Being vegetarian is mostly widely accepted but I still get funny questions and looks about being vegan. And in al honesty I get that. It was only 3 years ago that I shifted from 35 years vegetarianism to choosing to become vegan.
The shift had all to do with increased awareness, once I knew the stories behind the so called happy and free cows on most packages, I saw the painful sad truth and chose compassion over sensory pleasure (which was by the way very quickly vanished after knowing the truth).
So for those who think vegan is extreme or exaggerated here are my reasons:
A dairy cow has her first calf at around 18 months old.
Just like a human female, she is pregnant for nine months.
Typically, this calf is taken away from her within hours of birth.
This separation is traumatic for both mother and baby. Cows will often bellow for prolonged periods to be reunited, and will walk back and forth rapidly in distress, often for several days.
The milk that is meant for her baby is pumped out of her by machines, and given to us instead.
To ensure a constant supply of milk, a cow will suffer this same process of pregnancy and separation several times in her life.
She is caught in this cycle for as long as she can produce enough milk to be deemed ‘profitable’.
A dairy cow is forcibly impregnated, typically every 13 months. This means she will give birth to, and lose, a calf nearly every year.
A cow would naturally live until 15-20 years of age; because of the health toll of constant pregnancies and milk production, the lifespan of a dairy cow is only about five years.
Cows are beautiful, gentle animals and yet those 5 years on earth, they live in hell..
We are the only ones who can change this by changing our behavior. And honestly milk isn’t good for you either (opposed to what you have been made believed). There are many studies you can find online as well as many plant based dairy substitutes.
And last but certainly not least: the production of dairy and meat is one of the leading causes in global warming so even more reason to start breaking through this conditioning and make positive changes, better for you, the animals and the planet.
Do you still think that being vegan is extreme?
content source http://www.veganuary.com