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The ethical, environmental, and health ramifications of a vegan lifestyle.

Olivia Whelan

on 11 June 2013

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UNDERSTANDING VEGANISM Ethics Is the commodification and exploitation of non-human animals an important modern issue? If so, to what extent does adopting a vegan lifestyle offer a sustainable, long-term solution to that issue? Environment Health What is Veganism? A VEGAN Just to clear up any confusion... does not partake in the commodification of non-human animals under any circumstances. That means... no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, leather, wool, down, or any other animal product you can think of. A VEGETARIAN does not eat meat, but will eat dairy, eggs, and in some cases purchase other animal products. A PESCATARIAN limits their intake of meat by only eating fish, and abstaining from poultry, beef, pork, and the flesh of any other land animals. Leah Lenenman poses that the crux of the vegan argument comes from a genuine rejection of cruelty to non-human animals. So how are animals abused? FOOD GARMENTS ENTERTAINMENT RESEARCH & TESTING The Rise of the Factory Farm
Huge-scale "industrialized farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost”.
Most of the meat consumed by Americans comes from factory farms.
Various modes of torture make up the standard industry practices of factory farms. Poultry Pigs Cows Animal Rights in Public Policy Several states have adopted policies that prohibit certain acts of "animal cruelty" towards dogs, cats, and other common "pets"
No federal laws in place that regulate treatment of farm animals
All states have cruelty statutes but most common farming practices are exempt Americans today eat as much chicken in one day as they did in one year in 1930.

Little to no space for movement
Battery cages
Forced Molting
Debeaking Animal Waste
Land exploitation
Water use
Pfiesteria Thosuands of pigs were slaughtered worldwide in the last minute alone.
Abscesses and Infection
Waste pits
Forced impregnation Dairy Industry Slaughter Industry Continuous impregnation
Reduced lifespan
"Spent" cows
Slaughter Fishing In the last few seconds, tens of thousands of fish were killed worldwide.
Sea life is being eradicated at an alarming rate
Some scientists project that by 2048 there will be no fish left in the sea Antibiotics
Consumption of animal products is linked with a wealth of diseases
Animal food is high in cholesterol
Mrs: Harrison: vegetarian and vegan diets are "environmentally sustainable and healthy" when given "dedication". She has been a vegetarian for "approximately 47 years" for ethical and environmental reasons. 100% of the 51 vegans that took my survey cited ethics as their primary reasoning for going vegan. Ethical veganism questions the modern, systematic industrial processes that we use to raise animals for food and other purposes. http://www.adaptt.org/killcounter.html Circuses
Blood sports
Animal-racing Leather
Silk Medical and scientific research - "vivisection"
The Military
Cosmetics Context for the Ethical, Environmental, and Health Imperative to Live Plant-based
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