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Jan 14th, 2006, 10:59 AM
44 reasons to be a vegan (http://www.veganforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3928)

Jan 14th, 2006, 11:04 AM

also for humans and the planet on the side ;)

Jan 24th, 2006, 09:20 PM
For the animals I think. I used to say I loved all animals but still ate them?! I was very under-educated when I was younger. :rolleyes:

Plus most animal products don't agree with me anyway.

Jan 25th, 2006, 05:38 AM
This is going to sound incredibly recycled, cliche' or simple, but it just "felt right". When I finally took the plunge from full omni to vegan, I truely felt good about myself for the first time....well, ever.

Apr 17th, 2006, 05:08 PM
my initial reason was world hunger ...but now its compassion for animals and health too.

Me too.
Well, at first it was a pretty much equal mix of being for the animals, and for resourcefulness and not being wasteful or taking more that is required for me to live a healthy life. :)

But then soon after becoming vegan I found that my energy went up, I could concentrate better, AND, my cravings to binge eat were greatly diminished. (I'd been struggling with emotional eating and bulimia for 2 years. I still have some rough times, because I'm still recovering, but I think a big part of it was fueled by food addiction, like to dairy and refined sugar).

It's made many aspects of my life a lot better - my health, emotional well-being, and my conscience. :)

May 15th, 2006, 11:18 PM
mostly for animals. and my husband and i feel that it is important to raise our son this way and to teach him compassion and mercy for the animals and the earth and to care about his health.

May 22nd, 2006, 02:34 AM
I went vegetarian completly for the animals. As others said, I would still never eat meat, even if I was convinced it was healthy (which I am not, I think it is unhealthy). I couldn't justify or deal with being able to take a life for food, and I couldn't stand to eat something that was dead - there was a definate "grossness" factor.

I didn't understand veganism so much when I first went vegetarian. then I began to understand... I went vegan for health reasons, because I feel it is unnatural to consume milk from another species, for the environment, to end world hunger, to show my protest against factory farming, and to stop harm against animals.

I also really like the food, and I wish I had started eating like this years ago.

May 22nd, 2006, 03:53 PM
i just am.

so many reasons, but mostly it's what works for me, body and mind.

May 22nd, 2006, 05:28 PM
Thats a little cutie on your avatar:)

Jun 1st, 2006, 01:14 AM
My health first and then the animals. I first must take care of the body my creator gave me and then I can help take care of the rest of the planet.

Jun 1st, 2006, 05:24 AM
I think therefore I am vegan

Jun 1st, 2006, 07:06 AM
I hate to think I could contribute to suffering and pain.

Jun 8th, 2006, 10:42 PM
I first must take care of the body my creator gave me and then I can help take care of the rest of the planet.
That's a great way to look at it IMO:) I first came to veganism after finding out about the health benefits, but I also realized how animals were suffering beyond meat production (as I was lacto-ovo veggie before). Though I know I can never avoid causing any suffering, my main goal is now to cause the least suffering--for animals (both human and non-human) and the environment--possible in this world and being the best vegan I can be is fundamental in striving for that goal.

Jun 9th, 2006, 09:33 AM
(a) I went vegan because I didn't want any part of the cruelty and exploitation that is done in the name of hungry men.
I stay vegan for (a), and
(b) I love to watch wildlife, and when I look at them, I feel a warm glow inside. It makes me smile to know that I don't have to associate them with anything but their beautiful, natural lives. They are just there for themselves, they don't have to be for anything, especially not anything for me.
(c) Last of all, I feel so much healthier. But I'd do it even if it made me feel like crap.

Jun 9th, 2006, 01:44 PM
I don't want to contribute to the meat and dairy industries that basically control the USDA and use their power to regulate the dietary guidelines in the united states and to fund research so a lot of research tends to be bias. Its so frustrating!

Also world hunger is a huge issue, its a lot healthier, and factory farming is one of the most awful things.

I wasn't really eating anything containing animal products anyways so giving them up wasn't really a big transition for me - it was easy - so I figured if I don't have any strong attachments anyways I might as well just take the plunge and throw myself into further living a cruetly-free life. The gains by far outweighed the loss.

Jun 9th, 2006, 02:15 PM
i believe that it is much more beneficial for both animals, mother earth and humans to eat vegan. i find that one of the most important issues is to try and live the most environmentally sustainable you can! who are we to make living creatures suffer and to destroy the planet we were put on? i believe in love, anarchy and freedom for ALL LIVING CREATURES, not in hate and speciesism.

Jun 9th, 2006, 02:23 PM
I believe it is always wrong to kill.

I may not be able to always live up to that (parasites for instance). But I do the best I possibly can.

Spud Addict
Jun 9th, 2006, 08:02 PM
My main reason is because I don't want animals to suffer for me, and I don't want to support any industry that makes them suffer. In other words, I don't want to be holding the knife, so to speak.

Jun 9th, 2006, 08:15 PM
So I don't have to have a million different cutting boards. :rolleyes:


(it's just a bonus)

Jun 14th, 2006, 05:51 AM
I am vegan primarily our of health and athletic performance interests.

Before becoming vegan however I was vegitarian for a number of years, and at that point my initial decision to eliminate meat was out of concern for the treatment of animals.

sheri beri
Jun 15th, 2006, 05:57 AM
I became vegetarian first then vegan, My reason was to allevaite the hunger problem and then it grew into something bigger than me, now its a full time passion I have new reasons but I feel I contribute by having light footsteps on the planet and just living close to nature ..but most of all to pass on to my kids health and what it means to be a a humanitarian.....

Jun 15th, 2006, 07:43 PM
coz everybody else sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) nonvegans I mean.

Jun 17th, 2006, 06:30 AM
Mainly for spiritual reasons. Once I started studying yoga and Eastern philosophy 12 years ago, I found I had to give up meat as I had a revelation that it was simply wrong to kill and eat animals. Over the years, I learned more about the evils of factory farms and big agribusiness/monoculture, from the standpoint of cruelty to the animals, damage to the environment, and being a totally wasteful and non-sustainable means of food production. This, plus becoming a Buddhist, finally gave me the nudge to cut all animal products out of my diet. My husband and I are now working on getting them out of our consumption in general.

Jun 18th, 2006, 07:09 PM
animals, enviroinment, health, God!

Jun 20th, 2006, 08:23 AM
animals, ethics, environment (health is a bonus).