May 14, 2019 in Argumentative

Introduction

All living things have the right to live hence the same vigor with which people fight for their rights is the same one with which animal rights should be embraced. It is unfortunate that animals cannot adequately protect themselves from man neither can they stand to fight for their rights.  It is because of this weakness that meat eaters continue to raise havoc in the animal environment and such activities have almost pushed certain animal species into extinction.  The good news though is the fact that man is increasingly getting exposure on the negative effects of the consumption of animal products especially on the environment and health. It is because of this that arguments on counter concepts like veganism have gained popularity across the surface of the earth. Despite the fact that veganism is a habit that would be practically impossible to instill among all humans on earth, it is worth noting that a considerable portion of the society is already fronting for its popularity. In this research paper, the aspect of veganism is explored by examining some of the influences it has both on men and animals. The research shall also highlight some of the aspects that have since encouraged veganism among individuals. Furthermore, this paper will not only seek to encourage individuals to be vegans but also offer certain practical suggestions on how to achieve the switch. The research approaches the research process on the back of the hypothesis that man is actually herbivorous hence can remain healthy while entirely living on the herbs.

 

The most basic definition of the term veganism is the practice or habit of avoiding the use of animal products. Most individuals achieve this by either scraping off all the animal products from their diets or by embracing a philosophy that rejects the consumption of these products. While some individual believe in total abstinence from the consumption of these products, others still feed on foods directly obtained from animals. It would therefore be important to note that an animal product is described as any material derived from the body of an animal. These materials include: eggs, blood, flesh and fats. There are some other products although they are hardly known for instance rennet and isinglass. The list revealed above therefore offers appropriate guidelines on the specific things that an individual may have to avoid in case they intend to embrace veganism. Consequently, an individual who has done away with meat from the diet but still takes egg and milk may not be considered a vegan. Consequently, a vegan can be defined as an ardent and consistent follower of veganism.

 

Research reports reveal two main types of veganism namely environmental and dietary veganism. Dietary veganism which is also referred to as strict veganism involves refraining from consuming all the animal products as well as other products derived from animals. Dietary vegans strictly adhere to a diet that is entirely based on the consumption of vegetables. In order to affirm this decision, dietary vegans choose to embrace philosophies that tend to oppose the use of animals and their products for any purpose. On the other hand, environmental veganism refers to the practice of abstaining from the use of animals and their products on the basis that this activity damages the environment. In this case, the need to conserve the environment is the core driving factor. The philosophies embraced here equally play a major role in not only minimizing the harvesting of animals and their products but also conserving the environment.

Methodology

In order to come up with turgid conclusions based on the research problem, the process required the collection of important data. This data would then be analyzed in order to establish the common trends among individuals in the society before using it to highlight the specific aspects of veganism. The main method of data collection involved the review of literature. Information was obtained by reading books and other peer reviewed articles on veganism. This methodology was chosen as it proved the most convenient, time saving and least costly.  Many literary materials on veganism have since been fronted by renowned authors across the world hence making information on this topic quite accessible. A list of resources with the most relevant information on veganism were sampled and thoroughly reviewed. This process enabled the establishment of a number of concepts on veganism which shall be discussed in the subsequent parts of this paper. In addition to literature review, direct interviews and the use of questionnaires was also employed as a method of data collection. This approach was equally appropriate as it gave the research a first-hand interaction with the opinions of both the vegans and the non-vegans. This information would later be sampled and analyzed before coming up with the emergent conclusions based on the individuals’ opinions on veganism. The last method of data collection was the use of observation. Two separate groups of respondents, one comprising vegans and the other non-vegans, were selected and observed over a period of time. This strategy was aimed at establishing the correlation between their feeding habits and their health. The trends in the observations were eventually used to coin the effect that feeding on animal products may have on the health of an individual.

Review of Literature

As highlighted by Berry a vegan is an individual who has made the drastic choice by wholesomely scrapping out all the animal products from their diets. In addition to outlining some of the common animal products, the author goes a step further to offer the necessary replacements. This is insightful as the readers are not only dissuaded from using animal products but are also furnished with a wide range of herbs/plants which can be consumed instead. Berry explores the aspect of veganism by pointing it out as one of the healthiest methods that man can ever embrace in a bid to conserve the environment. This article therefore involves a fusion of both environmental and dietary veganism. The author also concludes her list of replacements by suggesting some of the healthy feeding habits that man can embrace without necessarily hurting the animals.

 

Joanna highlights the relationships between feeding habits and health. According to the author, the desire to lead a healthy life propels people to feed on animal products. However, this strategy has never worked in favor of the consumers’ health conditions. This leaves veganism as the healthiest option. The author therefore goes ahead to highlight the importance that veganism has on the health of individuals by noting some of the consumable plants as well as their medicinal value. This work brings out a clear connection between a healthy living and a healthy diet.

 

Victoria discusses the need for human beings to view animals as being with equal rights too. The author proposes that man ought to cease from killing animals and harvesting their products as this does not only harm the environment but also infringes on the rights of these animals. The need to protect the animal rights and embrace them as equally worthy members of the society is the main reason the author fronts for veganism. The carefully outlined fact based on other research results prompts the conclusion that veganism remains one of the best approaches in a bid to conserve the animal species. When the animals are conserved, the environment is equally done hence a society dominated by vegans is not only a healthy one but also friendly to the environment.

 

From the reviews above, three discussion points can be deduced. First of all, there is the aspect of veganism and nutrition which highlights the relationship between embracing veganism and leading a healthy life. Secondly, it can be deduced from the review the aspect of veganism and the environment. In this case the actions of both the vegans and the non-vegans are related with the impacts that these activities have on the environment. The last point of discussion is the aspect of veganism and animal rights. In this case the need to protect the animal rights by embracing healthy eating habits is evident. Hunting animals for food and harvesting their products can be noted here as the main activities against animal rights. Each of these points shall be discussed in detail in the subsequent parts of this research paper.

 

This research was significant as the information obtained and discussed from the process can be handy in educating members of the society on the importance of veganism. With the detailed discussions on the various aspects that revolve around veganism, the reader is left with a precious opportunity to make informed decisions especially in line with their feeding habits. The results of this research would therefore be vital in enhancing the protection of animal rights, encouraging healthy habits of feeding and also advocating for the need to conserve the environment around us. The process however faced a number of limitations due to the need to cover a wider scope. It would have been important to cover a wide area during data collection yet this strategy was constrained by various factors such as inadequate resources, funds and time. However, the process was successful as the main objective of obtaining information and discussing the aspect of veganism was adequately achieved. The research questions provided an effective guideline to the research process hence ensuring that each strategy went in line with the core goals of the research.

Discussion

From the definition of the term, one is able to deduce the fact that veganism extends far beyond the aspect of diet into several other aspects common in the day to life of individuals. From the reviews discussed above, it is evident that a vegan doesn’t achieve this status only by refraining from meat but by totally avoiding any products derived from animals.  There is an evident correlation between veganism and the lifestyle of an individual. The past way of life, the environmental factors, the health needs as well as the economic capability of an individual is most likely to influence their lifestyle. People feed on animal products such as meat and fats to enjoy themselves and have fun. Not many consider the dietary precautions while consuming these products. This implies that their dietary habits are not necessarily influenced by the projected consequences but by the need to quest a temporary thirst.

 

Veganism basically involves an individual’s choice to embrace a lifestyle that is not based on temporary satisfactions. Individuals ought to project their sight into some of the consequences of their dietary habits before coming up with conclusions on the right steps to take. For instance, buying and consumption of food products ought not to be entirely dependent on the financial ability of a consumer. The effects that these foods or products may have on animals, the environment and one’s health is therefore some of the major factors that should influence a person’s diet. Additionally, following the specific nutritional guidelines would probably help consumers to know what to take and what they should. Each of the strategies above can be adjusted such that they are always inclined towards discouraging the consumption of animal products and encouraging men to more herbivorous approaches in their diets.

 

Why should veganism be encouraged? In order to adequately respond to this, the paper looks at veganism from two theoretical points of view. These include the mentalist ideas and the materialistic ideologies. To begin with, Sidney highlights the fact that the behaviors of individuals towards food are entirely based on the image that these people have of themselves. This argument therefore indicates that the societal position of an individual has a special way of influencing the type of food that they choose to consume. Animal products for instance meat and fats are commodities common among the financially capable individuals in the society. On the other hand, feeding on plants and herbs has always been associated with poverty. The mentalist ideas therefore project the rich as the main consumers of animal products probably because their societal status requires them to feed on expensive things. Such ideas ought to be demystified since veganism has got nothing to do with poverty. As a matter of fact, nutritional research findings indicate that vegans are faced with far less health problems compared to the non-vegans. The research therefore suggests a more rational approach when it comes to choosing foods. Individuals ought to pick on those options that would have the least effects on their health, animals and the environment at large. This fronts veganism as the best option. 

 

The other ideology that influences veganism as highlighted by Rachel is the incorporation of materialistic aspects in choosing the eating habits. In this case, people do not pick on veganism as a healthy approach to environmental conservation and animal protection. Instead, individuals tend to base their choices on political and ethical views. This therefore implies that the materials owned by an individual in addition to their political and ethical ideologies can make them to either become vegans or stick to feeding on animal products. For instance, owning large herds of cattle would be an individual’s main driving force to feeding on these animal products. However, it is a fact worth noting that one can own the animals but still adhere to an entirely plant-based diet. This therefore implies that the materials owned by people should not necessarily be their main reason for shunning veganism. At the same time, countries can put in place the right political stands that promise harsh punishment on individuals found infringing on the rights of animals. The ethical views embraced by a society especially on the feeding habits can also be essential in ensuring that most people if not all embrace veganism. The ethical values can assist in establishing the right philosophies among members of a society which discourage the harvesting and use of animal products. It is therefore possible for a society to stay alive and healthy even with the animal products scraped from their diets.

Veganism and Health

As highlighted by Moore the special link between veganism and nutrition cannot be ignored. Research indicates that there is several health complications associated with feeding on animal products. For instance certain conditions of the heart, the blood and the liver are caused by excessive consumption of animal products such as meat and fats. On the other hand, no health condition has ever been recorded when it comes to veganism. Vegetables instead come with many other nutritional advantages. Due to the effects of animal products on the health of an individual, it would be important to embrace the right nutritional approaches. This ensures that what one consumes doesn’t bring harm to the body but instead plays a role in developing the various aspects of a human body. Veganism therefore leaves the consumers with lesser health risks compared to the option of sticking on animal products. Veganism in the long run enhances the life span of an individual. This is because the consumption of a plant-based diet is not only healthy but also helps in saving the consumer from the threats brought by feeding on meat and fats

Veganism and the Environment

The animal products before consumption have to be taken through various industrial processes. Some of these processes include the addition of chemicals in order to preserve the products. At the same time, these industrial processes lead to the emission of toxic chemicals into the air, the soil and the water bodies. While the consumers enjoy the final products, it is important to note that the processes that lead to these products pose a threat to the environment. On the other hand, veganism involves the consumption of foods that do not necessarily need industrial processes before consumption. This goes a long way in conserving the environment. Additionally, when the unused parts of a plant for instance the stalks are disposed, their decomposition does not erode the soil but instead adds more nutrients. Some of the materials used to package the animal products are actually non-biodegradable hence posing a serious threat to environmental conservation. This therefore supports the argument that veganism does not only inculcate the right nutritional habits but also plays a crucial role in environmental conservation.

Veganism and Animal Rights

This is perhaps one of the aspects that have remained the subject of debate in most spheres. Due to their inability to vocally fight for their rights, the animals have consistently had their rights infringed. The animal activists have shown a lot of effort in a bid to conserve these rights in vain. This problem would however have a long term solution if people were made aware of the positive impacts of veganism. The society can embrace the right feeding habits which would see to it that the animal rights are left intact. Avoiding the animal products as food implies that the hunting and harvesting of these products would decline relatively. Such measures would go a long way in enhancing the conservation of animal rights.

Conclusion

Veganism comes with a number of advantages hence embracing this habit would be of great help to the society. In this research, aspect of veganism is explored in relation to how it influences the environment, the animals as well as the health of an individual. From the discussions above, it evident that veganism remains the friendliest feeding habit to the environment, man and animals alike. For instance, it is cost effective since the plants and herbs can be obtained naturally from their habitats. With the improvement in global infrastructure, the challenge of inaccessibility is solved since these foods can be easily transported from one place to the other. On the other hand, the health complications that arise from feeding on animal products involve a lot of financial commitments when it comes to treatment. Veganism would play a crucial role in saving the consumers from such expenses since a vegan lives in fewer risks of health complications. Veganism is also friendly and supportive to environmental conservation the more reason why the society ought to embrace this habit. The findings of the research and the discussions made in the paper allow the conclusion that the venture was successful. The main research question on why the society should embrace veganism was adequately responded to by the illustrations. The key objective of the research to highlight the concept of veganism was therefore met which culminated in the success of the study.

 

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