"We love you as clients, but we want to take care of you. And... [non-vegan] food is not good for your health." - Lily Arias, owner of Dallas-based Mexican vegan restaurant El Palote
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)—a collection of 100,000 healthcare professionals, the largest in the United States—published its official position on vegetarian diets in the December issue its medical journal. "It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases," the AND states. While the organization recognizes the benefits of vegetarian diets in general, AND finds the vegan diet is best for reducing the risk of (and treating) illness such as heart disease, hypertension, some forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. AND deemed vegan diets effective at promoting a lower body mass index, more environmentally friendly than other diets, and safe for people in all stages of life. While AND has published various papers on how consuming animal products affects health, this is the first time AND included their position on how the animal agriculture negatively impacts the environment.
Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals by C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
"Sacred Cows and Golden Geese is replete with valid data and substantial information clearly affirming and confirming that vivisection is futile, cruel, and deceptive. It is not a necessary evil; it is evil period." – Moneim A. Fadali, MD, FACS, author of Animal Experimentation: A Harvest of Shame
Animals deserve rights, regardless of how they taste or how convenient it is to experiment on them. Like humans, animals are capable of suffering and have an interest in leading their own lives. They are not ours to use for food, clothing, experimentation, or entertainment.
As an activist, you can educate people in your community and positively affect their attitudes and lifestyles. You just need the desire to generate positive change and to believe that your voice and actions matter...