Why Go Vegetarian?

Here are just a few of the key facts:

For Your Health:

  • Vegetarians, on average, are the longest living people in the world.
  • Vegetarians have much lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, the most serious diseases facing western society.
  • Vegetarians also face lower risks of other diseases such as osteoporosis, asthma, hemorrhoids and even appendicitis.
  • Many athletes are turning to a vegetarian diet, as they find they can improve their performance by improving their diet.

For the Animals:

  • Scientists have determined that animals feel pain and can suffer in much the same way as we do.
  • Most farm animals today are raised on factory farms, where they are treated if they were objects in a factory. This results in very harsh conditions including extreme over-crowding and other unnatural and unsanitary conditions.
  • Both traditionally raised and factory farmed animals wind up at a slaughterhouse. Many exposés have documented inhumane treatment in slaughterhouses, giving substance to the old saying that if slaughterhouses had glass walls we’d all be vegetarians.

For the Environment:

  • The raising of livestock generates more global warming gases than all the cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes put together
  • Livestock is the biggest cause of deforestation, soil erosion, and a leading source of water pollution.
  • Raising livestock consumes vast amounts of non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels compared to producing vegetarian food.

For the World’s Hungry People:

  • Feeding grains and other crops to animals instead of people wastes 90% of the calories and 96% of the protein.
  • This inefficiency is a leading cause of global hunger, and as global meat consumption rises, it’s only going to get worse.
  • For every one meat meal, twelve vegetarian meals could be raised on the same land and resources.

For the Spirit:

  • Vegetarian diets are considered a perfectly acceptable option in all the world’s major religions. For many, a vegetarian diet represent voluntarily going beyond minimum requirements.
  • A surprising number of religious leaders throughout history were vegetarians. Today, many religious leaders and members of various religions and traditions consider vegetarian diets to be spiritually enhancing.

To learn more:
    Read the many articles in our Blog
    Read our fact-filled books
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    How to become a vegetarian
    Vegetarians of Washington