In the U.S., almost ten billion animals are exploited and slaughtered every year. Most live short miserable lives in overcrowded factory farms, which are a breeding ground for disease, including emerging pathogens and virulent strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The unnatural feeds, hormones, and excessive quantities of antibiotics used put the human population at risk for chronic disease, obesity, and drug-resistant bacteria, and pose the threat of major zoonotic disease outbreaks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns: “…3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.” These include viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, and they infect millions of U.S. citizens every year.
A vegan or plant-based diet can have innumerable health benefits and is supported by organizations like the USDA and Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics. Vegans enjoy lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.