Going vegan is their call. It is their stand, their campaign and their way of spreading their advocacy of equal treatment, of humaneness and of giving importance and value to life—no matter how little or how big.

By switching to a plant-base diet, nation by nation, society by society, and person by person, there will be awareness of the needless suffering and deaths of countless animals, the irreparable damage done to the earth like air and water pollution, the erosion of lands, waste of precious energy, and deforestation.

What about you? Why are you going vegan? To reap the health benefits of going green and eating just vegetables and fruits? Or is it your stand to give the farm animals the life they have the right to live?


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