It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.
Feel-good labels like “humanely raised” or “free range” are meaningless. The “happy meat” market has exploded in the past several years and these labels mislead consumers into believing that if they spend a little more to purchase these products, they can eat animals from idyllic “humane” farms that treat animals with respect and kindness. The truth is all farming methods — factory and free range, are bad.
Farmed animals feel pain and experience emotions just like our beloved cats and dogs and just like us. They have unique personalities, experience fear and form emotional bonds with others. There is no reason for us to consume animals, thus being vegan is the ethical thing to do because you care about animals.
More than 1 billion people out of the Earth’s population of 7 billion are malnourished. Worse still, 6 million children starve to death each year. Animal farming is grossly inefficient and wasteful. A better use of water and resources for humans to consumer plants directly, rather than growing plants to feed to animals that are then slaughtered and fed to humans. Growing crops directly for human consumption instead of animal feed and fuel could feed four billion more people, analysis has shown.