Reasons why people become vegetarian
Environment: Animal farming is one of the most significant contributors to the serious environmental problems facing our planet like emission of green house gases,deforestation etc.
Health: Vegetarians live longer and have reduced risk of lifestyle diseases, obesity and hypertension. Animal fat and meat has been linked conclusively with an increase in heart disease, stroke, colon and breast cancer, liver and kidney disease, depletion of bone mass, arthritis, and a host of other afflictions. Vital foods build vital bodies.
Humane: To stop the exploitation of animals by intensive breeding and cruelty and needless slaughter. It has become the conviction of many of the world’s deepest thinkers that cruelty shown to animals stands as a blot upon humanity, retarding our progress. Wise sages have prescribed Ahimsa (non injury or harmlessness), as the most effective method to counteract and eradicate the brutal, cruel tendencies in people.
Ethics: The knowledge that other creatures have feelings very similar to our own. The average meat-eater during their lifetime is personally responsible for the slaughter of 5 cows, 20 pigs, 30 sheep, 760 chickens, 46 turkeys, 15 ducks, 7 rabbits, 1 1/2 geese and 1/2 tonne of fish.
World Hunger: There are some 800 million people in the world with barely enough to eat, yet 80% of the world’s agricultural land is used for feeding animals and only 20% for feeding humans directly. It takes approximately 80lbs of vegetable protein to produce 1lb of animal protein.