Going Vegan and living a life of healthy Veganism is a valid and intelligent lifestyle choice. Vegan people often meet others who say they think it's great, but it's not for them. The usual reasons have to do with the cheese and the love of eating animal flesh. However I believe that being vegan is for anyone with a heart, or an idea of empathy that extends beyond humans.
At the same time there are many vegans I know who feel that being vegan does nothing at all, and its not as important as activism. Though I am heavily involved with activism myself, I do not agree that being vegan in and of itself does nothing.So for all the vegans out there to nod in agreement and some things to think about for non-vegans I have made a list of reasons of why its so important, both for health and for the lives of non-humans
There was a study in 2002 by the German Cancer Research Center which involved 1900 people, divided into 60 vegans, 1,165 vegetarians; and moderate vegetarians (occasional meat and fish eaters). Studying the mortality rate in comparison to the general population 52 deaths occurred for every 100 reported deaths. The results showed a 50% increase in longevity to male vegetarians and 30% for women.
Not to mention the man who invented the word vegan died at 95, and was a smoker.http://www.foodsforlife.org.uk/people/Donald-Watson-Vegan/Donald-Watson.html
60% of the world's usable farmland is being stripped and destroyed by live stock. An acre of prime land can produce 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots, 50,000 pounds of tomatoes; but only 250 pounds of beef. It takes 23 gallons of water to produce a pound of lettuce, 33 gallons for carrots, 4 gallons for apples. To produce of pound of Chicken it takes 815 gallons, for pork 1,630 gallons, and for a pound beef 2,500 gallons.
in the UK live stock is fed, enough food to feed 250,000,000 people while in the world 30,000,000 people die of starvation
There has been a few studies that have came out lately saying an animal based diet can halt and in some cases eliminate Cancer. Though some people are saying going vegan is the cure for cancer, I would not be one to say that, as its ridiculous. However it is proven to assist in controlling the growth of cancer.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8119093.stm
Animal testing is a useless practice. The idea that a creature who might have a similar heart or lungs, or skin is the best way to do trials for new products. the thing is how medicine affects our systems is not just one organ or one biological system, it effects a variety of biological systems and body chemistry.
An extreme example of how inferior animal tests are, is the most famous toxicity animal test called the LD50 test. The idea is that if less than 50 out of 100 animals die after using the drug, then it is fine for a human trial.
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