The vegan lifestyle is a lifestyle of compassion. We don’t want to eat or harm our fellow earthlings. Eating animals and animal products is simply unnecessary.
So why would we inflict suffering on other living beings when there is no need to do it? Beats me. Animals feel pain, just like we humans do. If you’re not convinced, watch undercover videos from animal farms, feedlots, etc. and you will see the suffering, animals screaming out in pain.
Fortunately, public awareness of the treatment of animals on so-called factory farms is increasing, so denying knowledge of such practices is becoming increasingly difficult. Animals are cramped together tightly in filthy conditions.
They cannot move around (mostly, there isn’t even enough space to turn themselves around), they cannot perform their natural behaviors, a lot of them get sick and die before being killed at the slaughterhouse.
The slaughterhouse is the fate all animals raised for food must eventually meet, regardless of how they were raised. This also includes millions of male chicks and calves that accumulate as “waste products” of dairy and egg production.
Even though most of us instinctively know that the meat & dairy industries are bloody businesses, I would like to encourage you to watch these animal cruelty/abuse documentaries and “meet your meat”. Beware, though, they are tough to watch. So if you are very sensitive, be warned.