Five Reasons Why Being Vegan Is Patriotic
It seems like the perfect picture of Americana -- like something out of a Norman Rockwell. But as long as there is animal flesh smoking and spitting on your grill or dairy desserts melting in your hand, you could be doing better by Lady Liberty. Here's five reasons why going vegan is one of the most patriotic things you can do.
|It may be red, white and blue, but it ain't patriotic.|
Animal farms are responsible for more pollution than all the cars, ships, trains, and planes in the world put together.
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of miles of our water has been polluted by nitrates, which is largely caused by run-off from animal farms. Such pollution has caused cities to shut down their public water systems and issue emergency water supplies, if they're lucky enough to catch it in time. In 1996 the Center for Disease Control established a connection between these high nitrate levels and miscarriage stemming from Indiana drinking wells located close to animal feed lots. The same nitrate levels raise the risk for "blue baby syndrome," which can kill infants.
Animal waste is often stored by factory farms in big fat open-air poop lagoons, which can be the size of several football fields. These often spill, sending millions of gallons of manure into rivers and lakes, which cause algal blooms that turn underwater ecosystems on their heads and kill millions of fish.
Going vegan and supporting local and organic vegetable farming means that you stop contributing to practices that are destroying our country. Go here to find out more.
4. True Americans Love Animals
We're a nation that loves our cats and dogs to no end. But we seem to block out that the pigs, cows, chickens, and fish we eat are sentient beings just like our pets. If our neighbor were treating dogs and cats the way factory farms treat their animals - putting them in dark feces-strewn pens where they can't move, injecting them with deleterious hormones, and throwing them around like rag dolls - we would show up at that neighbor's door with flaming torches and burn his house to the ground - after we rescued all his animals and published shaming local news stories on the atrocities he committed.
When we stop turning a selectively blind eye to acts of animal cruelty, we go vegan.