Reasons to go vegan

Excelente animação, dividida em 11 episódios bem curtinhos - e ainda sem áudio, que mostram boas razões para aderirmos ao veganismo ou, se a idéia parece muito radical para vocês, ao menos refletir sobre a lamentável situação em que os animais vivem atualmente e como isso pode se refletir na sua vida. Vale a pena assistir e se inspirar!

Turkeys spend their entire lives inside factory farms, essentially windowless sheds. To keep the birds from killing one another in such a stressful situation, parts of the turkeys' toes, beaks and snoods are cut off without any pain relievers. They are genetically bred to become severely obese causing major health problems such as organ failure, heart attacks, and deformities.

Hens spend their entire lives in small wire cages, 4-6 packed into 16 in. of space. The birds cannot stretch their wings or legs. They suffer severe feather loss and bruising. To prevent pecking each other, their beaks are cut without pain relievers. A hen is fed excessive fats to produce an expected 250 eggs per year making them overweight and ill until they become "spent" where their body is too weak to pass anymore eggs.

A dairy cow is impregnated every year through artificial insemination so she continues to produce a steady supply of milk. Right after giving birth, her baby is taken away. The male calves are sent straight to the auction to be sold as veal.

The American Dietetic Association is the largest organization of nutrition professionals in the U.S. They state that vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other health problems. By adopting a vegan diet, you will likely lose any excess weight, increase energy, and substantially lower your risk of cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Pigs are treated as breeding machines. They are constantly being re-impregnated to give birth to over 20 piglets per year. The sows are confined in gestation crates -- small metal pens just 2 feet wide, extremely small for a pig that grows to be over 400 pounds. The sows cannot turn and can hardly stand. They are forced to live in their own feces, urine and vomit.

Mastitis, the most common disease in dairy cattle in the U.S., is caused by a bacterial infection in the udder. It is most often transmitted by contact with the milking machine and through contaminated hands or objects. It causes the udder to swell, heat up and causes great pain to the cow. It can also disperse flakes and pus into the milk she produces.

For children, a healthy weight is based on a good balance of nutrients. Vegan adolescents have shown to eat more fiber, fruits, vegetables, and eat far less processed food, especially fast food. Vegetarian children have shown to have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than meat eaters, while Vegans have the lowest BMI of all. People of all ages who follow a diet with the least amount of animal products tend to experience the least weight gain.

Looking to go green? Consider this...
• 23 gallons of water produces 1 pound of tomatoes.
• 24 gallons of water produces 1 pound of potatoes.
• 25 gallons of water produces 1 pound of wheat.
• 240 gallons of water produces 1 pound of soybeans.
• 5200 gallons of water is used to shower for 1 whole year.
• 5,214 gallons of water produces 1 pound of beef.

Saturated fats are mainly found in animal products.
High cholesterol, caused by a high intake of saturated fats, is a major contributor to heart disease, insulin resistance, and certain forms of cancer. It can cause mood swings, hot flashes, fatigue, as well as weight gain due to food cravings. Replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, soybeans, and avocados.

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