“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends - the fear, the terror, the pain - and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.”
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Pain is a complex phenomenon defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”
Scientific research has shown that animals - including livestock - feel pain, and experience emotions such as fear and anxiety. When one begins to really look into the suffering that these helpless animals endure, many are moved to switch to a vegan diet.
People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals have heartbreaking videos on their site, showing the immoral, abject suffering of animals held in deplorable conditions, awaiting slaughter. They said that every day they hear from people telling them that a PETA video inspired them to go vegan or make other cruelty-free choices.
We encourage you to consider watching these videos, to enlighten you about the realities of the meat industry. Hopefully you too will be moved to put an end to the suffering of these animals.
Another reason to switch to a vegan diet is because it's healthier. According to Healthline, veganism confers many benefits:
1. It's richer in healthy nutrients. Several studies have shown that vegan diets tend to provide more fiber, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. They also appear to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E.
2. It can help you lose weight. Many observational studies show that vegans tend to be thinner and have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than non-vegans
3. It Appears to Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improve Kidney Function. Vegans tend to have lower blood sugar levels, higher insulin sensitivity and up to a 50–78% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
6. A Vegan Diet Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis. Multiple studies have proven that those who switched to a vegan diet experienced a greater improvement in symptoms such as pain, joint swelling and morning stiffness.
In the next post we'll look at vegan sources of protein. But why not begin today and take the first step to a vegan diet?