Because I didn’t want to contribute to animal suffering, environmental damage, and human starvation. So, why meat?
I hate plants 😉
Jenn V Sweezey-Keller
I can no longer contribute to the enslavement, suffering abuse, torture and murder of our animals for my appetite
I watched Earthlings….and my heart won’t let me take part in that sadness anymore.
You’re either a killer or you’re not. I’m not.
Because I have a Soul.
Denis Henry Hennelly
Because I believe theft is wrong, especially theft of someone else’s life for your own selfish desires.
Why are you NOT vegan?
Jericho Elijah Phire
Because colon cancer hurts. A LOT.
Because eating animal products causes unnecessary suffering.
Because I’m crap at denial. I’m struggling with being morally inconsistent. And I’m too stupid for illogical thinking. 😉
Because I have a conscience and Stella McCartney makes some bad ass vegan shoes.
Because the animals are just like us. They want to live. They feel pain and fear and joy. They are more like us then not.
Because I believe that we don’t have the right to take another being’s life in order to satisfy our taste buds or any other human need. These animals care about what happens to them and want to avoid pain, suffering, and death just as we do. We don’t need to consume their flesh, milk, or eggs in order to survive, so let’s allow them to live their lives in peace.
Simple: It’s an ethical commitment. I refuse to contribute to the pain, suffering and murder of sentient beings.
First and foremost, to not kill animals. But a close 2nd is both the health benefits and treading far lighter on the planet. How we treat the environment matters because it is where we LIVE. It is from whence we derive our most needed survival items: air and water!
I am vegan because I care. Consuming and exploiting animals is completely unnecessary. It is 2011 and gone are the days ‘kill for food or starve, eat or be eaten.’ We have choices, the animals do not. We are not cavemen anymore, and it is time to evolve. Nothing tastes as good as compassion feels. All animals bleed red blood, feel pain, have family bonds, mourn their losses, and have a will to live. What is holding you back? When you are kind to the animals, kindness is returned to you.
I don’t want to kill.
I think the best way to go with that is by posing the question, “why are you not?” I’ve done this on numerous occasions and the end result is me giving them a little bit of “food” for thought.
Many of us vegans have the upper hand in that not all of us were born unto this wonderful world. I know I ate meat and dairy up until 8 years ago. so this gives me the knowledge to debate the whole, “we are born carnivores” or “we need meat to get bigger and stronger” or “we were meant to eat meat” rhetoric.
The only thing we cannot debate is arrogance and greed if they choose to eat meat because they like it and do not care for the pain, suffering and murder of another innocent life then we must then give them our reasonings and walk away. we can only do so much and this is why my efforts have now turned to educating the adults of TOMORROW and allowing the adults of today to wallow in their own self-righteousness.
You can get your needs met by eating a diet which includes disease-producing foods or through a diet containing only health-inducing foods. I choose the latter.
Steven Todd Smith
It’s the most responsible and well-balanced selfish and selfless choice I could ever make with my life. Not only do I enjoy the most delicious food and promote health and vitality within myself, but I get to save the lives and well-being of innocent, playful, loving animals in the meantime. All this without contributing to the degradation of our planet which we need to take care of so that life can go on. Best for me, best for all living beings, best for the planet – can’t beat that.
Animals are not asked for their permission to take their own bodies’ products, their freedom or their lives. We teach our children not to ever take something that doesn’t belong to them without asking first. Such a simple rule filled with so much respect and acknowlegement of the other. That is Veganism.
Because I have a moral compass!
Because it’s not all about me. Because some of my most profound teachers have had fur or feathers or a variety of other physical “differences”. Because my species labels and discards the inherent value of others based on appearances. My dog looks deeper. I am vegan to honor the wisdom of my dog. Because my daughter showed me the way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIqIQs4gFCU
“There are many reasons, most recently The UN confirmed the environmental benefits of a plant based diet and that sealed the deal for me. I started out because of ethics in food production, learned about the environmental and health benefits and have been pushing forward ever since. I’ve been vegan since 2002, and no I don’t miss meat.”
“And we can feed the world if we all shift to being more concious of where our food comes from–plants are necessary to feed the animals that only a fraction of the world’s population are eating, think of all the humans we could feed with those grains.”
Every reason to be, and no reason not to.
Because I ran out of excuses to keep harming animals.
Anastasia Veganbetic Brown
Because I am that cow, that pig, that sheep, that chicken, that fish, that bee—and they are me.
Susan Stopper Luchs
Do unto others..
Because no living creature needs to die or suffer just so I can eat. It’s unnecessary, unconscionable, and unhealthy.
Frances Condry Hafer
Because I can’t see any difference between the cow in the field and the cat in my bed.
Taiwan John Ueng
It’s the healthiest and most sensible diet for me, for all the animals that don’t have to suffer the slaughter, and for the survival of the human race from global environmental disasters.
So animals can enjoy their life too!
Fulvia R Zambon
Ending other creature life is a crime.
Can’t think of a single reason to eat animals and hundreds of reasons to eat plants only. We get plenty of protein from grains and legumes and can supplement with pea protein if necessary, but usually isn’t necessary since too much protein causes calcium to leach from the bones which is why the US and the Nordic countries–the biggest milk drinkers and meat eaters–have the highest rates of osteoporosis. The rest of the reasons are health-related: ours, the Earth’s, and the poor animals who are so senselessly treated with such cruelty.
Because it’s the right thing to do
I know too much. I know how bad those products are for human health; I know what they feed/inject the farm animals with; I know how they rear them and treat them. All in all, my compassion for animals – and humans – is what “pushed me over the edge” and boy, I’m proud of it.
Why wouldn’t I be?
I saw it once on a tote bag…being vegan means I’m trying to suck less…I thought that summed it up nicely.
Because I let the truth in. Nothing that gory can taste good.