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In 2016, eat like you mean it!

By Jennifer Bates
 
2016 is here, and if you’re like millions of others, you’re looking for a way to start the new year off right. You’re mulling over a diet to lose those holiday pounds or finally quitting a bad habit.

But what if your resolution were something life-changing and life-affirming? What if your resolution positively affected not just your life but the lives of millions? What if you finally went vegan in 2016?
 
You care how animals are treated. You may even have an animal in your life you love dearly. You hate the thought of dogs in China bludgeoned and skinned to make leather. You can’t stand hearing about cats who are tortured and killed by cruel people.
 
You likely already know that animals raised for their flesh, eggs and bodily secretions are intelligent and sensitive. Pigs can understand a simple language of symbols. Chickens can count and plan for the future, and cows play games with their friends.
 
And you probably also know that these animals are violently abused and traumatized from birth to death. Turkeys are bred to grow breasts so large that their legs often break under their own enormous weight. Farmed fish have to live in crowded, filthy enclosures full of their own waste. And each year, nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are still alive and conscious when they’re immersed in the scalding-hot water of feather-removal tanks.
 
But chances are, you still eat foods that come from animals. You tell yourself that it can’t be that bad.
 
For years I did this, too. I told myself that cows were happy as I downed their milk—milk that I had access to only because calves had been torn away from their mothers to be turned into veal or cheap beef. And, despite the fact that scientists have determined that fish do, in fact, feel pain, as all animals do, I told myself that they didn’t, even though I surely would’ve rushed to the aid of any fish who had washed up alive on the beach.
 
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that animals should have legal protection, and nearly 75 percent of us believe that we should work to eliminate all forms of cruelty to animals and animal suffering. We’re a nation of people who “love” animals.
 
But we’re also a nation of people who pay others to slaughter animals. We’re a nation of people who devour our “loves” at every meal.
 
As the number of Americans who say they care about animals increases, so, too, does the number of animals we eat. More than 9 billion land animals are raised and slaughtered for food in the U.S. each year—and that figure doesn’t even include all the sea animals we eat. All told, we’re slaughtering billions more animals than we were 50 years ago.
 
What’s stopping us from bringing our dinner plates in line with our values? 
 
As shown by the countless compassionate people who have opted to say no to SeaWorld, bringing our actions in line with our values is nothing more than making a conscious decision to change.
 
We all make dozens of decisions every day, many of which give us the opportunity to choose kindness. In the grocery store, you already swing by the dairy aisle—try adding almond milk, nondairy coffee creamer and soy cheese to your cart instead of milk-based foods. In the frozen food section, pick up vegan chicken tenders and veggie burgers instead of animal-based ones. Try beans and tofu, squash and mushrooms, rice, pasta, fruit and salads. The animal-free options are endless, not to mention healthier—and delicious. 
 
Will 2016 be the year you start eating in line with your values? Your new beginning is just a grocery store away.

Tired of being a fatty?

Sick of feeling helpless in the face of global warming? Need a new wardrobe? Love animals and want to see them respected – not abused?

THEN CUT BACK ON MEAT/ANIMAL PRODUCTS! Better yet – Go Veggie!!!

– R.T.

From PETA.ORG:

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It’s a new year, and that means New Year’s resolutions may be on your mind. Perhaps you’ve decided to drop a few pounds to fit back into those favorite jeans that are hiding in the back of your closet, or maybe you’d like to do your part to save the planet. No matter what your goals are, follow through this year by going vegan, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier 2016!

You won’t believe how easy it is.

You can accomplish all of the following New Year’s resolutions simultaneously—just by going vegan:

1. Be More Adventurous

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If you’re bored with your daily routine and eating the same foods, there’s a whole new world of vegan food for you to explore. Seitan, tempeh, and tofu can all be prepared in a number of delicious ways.

2. Be Kinder

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What could be more kind than saving animals? This new year, give up animal flesh and other animal-derived foods and switch to a compassionate plant-based diet.

3. Lose Weight

Following a vegan diet that’s full of fruits and veggies has helped many people lose weight. Of course, tons of junk food options are vegan, too, so be sure to steer clear of processed foods if you really want to kick your weight loss to the next level!

4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

While biking to work is a great way to cut down on emissions, nothing compares to the impact you’ll make when you go vegan.

5. Save Water

While skipping showers is one way to conserve water, the very best way is by going vegan. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from farm waste is fouling our waterways.

6. Be Healthier

Vegans are approximately one-ninth as likely to be obese as meat-eaters and have a cancer rate that is only 40 percent that of meat-eaters. People who consume animal-derived foods are also at increased risk for many other illnesses, including strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple allergies, diabetes, and food poisoning. Learn more about the health benefits of vegetarian eating.

7. Reduce Your Cholesterol

Did you know that cholesterol is only found in animal-derived foods? For a healthier 2016, go vegan to cut out all cholesterol from your diet.

8. Update Your Wardrobe

Being vegan isn’t just about food choices—animals suffer and are killed for fur, leather, and wool. If your New Year’s resolution is to update your wardrobe, be sure to make compassionate choices like buying fashionable vegan leather and other synthetic options.

9. Donate to Charity

Consider donating old fur items to the homeless to help keep them warm this winter.

10. Save Money

Not only does eating veggies keep you healthier, it also helps you save money! Compared to the prices of animal flesh, plant-based staples—like beans, rice, pasta, and tofu—are much cheaper than meat.

11. Travel More

Put aside any savings you have from not purchasing meat or expensive animal skins, and use the money for a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to explore.

If any of these New Year’s resolutions are on your list, make sure you follow through with them by going vegan—you’ll accomplish your goals and so much more!

Pledge to go vegan!