FOR THE PLANET
This isn’t really a controversial topic, almost everyone can agree that it is crucial we take care of our planet…after all, it’s our home. We’ve probably been told at some point in our lives to save water by taking short showers, or we are told to carpool or take public transportation in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. It is great to see people concerned about our planet, but these aren’t really the most effective ways to reduce environmental damage.
We aren’t informed about the single leading industry that is destroying our planet more than any other…animal agriculture.
In addition to being a major contributor to climate change, animal agriculture is also one of the leading causes of many other environmental issues, including over fishing, destruction of wildlife, deforestation, and depletion of freshwater resources 
In fact, 130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US – 1.4 billion tons from the meat industry annually. 5 tons of animal waste is produced per person in the US. [1.5]
And For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.[1.5]
Because we are growing so much food for so many animals we will then kill, the world hunger issue arises. Our global human population is around 7.4 billion people , and we are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people. Yet almost 800 million people don’t have enough food to lead a healthy and active life, and 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, which are then eaten by western countries.
The Earth cannot sustain our current eating habits. Meat and dairy foods take far more land, energy and water, and have a far greater negative impact upon climate change than plant-based foods.
Compared to someone eating the average american diet someone following a vegan diet saves approximately: 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, and 20 lbs CO2 equivalent every single day. 
In case your are interested, I highly recommend watching ‘Cowspiracy’ ,an eye opening film on Netflix, which focuses on the environmental destruction caused by animal agriculture and what we can do to help.
A well planned plant based diet is proven to not only prevent and treat but reverse our #1 in america killer, heart disease, along with other deadly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. There are seemingly endless health benefits of eating a wholefoods low fat vegan diet. Contrary to popular belief, a well planned plant based diet supplementing B12 provides all the essential nutrients you need to thrive.This applies to children, athletes, and pregnant woman.
I highly recommend NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel which is a non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, that has free updates on the latest in nutrition research in bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.
FOR THE ANIMALS
For many, this remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan.
We seem to have this image in our minds of happy animals grazing on quaint country farms, but this is far from the truth. The images we see on milk jugs, egg cartons, and packages of meat are put there for a reason. The meat dairy and egg industries have one goal: to keep their loyal customer. Because if consumers knew the truth behind animal products, we would think twice bout participate in the violence.
One way or another, all animals in animal agriculture are killed, whether they live on a pasture or live in a factory farm.
Animals are also used for their fur, skin, and vivisection and human entertainment. This leads to horrific, inhumane conditions for the animals.
A lot of people ask if it’s hard to be vegan, not to be able to eat pizza mac n’ cheese, missing out on steak, burgers, and feeling isolated in social situations. But that isn’t the mentality of a vegan. Living vegan is a conscious choice we make to stand up and say no to illnesses caused by lifestyle, no to environmental destruction, and no to cruelty towards animals. It’s not about perfection or confining yourself to a set of restrictive rules. It’s about doing the best you can to cause the least harm and suffering.
When we go vegan we say YES to compassion, respect, living healthfully, and in a way that can allow our planet to thrive.
So many of us claim to love animals, care about our health and the environment. But in the end, it’s not what we say or believe that matters, it’s how our actions reflect what we know to be just.
 ‘A Leading Cause of Everything: One Industry That Is Destroying Our Planet and Our Ability to Thrive on It.’
Oppenlander, Richard A. Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.