Ever heard of people saying that they have chosen a vegan lifestyle? Or maybe people saying to someone that you’re a vegan so you won’t be able to relish chicken or cheese.
Well, that’s where we define veganism. It is the way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible, the use of animals and animal products to avoid being cruel to the them. So yes, if you’re meeting a person who has adapted a vegan lifestyle then he or she wouldn’t have a cheesy pizza with you.
As hard as it sounds, adapting a vegan lifestyle isn’t that laborious. Also, these terms vegan and veganism haven’t been new to mankind, they just gained popularity in the 1900s.
It was defined by Donald Watson as being ‘non-dairy vegetarian’ in 1944. There were newspapers published in 1900s in London called ‘THE VEGAN NEWS’ and people started understanding the meaning of the same from then. After the initiation in these areas, in 1960s and the 1970s, a vegetarian food movement emerged as a part of counterculture in the United States.
The vegan diet became mainstream around 2010 because that’s when people in many parts of the world started to understand the concept. The food labels on different food items started showing up as vegan and even many chain restaurants started marking the same. Now, not only people know about it, but a lot of them follow different vegan diets religiously.
Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but it should be one factor that truly motivates a person to become vegan and stay vegan. Emotional attachments should be a part of the reason, with the belief that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways by which one can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere.
BENEFITS OF A VEGAN DIET ROUTINE:
· Vegan diet is well known to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
· It also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
· Gaining nutrition from plant foods has allowed to promote and radiate the benefits of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
· Production of meat and other animal products has a huge strain on the environment as it causes deforestation, habitat loss and extinction of species.
· Avoidance of killing animals for food would take up a stand against inefficient food systems which will help in the upliftment of the poor people in the society across the world.
Considering all the above benefits of the vegan diet routine, we can say that one should plan a careful transformation from a normal diet to a vegan diet. Many celebrities and famous people are also promoting veganism nowadays. One can say that being a Vegan will put you to sleep with a feeling that you haven’t hurt any living being. Become vegan and become the one to see the world change. Taking up the vegan lifestyle would give someone else the chance to live. Its time now we think about the social justice for everyone and give up on something so that the society as a whole, gains a lot.
Eating animals is like proving to the nature that your appetite is more important than the health of the planet. It’s high time that we balance ourselves and understand that going by taste is not only going to harm us but also harm the whole planet. No one on this planet deserves cruelty, even if it’s for the sake of nutrition. Also, with the whole planet so developed now and the population more than a lot, depending upon animals for food is only leading to their extinction.
Even organizations like PETA that highly favor animal rights, support veganism. They truly condemn the attitude that humans own animals. They believe that there should be almost no dependency on animals that causes harm to them. It is very important for everyone to understand that cow’s milk is for the calf, sheep’s wool is necessary for herself, overbreeding of chicken for eggs harms it and a lot more to add to this understanding that we are constantly harming animals for our selfish use.
Veganism is a stand against cruelty that does not harm the health at all. No one will ever force anyone to become a vegetarian or a vegan, but it is the right time to take up social justice in our hands and become humanly to other creatures who are co-dependent on us. Animals cannot stand up for themselves, but we humans have the necessary resources and power to help them the way they deserve to. Changes don’t happen in a day, changes have to be made bit by bit. Saying that, a person who loves chicken or meat, can at least start by becoming a vegetarian, and for someone who is already a vegetarian can try switching from cow’s milk to soya milk, etc.
No one will ever force you to choose a vegan or even a vegetarian lifestyle, but it is based on your own personal understanding that how do you feel about animals. Having a dog or a cat as a pet and saying you love animals and then eating duck for dinner isn’t the social justice needed by animals. All the animals, whether pets or not, have right to life as much as humans do, and becoming vegan is just a step ahead to claim that you respect every being’s rights on this planet.
Every living being has almost the same soul, it’s just the body that differs and now is the time to respect and stand up for every soul!