#Repost from @bare_vegan I want to start by saying I'm not out to bash vegetarians, I was one myself for a long time, but now when I look back at myself, I realise that what I stood for and what I was doing didn't link up.
The reasons that I and many others go vegetarian are usually one or a collection of the following:
1. You don't want animals to be mistreated or killed for food. The problem is that dairy can't be produced without impregnating a cow first. The resulting calves are almost immediately stolen from their mothers and then killed within a few months. That is unless they are female and replace their mothers only to die of exhaustion within a 1/4 of a cow's natural lifespan due to the exhaustion from being over milked, stressed, and constantly impregnated (every 3-5 months), all in appalling conditions. As for eggs, chickens get 2 years of producing eggs before being scalded to death, if they don't die from the disease that exists in their cramped conditions. If they're male they'll be ground up or suffocated straight after being born.
2. For the environment. Some problems here too. In Australia, the country with the largest amount of agricultural emissions (71% of the world's), dairy cows produce more methane (a highly potent greenhouse gas) than beef cattle. A vegan diet also uses less land and causes less CO2 than any other diet, because the calories come direct from plant to mouth.
3. For health. If you're not a calf you don't need cow's milk anymore than you need giraffe milk! There's nothing in it you can't get elsewhere. It has been linked to cancer, aggravates IBS, 75 % of people are intolerant to it, and is possibly BAD for your bones! Research shows it might increase the risk fractures and those who consume less have stronger bones. As for eggs the research results seems to keep bobbing back and forth between saying they're safe and unhealthy so why bother? .
So as I said, I'm not out to bash anyone. Going vegetarian is a step in the right direction, I just hope I can help someone see things a bit clearer as I had to. .
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