Why be a Vegetarian?

 

Reasons why people become vegetarian

Environmental: Animal farming is one of the most significant contributors to the serious environmental problems facing our planet. Calculate your Carbon Footprint here

Health: Vegetarians live longer and have reduced risk of lifestyle diseases, obesity and hypertension. Animal fat and meat has been linked conclusively with an increase in heart disease, stroke, colon and breast cancer, liver and kidney disease, depletion of bone mass, arthritis, and a host of other afflictions. Vital foods build vital bodies.

Humane: To stop the exploitation of animals by intensive breeding and cruelty, and needless slaughter. It has become the conviction of many of the world’s deepest thinkers that cruelty shown to animals stands as a blot upon humanity, retarding our progress. Wise sages have prescribed Ahimsa (non injury or harmlessness), as the most effective method to counteract and eradicate the brutal, cruel tendencies in people.

Ethics: The knowledge that other creatures have feelings very similar to our own. The average meat-eater during their lifetime is personally responsible for the slaughter of 5 cows, 20 pigs, 30 sheep, 760 chickens, 46 turkeys, 15 ducks, 7 rabbits, 1 1/2 geese and 1/2 tonne of fish.

World Hunger: There are some 800 million people in the world with barely enough to eat, yet 80% of the world’s agricultural land is used for feeding animals and only 20% for feeding humans directly. It takes approximately 80lbs of vegetable protein to produce 1lb of animal protein.

Anatomical: Humans are closer to herbivores than carnivores. Compare…

Carnivore

Sharp teeth
No ptyalin
Short intestinal tract
Large liver
Smooth colon
No pores

Human/Herbivores

Grinding teeth
Ptyalin in saliva
Very long intestinal tract
Small liver
Convoluted colon
Millions of pores

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