"If you are not ready to be vegan, be a vegetarian.
If you are not ready to be a vegetarian, be meat reduced.
If you are not ready to be meat reduced, then go veal and lobster free.
Find something that reduces suffering, improves health,
and protects our land and water, but always be open to the next level.
God Bless and Peace."
— George T. Coniglio, Interfaith Minister
Veganism: Points For Your Consideration
It’s the Best Way to Help Animals
Did you know that every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year? There is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing plant-based foods over meat, eggs, and dairy “products.”
The Best Way to Help the Environment
“Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction. 1-2 acres of rain forest are cleared every second.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction. Livestock and their byproducts account for 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture. Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.
Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US. A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted. We could see fishless oceans by 2048. For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year: Vegan: 1/6th acre / Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan / Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food. 1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life”
“The scriptures of most world religions describe a golden age in which humans lived peaceably on earth without bloodshed. Many Biblical scholars have noted that in the creation story, the Bible quite plainly depicts a vegan world as the world God intended: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Gen. 1:29–31)
In Eden, all creatures lived peacefully, and God told both humans and animals to consume only plant foods. Christian vegans thus believe that human beings should strive toward the compassionate world God first envisioned, and live in accordance with the values of mercy and kindness at the heart of their faith.”
More on Veganism
On why we are selective about which animals are pets and others are somehow considered food. See more from outstanding author, lecturer, and relationship coach Dr. Melanie Joy on carnism.org.