There are many groups of people who should go vegan, because it overlaps with their values, beliefs or expertise. The following is a list of some of these groups who should make the change:
1) “Animal lovers” – Many people claim to be animal lovers, but only a small percent of them are currently aligning their words with their actions. If they were truly animal lovers, they would at least be a vegan, but ideally a vegan activist.
2) Environmentalists – Animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change (more than all transport combined), and a major cause of deforestation too, so going vegan would greatly reduce it. http://cowspiracy.com/facts/
3) Ecologists – An ecologist would know we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, partially caused by animal agriculture, and many species are still endangered due to human activity.
4) Oceanologists – The oceans are being overfished, animal agriculture is contributing to ocean ‘dead zones’, and the fishing industry contributes to ocean pollution. www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/01/meat-industry-dead-zone-gulf-of-mexico-environment-pollution
5) Climatologists – Animal agriculture is a major cause of climate change, and adopting a plant-based diet is one of the best ways of reduce our carbon footprint.
6) Botanists – A botanist would know that plant ‘sentience’ isn’t remotely comparable to animal sentience, and even if it was, less plants are used in a vegan diet, because most grain is fed to the animals.
7) Physicists – The laws of thermodynamics show that getting energy from a primary source (plants) is more efficient than getting it from a secondary source (animals), and as such there will be less energy wasted.
8) Biologists – Biologists should know that we are more suited to a herbivorous lifestyle, as explained here by Dr Milton Mills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXj76A9hI-o
9) Dentists – A dentist should know that comparing our canines to actual carnivores like lions is laughable, and some of the biggest canines belong to herbivorous animals like hippos.
10) Philosophers – Philosophers should be experts in logic, ethics and morality, and should come to the conclusion that veganism is an irrefutable argument, and sentience isn’t exclusive to humans.
11) Psychologists – Psychologists should be able to recognise and understand the ideology of carnism and speciesism, and how they affect our behaviour, and should also be able to recognise the suffering and emotions of animals.
12) Feminists – Feminists claim to oppose the oppression of women and want a more equal world, yet carnism and speciesism are the greatest forms of oppression and inequality today.
13) Humanists – Carnism and speciesism don’t just hurt nonhuman animals, they hurt humans as well in terms of mental health, and physical health.
14) Social Justice Warriors – If they actually cared about justice, they would all go vegan, because animal cruelty is arguably the greatest injustice today.
15) Doctors – A balanced plant-based diet has been proven to be healthier compared to a diet that involves meat and dairy, and reduces the risk of many diseases. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ
16) Epidemiologist – Animal agriculture contributes to antibiotic resistance, and there have been several mass outbreaks of disease so far, such as swine flu. https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/07-11-2017-stop-using-antibiotics-in-healthy-animals-to-prevent-the-spread-of-antibiotic-resistance
17) Historians – A historian should know about the history of social change, and the history of oppression, and see the parallels to animal rights issues today.
18) Chefs – A chef should be more educated about animals than most people, and since we no longer need to kill and eat them, they should switch to a plant-based diet which requires you to be more creative, and has also shown to be healthier.
19) Politicians – An intelligent politician would realise that veganism is a growing movement that isn’t going away, and advocating a plant-based diet brings health and environmental benefits to that society.
20) Victims of abuse – To quote Philip Wollen, “When we suffer, we suffer as equals and in their capacity to suffer, a dog, is a pig, is a bear, is a boy.” Why should your suffering be important, but not any other animal?
21) Christians – If Jesus was alive today, he would undoubtedly be a vegan. Two key principles in Christianity are “Love thy neighbour”, and the golden rule: Treat others as you would like others to treat you.
22) Jews – Jews have a history of persecution and discrimination. In a vegan world, humans are less likely to be discriminated against, and there will be less overall violence. http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2018/02/the-psychology-of-speciesism-how-we-privilege-certain-animals-over-others/
23) Buddhists – Reducing suffering, and having compassion for others are key principles in Buddhism, and being a vegan is putting these principles into practice.
24) Black people – If black people were once treated as slaves, and slavery is immoral, then why do we still treat many animals as slaves?
25) Indigenous people – Indigenous people throughout history have had their lands stolen from them, similar to habitat destruction, which is largely caused by animal agriculture through deforestation.
26) Women – If femininity is an important part of being a woman, then what better way to show nurturing, compassion and empathy than extending it to those who need it the most.
27) Men – If masculinity is an important part of being a man, then what better way to put it into practice by standing up for what is right and defending the most oppressed group alive today.
28) Children – Children naturally seem to be in interested in, and care about animals. Unfortunately, society conditions people to view certain animals as objects, and many children lose this connection as they grow older.
29) Empaths – People who claim to be empaths should extend their empathy to animals as well as humans.
30) Vegetarians – Vegetarians have already made changes to their lifestyle to reduce unnecessary animal suffering, so why not take the next step and go vegan. It’s better for animals, our health, and the environment.
31) Entrepreneurs/Innovators – Veganism requires new recipes, new clothing, new accessories, and even new sports, that are cruelty-free and up to date with the 21st century.
32) Investors – Veganism is continuing to grow in popularity, and the demand for plant-based foods, restaurants, and suppliers will continue to grow.
33) Sex Workers – A plant-based diet can help with erectile dysfunction, and can help to last longer too. https://omdfortheplanet.com/blog/men-eat-plant-based-have-better-sex/
If anyone can think of more groups to be added to the list, then feel free to make a suggestion in the comments below.
- Why You Should Go Vegan: https://www.reddit.com/r/vegan/comments/a2936b/why_you_should_go_vegan_ultimate_facts_and/
- Why You Shouldn’t Eat Fish: https://www.reddit.com/r/vegan/comments/atc8p0/why_you_shouldnt_eat_fish_ultimate_facts_and/
- Motivation for Vegan Activists: https://www.reddit.com/r/vegan/comments/9si9bc/motivation_for_vegan_activists/
- Vegan Music Videos: http://luxbellator.com/veganism/vegan-music/