Protecting the animals is another great reason to go vegan, from the food you eat to the products you use and wear each day. It is a fact that humans do not need to consume animal products in order to thrive as a race. Countless animals die each year for human use, not for a matter of necessity, but simply done for pleasure.
James Aspey gives a great talk on why going vegan is the best way
we can do our part to protect the animals of Earth, and bring them
out of the suffering being inflicted upon them.
The egg and dairy industries have arguably the cruelest practices towards chicken and cows. For example, all male chicks born into this industry are disposed of, either buy grinding them alive or throwing them away, crammed into bags, suffocating them. Male calves born into the dairy industry, through artificial insemination, are slaughtered for meat or sold into the veil industry. The female calves are impregnated at a young age continuously until they can no longer produce milk. All calves are taken from the mother within a few days of being born so that they do not drink the milk, and they are fed alternative foods.
Every baby cow has the right to his or her mother’s milk which gives the calf the nutrients it need to grow into a healthy cow. It is not our right to take the milk from cows or any other species of animal. Not only is it unnecessary to consume dairy products, it is immoral and unhealthy, it and can lead to the development of allergies, cancer (breast, ovarian, and prostate), diabetes, and even osteoporosis.
“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does
for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.”
Dr. Michael Klaper
According to the Humane Society, in the US alone, 9 billion animals (cattle, chickens, ducks, hogs, lamb, sheep, and turkeys), each year on average for the past decade. This data, however, does not reflect the amount of rabbits, sea life, nor any other animal the USDA does not study, like horses. Fish Count, in the UK, shows studies that up to 2,700 billion fish and sea animals are pulled from the water annually, and around 120 billion farmed fish are killed for food. This is a whole lot of cruelty, killing, and slaughter for products we would live better without.
Animal cruelty also plays a part in cosmetic and product testing along with the use of animal feathers, fur, and skin. Animals are shaved and plucked of their natural coat, or they are captured and killed for their skin. Activities like circuses and horse races can be involved in the mistreatment and slaughter of animals. Become informed and know there is a choice every day not to purchase animal products or products involving animal cruelty. Saving the animals is a major motivation for people to chose a life that without the consumption or use of any animal or its bi-products.