There is no doubt that Veganism is a complex and highly controversial issue. Veganism is primarily known as a type of diet; one that excludes all animal products and byproducts as dairy, eggs, and honey. Basically, there are two groups of vegans. One of them lives the vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons the other for health reasons. Non-vegans claim that it is a logistical challenge to organize and cook vegan food. Another argument against the vegan diet is that vegan food does not fully supply the body with all essential nutrients. In the last years Veganism is running rampant more and more.
This is for sure to a large group a temporary fashion, but with elucidation of facts about the cruelty meat-eating involves, more people decide to abstain from animal products. It is a fact, that mass production of animal products implies torment of animals. Many organizations for animal rights, e. g. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Vier Pfoten, Pro Animale, etcetera, are joined by Vegans, because they want to fight for better conditions for animals. The productive livestock, which is kept in mass stocks, suffers from bad terms such as little space, no natural habitat and social distance.
Often animals are stuffed with medicine, for example antibiotics or anti-invectives to keep them alive. Also growth hormones are used to get more profit in shorter time. Generally, factory farming made it possible to raise more animals for less money than ever before. With abstinence from eating animal products Vegans want to actively reduce the demand on animal goods. Today’s slaughter implicates rough and deadhearted methods on the assembly line, which brings me to the next argument pro Veganism. Animals in fear of death distribute stress hormones, which are resorbed by their muscles and organs.
All the collected stress hormones and the medicine, which was given to the animals during their lifetime, affects the human body negatively when eating meat or animal byproducts. Moreover according to the latest information of doctors and medical organizations, another important aspect is that a high dose of animal fat and protein causes diseases of civilization like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Accordingly it is a fact that limiting meat intake could result in minimizing the development of degenerative diseases.
More and more people recognize that the quality of the end-products out of mass stocks is lower and techniques to kill animals are barbaric. The first aspect to point out contra veganism is that it is difficult to organize the daily shopping of the vegan and organic food and prepare it fresh. Most of the bigger food stores still do not keep enough vegan products in their assortment of goods. Therefore the vegan customer is in an unfavorable position to be fed with all the versatile nourishment.
It is a logistical masterstroke shopping through all different natural food stores until a wide variety of goods is collected. Furthermore, Omnivores argue that it is complicated to accommodate vegans with enough protein. Animal protein is an organic compound formed from amino acids. The protein is essential for the structure and the existence of the organism. The body needs it for growth and for metabolic processes. Another fact is that milk is a rich cocktail of nutrients such as vitamins, calcium, protein, folic acid and magnesium, iodine and zinc – all vital nutrients that the body needs.
To get all these out of vegan food you have to be carefully attended on what you eat. All in all, the arguments I have presented seem to reveal the positive side of Veganism by emphasizing the points of the topic: healthy vegan diet on one side, and the value of animal’s lives and responsibility for animals on the other side paired with the disadvantage of making sure you get a rounded diet. Considering the advantages and the disadvantages, we may arrive at the conclusion that being a Vegan is in a way more complicated but more amicable than being an Omnivore.