Eat your Vegan Treats, Save the World!
One slice of cake at a time.
If I told you that eating a cupcake could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of species of animals, plants, rainforests and ecosystems, would you do it? Well that wasn’t a hard question, you are probably eating a cupcake, brownie or doughnut right now. But I am not talking any cupcake, I am talking about one without animal products. Yes, by replacing dairy and eggs with their non animal counterparts: soy, margarine and starches, you are directly saving the lives of cows and chickens used in their direct production, and indirectly, the environment and habitats of thousands of other exotic animal species and plants. It’s easy to avoid the extremity of the destruction: cows and chickens make milk and eggs, and then they make my desserts taste delicious. But look deeper, when sourcing the eggs, butter and milk you see a very different reality.
Where Do My Eggs Come From?
The meat and dairy industry thrives on the demand for easy, quick and cheap products. Easiest method for this level of production? Factory farms and mass grazing. Feedlots and concentrated production facilities where animals live on top of one another, without room to turn around, or behave like animals.
But those delicious eggs in our omelets are available only as the bi-product of millions of baby chicks being sexed and the males thrown out for their inefficiency to the company. Tiny, fuzzy baby chicks being tossed in large plastic trash bags, into the dumpster, or in the company mulcher. Alive and chirping their first “cheeps” of their short existence is quickly followed by suffocation, starvation or pulverization all because they are boys and do the egg laying facility no good. It simply costs too much to ship them to grow in a chicken facility for meat.
Or how about our tasty ice cream, creamy cheddar cheese as the product of the lonely, distraught female cow artificially impregnated her entire life to product milk? With calf after calf being taken away for veal or beef production and causing immense separation anxiety and fear. The producer of your yogurt and milkshakes cries out for days and days on end, just so the nutrition intended for her baby cow can indulge humans.
Beyond Our Plates
Aside from saving over one hundred lives per year just by eating a vegan diet, you are going beyond the animal and your plate. You also answer the where and the how pertaining to the environment and the health of our planet. Cows raised for human consumption deforest thousands of acres of precious rainforest. Tropical rainforests are home to more than 50% of the entire world’s plant and animal populations, eating animals and animal products destroy this land mass and these creatures. While all environmentalists and scientists fear for the destruction of our planet’s resources for many reasons, it is estimated that the last remaining rainforests on Earth could be consumed in less than 40 years with little chance of recovery. This would mean the destruction of habitats of beloved and endangered wildlife like toucans, orangutans, sloths, gorillas, parrots and lemurs. Animals and plants on the threat of extinction are becoming even closer, 1.5 acres every second, with the production of meat, eggs and dairy for human consumption. Two-thirds of Central America’s lowland tropical rain forests have already been turned into pasture for raising beef cattle. Two-thirds.
By eating Vegan Treats, and a vegan diet, you’re cutting the need for landmass to raise cows and chickens, not to mention pigs, goats, ducks and sheep. You’re saving the lives of hundreds of animals from your plate as well as those who are on the verge of being starved and homeless due to their habitats being mowed down for human food animals. The best way to understand is to figure out what is important to you. If the environment is important, breathing clean air that plants and ecosystems in rainforests generate, go vegan. If you care about the protection of wildlife, and the sacredness of preserving animal species from extinction, go vegan. If you care about the health and safety of yourself and loved ones, the antibiotics and concentrated feeding operations only generate disease in food animals, rendering us susceptible and our bodies resistant to specific bacteria in the future, go vegan. Everything is related. Our diets affect the planet on every level. It is hard to grasp ideas of conservation, the destruction of rainforest and preserving wildlife, but there is quite literally one guaranteed answer for change, instead of throwing your hands up and saying “let someone else solve the problem,” please Eat Vegan Treats and simply, Go Vegan!
For more information, Vegan Treats urges you to visit the links of fellow passionate people and their organizations. People who have also dedicated their lives to saving animals and encouraging compassion in others. People who are committed to being the voice for the voiceless and hoping to open the eyes to the incredible destruction and cruelty to animals that humans cause.
- American Anti-Vivisection Society
- International Primate Protection League
- In Defense of Animals
- The Farm Sanctuary
- Woodstock Animal Sanctuary
- Jane Goodall
- Compassion Over Killing
- World Wildlife Federation
- The Humane Society
The Factory-Farming Industry Is the Number One Cause of Climate Change, Creating More Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Than All The Cars, Planes, Ships, Trucks, and Trains in the World Combined.
Every year, billions of chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are crammed together and abused on factory farms, giving off an enormous amount of polluting gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. For every second that animals are raised for food in the US, 89,000 pounds of waste are produced, which is 130 times more than the waste produced by the country’s entire human population! Producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuels to drive a small car 20 miles and enough water for 17 showers. And 70% of the leveled Amazon rain forest is used to raise animals for meat consumption.