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It is no wonder that all Jews and Muslims strictly prohibit the consumption of pork! It is becoming less and less secretive that to eat pork it is to flirt with disease; pork causes illnesses that produce tangible symptoms in the body. Watch this stunning video that made American news not too terribly long ago!

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17. You will not be alone
If you haven’t been introduced to a fellow vegan, a good place to start is in London! The subculture is HUGE and crosses bridges with other subcultures who tend to lean towards community values.

16. Because cow’s milk is for baby cows!
The USDA lies to us about the “need” for milk when really it’s a need for calcium that we can get elsewhere. The cow just happens to be the most docile milk-holder and so humans chose it to tame and hook pumps to in order to make a profit. Imagine for one second that you were a woman, forced to give breast-milk for more than half the day, everyday. Now that’s a problem!

15. You will learn about compassion
A whole handful of living, breathing, healthy, happy, chewing, rolling, pecking, flying, nesting, mothering, loving, curious, perceptive, friendly animals will thank you later.

14. It will stop factory farming!
Factory farming tortures animals and stifles their lives by breeding them for human consumption. It is both a sad and a cruel way to a death that none of them ever deserved.

13. It overlaps with so many more ideas and teaches you about them
Environmentalism, cooking, compassion, spirituality, animal rights, yoga, community, co-ops, organic and traditional farming, slow-food, to name a few…

12. You will receive a healthier body
Some possible side-effects are: longer hair, stronger nails, necessary weight loss, fairer skin, improved digestion, removal of bodily toxins…

11. Your conscience is always at work, especially at dinnertime
At least three times a day, you must make a conscious choice what to — or not to — put on your plate. Exercising your conscience everyday is healthy in the human experience because it improves self-awareness which can lead to other awarenesses!

10. It will teach you to love your fruits and vegetables!
Appreciation of the natural stuff of life will rise to the surface. Your palate will definitely change, and your old cravings will go away.

09. It’s cheap!
Since you are not buying whole turkeys or a gallon of milk every week, your food bill will go down. ₤10 a week is sufficient for groceries, especially if you shop hyper-local in bulk. You know those guys with the fruit and vegetables selling a pound a bowl! Go take interest!

08. Somebody will always ask you at a cocktail party…
And you can be proud to tell them. Being a vegan always sparks people’s interests and you will become more interesting.

07. You will save 50-100 animals a year.
Every year, 50 billion animals are slaughtered to feed just 6 billion people. Every vegan and vegetarian saves 50-100 animals a year. Multiply that by India’s vegetarian population and the results are astounding!

06. You will become more creative in the kitchen
Many people believe that veganism is limiting. It is anything but that! Because you are presented with different (but not fewer) choices to cook with, you end up with the most interesting and flavorful creations that use substitutes and ingredients you’ve probably never considered before!

05. You will learn to cook and your food will love you back!
It is astounding at how many people pop a package in the microwave three times a day and are satisfied by the end of it! Microwaves not only deplete the nutritional value of your food, but you are losing out on a clever skill at the most basic level. Cooking traditionally enhances the nutritional value of your food and teaches you patience.

04. It is a challenge!
Not everyone likes everything to come so easily. Because we are bombarded by a sea of carnivores in the west and those who insist on mass amounts of protein, it is quite a bold move to call yourself vegan — and stick to it! Not wavering in your convictions is definitely a challenge.

03. It can increase your spirituality
If whole nations can give up meat, you can, too! Because veganism is such a conscious, step-by-step, lifestyle it coincides gracefully with spirituality or “the bigger picture”. Fasting, meditation, and prayer can all come easier with veganism.

02. You will be a living doctrine overturning the assumption that you will not die from lack of protein!
Not coincidentally, meat, cow’s milk, and eggs are all well-established sources of too much protein. A vegan can and will get enough essential vitamins and protein in their diet by eating normal amounts of the stuff.

01. You would not eat your brother, so why eat your furry brother?
How is an animal, with its complex nervous system and brain hard-wired for loving, nurturing, and surviving, so different than a human? If you can show enough compassion for a human you’ve never met, surely you can show the same respect for an animal you wouldn’t eat.

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Antonia Senior, a self-admitted carnivore with a shaky conscience gives a wise view of her own meat-eating kind and also of the “cute-itarians” who pick and choose from their vegetarian diets which meat is okay to eat.

The only two positions that Senior sees fit to make any intillectual sense are pure veganism or an enthusiasm for eating animals. The in-betweeners are those who craft their consciences towards “less cute” animals perceived to have no feelings, such as fish. Victoria Braithwaite, Professor of Fisheries and Biology at Penn State University, proves that there is sufficient evidence that fish experience pleasure and suffering the way mammals and birds do, highlighted in her book Do Fish Feel Pain? Bluefin tuna, mackeral, catfish, or whatever other type of gourmet fish one plops on their plate is still a sentient being in a different form.

Along with “less cute” animals on a cute-itarian’s dinner platter are those said to be unintelligent, with most people’s example as the chicken. The chicken can bypass the intelligence of a young child by understanding that an object, when taken out of plain view, continues to exist by looking for it. Chickens recognize each other by facial features. Just Google “Chickens Intelligence” and you will find an endless list of animal behaviorists studying these fascinating creatures while comparing them to three-year-old children!

Senior writes that “Unless a carnivore can afford to go completely organic — and even then — using animals demands a certain steeliness of soul. It’s a position that says animals are subordinate to man’s appetites and it acknowledges that beasts suffer for our stomachs; yet it takes this knowledge and weighs it up against the loveliness of a strip of bacon sizzling in a pan and the crunch of pork crackling.”

That “loveliness of a strip of bacon sizzling” can be accredited to the evolution of man, when he roasted up animals on an open fire to survive. Since raw meat is tough to digest and even tougher to digest without risk of infecting the body, man sizzled his bacon to survive. It would look ludicrous to see somebody hunt down a jack rabbit and tear it apart by its limbs and gorge on its flesh because humans take the watered-down version of meat-eating and somehow justify it.

“If you eat meat, dairy or fish, if you wear leather, fur or seal skins, you cannot pretend that the animals that offered up these goods did it willingly. The cow tethered to the milking robot, or the caged, clipped-beak chicken squeezing out eggs, is not having fun.”

We are not cavemen anymore, and do not have to justify eating our furry companions! We know how to cook and we can cook ethnically — from Indian to Polish and Pakistani to French foods — without accepting that animals or their byproducts must be included in the process!

All comments and views welcome! Find Antonia Senior’s enthralling feature at the Times Online!

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