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I'm curious to know why people go vegan? - Barbara
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There are lots of reasons why people go vegan. Here is a list of just some of the reasons I can think of and a brief explanation as to why:
To improve their health: Many people go vegan to avoid getting food-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
For compassion towards animals: There's no question that consuming animal products is no pleasure for the animals you're eating. It's cruel, barbaric, and murderous. Many people simply can't justify taking an animal's life when they don't need to.
For the environment: Giving up animal products is a big boon to our planet. The environmental resources that are required to sustain a person who eats meat vs. a vegan are staggering. Take a look at some statistics here.
For religion: There are certain religions that suggest or even command people not to eat animals. Seventh Day Adventists are among these groups, as well as the Hindus.
For spiritual reasons: I know some people eschew animal products to increase their sense of connection with Source. I've known people whose psychic abilities have increased when they no longer ate animal flesh.
I'm sure there are more reasons than I've stated. But as you can see, people come to veganism from many directions. I myself went vegan for health reasons, then read Diet for a New America, and happily became a vegan for ethical reasons as well.
It's a journey.