What is vegan?
Veganism is a philosophy and way of life and a vegan diet is a part of it. A vegan aspires to avoid all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives.
In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people. —Ruth Harison, Animal Machines
Veganism for health
Vegan food, with its densely packed nutrients and fibre, and lack of cholesterol, is extremely healthy. Adopting a vegan diet improves health, and even allows people to wean themselves off prescription medications. Medical research indicates that lifelong vegetarians and vegans visit hospitals 22% less often than meat eaters. Furthermore, that once admitted to a hospital, human herbivores spend a shorter time there than their meat eating counterparts.
As milk consumers we are accomplices to the pain and torture of cows. There is ample evidence that it is bad for health, unethical and non ecological. We can all be a part of the change we wish to see in the world.
If you’re already a vegetarian you’ve undoubtedly helped reduce animal suffering, but the dairy and egg industries also cause immense suffering. An average Indian non-vegetarian is responsible for the lives of more than 70 living creatures a year. (Calculate one chicken per week (52), a couple of goats (2), a couple of calves killed for milk that rightly belongs to them (1 – 2) and many fish! That’s actually a lot more than 70.)