Animal Agriculture Is Responsible For 18 Percent Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Many of us are raised with the belief that it is okay to eat certain animals, causing disconnect from an early age. Our cultures tell us to identify only some sentient beings as food while choosing to see others as domestic house pets. Unfortunately, this belief is taking a toll on our health along with other things such as the environment. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation” (Cowspiracy). An industry that has progressively continued to worsen the state of our health and our planet has simply been normalized because we are uneducated and therefore, carry out these outdated traditions. We cannot keep holding off on change and hoping or expecting younger generations to fix our planets current state. Although we’ve collectively normalized our eating choices, the harm of an animal-based diet is outweighed by its costs to the living of not only humans but also the animals.
Veganism, as defined by the Vegan Society is “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose” (Definition). The thought of going vegan frightens most of us, which is understandable since we are creatures of comfort and the mere thought of change is frightening; especially with the relationship we have been taught to…

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