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My favourite reply: So you have compassion for plants? You'd better go vegan, then, since it takes a lot more plants to feed to animals to feed to humans than it takes to feed humans directly with plants.


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Jainism: Jainism preaches vegetarianism and Jains follow an almost-vegan diet (but eat yogurt and curd cheese). Jain monks leave the rest of the food if they see a strand of hair in their plate feeling the meal is contaminated. The reason behind this is the tenet of non-violence. Buddhism: The First Precept prohibits Buddhists from killing people or ...


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There is no universal answer to this question, since everyone communicates differently. I can only share some tips that worked for me, and might work for other people. Don't get known as "the vegan" Avoid introducing yourself to other people, or in a conversation, as a vegan. If people are arguing about meat and how horrible tofu tastes, don't jump ...


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Chickens Egg-laying hens An estimated 95% of all eggs in the United States are produced in conventional cage systems, sometimes called battery cages. [They] typically provide each laying hen an average of 67 square inches of floor space. In some egg operations, hens have less space. Source: Table Egg Production and Hen Welfare: Agreement and Legislative ...


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In addition to Zanna's answer, I would - depending on the situation - mention the uncertainty about the correctness of that statement. While with animals we can be pretty much sure about this, because of their nervous system, with plants there is no evidence for this. Simple responses to stimuli do not imply the ability to feel pain. Despite this, in ...


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The host generally makes the rules for an event, so a condition like that is entirely appropriate. If they have dietary/medical needs that they feel cannot be met by vegan means, you might want to ask them to check with you The way you explain the expectation is going to be entirely culture-dependent. One possibility is including verbiage along the lines ...


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A relevant point is that raising animals for food requires feeding them plants. Since only around 10% of the energy input (the percentage used for growth) at one trophic level of a food chain can be passed onto the next, it is more efficient to have a shorter food chain. In practice, this means that, generally speaking, you need a lot more crops to feed to ...


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Get your co-workers' support. Are there other people at your workplace who would like to eat vegan, even just from time to time? If there are, enlist them to help you out. If not, try inviting them over to your place for awesome vegan food or out to a veg*n restaurant and see if you make any converts* (by convert I mean, person interested in sometimes eating ...


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Vegetarianism and religion are strongly linked in a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism). In Jainism vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone, in Hinduism and Buddhism it is advocated by some influential scriptures and religion authorities. Comparatively, within the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, ...


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Not a religion, but a philosophy, the Taoist I didn't know until today when I got this answer Reasons for being vegetarian or vegan other than ethical reasons? As stated in Wikipedia Taoist religious orders and literatures often encourage practitioners to be vegan to minimize harms, because all life forms are considered sentient. Taoist levels of ...


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Let them bring the topic to you I always say that I'm a vegan if eating out, meat or animal ethics are mentioned, and I always explain why if asked. Otherwise I never bring up the topic directly. However, I find that I get more than enough challenges and questions from omnivores to be constantly discussing and explaining why I'm a vegan. And I'm an introvert!...


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Like most livestock, wool sheep are tail-docked, castrated, and have their ears clipped. Sheep are also selectively bred to favor the ones with the most skin-folds/highest wool production, which leads to unhappy sheep covered in much more wool than would be normal in the wild, and exacerbates the flystrike problem that necessitates mulesing, which is not ...


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This is clearly hard to answer, as it is very broad, but there are relevant sources on the matter. Intelligence - vegetarians may be more intelligent than average - according to this study that examined the relation between IQ in childhood and vegetarianism in adulthood: Higher scores for IQ in childhood are associated with an increased likelihood of ...


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There are so many different ways to help encourage sticking to veganism, but I'm going to focus on a few that I find to be the most successful to stress. (Age group from 20-30). Cooking Feels Good Debunk the Myths Tips & Tricks Cooking Almost everyone I have met who has made a quirk about veganism stresses how much they couldn't go without specific ...


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This situation is unlikely to happen. If the meat industry is to be phased out, it is likely to occur gradually. Large scale management of freed/former farm animals could indeed present some problems. Consider though that many farmed animals would not be able to survive or reproduce without human help in their current conditions. Conceivably, former farm ...


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Patiently and enthusiastically answer all questions "How do you get your protein?" "Do you just eat salads all the time?" "Don't you miss meat?" We have heard these questions a million times and therefore we should answer them a million times. In one charitable case I sat through my friend's long and detailed line of (stupid!) questions as she eventually ...


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There are many medical conditions that call for dietary restrictions. For example: irritable bowel syndrome allergies migraines gluten sensitivity When a person has a combination of medical conditions, it can be very hard to find foods that satisfy all the restrictions. I have a friend with several allergies and migraines. After removing all allergens and ...


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One Christian denomination that promotes vegetarianism is the Seventh-Day Adventist church. According to the LA Times, studies have found that Seventh-Day Adventists live up to ten years longer on average, due in part to their adherence to a vegetarian diet.


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Those statistics may be misleading. Some people only practice vegetarianism for particular times such as fasting for religious reasons or financial reasons. Many of my non-vegetarian family members didn't eat meat while flatting at university to simply save money. Other people stop being vegetarian once they leave their parents home or travel abroad, ...


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This book is a whole book of that sort of with with empirical studies to back up the text: "Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom, by Nick Cooney" in particular Chapter 14, "Messages that Motivate". It's fantastically footnoted with empirical research, no easy way to copy it to this small ...


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Are you asking if meat-eating plants exist? They certainly do. Would vegetarians or vegans eat carnivorous plants? That's a good question. Probably not, because their cultivation would require exploiting animals (mostly insects). They're quite rare, their consumption is even rarer, and I don't know if they're cultivated anywhere, so I don't think it's ...


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I've become so fed up with people saying this to me that I usually just remind them the definition of veganism. A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products. Nowhere does it say "a person who does not cause plants to suffer". Usually at this point in the conversation though, I know it's time to leave, because the person making this ...


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Well, you've got to eat something. Could one not simply argue that consuming plants is the lesser (of many) evils? We know that animals are conscious to some degree, have nervous systems, and experience pain. Surely that it is possible to fulfill our nutrient needs without exploiting animals ought to be enough. Considering that more plants (and water) are ...


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Jains are vegetarian. Their diet also excludes various vegetables such as potatoes, eggplants (aubergines), onions and garlic. Some Jains also exclude all root vegetables from their diet. They are not generally vegan however Jains eat cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products, rice, bread, lentils and most vegetables and fruit that do not fall into the ...


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We had this colleague who never wanted to go to a restaurant with us because she was Vegan... Someone told her to bring her own food and still come with us and she did. Whenever a restaurant refused her to get her own food out of her back-pack, we all got up and left. If the restaurant pointed out they had Vegetarian options, she educated them what they ...


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According to sheep101.info, sheep have a natural life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Despite this, a sheep's wool production begins to decline after 7 years. Therefore, farmers can produce more wool by using resources to sustain young sheep than old sheep. Since wool is a commodity, its price is driven by supply and demand, so no individual farmer has ...


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There are two sides to your question: economics, and ecological impact. As Zanna explained the latter very well, and my experience is with the former, I'll focus on that. As a political economist, I'd say deforestation isn't implemented specifically for either crop or husbandry, but rather for whatever is the most lucrative option in that particular time ...


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I know this is an issue most vegans will face sooner or later, but this isn't about veganism, honestly. It is purely about accommodating different needs. Do you think they would be more understanding if you had coeliacs or some food allergy? If you don't want to be known as the straw vegan, you can argue that it's not about your beliefs, but about making ...


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As a disclaimer, I am not sure you can prove anything to someone who is close minded and it is self evident that animal slaughter rates are linked to consumption of animal products. With that said, compile the international statistics. Here is a list of approximate rates of Vegitarianism by Country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism_by_country ...


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