Do not be misled by the paucity of articles on this important subject.
Civitas-USA simply accepts veganism as a given because it is best
for the planet itself and its human as well as its non-human inhabitants.
We leave education and preaching on this subject
to folks and organizations who specialize in it.
Occasionally, however, we come across an article that is too
informative or thought-provoking not to share and enter it here.
Our assessment: How Meat Consumption Affects the Weather, World Hunger, the
Environment and Your Health
Dec 2002 Why vegans were right all along by George Monbiot
Some thoughts from famous persons
supplied by "Fredeli"
Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? … It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being…
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.
Humanity's lust for flesh not only kills billions of animals every year directly, but threatens the health of our planet and may threaten our health in more ways than we know. - Michael Greger, MD
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