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    Why do people choose to become vegan (vegeterian)?

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Here are some friends with simlar question as we.And I have this question for many days,anyone help us?
Kitty said: Yes.Why do people choose to become vegan (vegeterian)?-I try seach this on internet but no results found.Maybe this is a stupid question.
Mike said: oh,no,you are wrong.I have found as below for this question(Why do people choose to become vegan (vegeterian)?),it will help you,my kids.

Please correct me if I%26#039;m wrong about any of this, but don%26#039;t we need the nutrients in meat to be healthy? They didn%26#039;t put it on the food pyramid for nothing.

(I don%26#039;t really want to make an arguement but...) I could understand if somebody became one because they didn%26#039;t like the taste, texture, etc. of meat but what I don%26#039;t understand is somebody who likes/loves meat actually becomes one. %26quot;I want to save the poor, little, innocent animals!%26quot; okay... But aren%26#039;t millions of animals still going to be killed to feed the millions of humans who still like meat?

So, I%26#039;m asking about the people who actually love meat, but chose to become one... why did they become a vegeterian?
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Yes, we need the nutrients meat offers. No, meat is not the only source of ANY of those nutrients. %26quot;They%26quot; put it in the food pyramid, because %26quot;they%26quot; (the FDA) are charged with promoting animal agriculture in this country. There are also vegetarian and vegan food pyramids, and the American Dietetic Association, the world%26#039;s largest organization of nutrition professionals (who don%26#039;t have the same conflict of interest as the FDA) endorses properly planned veg*n diets as being appropriate and healthful for all life stages. In addition, there is evidence that vegetarian diets offer protection against heart disease, stroke, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, obesity, kidney disease, type II diabetes, colon and prostate cancer and gout, and that vegetarians on average live 6-10 years longer than the general population.

I personally chose to be veg*n for a number of reasons. The way we breed, feed, confine, medicate and slaughter animals is cruel, inhumane, and unhealthy for the animals and the people involved. It%26#039;s also a leading cause of global climate change, per the United Nations IPCC report, responsible for a larger contribution to global warming than all forms of transportation combined. Intensive animal agriculture is also an egregious waste of natural resources. Children are dying daily on this planet for want of food and clean water, while we devote millions of acres of arable land and hundreds of millions of gallons of water to raising beef for the relatively rich. It takes 16 pounds of grain protein and thousands of gallons of water to produce and single pound of beef protein and a significant proportion of the world%26#039;s population has no access to that beef.

I liked meat when I was a meat eater. But now I see it as unethical, inhumane, wasteful, unhealthy, and unnecessary. Raising animals for food is bad for animals, bad for people and bad for the planet and I choose not to participate in it.
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If you%26#039;re interested in doing some reading on the subject, I highly recommend John Robbins%26#039;s %26quot;The Food Revolution.%26quot; His books are extremely well researched and very compelling. Report Abuse
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Meat is on the food pyramid because we need complete proteins. You can make a complete protein out of a legume and a grain (example: beans and rice), and you can also find vegan sources of complete protein in soy and quinoa. These allow vegetarians/vegans to eat a diet that can still fuel their bodies. There are also vegan sources of Omega-3, an essential fat that we don%26#039;t produce, in things like flax seed and chia seed, for example.

I can%26#039;t answer your %26quot;animal suffering%26quot; or %26quot;becoming vegan%26quot; question because I am not a vegan or vegetarian.
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Yes, there are nutrients in meat that the body needs, but all of those nutrients can be found elsewhere. There is NOTHING the body needs that is found in meat and meat alone.

Yes, animals will still die to feed the people who eat meat. But if less people are eating meat, less will be produced, IE... less animals will be killed.

As for your last question, you don%26#039;t have to dislike the taste of meat to be morally opposed to it. You wouldn%26#039;t kill people for food if you found out human flesh was tasty, so why is meat any different?
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I%26#039;m not a vegan but knows of a few friends/relatives who are.

Some of them became vegan because of their beliefs (religion). some because of their love for animals (yeah, i actually have a friend who doesnt take meat because she thinks killing animals are cruel). and some because of health reasons.
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ok well i was a meat eater but now im a vegetarian, there are a million reasons for someone to become a vegetarian or vegan.

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