Veganism is way much more than a type of diet. It’s a statement, a way of life, a unique and valid contribution to turn the world we live into a better place. Being vegan is also a way to promote kindness and respect for life. It’s the elevation of the best qualities that a human being can possess. By being vegan you naturally transform yourself and become a better person.
From a purely rational perspective, veganism is also the best option to have an healthy body and mind. There is plenty of information out there that proves that a vegan diet can provide all the necessary nutrients that your body needs. More than that, by excluding animal related products from your daily meals, you are avoiding poisoning yourself. Nowadays it’s extremely hard to find animal derived aliments that have not been subject to chemicals, antibiotics, and GMO related transformations. It’s simply not healthy to eat meat from the animal farming industry.
To make matters worse, it’s not just the adulteration of animal derived products that is alarming. Adulteration is when various products fail to meet compliance standards for health. Without knowing, unwary consumers ingest horses, donkeys, etc., which are used as beef. If that is not striking enough, companies also use hormones and chemicals in the food, some of which can make a person very ill. The worst is cruelty. An industry that “normalized” cruelty and absolute disrespect for the life forms that farmed animals represent, is the epitome of the distorted values that our current societies promote. No matter how you put it, it’s not okay to breed, raise, and slaughter animals with the sole purpose of turning them into food. Animal life is as sacred as is human life. It’s not a product to be consumed.
Millions of animals are slaughtered every year without having had the opportunity to have a life. Many never saw the sunlight, others never had the space to move properly, the majority were fed with products that enhanced their meat artificially. Nature, their natural habitat, is now a foreign element to many of the species that mankind domesticated for the sole purpose of consumption. Above all, we accepted the mindset that these animals can be treated without any consideration for their needs and feelings. We pretend to deny the existence of any traces that identify them as life forms. We are the beasts.
“What can I do about it?” most people will ask. Becoming a vegan helps. Each contribution is valuable to make the change happen. A vegan diet is as tasty and diversified as a diet that includes animal derived products. You will not be losing a thing and, more important, you will be helping yourself and the planet. It’s almost like returning back to basics: animals and humans have exactly the same right to live and share planet Earth. By going vegan, you are harmonizing yourself with mother nature. Simple as that.
Fundamentally, veganism is a choice for positive values. In a society that struggles to keep alive some of it’s basic pillars, such as respect, decency, dignity and kindness, any life option that will support those pillars and promote the best features of human behavior, is something to embrace and cherish. Being vegan is a path to believe in yourself, in those around you and, above all, to believe in a brighter future. One where people and animals can live in harmony in the world that we all share.