Vegan is "in". It's a passion for some, unlike a passing fashion.

7 reasons why you may want to be vegan :

* Cruelty to Cows, Buffaloes :

A milk yielding cattle lives only quarter of its lifespan after which it is slaughtered. Because it has no utility anymore. Really sad.

* Cruelty to Hens :

Hens or Chicken can live 7 years. But after 1 year of egg production after which they can't give eggs, they are slaughtered since they are of no use. Sad indeed.

* Water Shortage :

Eat a steak or a chicken and you are effectively consuming the water that the animal has needed to live and grow. Vegetarian author John Robbins calculates it takes 60, 108, 168, and 229 pounds of water to produce one pound of potatoes, wheat, maize and rice respectively. But a pound of beef needs around 9,000 litres – or more than 20,000 pounds of water. Equally, it takes nearly 1,000 litres of water to produce one litre of milk. Be vegan, save water. Prevent the 3rd World War (which may happen for water).

* Deforestation :

Global agribusiness has for 30 years turned to tropical rainforests – not for their timber but for the land that can be used to graze cattle or grow palm oil and soya. Millions of hectares of trees have been felled to provide burgers for the US and more recently animal feed for farms for Europe, China and Japan.

In its latest food report What's Feeding Our Food ?, Friends of the Earth estimates that around 6m hectares of forest land a year – an area equivalent to Latvia or twice the size of Belgium – and a similar acreage of peat and wetlands elsewhere, is converted to farmland a year. Of that, it says, most goes to livestock or to grow the crops to feed the cattle.

* Poisoning the earth :

Industrial-scale agriculture now dominates the western livestock and poultry industries, and a single farm can now generate as much waste as a city. A cow excretes around 40kg of manure for every kilogram of edible beef it puts on and when you have many thousands crowded into a small area the effect can be dramatic. Their manure and urine is funnelled into massive waste lagoons sometimes holding as many as 40m gallons. These cesspools often break, leak or overflow, polluting underground water supplies and rivers with nitrogen, phosphorus and nitrates.

* Reduce global warming :

Global warming poses one of the most serious threats to the global environment ever faced in human history. Yet by focusing entirely on carbon dioxide emissions, major environmental organizations have failed to account for published data showing that other gases are the main culprits behind the global warming we see today. As a result, they are overlooking the fact that the single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming [faster than any other means] is to adopt a vegetarian diet.

In its 2006 report, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.

* Feel healthy :

A diet rich in vegetables, and fruits promotes good health and feels light on the body. Often, too much red meat can cause various health problems.

Be Vegan !

If not for a lifetime, try 1 day a time, and see how you feel. See how your body feels. Your soul will surely be lighter. Try it.

Be Vegan !

Happy World Vegan (Nov 1) !

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