A lot of people choose to go vegan for the animals. But one of the most common questions some people ask is “How does being vegan save animals?” It’s a valid question. I was confused about it too and all sorts of objections ran through my mind. So, I decided to do some research about how going vegan helps protect animals and I will share the most interesting findings with you.
How does being vegan save animals?
- Vegans spare animals the horrific suffering that is happening in factory farming and slaughterhouses.
- Vegans also spare animals the suffering caused by the leather and fur industries.
- Vegans do not support zoos, rodeos, or swimming with dolphins where animals are used for entertainment and abuse often happens.
- Vegans increase demand for vegan products.
- Animal factory farming contributes to climate change and destroys animals’ habitats.
- Vegans are advocates for adopting not buying pets and helping animals have a second chance in life.
- Many vegans are active in working to end animal testing for cosmetics and household products.
- Vegans do not contribute to millions of male chicks being killed every day in the egg industry.
These are the reasons why being vegan helps animals and saves their lives. Now I will talk more about each of these.
Vegans do not contribute to animal cruelty at meat and dairy farms
There are many ways in which factory farming is cruel to animals. The animals are often confined to small spaces, where they cannot move around or even turn around. They are also typically given drugs that make them grow faster and produce more milk or eggs.
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In addition, the animals are frequently subjected to painful procedures, such as debeaking (removing part of their beaks with a hot knife). These procedures are done without any pain relief.
Often, the animals at factory farms also do not have access to the outdoors, fresh air, or sunlight. They spend their entire lives in these conditions until they are ready to be slaughtered.
Factory farming is a cruel way to produce food. Vegans are doing their part to end this cruelty by abstaining from animal products.
Vegans spare animals the suffering caused by the leather and fur industries
Vegans care about animals and do not want to see them suffer. The leather and fur industries cause immense suffering to animals, and vegans do not wear these materials for that reason. These industries are inhumane, and there is no need for them to exist.
Animals should not have to suffer for our fashion choices. Luckily, we can choose synthetic leather and fur products that are kinder to animals and the environment. These materials have evolved over the past years and look and feel just like real leather and fur.
Vegans do not support activities where animals are used for entertainment
The reason for this is simple: these activities often involve abuse and mistreatment of the animals involved.
- Zoos, for example, are often accused of keeping animals in cramped and unsuitable conditions. In many cases, the animals are not given enough space to roam and exercise, and they may be subject to cruel treatment by keepers or visitors.
- Rodeos, involve roping and wrestling of animals, which can cause them severe stress and injuries.
- And in swimming with dolphins programs, the dolphins may be confined to small areas and forced to interact with humans, resulting in distress and potential injury.
Vegans believe that all animals deserve to be treated with respect and compassion, and that includes not subjecting them to abuse or mistreatment for our amusement.
Vegans increase demand for vegan products
As the number of vegans increases, more companies are catering to this market by offering vegan-friendly products. This increases competition and decreases prices for vegan foods, making them more accessible to everyone.
This is because vegans do not consume any animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey.
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As the demand for animal products decreases, the animal agriculture industry will be forced to make changes to survive. Several milk farms have declared bankruptcy in the past few years.
This could include switching to more humane and sustainable food choices.
Alternatively, it could lead to the industry’s decline, which would be a major victory for animals.
Vegans help the environment and animals’ habitat
Factory farming is a major contributor to climate change, and the United Nations has even described it as “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”
By going vegan, we can all do our part to protect the planet and the creatures who call it home.
Vegans are advocates for adopting not buying pet
There are many reasons to adopt a pet rather than buy one. For starters, adopting a pet saves lives. Every year, millions of animals are euthanized in shelters because there aren’t enough homes for them. When you adopt a pet, you’re giving an animal in need a second chance at life.
In addition, because they’ve been in a shelter environment, they’re typically better socialized than animals you might find for sale in a pet store or online.
But perhaps the most important reason to adopt a pet is that it’s the right thing to do. Animals in shelters are there through no fault of their own. They didn’t ask to be abandoned or relinquished, but they find themselves in need of a new home.
Vegans use products that are not tested on animals
In addition to increasing the demand for vegan products, vegans also help spare animals from being used in experiments and other forms of exploitation. Many vegans are active in working to end animal testing for cosmetics and household products.
In the United States alone, it’s estimated that around 100 million mice and rats are killed each year in laboratories. And that’s not even including the millions of other animals who are used in experiments, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and primates.
But by choosing not to support industries that use animals for testing, vegans can help reduce this number.
Vegans do not contribute to male chicks being killed in the egg industry
Vegans do not contribute to an enormous number of male chicks being killed every day in the egg industry. The egg industry is a business with economic interest as a primary goal and male chicks are seen as unprofitable as they cannot lay eggs.
Frequently asked questions regarding veganism and animals
How many animals can you save by being vegan?
By being vegan, you can save the lives of animals every day. More than 55 billion animals die every year for food in the US. That’s a lot of animals that wouldn’t even live if we wouldn’t breed them into this world for our consumption.
Does veganism cause more animal deaths?
A common argument made by omnivores is that a vegan diet kills more animals than theirs. While it is true that a vegan diet does kill animals, vegans are not to blame for all these deaths.
Most omnivores don’t eat meat only. They also eat fruits, vegetables, and grains. So, vegans can’t take all the blame for the mice and insects that get killed during the harvest of these products. 70% of soy is eaten by farm animals and not vegans who eat tofu.
If there are about 3% of vegans around the world, we can’t take all the blame for the negative impact that these products leave.
The bottom line is that veganism is about minimizing the harm we do to animals and the planet. Anything we do has an impact, and we are leaving footprints wherever we go.
If we want to live, we must eat. And we can choose what we’ll eat.
To make it easier for you, here is a breakdown of how many animals get killed by slaughter and harvest created by animal visuals. The number of animals who die for food is substitutionally higher than the number of animals who die during harvest.
How will going vegan save the planet?
It is very common for people to go vegan for ethical reasons because they don’t want to hurt animals and want to save their lives. On the other hand, many are concerned about our planet.
Going vegan is one of the most impactful things an individual can do to fight climate change. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, water depletion, and land deforestation.
A plant-based diet requires significantly less water and land than a diet that includes animal products. In addition, veganism reduces the demand for livestock, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
As the world population continues to grow, it is more important than ever to find sustainable ways to feed everyone. Adopting a vegan lifestyle is one way to help make sure that our planet can continue to support us for generations to come.
The decision to go vegan is a personal one that is often driven by a love of animals. For many people, the thought of animals suffering in factory farms and slaughterhouses is simply too much to bear.
There are a few ways that being vegan helps save animals.
- For one, by not supporting the meat and dairy industries, vegans increase the demand for meat and dairy substitutes.
- In addition, by not eating eggs or dairy products, vegans spare countless male chicks and baby calves from being killed because they’re not producing eggs or milk and aren’t commercially useful.
- Also, veganism helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are leading to climate change. Every time someone goes vegan, they’re helping to make the world a more hospitable place for animals.
Of course, these are just a few examples of how being vegan saves animals. Every time someone goes vegan, they are making a huge difference for animals all over the world.
Hi, I’m Petra and for most of my life, I was an omnivore. A vegan couple made me curious about veganism, so I did some research. What I found out about the animals, our planet, and the health benefits of a vegan diet made me go vegan overnight. It’s been 5 years now and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life.