Vegans care very much for people!
Many people became vegan after seeing a loved one suffer with an illness that could have been prevented by a plant-based diet. It is their love for their family and friends that brings them to veganism. Take a look at Jeff Giffin’s story in the Make America Healthy Again section of our site to see how one man’s search for answers to his father-in-law’s health crisis led to his own health revolution.
Other people become vegan because they want to see the equitable distribution of food across the world so that no one need be hungry. The trouble with animal agriculture is it uses so many resources and gives so little in return. For example, it uses 83 percent of all agricultural land but it gives just 18 percent of our calories,1 and one-third of the world’s cereal harvest and 70 percent of the world’s soy harvest2 is fed to farmed animals. If we instead made those crops available to people we could feed the whole world quite easily using less land, and no one need ever go to bed hungry.
Other people become vegan because they understand that the vast tracts of land needed to grow all that food for farmed animals displaces indigenous peoples from their homes.3 And others recognize that the impacts of climate change – of which animal agriculture is a leading driver – also impacts the world’s poorest disproportionately.4
Still more become vegan because they recognise the significant psychological toll that people endure when they are asked to slaughter animals every day. Slaughterhouse workers are at increased risk of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and PITS (perpetration-induced traumatic stress). These men and women suffer because we ask them to do a distressing and traumatising job that we would not do ourselves. Slaughterhouse work has also been connected to an increase in crime rates, including higher incidents of domestic abuse, as well as alcohol and drug abuse, which creates many more human victims.5
Veganism is as good for people as it is for animals.
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