30 August 2012

Why veganism is the compassionate choice

Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, "Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind." Veganism is the compassionate choice every time and here is why.

Human beings do not need to eat animals or drink the milk of another species for health or evolutionary reasons. A plant-based, vegan diet, has been proven to prevent and reduce heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. Just read anything by Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Ornish, Dr. MacDougall, or Dr. Furhman. And as Howard Lyman says, "at this time in our history, it is an evolutionary imperative not to eat animals because factory farming is killing the planet."

Human beings who kill animals for a living suffer too. Working in a slaughterhouse is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Violence on every level, from the killing of the animal to the different positions in the factory lines, workers are in constant danger of losing life and limb. Both their physical health and mental health is at risk. After awhile, they are numbed to the violence they witness which impacts how they treat themselves, their families, and the animals they are working with.

Human beings do not need to wear the fur, the wool or the hide of an animal to be warm or fashionable. Modern technology has created amazing fabrics that provide warmth. And there are plenty of hot designers who have created fashions that do not include animals. Just like when shopping for food, check clothing labels for wool and silk.

Dr. Melanie Joy explains in her book, "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" that carnism, the ideology that conditions people to eat certain animals, is the force behind our ability to look the other way when billions of animals are being slaughtered.

Compassion wins every time. It takes a new perspective but once the shift takes place, veganism is the only option.

Lisa Dawn Angerame | Blog | Website | Facebook
Long Island, NY Lisa Dawn is an advanced certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, vegan food blogger, wife and mom. She is working hard to spread the vegan love through her cooking, teaching and blog. Lisa Dawn studies and teaches the yoga sutras. She divides her time between NYC and Northport, Long Island. Lisa Dawn is the co founder of NAVA NYC, a meditation and yoga company designed to bring yoga and meditation to corporate clients.

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