Initially, I must admit that everyone, including black people, obviously has the right to eat whatever they want.
But because I love black people so much, I want them to live long and healthy lives. And because I love animals so much, I want them to live so long and healthy.
By the way, when I say “animals”, I mean sentient creatures. And when I say sentient creatures, I mean humans, dogs, cats, chickens, cows, pigs, fish, and all other species that objectively and provenly feel pain, experience trauma, experience fear, mourn the separation and mourn the loss. For example, while many African Americans would happily eat a baby cow, i.e. a calf, in calf form, how many of them would eat a kitten or a puppy? Well, people eat cats in India, China and dozens of other “civilized” countries and eat dogs in Switzerland, Vietnam and dozens of other “civilized” countries.
Disgusting, you say? Repulsive, you say? Inhuman, you say? Well, you are right.
But in India and Nepal, where the slaughter of cows and the eating of beef are unconstitutional, people there would consider “civilized” Americans to be savages.
In addition to the inhumanity of eating animals, there are the health dangers for black people. For example, we suffer disproportionately from high blood pressure, clogged arteries, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and cancer. And the polluted, transformed and traumatized flesh of sentient creatures promotes and aggravates each of these debilitating and deadly diseases.
As a lawyer, I remember being trained in law school to make the most persuasive argument based on the facts available. But before presenting ten of the many compelling arguments I have about why black people should go vegan, I must first define “veganism.”
Many people confuse veganism with vegetarianism, but it’s definitely not the same thing. While vegetarians do not eat any type of flesh, they do eat dairy products and a few other animal by-products. But vegans do not eat any type of flesh or any type of animal by-products.
That said, let me make these ten compelling arguments:
1. A vegan has hundreds of choices of absolutely delicious foods, desserts and snacks while promoting black businesses.
Check out the awesome black owned and operated Go Vegan Philly website at goveganphilly.org, the awesome black owned and operated Nile Cafe website at nilevegancafe.com and the awesome black owned and operated Everything Legendary website. Blacks at bestburger.golegendary.com.
2. Trust the science.
The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the British Dietetic Association, as noted on vegansociety.com, recognize that well-planned vegan diets are “suitable for all ages and life stages. Some research has linked vegan diets to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
3. Save your heart.
As clearly stated on eatthis.com, “A 2017 American Heart Association study found that those who ate a [i.e., vegan] the diet had a 42% decrease in the risk of developing heart failure.
4. Save the environment.
As documented by vegansociety.com, “While the world’s population has doubled since the 1960s, global meat production has quadrupled. In some areas, animal production has increased massively; there are now 4½ times more tons of pork produced in 2013 than in 1961, while global chicken production has increased nearly 13 times. These heartbreaking numbers are rising. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that by 2050, global meat production will nearly double…. This trend will continue to contribute to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction. More animals mean more crops are needed to feed them: the planet cannot support both growing human and livestock populations, especially when there are between 2 and 4 billion mouths additional humans to feed by 2050.”
5. Save and prolong your life.
In 2018, The Lancet, which is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal founded in 1823, published a report, referenced in eatthis.com, concluding that “those who consumed animal-based diets had a life expectancy shorter than those who ate plant-based [i.e., vegan] sources of protein and fat. In fact, there was an almost 20% decrease in the risk of death. »
6. You can lose weight much faster and easier.
Healthline.com notes that “vegan diets are known to help people lose weight.” And sciencedirect.com points out that “vegan diets are more effective for weight loss than other diets.”
7. Veganism is becoming the most popular thing to do.
Rush University System for Health reports that “Every day more and more people are adopting a plant-based or vegan diet.” Also, “According to a 2019 article in The Economist, 25% of Americans ages 25-34 identify themselves as vegan or vegetarian.” Additionally, the Chef’s Pencil, which is described as a valuable resource for recipes from professional chefs, says “interest in veganism has reached an all-time high in 2020.”
8. Vegan options are very easy to find.
You can find them at KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Little Caesars, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Chipotle, Taco Bell, Subway, Five Guys, Qdoba, Chick-Fil-A, White Castle , Hardee’s, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Baskin-Robbins and many other locations locally and nationally. (And don’t forget black-owned and operated goveganphilly.org, nilevegancafe.com and bestburger.golegendary.com.)
9. A proper vegan diet is high in protein.
People who say they need to eat meat because it’s the only source of protein for humans are simply wrong. As Rush University System points out, “Animals are not the only sources of protein. Soy products (eg, tofu and edamame) are also high in protein. Other good sources include seitan…, chickpeas, lentils, and nutritional yeast. In fact, many non-meat foods contain more protein than – or at least as much protein as – some flesh-based foods. Among many others, they include black beans, brown rice, spinach, lentils, tempeh, soybeans, quinoa, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
10. You can look good on the outside by dressing in style (without blood on your hands or anywhere else on your body).
Check out the photo in this article. Also check out the stylish cruelty-free gear at wills-vegan-store.com. This is exactly where I find most of the shoes and belts I wear in court to impress jurors.
In conclusion, I must mention this: eating your next chicken wing as a “civilized” person in America, imagine the “civilized” people in India, China, Switzerland, Vietnam and dozens of other countries eating your little puppy or little kitten.
Doesn’t taste so good now, does it?