Many vegans follow this lifestyle "for ethical reasons". These reasons are usually related to avoiding animal suffering and exploitation. Moreover, some vegans might see the concern for the environment as a matter of ethics. Is there any other reason why people decide to go vegan?

Clarification: The question "Reasons for being vegetarian or vegan other than ethical reasons?" addresses non-ethical reasons. Here I ask for ethical reasons apart from "avoiding animal and environmental explotation", if any. If there are not other reasons, then the answer might simply be "there are not other reasons".

  • @Attilo, how is this question different to the related one?
    – Steve
    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:51
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    Possible duplicate of Reasons for being vegetarian or vegan other than ethical reasons?
    – Steve
    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:52
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    @Steve It's the complete opposite, the previous question didn't address ethical reasons at all.
    – Tom Kelly
    Feb 9, 2017 at 7:35
  • In the title you're asking for the most common reasons. Then you're taking animal suffering and environmental reasons away. These are, after what I'd have guessed, the two biggest ethical reasons. Now, do you want to find other ethical reasons? Consider editing the title then.
    – Turion
    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:16
  • I've edited the title to more clearly reflect what the body says. If I misunderstood, feel free to edit it yourself. (but don't just roll back, something needs to be fixed)
    – Riker
    Feb 9, 2017 at 19:28

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Dealing with antibiotic resistance would be an ethical reason, even though it's mentioned in the other question.

One could also argue that there are ethical components to the health reasons:

  1. You may be placing less strain on finances funded by taxes and insurance premiums.
  2. You will cause loved ones less grief by dying later, and perhaps more peacefully.

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