You may have not understood why vegans who do not wear woolen sweaters, who pay attention to the fact that their cosmetics are not tested on animals, and who do not touch any food obtained from animals, do these things, and you may have found it a bit strange. You’d be surprised how many reasons you have to be vegan. Let’s get started with them.
Reasons to Become Vegan
You are against killing animals for fun
Imagine how angry you felt at the boy who tortured, killed and videotaped a cat for fun! Or how you see those who, under the name of “bullfighting”, take a bull into an arena and stab it to death in front of the audience as horrible people. What about the hunters who say, “This is my hobby, I also enjoy it” and who go into the forest and shoot deer and lions? Most people are against killing animals for fun so they will most likely disapprove of this.
Many of you “unnecessarily?” We’re sure you asked! “What do you mean, I am against harming animals unnecessarily!” So dog fights or cock fights, you will be against all kinds of animal abuse.
You do not find it right to see animals as a commodity to be bought and sold.
You were also happy when you heard that there will be no sale of live animals in Pet Shops anymore, weren’t you? In fact, after a short while, you realized that such a law did not actually exist, and when you saw the cats, dogs, rabbits and small turtles in cages, you were disappointed. Animals with “long hair” etc. with genetic interventions to suit people’s tastes. You feel that there is something wrong with the way it is produced and labeled and sold, and you oppose it. You feel that animals are not a commodity, but are beings that deserve our love and care.
We consume animal “foods” for pleasure, not because we have to
Today, based on scientific sources, we know that we can live extremely healthy without animal foods, including critical periods such as infancy, pregnancy, adolescence, old age and illness. All the nutrients we need are abundant in non-animal sources. So we can say this. We consume animal foods not because “it’s a necessary evil”, but because we enjoy it.
Our reason for consuming animal “clothing materials” is not a necessity
Let’s face it, none of us needs fur coats, leather shoes, wool sweaters, silk shawls. In our age, we have much cheaper, durable, functional herbal and synthetic alternatives that can replace all these. The reason why these are still on the market and used is nothing more than social status, habit or marketing. We cannot say that any of these are “obligatory” or “necessary”.
So we harm and kill animals just for fun or habit.
It wouldn’t be news if we said that an animal had to be killed before a piece of animal meat came before us. But even a small internet search is enough to learn that the harm we do to animals is not limited to animal meat. There is no difference between bringing into the world and using animals to obtain “meat”, and bringing them into the world and using them to obtain “products” such as milk, eggs, honey, wool. And this is not a “forced evil” that we have to endure, we cause it for our own pleasure.
Furthermore, we treat animals as commercial commodities for pleasure.
Animals have monetary rewards because we use their bodies as items for food and clothing, and we reap monetary rewards for animals like ordinary items. We also sell and buy their bodies and lives; We produce and consume. And like the sought-after items in our lives, animals have large industries and markets. Just as there were farms where black slaves were produced and used, and markets where they were bought and sold.
As long as we continue to use the bodies of animals and what comes out of their bodies as goods and see this injustice as normal, all individuals and institutions, from small farmers to large industries, who set up their businesses to meet the demand for animal bodies, will treat animals as if they are commercial commodities, will continue to meet our demand to use them as if they are human resources. However, did we not declare in the third article that we find it wrong to regard animals as property?
The animals we love and the animals we exploit are equally valuable
We were all taught two things as children. The first was that we love animals and protect them. We have seen and learned that they are beings like us who feel pain, can establish friendship bonds with us and with each other, and have a life and a world of their own. Some of us have had animal friends that they value almost as much as family members. However, at the same time, we learned that if we want to grow up, we must eat animal meat, drink milk produced by cows for their own young, and eat eggs secreted by chickens to reproduce.
We were feeding the pigeons, making birdhouses for the doves, and still sticking a fork into the dead chickens. In other words, we were taught to betray the beings we are responsible for loving and protecting for our own benefit. Many of us still carry this confusion. In reality, however, the animals we try to protect and the animals we kill for pleasure value their own lives in the same way, they want to survive, they suffer. If you were born in another part of the world, you would have learned that you had to eat cats to grow up, and you would have eaten rice with cat juice for your next meal. The more wrong this is, the more wrong it is to do the same to chickens and cows.
Using animals contradicts the values we have already found true.
We find it wrong to make animals suffer for pleasure, to kill them just because we want them, to value them financially, to produce them according to our own wishes, and to buy and sell them. We react to some of those who do, to hunters, to those who kill cats, to those who fight dogs, to bullfights, even to those who wear fur. However, there are other actions that are not at all different from these actions, such as killing an animal, dissecting it, cooking it and eating it, separating it from its calf and confiscating its milk, etc. we only approve of these actions since we have been accustomed and desensitized from an early age, we participate in these actions.
While we care about animals, we also take away the lives of 56 billion land animals and trillions of sea animals every year just because we “love the taste of what is removed from their bodies”! with vegans, that is, those who exclude the use of animals from their lives believe in the same values; The only difference among us who are vegan is that they put these values into practice and equate what they believe with what they do.
You can remove animal use from your life today.
What habit, what taste, what comfort is worth living by contradicting our own values, by behaving in the same way with people we are angry with, by exploiting animals that are weaker than ourselves and need our protection? You don’t need to continue this for one more day, one more meal. On the contrary, being vegan, that is, removing the use of animals from your life, is much easier and more affordable than you think.
All you have to do is change your habits a little, but by doing so you will be stepping out of a horrific cycle of violence and exploitation. And there are plenty of vegans ready to help you do this with no recompense, just hoping to build a just world for animals.
Added benefits of going vegan:
Being vegan is good for the environment
There is almost no one who does not care about global climate change. One of the biggest problems facing the world right now is the warming of the atmosphere as a result of human-made activities, and it is expected that this will lead to many chain disasters. According to the statements of the United Nations, one of the biggest reasons for this is the ongoing “livestock” activities. Again, one of the biggest causes of the destruction of rainforests in the world is livestock activities. When we fulfill our responsibility towards animals, when we stop using them, we also take positive action for one of the biggest problems facing the world, the climate and environmental problem.
Being vegan is good for food fairness
We live in a world where we can produce enough grain to feed the 56 billion land animals we kill for our own pleasure each year, while 1 billion of the 7 billion people live below the starvation line, without access to adequate food and water. Because a very large part of the fertile agricultural lands are used to produce grain for use in “livestock” activities. This raises grain prices and makes them inaccessible to the poor. A vegan world means enough and healthy food and clean water for everyone.
Being vegan is good for ourselves, too
We mentioned that we don’t need animal “foods” to survive and live healthily. But there is more: Today, there are many medical authorities who say that one of the conditions for living a healthy life is to stay away from animal products, and that plant nutrition is of great importance in preventing cancer, diabetes, obesity, and vascular diseases. Of course, you can also be vegan by eating french fries every day, being vegan doesn’t automatically mean a healthy diet. But more and more medical professionals are convinced that a vegan diet is essential for staying healthy.
Being vegan is good for world peace
We talked about how, when we were kids, we were persuaded to eat the animals we had to protect in order to grow up. When we learn to use animals, we learn to torment the weaker ones for our own gain, we learn that violence is acceptable in some situations, we learn that we can betray and enjoy what we are responsible for protecting. In other words, we learn to embrace, live with, and benefit ourselves from the consequences of whatever distorted values there are that fill the world with wars and violence today. When you think about it, it should come as no surprise that we live in a world like today. Being vegan might not stop the war on its own, but it is unlikely that people of a culture that slaughtered 56 billion land animals just because they liked the taste could live in peace with each other. Being vegan causes you to reject the way of thinking that is at the root of the social values that foster violence and discrimination, as well as the rejection of discrimination against animals (speciesism). Therefore, it is an indispensable part of non-discrimination, non-violence and the pursuit of justice.