Ahead of World Vegan Day (1 November), dozens of PETA India supporters lay “dead” inside outlines of cows, goats, chickens, pigs, and fish in front of a banner that proclaimed, “Meat Is Murder. Go Vegan.”
The butchering of tens of billions of land animals and up to trillions of fish each year for meat – a product we don’t need to eat – should be considered a crime. This World Vegan Month, we urge everyone to help end the senseless slaughter of animals by choosing healthy and delicious vegan meals.
Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals a year immense suffering and a terrifying, bloody death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. Chickens, cows, pigs, goats, and other animals killed for food are crammed into vehicles in such high numbers that many sustain broken bones, suffocate, or die en route to slaughter. At slaughterhouses, workers hack at their throats with dull blades, typically while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.
Vegans are less likely to be afflicted with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer – all of which are widespread health problems in India – and are, on average, fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters. In addition, animal agriculture is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a 2010 United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.