Donald Watson coined the term vegan in 1944 when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England. At first, he used it to mean "non-dairy vegetarian", but from 1951 the society defined it as "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals„

In 1947 Watson wrote: "The vegan renounces it as superstitious that human life depends upon the exploitation of these creatures whose feelings are much the same as our own ...".

(source: wikipedia)


Ethical reason

Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment.

All living being has the same right to be here. Animals are here with us and not for us. 

Not the same, but equal. Just because we can do whatever we want with the animals, it doesn't mean we have to.

If you watch only one documentary about veganism, watch this one (Earthlings).


Enviromental reason

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.

Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.

Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day. 

Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.

2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.

Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today.  

Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.

A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.

3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted.

For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.

Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.

Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction.

80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock.

70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.

A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-lover for their food.

You can get more information about the animal agriculture on Cowspiracy.