There are three main reasons for going vegan. To end animal cruelty, to save the environment and to better our health. All these are really important to me, and there are so many reasons within these areas that made me go vegan.
When I was younger, I really loved animals. I still do, but as children I think we are more connected to animals than as adults. Especially since we grow up being taught that animals are for food, entertainment or companionship on a leash. We are told that we need meat to grow strong, that we need milk to build strong bones and that eggs gives us lots of nutrients for breakfast, the most important meal of the day. With the help of marketing the meat and dairy industry has led us to believe these lies, and the older we grow the more disconnected we get from the animals we once loved so dearly.
I used to believe that eating meat was natural, heathy and necessary.
Until I got to a point in life where I really started reflecting on my choices, and I simply realised how wrong and disturbing eating meat actually is. I didn´t want living beings to be tortured and killed for my food anymore. I think a lot of people are afraid of veganism simply because they are afraid of changing their behaviour. As humans we should be open to the fact that we are not perfect, and we make mistakes all the time. Just because something is a habit, a personal belief or normalized in our society, doesn´t necessarily make it right. We should be open to changing our opinions and admitting mistakes.
I am vegan because I want to be heathy. According to the academy of Nutrition and dietetics, vegans are less prone to cancer, hearth disease, diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol. A vegan diet gives me all the nutrient I need, fibre, vitamins, minerals and yes, enough protein. After going vegan I have more energy and feel generally healthier and lighter.
I am vegan because I care about the environment. Climate change is a real threat, and meat is the most urgent problem, as animal agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation, water loss, pollution, rising sea levels and species extinction. The greenhouse gas emission of animal agriculture is bigger than all forms of transport combined. According to the university of Oxford, “a vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use. It´s far bigger than cutting down on your fights or buying an electric car.”
I am vegan because I don’t want to participate in the exploitation and unnecessary suffering of innocent beings. Every year of being vegan I will save about 200 animals from being slaughtered.
I am vegan because plant-based food is delicious. I have discovered a whole new world of flavour since going vegan. The demand for vegan food has skyrocket over the last couple of years, there are so many options and we can still have all the food we enjoyed before going vegan. There are vegan mock meats, hamburgers, sausages, fish, cake, ice cream, you name it. And more is coming. When we have all these great tasting options available, there is no need to torture and kill animals for food.
The future is vegan. Therefor am I.