I got these succinct facts which you can share with people who are not vegan from this wonderful web page: https://www.carnism.org/what-we-do/booklet
Remember to listen empathically to people and how they feel about these facts.
- Female chicks born to produce eggs routinely have their sensitive beaks seared off with a hot blade, without painkiller. (1) Source: American Veterinary Medical Foundation
- Male chicks in the egg industry are considered useless, and are ground up alive, gassed, electrocuted or suffocated shortly after birth. (1,2)
Source: An HSUS Report: The Welfare of Animals in the Egg Industry, p.1 / “Hatching”
- “Dairy cows” are forcibly impregnated every year, and their calves are taken away from them within a few hours. Female calves are raised to produce dairy, while the males are sent to slaughter at the age of four months and sold as “veal.” (4) Source: SDA, Reproduction Practices on U.S. Dairy Operations, 2007; Feb. 2009.
- Male piglets are castrated without pain killer, so that their flesh will have a more desirable smell and taste. (5)
Source: “Castration of Pigs” from Dr. Allen Harper, Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Farmed fish are typically killed by leaving them to slowly suffocate in air or on ice. An independent panel of scientists (6) concluded that “existing commercial killing methods expose fish to substantial suffering,” as “fish have the capacity to experience pain and fear.” (7)
Source: European Food Safety Authority, The EFSA Journal 954, 1-27, (2009)
- Eating animal protein has been associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and osteoporosis.
- According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegan diets are healthful and even beneficial in the prevention and treatment of disease. (9)
Source: Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets, Journal of the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, 109, 7 (2009)
- According to The United Nations, animal agriculture is one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems facing the world today.
Source: www.fao.org (from Livestock’s Long Shadow, UN report, 2007)