What is veganism?
Adopting a vegan lifestyle consists in rejecting the consumption of any type of product or service obtained through animal exploitation. This includes nutrition, clothing, cosmetics and leisure. This way, the demand of these products and the financing they receive, is reduced. Through this, we contribute to decrease the number of animals that suffer and die in different industries, bringing us closer to a world where no animal is exploited.
The most important and decisive reasons for adopting veganism are of an ethical nature: the right thing to do is to oppose all kinds of discrimination. In industries in which animals are exploited, they are seriously hurt. So, they are caused suffering and in many cases, death. We would never be willing to subject human beings to such sufferings, simply to enjoy a certain flavor, a kind of clothing or a show.
That we are willing to do it when it comes to the other animals obeys a kind of discrimination called speciesism: disregarding the interests of not dying, not suffering and enjoying their lives of those who do not belong to a certain species, usually human species. Like sexism, racism or homophobia, speciesism is a wrongful discrimination that must be rejected.
As recognized by the most prestigious dietary associations, a balanced vegan nutrition is perfectly healthy and suitable for all stages of human life. Also, a vegan diet entails a much more efficient use of the food resources that are available. More than a third of the global cereal production goes to feed exploited animals, rather than going to humans that are in worst circumstances. On the other hand, livestock is responsible for 14.5% of emissions that contribute to climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is one of the most important decisions we can make to fight it.