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Why go vegan?


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Why go vegan?


Don't cows need to be milked?

There are so many myths surrounding the dairy industry. It would be hard to give them all a mention here. We commonly hear that cows produce milk from eating grass when in fact, like all mammals a cow needs to be pregnant and have a baby to produce milk. What happens to those babies is extremely unkind. For years, the dairy industry has been very effective at making people believe drinking milk is needed for strong bones. Recent studies show that this is untrue. For more information check out these websites:

White Lies

Peta UK

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Veganism:


"Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."

Veganism:


"Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."

And what about eggs?

The life of an egg laying chicken is brief and brutal. Birds who naturally roam large distances are kept in conditions that cannot replicate this. Their most basic of natural urges are compromised through confinement. Chickens have a complicated social hierachy which is disturbed by the large numbers they are kept in. This leads to fighting, injuries and infections. Chickens can live for more than 10 years when allowed to live naturally, but on the farm they are often killed by two years. Their egg laying capacity begins to wane and they are sent to slaughter for pet food and other low grade meat products.

Viva!

Peta UK

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In free range farming, up to 9 hens can be kept on one square metre


In free range farming, up to 9 hens can be kept on one square metre


Animal farming is bad for the environment

more and more evidence sugests that the meat and dairy industries are a huge contributor to climate change. Animals take a large amount of food and water. Rainforest are destroyed to grow feed, water could be distributed elsewhere. People in poorer countries are suffering the obvious effects of climate change already. The amount of animal waste is difficult to dispose of. Rivers become poluted and the local environment suffers.

The Vegan Society

Lifestock's long shadow (pdf)

Cowspiracy (documentary)

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Climate change doesn't care about how good it tastes


Climate change doesn't care about how good it tastes


Image above by Von Wong, see more at blog.vonwong.com/stormchasing