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Why Vegan

A lifestyle choice

Vegans choose not to eat any animal products, no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey or other animal derived ingredients. Vegans avoid fur, leather and wool products along with products that have been tested on animals such as body care, cosmetics and house hold cleaning goods or products containing animal ingredients. Becoming vegan is a lifestyle choice filled with delicious food choices, peace of mind, compassion for animals and mankind and greater understanding of our environment. Adopting a vegan lifestyle is the most influential way to object to animal cruelty.

The Philosophy of Vegan Values by Dr S.M. Sapon
"The Four Immeasurables"
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes
May all sentient beings never be separated from bliss that is without suffering
May all sentient beings live in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger
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For The Animals

"Annually, over 500 million farm animals in Australia are subjected to practices that would warrant cruelty charges if the victims were instead dogs or cats."

What many people do not realise is that farm animals are intelligent, can feel love, happiness and can experience the same amount of pain as dogs and cats. Yet they are not protected under the same animal cruelty laws. This means that it is legal to cause pain and suffering to animals reared for food. Often farm animals endure excruciating surgical mutilations and are kept in overcrowded restricted conditions.

"There are over 500 million animals confined like this in factory farms in Australia today."

Factory farms treat animals as "production units", where animal welfare is completely overlooked. For more information on the atrocious practices carried out on factory farms across Australia please visit: http://animalsaustralia.org.

For Your Health

Numerous people are now realising that embracing a vegan or vegetarian diet is one of the easiest ways to enhance life expectancy, and protect against stroke, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The healthy option is vegan and vegetarian.

  • Meat and dairy contain a large amount of saturated fats; reduction of saturated fats will help your cardiovascular health.
  • Vegans usually have a diet high in fiber, high fiber diets help fight against colon cancer.
  • Seeds, nuts and dark leafy greens are an excellent source of magnesium, which aids in the absorption of calcium. To get the right amount of protein in your diet vegans eat lentils, nuts, peas, beans and soy products.

For more information on benefits to your health please visit: http://whyveg.com/health.

For The Planet

"The livestock industry is one of the most significant contributors to today's serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. Switching to a plant based diet is the single most effective choice that an individual can make to combat the effects of climate change."

A recent study by scientist at the World Bank concluded that the livestock industry is responsible for more than 51% of green house gas emissions. In 2006 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization or FAO estimated that raising animals for meat and dairy was responsible for 18% of global warming, more than all the worlds transportation put together. It is becoming increasingly clear to scientist that the livestock industry is playing a more significant role. The UN's 18% is a low estimate. Dr T Colin Campbell of the Cornell University, USA says "at least half of the greenhouse gases that are up there now are due to live stock production".

For more information on how becoming vegan can help the planet please visit:
http://whyveg.com/save_the_planet.

This is just a quick summary of the main reasons why you should adopt a vegan lifestyle. The 'Animals Australia: Why Veg' website is one of my main references; it has a great in-depth overview on the topics covered with statistics relevant to Australia. By converting to a vegan lifestyle you save the lives of animals, it is better for your health and the planet! If you have any questions or wish to share any additional helpful links please contact us.

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