Happy Veggie

I am a strict vegetarian/vegan. I believe our food should not come as a sacrifice. Another life should not be taken to be put in my plate. I am highly grateful of Mother Earth who has generously given us sufficient plants, vegetables and fruits for us to turn them into more-than-adequate healthy and delicious food while animals' lives are saved.   

I am also strongly against animal testing and I do not support products or services which contain animal ingredients, and/or animal derivatives.

Shop cruelty-free, check out the links I gather in this website for a full list of companies, products, and services which are against animal testing and cruelty.

The followings are an excerpt from www.giveusahome.com, which gives us great reasons why one should consider becoming a vegetarian and be more aware of using cruelty-free products/services in our daily life.

1. Morale Reasons

 Animals suffer from pain and fear just as much as you do. How would you like to spend your last hours locked in a truck, packed into a cage with hundreds of other terrified animal and then cruelly pushed into a blood soaked death chamber? Anyone who eats meat condones and supports the way animals are treated.

Animals who die for your dinner table die alone, in terror, in sadness, and in pain. The killing is merciless and inhumane.

Every minute of every working day, thousands of animals are killed in slaughter-houses. Pain and misery are common. In the US alone, 500,000 animals are killed for meat every hour!

Every day, tens of millions of one-day-old male chicks are killed because they will not be able to lay eggs. There are no rules about how this mass slaughter takes place. Some are crushed or suffocated to death. Many are used for fertilizer or fed to other animals.

Animals which are a year old are often far more rational - and capable of logical thought - than six week old babies. Pigs and sheep are far more intelligent than small children. Eating dead animals is barbaric.

 2. Health Reasons

Avoiding meat is one of the best and simplest ways to cut down your fat consumption. Modern farm animals are deliberately fattened up to increase profits. Eating fatty meat increases your chances of having a heart attack or developing cancer.

Approximately 60 million people a year die of starvation. All those lives could be saved. Because those people could eat grain used to fatten cattle and other farm animals - if Americans ate 10% less meat.

The following diseases are common among meat eaters: anemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, and cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostrate, constipation, diabetes, gallstones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, piles, strokes and varicose veins. Lifelong vegetarians visit hospital 22% less often than meat eaters and for shorter stays. Vegetarians have a 20% lower blood cholesterol level than meat eaters and this reduces heart attack and cancer risks considerably.

Half the rain forests in the world have been destroyed to clear ground to graze cattle to make beef burgers. The burning of the forests contributes 20% of all green-house gases. Roughly 1,000 species a year become extinct because of the destruction of the rain forests. 

3. Environmental Reasons

The world's fresh water shortage is being made worse by animal farming. And meat producers are the biggest polluters of water. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat. If the US meat industry wasn't supported by the taxpayer paying a large proportion of its water costs, then hamburger meat would cost more than $35 pound.