So You've Been Vegan for Two Weeks… Here's How Many Animals You've Spared - Mercy For Animals

So You’ve Been Vegan for Two Weeks… Here’s How Many Animals You’ve Spared

Was going vegan your new year’s resolution? If so, you’re one of many who chose to ditch animal products in favor of a truly compassionate lifestyle. While we’re certain you’re enjoying this new adventure, you might be wondering just what difference you’ve made in these past two weeks. Well, look no further for your answers!

Each year, the typical American consumes around 30 farmed animals (that’s not even counting wild-caught fish). This averages out to about one animal every two weeks. So by going vegan, you’ve already spared at least one animal a lifetime of horrific suffering.

From throwing baby chicks into macerators to tearing baby cows away from their mothers, the meat, dairy, and egg industries put profits ahead of animals. The saddest part is that so much of the abuse at factory farms is legal. Fortunately, the longer you continue your vegan journey, the more animals you spare.


But the positive impact of your food choices doesn’t stop there. According to a recent study, you’ve also saved a lot of water. And you’ve cut your carbon footprint in half. Consider this: A pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel to produce than a pound of soy.

Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and deforestation. In fact, according to the World Bank, animal agriculture is culpable for nearly 91 percent of Amazon destruction. Additionally, the meat industry emits more greenhouse gas than all the transportation in the world combined.


By not consuming animal products, you also greatly improve your health. Eating vegan reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Plus, a report published in Men’s Journal found that people who followed a plant-based diet had an early mortality rate 20 percent lower than that of meat eaters!

What’s more, by withdrawing your financial support from factory farms, you take a stand for poor rural communities and workers’ rights. Often undocumented immigrants denied basic labor protections, factory farm workers are exposed to countless workplace hazards, including injuries, respiratory illness, PTSD, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Lastly, by going vegan, you’ve taken a step in creating a kinder world—one filled with more compassion, peace, and harmony. Congratulations on sticking to a resolution that truly makes a difference. Click here to visit our Action Center to learn more about how you can help farmed animals!

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