11 Things Every Vegan Wants You to Know: the Good, the Bad, and the Batsh*t Crazy

The Good

1. Vegans live longer than meat eaters.

Study after study has shown that a plant-based diet is beneficial to your health. Meat is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization reported that processed meats are just as hazardous to your health as cigarettes. Additionally, the Mayo Clinic recently reported that switching to a plant-based diet could add up to four years to your life. What would you do with four more years?

2. Vegan food is incredibly delicious.

From lentil burgers to seitan steaks, vegan food is the bomb! When you go vegan, an entire new world of culinary delights opens up. Check back here frequently for recipes and ideas.

3. The future is vegan!

Not vegan yet? The good news is it’s never too late. In fact, vegans are on the rise, with 12 percent of millennials leading the charge!

The Bad

4. Animal feed could be feeding people in poverty.

There are nearly a billion starving people on the planet. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef. Think about all of the people who could use that grain.

5. Animal agriculture is destroying our planet.

True story. The meat industry emits more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined!

6. Factory farms are seriously filthy.

A recent Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a Tyson Foods chicken farm showed deplorable conditions. From puddles of chicken waste to rotting animal carcasses, factory farms are truly disgusting.

The Batsh*t Crazy

7. Some farmed animals literally can’t move.

Many animals on factory farms live in spaces so small they can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, or stretch their limbs. This is cruel and unacceptable.

8. Newborn animals are stolen from their mothers.

The dairy industry rips baby calves away from their mothers when they’re only a day old. Could you imagine anything crueler?

9. Baby chicks are ground up alive.

Because male chicks will never lay eggs, they are considered useless to the egg industry and are killed almost immediately after hatching.

10. A standard farm practice known as “thumping will make you sick.

Piglets who are too sick or not growing fast enough are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors. This is considered an acceptable form of “euthanasia by the industry and is 100 percent legal.

11. Farmed animals are mutilated every day.

Dehorning, tail docking, debeaking, and castration are all forms of mutilation performed daily on factory farms. These cruel acts are carried out without the use of anesthesia. Because of the filthy conditions, they often result in infection.

Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more about transitioning to a healthy, delicious, and humane vegan diet.