When someone says November 1st, what do you think of? 4 days until Bonfire Night? 7 weeks until Christmas? Well for millions of Vegans around the world, November 1st is the celebration of World Vegan Day and how Veganism benefits human health, animal welfare and the environment.
Did you know?
Veganism is considered and protected as a human right under Article 9 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.
Why, you might wonder, are there millions of people around the world who willingly give up the consumption of meat, dairy, eggs & honey?
Vegan for the animals 🐷
Many people take the Vegan pledge when their eyes are opened to the exploitation of animals for human consumption. All animals are sentient beings, each with their own personality, likes, dislikes and quirks, just like humans; meaning humans are not superior. Unfortunately, many people still believe that humans are superior beings and around 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are slaughtered each year for humans to utilise as ‘food’, ‘fashion’ and ‘beauty’.
Not only are these animals slaughtered, but prior to being slaughtered, they’re kept in inhumane conditions, many of the animals do not even to make it to the slaughter house due to malnutrition, disease and stress. That’s all I’m going to say on this matter as Veganism is a choice you have to make for yourself and I do not want to push my views onto anybody, but to simply inform. If you would like to find out more about the treatment of factory farmed animals, check out the PETA article here.
Following a Vegan lifestyle means that each person saves over 200 animals per year, when compared to the average Western diet.
Vegan for Health💪🏽
‘How is Veganism more healthy than the typical meat-based diet- aren’t all Vegans lacking in protein?’
There are many, many plant based protein sources (see my blog post here). Not only are there a multitude of Vegan protein sources, but Vegans ingest an array of vitamins and minerals every day due to the quantity of fruits and vegetables consumed.
The Vegan diet increases energy, improves digestion, aids weight loss, brightens skin and majorly decreases the chance of developing serious diseases such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. This is due to the high intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and the low intake of saturated fat- what’s not to love?!
For the Environment 🌍
So maybe you don’t care about animals being slaughtered. Maybe you don’t even care for your health. But did you know that the typical meat-based is majorly contributing to climate change and world hunger?
- The meat industry is responsible for 18% of the world’s CO2 emissions.
- The meat industry is liable for 8% of the world’s water use each year.
- The meat industry is one of the largest contributors to water pollution; from animal waste, antibiotics, chemicles, fertilisers, pesticides and hormones (used to keep animals reproducing frequently).
The world’s population has doubled in the last 50 years meaning that the demand for animal products has quadrupled in order to satisfy the demand for animal derived products, the chicken population alone has increased by 13 times in the last 50 years. With the human population increasing and the arable land decreasing, somewhere down the line the world’s population is going to have a real problem.
Each animal consumes more food than it produces.
It is estimated that 3.5 billion humans could thrive off the food which is fed to these animals being raised for slaughter. It is also estimated that 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to survive. Put these figures together and that’s a pretty frightening thought. If the demand for these animals was not there, world hunger could be greatly diminished.
I know what you’re thinking… ‘Won’t plant based diets use just as many crops?’. Humans leading a plant based lifestyle do not require nearly as much produce as an animal being fattened up for slaughter. Veganism is a more sustainable way of living.
Whether you take part in #MeatlessMondays or are fully Vegan, every little helps when we are addressing the issue of climate change, world hunger, increasing human health issues and decreasing animal welfare. By just slightly diminishing the demand for these animal-derived products, so many valuable lives can be spared.
Just think of Veganism as being a modern-day Superhero!