Why We Should Go Vegan

Why We Should Go Vegan

Should we go vegan? 
The unambiguous conclusion of this short book is "yes". This conclusion is reached through a broad examination of the consequences of our not being vegan - both in relation to human health, environmental pollution, the risk of the spread of diseases, and in relation to the beings we exploit and kill. On all these levels the conclusion is clear: We have no good reason to not go vegan, while we have many good reasons to stop our practice of raising, killing and eating non-human animals and things from them. The bottom line: We have a strong ethical obligation to go vegan. 

"Magnus Vinding makes a compelling case for ending the abuse of other sentient beings. What will we tell our grandchildren? ("But I liked the taste?")"
-- David Pearce, founder of BLTC Research and co-founder of Humanity+, author of The Hedonistic Imperative. 

"An excellent concise statement of the arguments for going vegan."
-- Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, author of The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty and Animal Liberation.

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An off leash waterfront dog park!
Why We Should Go Vegan
Image by Jeffrey Coolwater
I love visiting the off-leash dog park in Toronto’s east end Beaches area on Lake Ontario. That little cove on the left is a favourite spot for swimming and fetching balls. And there are frequently 2 or 3 or more dogs running and playing tag in and out of the water. It’s heartwarming to watch them enjoying themselves.

But it seems every time I go, there’s at least one lgnorant unspoken-rear-part-of-the-digestive-system that simply doesn’t know how to behave toward their dog! Today, it was a middle aged couple walking a little one on-leash with one of those funnel shaped veterinary cones around his neck, totally oblivious to the dog being *dragged* behind them every few steps across the sand! The poor dog was either tired or just wanted to stop and sniff something or maybe say hello to one of the off-leash dogs. I yelled out, “Excuse me, I wouldn’t drag your dog like that! You could hurt his neck or something else!” They smiled at me (I was surprised since those types usually take offense) and said, “Oh, he just wants to stop.” I really had to bite my tongue! I said, “No kidding! So why don’t you let him stop?!! Or at least pick him up? You know, dragging him could be serious” They slowed down somewhat and the dog started walking again. An old couple who’d set up there own lawn chairs beside me remarked afterward, “We agree with you.” I just shook my head in disgust and replied, “Stupid people… there should be a means test!”

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