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So I'm doing an extended essay on veganism this year for my IB Diploma in high school. To be more specific, the essay is about the various reasons or arguments for living a vegan lifestyle and eating a vegan diet (reasons including ethical/morality, the environment, culture/tradition, health, etc.) I've only done a draft last year and it isn't even a finished one because I was writing it only a day or two before the due date because I was swamped with work from other classes. Anyway I'm just going to copy and paste it here for anyone that's interested to read, and I'm completely open to any advice, corrections, and criticism that anyone has to offer. With that said, I'd also like to add that I'm going into my senior year of high school and I am definitely not an excellent writer so I apologize that this essay may not be what's expected or anything great. I have an advisor from school that I've submitted this to in May but she hasn't contacted me to give me feedback yet so I really don't know how bad or how good it is. I wrote this essay in google docs so the format that it will be here isn't the exact same it was in, it looks better the way it was. I believe that the essay needs probably a lot of work because to me it sounds too biased and overly persuasive rather than informative and knowledgeable. Any help is appreciated and thank you very much to anyone who takes the time to read it and comment on it :)


Bree O’Mahony

April 29, 2014


A. Research Question


What Are The Various Reasons (Ethical, Cultural, Health, Environmental, etc.) Why People Choose a Vegan



     Originally the topic was going to be only a comparison of two diets or the only various


health reasons for going vegan. In attempt to formulate more of a well-focused knowledge


question capable of being answered in conclusion, I narrowed the topic to something still broad


within itself and tried to put it in more of a global context.

B. Introduction


     A vegan, in the general context, is someone that abstains from consuming or using meat or


any animal product such as dairy, eggs, and animal derived substances. However, it is not only a


diet decision - it comes with a set of beliefs that rejects the commoditization of animals and


promotes the idea that man should live without exploiting animals.(Wikipedia, “Veganism”) This


includes diet, clothing, entertainment, and transportation. They do not consume poultry, beef,


pork, fish, eggs, milk, or honey. Nor do they wear anything derived from a killed/harmed animal


such as leather, suede, wool, ivory, silk, or feathers. Vegans also do not purchase any products


that contain animal products or ingredients tested on animals, and often most vegans do not


support zoos, rodeos, circuses, or aquariums. (Nathan Schneider, “Introduction to Veganism”)


There can be strictly dietary vegans, someone that abstains from merely the consumption of all


animal products but may not necessarily implement the overall philosophy to other areas of their


lives and may still be okay with the use of animal products for other purposes.


     Although the overall philosophical concept of veganism is of ethical reasoning, vegan


people all have various personal, independent, and shared reasons and justifications to why they


choose to live the lifestyle that they do and what drives them to do so. Throughout my research, I


have found that there are ethical/humane, health-related, cultural, and environmental reasons why


people choose a vegan lifestyle. The purpose of this essay is to introduce and explain each type


of reasoning and the justifications, or facts for each.


C. Content


     The most common reason why people adopt a vegan diet and lifestyle is the belief that it is


unethical to exploit, slaughter, and consume or use other sentient, living beings. The beliefs behind


this is that we should not unnecessarily cause suffering or kill any animal, including for food, and


that our tradition and convenience of slaughtering animals is not morally correct. Vegans that argue


for the ethical reasoning, sometimes called “ethical vegans” believe that the act of harming


nonhuman animals for our own benefit is speciesism and they are in disagreement against this


concept of humankind being superior to other species and thus being justified to exploit other


animals as they please. Animals are thought to have natural rights, such as the right to live a full life


without unnecessary suffering. This has been in debate against people that believe to have rights,


one must also have responsibility, rational, language, etc. The majority of vegans see this argument


to be flawed with the justifications that we do not deny moral consideration to the mentally ill or


challenged, physically incapable, handicap, or infants and that we should not base our


considerations on hierarchy of sentience or intelligence. (“Ethical Reasons For Going Vegan”)


      The reasons why killing and using other animals for the purpose of consumption and other


purposes are thought to be unnecessary in the terms of ethical veganism is because humans can


obtain all of the adequate nutrition they would get through an omnivorous diet, with an exception


of vitamin B12 which many meat eaters are also deficient in but that there are supplements for, in a


vegan one that is healthy with adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Many vegans


also argue that an omnivorous diet is not the natural diet suitable for humans but that it is a learned


behaviour and traditional way of eating. The justifications for this are that humans natural instinct,


often observed in children, is to be compassionate with other animals instead of showing


carnivorous or omnivorous behaviour which would be to attack and consume the animal in it’s


raw state. Also, humans do not possess the same characteristics of carnivores and omnivores seen


in nature but rather we do show characteristics of herbivorous/frugivorous animals such as well


developed facial muscles including masseter and pterygoid muscles as opposed to carnivores and


omnivores who have less developed facial muscles which only include temporalis muscles for a


wide mouth. We have an elaborate jaw capable of side-to-side and front-to-back motion compared


to a restrictive jaw designed to swallow prey whole and only rip flesh. Humans have similar teeth


to herbivores which include broad, flat incisor teeth, small “canine” teeth, and flattened molars


with nodular cusps that allow for grinding of plant fibers. We possess carbohydrate-digesting


enzymes in our saliva which carnivores and omnivores do not have and we also contain the same


enzymes in our stomachs as herbivores rather than the ones carnivores and omnivores have, and


we have a higher pH in our stomachs and extremely long intestinal tracts as opposed to short


intestines and colons that allow meat to pass through the body quickly and high acidity to


decompose meat quickly and kill bacteria efficiently without cooking. (Dr. David Collison, “Human


Anatomy & Physiology”) Not only is consuming animals or animal products unnecessary, but


wearing their fur and other forms of animal exploitation are arguably not a necessity with all of the


other fabrics and substitutes available.


      Not only the act of consuming and using another animal is viewed as unethical but the


process is not so humane either.  The living conditions and treatment of animals within factory


farms, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), dairy farms, and slaughterhouses is one


of the ethical reasons why people adopt a vegan lifestyle. Hundreds of animals are confined in


warehouses in crowded spaces and cages with so little room that they can barely turn around or lie


down. Their living conditions are unsanitary and filthy - covered in faeces, waste, and dead or


nearly dead, sick animals. They are deprived of sunlight, fresh air, and exercise and are injected


with drugs and hormones to genetically alter them and produce more flesh, eggs, and milk for


human consumption. Some of them are fattened up so much they can barely stand or walk.


Female dairy cows are impregnated continuously in “rape racks” (“Factory Farms”, A Well-Fed


World) and their offspring are removed from them to be either raised to be slaughtered for meat or


to produce milk. Cows are also branded (burned), detailed, and dehorned, and chicks and chickens

are debeaked. The people handling the animals are often not very nice to them either. There


have been multiple cases of people in factory farms and slaughterhouses abusing animals by


jabbing and stabbing them with sharp objects, kicking and hitting them, dragging them with hooks,


raping them, and other disturbing things. Most ethical vegans argue that there is simply no humane


way to killing an animal regardless of what way you do it but a lot of times, animals in


slaughterhouses suffer a slow, extreme, painful death and are fully conscious and aware of what is


going on to themselves and other animals around them.


     The second most common reason why people go vegan is the health factor. There is no


one vegan diet, just like a meat eater or omnivorous diet could consist of anything and can


range from anywhere health-wise. However, most of the United States and other regular countries


that have fast food restaurants and regular consumption of meat and dairy also have high rates of


adult and child obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other conditions


that have been linked to diet. Animal meat, dairy, and eggs are high in fat and dietary cholesterol. It


is purely all saturated fat which clogs arteries and raises cholesterol levels in the blood, increasing


the chance of stroke and heart disease. The average American consumes twice as much


protein as necessary for a healthy diet (“57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan”). The World Health


Organization (WHO) recommends, with a wide safety margin, that women and men get 5% of


their daily calories as protein. That would be 38 grams for a man that consumes 3,000 calories a


day and 29 grams for a woman that consumes 2,300 calories a day (John McDougall, “Where Do


You Get Your Protein?”) , which is relatively easy to get and almost impossible not to get


provided that the recommendation for total daily calories are being met, even with a vegan diet. A


diet high in protein is often times associated with high intakes of total fat and cholesterol and are


also restrictive in other nutrients such as carbohydrates (“Dietary Protein and Weight Reduction”,


AHA Nutrition Committee) which is the body’s main source of energy and is needed for proper


muscle tissue development and cellular function.


     Animal products are also high in acidic content, which is bad for bone and teeth strength


and development, can cause conditions such as acid reflux and leaky gut syndrome, and also


creates a favorable environment for cancer cells and bacteria. The way the body compensates for


high acidity in the body is by pulling minerals out of the bones and tissues which can lead to


thinner/weaker bones and lower muscle mass longterm. Although milk and cheese contain


calcium, they are also high in acidity and the countries with the highest consumption of milk and


dairy are also the highest in rates of osteoporosis and vise-versa, the countries with the lowest


consumption of dairy have the lowest bone fracture and osteoporosis rates. Dairy products have


also been found to have a link to increased risks of ovarian, prostate, and other cancers because it


increases Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (“New Study: Increased Milk Intake Does NOT Protect


Against Osteoporosis”, Jeff Nelson) which increases the chance of these cancers.


     Other health concerns related to the consumption of animal products are antibiotics,


hormones, mercury in fish and seafood, diseases from contamination such as E.Coli, Salmonella,


and Mad Cow Disease, as well as other contaminants. A large amount of animals are given


antibiotics due to their unsanitary living conditions in factory farms and eventually develop


resistance strains. These drugs can get into the bodies of humans that consume the animals which


can cause more severe illnesses and resistance towards antibiotics to treat the illnesses. These


animals are also injected with hormones to help them grow faster, get fatter, and produce more


milk and there are also naturally occurring hormones such as Oestradiol, Progesterone and


Testosterone. These hormones transfer to humans when consumed, disrupting our hormone


balance and causing a variety of complications such as developmental problems, reproductive


issues, and even cancers.


     There are also risks in contamination and contracting disease and illness from beef and


other meats because of bacteria and decomposition. Cooking often kills off enough of the bacteria


to be safe for humans to eat but sometimes that isn’t always the case and just a tiny amount can


make a person severely ill and can even kill a person. From 2009-2010, there were 29,444 cases of


foodborne illnesses and 23 deaths. (“Tracking and Reporting Foodborne Disease Outbreaks”)


E.Coli and Salmonella are the predominant pathogenic illnesses and they are extremely severe. This


bacteria can be spread to other non-meat items too if it is prepared next to or somehow in contact


with it. One of the ways meat is disinfected in packaging and processing factories is by spraying it


with ammonium hydroxide. Too much of this vapor can be harmful, causing irritation to eyes and


lungs and if consumed, can cause burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach (“Q&A About


Ammonium Hydroxide”). Mad Cow Disease is another concern, it is a fatal neurological disease in


cattle which is caused by feeding cows other dead animals and bones. It can be transmitted to


humans if traces of infected cow’s spinal cord and tissue are consumed. Although very rare, it is a


risk that is fatal.


      In fish and seafood, methylmercury is the big risk factor. Mercury accumulates and


magnifies in the body, so even relatively low amounts in fish can become large amounts if


consumed regularly or from time to time. Almost all of the fish and shellfish consumed have


mercury in them, and there is a way of testing how much is in the fish but often times it is still put


on the market if it is a higher concentration than is allowed. Mercury has toxic effects on the


nervous, digestive, and immune systems, and on the lungs, kidneys, skin, and eyes (“Mercury and


Health”, WHO) Exposure can cause neurological symptoms such as paresthesia, ataxia,


dysarthyria, hearing defects, and death, and has also been associated with developmental delays in


children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy (“Exposure Assessment for


Methylmercury from Seafood”, FDA) The more seafood and fish is consumed, the more of the


chance of getting methylmercury poisoning and these effects are higher and the more


methylmercury is increased in the body.


       Although it is absolutely possible to have an unhealthy diet and still be vegan with the many


high fat and high sodium foods available, people that switch from the “standard American diet” to


a vegan one due to health conscious reasoning often improve their health by switching to a diet


that is high in vegetables, fruits, and grains. Studies and individual’s blood tests have shown that


plant-based diets have lowered the risks of the many common diseases that people have been


suffering from with a diet consisting highly of animal fat and dairy. Many people have helped their


conditions by following a vegan diet and some doctors recommend it to their patients with heart


diseases, obesity, diabetes, etc.


      Another reason why some people may be vegan or choose to follow a vegan diet and/or


lifestyle is culture, religious beliefs, or societal influences. Veganism and vegetarianism have long


diverse histories that can date back all the way to 580 BCE with Pythagoras, and Egyptian religious


groups in around 3,2000 BCE followed vegetarian ideology such as abstinence from flesh and


wearing of animal derived clothing upon karmic beliefs in reincarnation (“World History of


Vegetarianism”). In some countries and places today, it is common for people to be vegetarian or


vegan. Sometimes people in these countries cannot afford meat as it is more of a luxury for the


wealthier people of the country. Instead, they buy cheap starches and vegetables like rice and


potatoes and if not vegans or vegetarians, have only occasional little amounts of meat. India,


China, and Thailand have been the predominant vegetarian or vegan countries. Several religions in


these countries do not condemn the killing and eating of animals but it is viewed as impure and


cruel, and other religions such as some forms of Buddhism incorporate vegetarian diet to refrain


from killing and controlling one’s subservience to the senses (“Vegetarianism by Country”). Many


religions around the world have practices and ideas of non-violence, and compassion towards


other sentient beings and other veganistic values which may or may not conclude in their followers


to live vegan or vegetarian lifestyles. India has the highest vegan and vegetarian populations,


mandatory markings on food items that indicate whether or not animal ingredients were used.


Recently, however, China’s and other countries’ meat consumption has been increasing likely due


to places like McDonalds being available and the cost of meat decreasing. Even though affording


meat and dairy is getting easier all over the world, veganism and vegetarianism is also becoming


increasingly popular in many places, like Thailand and Israel for example.


      A common reason why people choose a vegan lifestyle or a benefit to it is the impact on


the environment and global food supply. Factory farming is impacting the environment in a


negative way due to compromised air, wasted water, fecal contamination, dead zones,


deforestation, hormone contamination, and ransacked oceans. According to a 2006 United Nations


report, animal agriculture is “one of the the top two or three most significant contributors to the


most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” Perhaps the biggest


impact and threat to the environment caused by animal agriculture is deforestation due to livestock


grazing and burning down for use of the land. More than 40% of the United State’s total land mass


is used to raise animals for food. 260 million acres of land in the United States has already been


cleared for livestock grazing. This depletes our forests, endangers the populations of animals in


those forests, and degrades the soil. Factory farms also release tons of greenhouse gases and toxic


pollutants such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia into the air every year and not only do farms use


water to provide animals to drink and for irrigation, they also use scarce freshwater resources to


flush manure out of barns. Worldwide, 87% of the use of freshwater in the United States is used


in agriculture and agriculture accounts for 93% of water depletion worldwide. Agriculture is also


the single largest source of water pollution in rivers and lakes. Fecal waste from factory farms


runs off into groundwater, and eventually into the sea and due to its toxins and other pollutants, it


can kill many fish and potentially devastate marine ecosystems. Waste generated by factory farms


has already polluted more than 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states, and contaminated groundwater


in 17 states. Fertilizer spills are also common and when it contaminates groundwater, massive


numbers of marine organisms and other animals die. This severely threatens the populations of the


marine animals in the oceans and the sanitation of the water, as is our consumption of marine


species. “According to a Food and Agriculture Organization estimate, more than 70 percent of the


world’s fish species are either fully exploited or depleted, and researchers have warned that all fish


may be gone by the year 2048 if overfishing trends continue.” (“Factory Farming: Destroying the


Environment”). Another environmental impact of animal agriculture is the hormones that enter soil,


ground surface, and groundwater through cow manure. Aquatic ecosystems are the most


vulnerable to these hormone residues and there have been studies to show that there have been


substantial effects on the gender and reproductive capabilities of fish and marine animals.



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Comment by BananaStatesofMurica! RAW OR DIE on July 31, 2014 at 1:43pm

Yeah per capita meat consumption has gone up a lot

There was no "paleo man" stuffing his face with 1/4 pounders all day and garbage food, meat was hard to come by and a lot of the crap today didn't exist

Comment by pradtf on July 30, 2014 at 1:37pm

hi bree! this is a comprehensive essay with considerable educational value!

i think you are a fine writer too.

one suggestion i have would be to organize the essay into sections with headings. you have a lot of content and headings facilitate reading.

depending on how the essay is presented, you may want to embed the reference links right into the text.

you may want to check this date: 3,2000 BCE ;)

in friendship,


Comment by Taka on July 30, 2014 at 4:39am

@BSOA when looking at the growth of meat consumption you should take graphs that are per capita, otherwise you just see the result of population growth (combined with per capita meat consumption growth)

Comment by BananaStatesofMurica! RAW OR DIE on July 30, 2014 at 12:21am

So far so good. 

I read most, all but not every word. Some concepts that I believe would fit in nicely to round out the essay, make it comprehensive.

1. Explain the etymology of the word "vegan"(the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history). Give several examples of how the meaning of "vegan" and "veganism" have changed in modern history. Then make several mentions of examples of  how veganism has existed for thousands of years across the glove and has manifested itself differently in different societies. You will get brownie points with your professor for mentions of Greece, Rome, or any well known philosophers. 

2. I would also make a point how the definition of "standard diet" has changed. Specifically people consume massively more animal products than before. Just from 1960 to today t here is a 50% increase! Try to find the data going back 100 years or more and you will likely see at least a 100% increase! What we think of as "Standard American Diet" is drastically different than what people at 50 years ago!!!!! 


3. Explain how "people come to acquire their diet". Give some examples from modern day telling how drastically diets around the world are, and "how children learn to eat what they do", the cycle of parenting, the effect of marketing. Don't go TOO in depth here because it will be the most difficult section to defend, but it deserves a mention and be pragmatic.

I could go on...if you have some specific questions...or ideas it would be wise to post them...to get an idea of what you are looking for......


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