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Animals suffer like us

Why should we consider less valuable suffering imposed on other creatures, for the simple fact that they belong to a different species from ours? (Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Wolf)

With the increasingly widespread way of saying "Veg" means those who belong to the Culture vegan. Leaving aside the philosophical origins of the term, being vegan is to reject all forms of exploitation, ill-treatment and killing of animals: a life set on solid ethical principles of respect for Animal’s life and based on thought and on a non-violent vision of life in general.

Eating meat is digesting the agonies of other living beings. (Marguerite Yourcenar)

Supply
The vegan diet includes all plant foods (cereals, legumes, vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, oil seeds, seaweed, spices and herbs) while excluding all foods arising from the killing of live animals both terrestrial marine (meat, fish, molluscs, crustaceans) and also the products derived from the exploitation and the intensive rearing of animals (eggs, milk, dairy products, honey). Such a dietary choice-which to some it might seem drastically has reasons ethical, religious, environmental and health benefits.

Ethics
The Animals, like humans, is a sentient being that -able to feel sensations of pleasure and pain- so endowed with the right to freedom, to peace and to life, he deserved to be treated with respect and justice.

The highest duty of a man is to steal animals to cruelty. (Emile Zola)

Farms and slaughterhouses procure them untold suffering:

  • Laying hens in cages that prevent them canned any movement and also those "bred on the ground" are piled on the floors of the halls without ever seeing the light of the sun, ending their tragic life with a violent death.

  • Pigs newborn who are torn genitals and teeth, fed excessively and brutally mutilated and slaughtered.

  • Chicks males of laying hens crushed alive because unnecessary production and processed into feed for other animals.

  • Young calves removed from their mothers to finish in small box without moving, in order to keep the meat tender, until the time of slaughter.

  • Cows periodically inseminated by artificial means, and used until its last legs for the production of milk (in nature may live more than 20 years, but only 6/7 years, now unproductive, are dragged to the slaughter).

  • Chickens for battery whose birth is cut beak, crammed into a space the size of an A4 sheet, subjected to high protein diet and forced to live among their droppings, so pumped full of drugs to prevent them from contracting infections.

  • Fish farm that overcrowd sized tanks inadequate, fattened quickly with feed derived from dead animals and dosed with antibiotics to prevent diseases.

  • Sea fish forced to absorb all toxic substances present in their habitat, caught in different ways and condemned to a terrible end that goes by asphyxiation freezing.

  • Ducks and geese force-fed to make "more fat" (therefore more attractive for the food industry) the infamous liver and then skinned alive.

  • Kids, lambs, horses, rabbits, turkeys beaten with a stick, prodded and forcibly dragged to a horrible death.

  • Bees queens kept alive only for the purpose of spawning (replaced every two years, in nature could live up to 6 years), are artificially inseminated after the beheading of the male and in winter they are deprived of their honey to be fed with syrup sugar and antibiotics, or debilitated and then stuffed with medicines to prevent diseases that are sometimes inevitable, in which case they end up dying burned alive in their hives.

  • Game drawn with other small birds used as "live bait", hit or captured with nets, plucked or blanched mostly still alive.

  • Ladybugs used the same way as a raw material to obtain the famous red dye so widely used.


Cruelty to animals is training of cruelty against men.
(Publio Ovidio Nasone)

Religion
From the north to the south of the world there are countless religious and philosophical doctrines that prescribe strict rejection of any kind of meat and encourage the vegan diet to not contaminate the body, mind and spirit, allowing a deep purification of one's being.

Understanding does not mean much feel with all those who feel, but suffer with those who suffer. (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

Ecology
In 2010 the UN declared that intensive farming is among the primary causes of environmental pollution and global warming (compared to the use of petrochemical fuels) and the planet can be saved through a diet free of animal products. Factory farms emit the most greenhouse gases of which are handled by our atmosphere. The search for new pastures to meet the needs of the growing market is the main cause of deforestation, with consequent damage to the biosphere and biodiversity. Overfishing depletes the seas every day, not only wiping out entire species, but causing serious balance of ecosystems.

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would not remain that four years of life. (Albert Einstein)

Health
There is a close correlation between the consumption of meat (fresh or cured in the form of sausages) and the incidence of serious diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is compounded by the frequent spread of viral and parasitic diseases in animals raised, the increasing use of antibiotics and other drugs on farms, the increasing presence of toxic substances in the habitats of wild animals (oceans, forests). More recently also they have been disclosed the risks associated with excessive intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, which are rich in milk, dairy products and eggs, and the correlation between consumption of dairy products and CHD and breast cancer. Numerous American studies have shown that vegans there is a lower incidence of the most common diseases in developed countries: obesity, coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer (prostate, colorectal, stomach, bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease. Vegans are also results subject to a lower risk of: acute appendicitis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, gallstones, cataracts, diverticulitis, constipation, urinary stones.Vegan diets have been used successfully in the treatment of certain diseases: cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, kidney disease.
Some studies have also found that the vegan diet:

  • It promotes the elimination by the body some toxic substances (such as environmental pollutants and dioxin), also in the case in which it is consumed food product in the vicinity of waste incinerators.

  • Significantly reduces oxidative stress of the DNA, so that a woman of 60/70 years has values comparable to those of a younger (20-30 years).

  • The parameters affects gene acts to increased protection against the onset of diseases and promotes a longer duration of life.

  • Improves the quality of mood enough to prevent depressive phenomena.


To each his own kind of milk is beneficial, but that of other species is harmful. (Hippocrates)

Common places
Customs handed down from generation to generation and false truths transformed into absolute axioms, determine daily habits wrong: how to feel that taking meat is necessary for the supply of iron or that milk and dairy products are indispensable source of calcium. Actually plant proteins are sufficient to ensure a proper intake of nutrients, or rather on the amount of iron 100g of beans contain three times as 100g of horse meat. Even in relation to calcium it should be noted that there are considerable plant sources (such as cabbage) that do not produce the load instead of acid waste arising from dairy products. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States) said that «Well-planned vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation ... satisfy nutrient needs children in infancy, childhood and adolescents, and promote normal growth ... may assist in establishing healthy eating patterns for the entire duration of life and can offer some important nutritional advantages.» Even the Olympic champion Carl Lewis follows a vegan diet!A study conducted for 20 years by the University of Southampton on a group of children of 10 years has shown that nutrition affects particularly on IQ. The results underlined as a diet free of animal protein, then vegan, promotes a substantial increase in intelligence and cognitive abilities. Dr Catherine Gale pointed out that there is room for difference of less than 5 IQ points between vegans and carnivores. We have to remember that the human body was not created to feed on dead animals, because it is poisoned because of toxic substances contained in the flesh. The carnivorous animals have teeth and claws necessary to predation and the dismemberment of prey, powerful stomach acid to dissolve the flesh and a fairly small intestine (long only three times their body) can expel "toxic residues" in the shortest possible time. The man is anatomically different, belonging to the order of primates anthropomorphic already teeth reveal its nature frugivorous (structured to feed on fresh fruits, tender leaves, tubers, roots), is unable to hunt and dismember bare hands meat (one thing is to capture, kill and dismember an animal, another to buy the slices ready), also because of the extent of the intestine (12 times the length of the body), the human being can take up to 3 days before ejecting the meat at that point it is rotten and has already released widely its toxicity. Add to this the fact that a man could hardly eat meat and raw eggs and the same cooking processes develop toxins. Scientists agree that the man was converted to consume muscles of animals (carrion in principle) to the inhospitality of the forests in the original, about 2 million years ago, during Neozoic, because of 'alternation of ice ages, and interglacial periods of drought opposed to heavy floods. Today only the Eskimo people is absolutely necessary for carnivorous and life expectancy is 25-30 years because of arteriosclerosis.

I looked at those beautiful fish move in the water, watching the piglets hanging from hooks, and I thought about how, apart from poverty and hunger, man has always found strange justifications for its carnivorous violence towards other living beings. One of the arguments that are still used in the West to justify the annual massacre of hundreds of millions of chickens, lambs, pigs and oxen is that to live you need protein. And the elephants? Where do they get the protein elephants? (Tiziano Terzani)

The numbers

  • 70% used water on the planet is consumed by livestock and agriculture

  • 50% grown plants in the world is used to feed farm animals

  • 43% of carbon dioxide emissions comes from farms

  • 260 million manure pollutants annually in the US alone

  • 13 million people a year die of hunger

  • 13 million people a year die from diseases caused by excessive consumption of meat


Nothing will give the chance of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. (Albert Einstein)

Lifestyle
Besides the aspects food (which provide the total rejection of any kind of meat, milk and dairy products, eggs, honey and other bee products, even when present as ingredients in other foods, such as baked goods prepared with lard, paste made from egg or beef broth), being vegan means respect life Animal in everyday behavior, then:

  • Wear garments plant fibers and synthetic and not leaders with parts of animal origin (fur, leather, wool, silk and feather padding).

  • Use cosmetics and products for personal care and household cleaning not tested on animals.

  • Not to purchase other goods with animal parts (such as leather sofas, fur rugs, ornaments in ivory, objects made of bone, animal hair brushes).

  • Avoid the participation and support to activities that involve the use of the animal and / or his killing, which experimentation on animals, hunting and fishing, animal shows (like bullfighting, the circus with animals, rodeo, racing horses or dogs, fighting between roosters or other animals), folklore events with use of animals, zoos, aquariums and similar holding and trade animals.


The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how it treats animals. (M. K. "Mahatma" Gandhi)

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