Reasons I’m a vegan:
Meat is not a necessary part of the human diet. Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably not very interested in the facts.
Humans can get all of the essential nutrients from a plant-based diet.
Vegans are almost always healthier (if they do it properly, but that’s another subject)
Some statistics show that 50% of omnivorous American men will experience some form of heart disease.
Only 4% of vegan men in America will experience that same fate.
Studies have shown that vegans have fewer blood pressure problems.
High cholesterol is less likely in vegans because most cholesterol comes from animal products.
Animals in factory farms are treated horrendously. That speaks for itself. I’m not going to go into detail about this because it’s not a secret. I will expand upon the things that most people are unaware of.
The egg industry:
Even “cage-free” (hens) are treated cruelly and are still murdered when they are no longer useful to the industry.
Hens are inseminated so that they will produce more hens which can in turn lay more eggs.
This is necessary because hens today are made to produce more eggs than they would naturally produce, and, as such, die sooner from the stress on their bodies.
The male chicks are almost always killed immediately (because they cannot lay eggs). Sometimes, they are thrown into huge grinders. Still alive.
The milk industry:
Puts milking cows in small spaces and milks them for hours on end.
The cows are kept permanently pregnant (otherwise, they wouldn’t lactate).
The way they are kept pregnant is through artificial insemination. Basically, that means there is a rod with semen on the end of it inserted into their bodies.
Of the calves produced by the milking cows:
The females are raised to be milking cows.
The males are generally destined to become veal. To produce the quality of meat veal is known for; the calves are kept in confined spaces with little room for movement to prevent connective tissue from forming.
So, for those who think veal is horrible and cruel, it should be noted that supporting the milk industry supports the veal industry.
Human anatomy is not specialized for meat eating contrary to what we’ve been taught. Feel free to verify this information, but I’ve seen it on countless websites, in books, and in documentaries.
Also, our “sharp canines” do not qualify us as carnivores, check out gorillas or pandas. They both eat primarily plant-based diets and get along just fine. Their canines put ours to shame.
I copied this list from this website ( http://www.ecologos.org/anatomy.htm ) just because it was already in this nice format, but I’ve seen it elsewhere.
CARNIVORE: Reduced to allow wide mouth gape
CARNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HERBIVORE: Expanded angle
OMNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HUMAN: Expanded angle
Jaw Joint Location
CARNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HERBIVORE: Above the plane of the molars
OMNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HUMAN: Above the plane of the molars
CARNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side motion
HERBIVORE: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
OMNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side
HUMAN: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
Major Jaw Muscles
HERBIVORE: Masseter and pterygoids
HUMAN: Masseter and pterygoids
Mouth Opening vs. Head Size
CARNIVORE: Large HERBIVORE: Small OMNIVORE: Large HUMAN:
CARNIVORE: Short and pointed
HERBIVORE: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
OMNIVORE: Short and pointed
HUMAN: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
CARNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HERBIVORE: Dull and short or long (for defense), or none
OMNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HUMAN: Short and blunted
CARNIVORE: Sharp, jagged and blade shaped
HERBIVORE: Flattened with cusps vs complex surface
OMNIVORE: Sharp blades and/or flattened
HUMAN: Flattened with nodular cusps
CARNIVORE: None; swallows food whole
HERBIVORE: Extensive chewing necessary
OMNIVORE: Swallows food whole and/or simple crushing
HUMAN: Extensive chewing necessary
CARNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HERBIVORE: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
OMNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HUMAN: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
HERBIVORE: Simple or multiple chambers
CARNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HERBIVORE: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
OMNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HUMAN: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
CARNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HERBIVORE: Less than 30% of total volume of digestive tract
OMNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HUMAN: 21% to 27% of total volume of digestive tract
Length of Small Intestine
CARNIVORE: 3 to 6 times body length
HERBIVORE: 10 to more than 12 times body length
OMNIVORE: 4 to 6 times body length
HUMAN: 10 to 11 times body length
CARNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HERBIVORE: Long, complex; may be sacculated
OMNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HUMAN: Long, sacculated
CARNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HERBIVORE: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
OMNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HUMAN: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
CARNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HERBIVORE: Moderately concentrated urine
OMNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HUMAN: Moderately concentrated urine
CARNIVORE: Sharp claws
HERBIVORE: Flattened nails or blunt hooves
OMNIVORE: Sharp claws
HUMAN: Flattened nails