I've always had issues with consuming animal products, for ethical reasons, but passively assumed that they were necessary for health, or that it would be complicated to meet my nutritional needs without consuming them. So when I became convinced, about a year ago, that it is not necessary (or even healthy), and actually very simple to meet your nutritional needs as a vegan, becoming a vegan was the easiest decision I've ever made. Because I realized that animal suffering is completely UNNECESSARY to create healthy food, which makes consuming animal products about as morally right as slavery.
And I really hate bullshit, so you can be sure I researched this quite thoroughly. Go to Youtube, and see who you believe for yourself. Do you believe the emeritus professor in nutrition, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a seeker-for-truth kind of guy, who researched the topic his entire career, or the dumb weightlifter who says you need the protein..? Do you believe a meta-study performed by the World Health Organization which tells you processed meat increases your risk of dying from cancer, or some industry-sponsored paper which tells you everything is fine, and just keep consuming please?
Basically there are three important reasons to stop consuming animal products:
-Your own health. Most western people, especially in America, die from diet-related diseases. If you don't believe this, watch the documentary "Forks over Knives" and look into "The China Study". Another great book about this topic is "How Not to Die" by doctor Michael Greger. If you believe a vegan diet cannot be healthy at all, you just disagreed with many major health organizations: https://www.reddit.com/r/vegan/wiki/dieteticorgs.
-The horrendous suffering and killing of billions of sentient animals EVERY YEAR. Trillions of animals if you count fish. Especially mammals are practically human in their physiology and neural chemistry. Consider female cows, for example. Female cows are systematically raped, and their babies taken away from them (in many cases to be eaten!), just so we can drink mother's milk from another species. Please watch the documentary "Earthlings" to appreciate such practices better, and hopefully "make the connection".
-Our planet's resources and biodiversity are quickly being destroyed to support animal agriculture. Did you know that to produce 1 kilo of beef, you need on the order of 10000 liters of water, and on the order of 50 kilo's of animal feed? This represents an insanely inefficient use of water and land. Not to mention all the waste products making their way into the oceans. But it gets worse: animal agriculture, when taking all its factors into account, is quite likely the largest single contributor to global warming. Watch the documentary "Cowspirary" for more (accurate) facts.
It is impractical for a short blog post to dive into all the other facts and considerations I would like to mention about this topic, and it probably wouldn't be very effective. You might just think I'm insane. So I would just like to encourage anyone reading this (hi, mom!) to investigate the truth for themselves, and try to live vegan for a month. Especially Youtube seems to be a great way to get information, which used to be buried in the scientific literature, in a simple and convenient way. I will leave you with the following quote.