Does Being A Vegan Really Save Animals?

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Our choice to buy meat affects the expected number of animals bred, raised, and slaughtered, stated

Ninety five  “is the average number of animals spared each year by one person’s vegan diet.” as stated in the book, Meeting America’s Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs, edited by “No Voice Unheard” and available on Amazon. More people are moving toward a plant-based diet, and choosing to eat fewer animals than ever before to make a difference for animals or for the world, stated National Public Radio

In an article written by John Robins and published  USA Today reported that each meat-eating individual eats 7,000 animals (including fish) over their lifetimes. What does “spared” in this context actually mean? Can veganism or vegetarianism or cutting way back on meat consumption really make a global impact for animals, given the number of hungry people in the world who may rely on animal protein?

Eating fewer or no animals doesn’t mean that animals that would’ve been killed will now live; it means that animals that would’ve been bred into existence to suffer on factory farms will now not be brought into the world and exploited in the terrible ways that are customary in the meat industry. It’s a supply and demand issue. Less demand should mean less supply, added

Theecologist reported that by removing our demand, we’re sparing animals suffering that is beyond our worst imaginings. reported that it is certainly not the case that anyone in the United States needs to eat meat in order to survive; a move toward whole grains and legumes, in place of meat, would be healthier for mostly everyone (and cheaper on a global scale. the volume of resources that are expended to produce meat, dairy and eggs, it seems clear that animal products are, in an increasingly crowded world, the fare of the wealthy.

A meat-filled diets does quite a number on the environment. This infographic from shows the impact of our individual eating habits. For example, if one person switches from eating meat for a vegan diet, they can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year.