“Currently, according to the statistics made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 10 billion animals are killed for food each year, which equals to…more than a million animals killed every hour…19,011 animals killed per minute…317 animals killed per second” (Sinilong). This is due to America’s supply and demand of meat, dairy and eggs, and the creation of factory farms. There are many reasons to eat a vegan diet, one being the unnecessary cruelty farm animals endure at the profit of factory farms. A second point is to establish an end to American hunger, saving lives and money. Another reason to consider veganism is to improve society’s health through a humanitarian diet. A constructive resolution to the issues stated above, all share one common remedy, veganism.
“Veganism can be defined as a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals in the production of food, clothing or for any other purpose” (Why Vegan). The reasons some American’s choose to consume animal products instead living a vegan lifestyle are the habits and traditions associated with meat consumption, the conveniences or inconveniences of either diet; also, the taste preference that the majority of American society share. Investigating these reasons, we can look into diet and lifestyle; as well as, animal rights and compassion.
The Habits from History
Our ancestors were hunters, for centuries humans have hunted animals for their meat, skin and bones. According to biologists, it is not the design of human the anatomy to eat meat, and we adapted to it, perhaps out of necessity. Without other options, homosapiens, forced to eat anything around them, may have decided to consume animals out of obligation. However, in the timeline of human history, eating meat is a relatively recent evolutionary development. Opponents of veganism argue that humans have canine teeth just like other carnivores in the animal kingdom. Our “canine” teeth are stumps in comparison to the canine teeth of a lion, tiger, or wolf.
Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History has discovered “our ancestors did have much more powerful jaws and much bigger teeth than we do” (Pobiner). Today, as a cause of evolution, our small flat teeth are ideal for chewing a plant-based diet. They move from side to side much like other herbivores teeth, unlike the up and down motion that the jaws of true carnivores use to kill and dismember their prey. Additionally, the intestines of carnivores are shorter than the intestines of herbivores. Carnivores have a capacious simple or single-chambered stomach, which can easily digest raw meat, and their small intestines are short, approximately three to six times the length of their body. Herbivores on the other had, much like humans, have a multi-chambered stomach with a much longer small intestine, approximately ten times their body length. This...