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From: Maria ( -
Subject: Re: Why go vegan?
Date: April 21, 2008 at 11:10 am PST

In Reply to: Why go vegan? posted by WhitneyXveg on April 3, 2008 at 7:47 am:

Like Keith, I was lacto-ovo for years before going vegan. I didn'n't want to eat anything that had been killed. I naively believed that production of eggs and milk didn't harm the animal. Then I found out that the dairy industry, besides keeping cows in horrid conditions, is also the veal industry. Cows have to keep calving to produce milk. ANd the male calves, and any "excess" females, are dragged from their mothers and stuffed into veal crates's hideous. Milk is just liquid meat.
and both dairy cows and laying hens, when their "productiveness" is ending, are slaughtered. Killing is inherent in the industry.

Keith makes an excellent point; besides being cruel to animals, animal products are not good for us. What other species on earth consumes milk post-infancy, much less the milk of other species? no way can that be natural or healthy, and it is not.

Finally, dairy and egg production consume land, water and food resources that strain the ecology and would be better used to feed humans. We could go a long way toward feeding the hungry of the world and making deserts bloom with the water and grain that now go into producing animal foods.

Lastly, a personal health issue: I am the ONLY woman in my family not to have had some form of cancer by age 35. I went vegan at 23. That tells me something!

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