VeggieConnection.com Poll

Reason for Diet/Lifestyle Choice

My primary reason for choosing my diet/lifestyle (vegetarian/vegan/macro/...)
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
30%
41%
71%
Health
10%
8%
18%
Religious
2%
1%
3%
Environmental
2%
3%
5%
Financial (Save money)
0%
0%
0%
Family choice (I was brought up with my chosen diet)
1%
2%
2%
I like to be different and stand out from the crowd
0%
0%
0%
448 Votes:
 
Member Comments
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I used to think animal products were necessary for our survival and therefore thought it was a necessary evil... But when I found out it wasn't...
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I have been a vegan for the past 27 years.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
In addition to ethics, I find the mere thought of eating blood, blood vessels, fat, muscle, the occasional tapeworm, and some fecal matter gross!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
After many years of being a vegetarian, I am now 99% vegan - still a little way to go but I will get there.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I love animals too much! Simple as that. :)
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Its all about cultivating peace in the world. Veganism to me is another word for non-violence, it's not just about food. It's about life.
Religious
Pretty much a tie between "religious" (although I would call it "spiritual" and the ethics/compassion/animal rights category,yet my sense of needing to do this for my spirituality came first and predominates.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals don't want to die and be eaten. Ask 'em.
Health
"You are what you eat"
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals are so beautiful
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
It is not just one reason, for many reasons I choose a compassionate diet.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I've been a vegetarian for over a year now and am slowly going vegan. My health has improved so much. I have also changed my toiletries so I'm using nothing that has been tested on animals .
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I Love Animals.
Family choice (I was brought up with my chosen diet)
Raised vegetarian, and became vegan for ethical reasons.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Fear . Fear of the hospitals , the medications , the angry chickens . They all creep me out and keep me veggie style.So I continue.  Yes to me the ethical aspects are a supper bonus .but in reality I just can't eat dead animal . I would die of starvation of this  was my only source of food.my father was a matador . For realz . Cow . Pork or chicken on the plate every night .So my point being is it seems that I did not choose being a veg  but rather has chosen me.
Environmental
waste of energy feeding animals to eat. stop breeding animals to eat them, its pointless and cruel.
the whole farming system is nuts and I know I am a farmer and a veggie. we grow crops with chemicals to feed to pigs with more chemicals to eat. Meat eaters bad luck.
Religious
my spiritual life is by far the most important to meand how could I grow towards the light and be eating our cousins, polluting my body temple.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Do unto others as you'd have Them do unto you.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I love animal.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
ethical , health and environmental ... it is a win win win choice to become vegan. plus you can piss off your redneck family members and friends just by not eating animal products that's a bonus win
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Vegan for us here is not a diet is a life style... I can not envision our family any other way, ... Our world is not only a provider but our shelter any living being deserves love, attention, happiness and a chance to live a fulfilling life with the least amount of suffering.
Health
First reason was selfish - my health but then environmental and compassion occured to be not less important
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Have major opposition to factory farming and feel that animals don't need to die for me to eat.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
For me, there'sv no turning my back on what I know.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I don't believe in exploiting and killing animals for food.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
What is done to innocent animals for the most trivial of reasons .is so unjust and immoral.
Health
Why can't there be multiple equal reasons? My health is inextricably tied to compassion and the environment... and for some that is also a religion. Separating some of these things defeats the purpose.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Compassion, understanding, and just being more thoughtful toward animals will always be primary...but environmental issues and health are also important to me.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
First and foremost for the animals. Environment and health are also very important to me.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals are unique, sentient, amazing beings that like all living beings- must be free to live and enjoy their lives:)
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Better health was the initial reason for me to become vegan. Since I became vegan I realized that animals were being mistreated and they need our help!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
To reduce suffering is the purpose of all humanity.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I'd like to be able to order some of these since I have many reasons.
Health
In my mind i started as a health issue and in time came to realize that ethics was just as important.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
My original reason for the choice was Health but I feel that animal rights are more important at this time.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
By what right do I buy my own continuing survival by sacrificing the life of another conscious being?
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
My original reason was for health but I quickly came to feel that animal rights are even more important. The environment is critical too! It is difficult to select just one!
Religious
The first of the Buddhist Pratimoksa vows is "No killing."
Religious
Meditation is affected by what we eat. I also believe in the rights of sentient beings.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
If you can raise and kill animals humanely, then you have the right to eat them. I can't. Just so happens that there is a HUGE health benefit for not eating animals or their milk.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I started both vegetarianism and veganism I guess for the sake of it. Though, a little while after, I learned truths about it.
Due to that part of my life, I am now an animal and environmental activist.
Now, I am a misanthropist, lol
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I have always been an animal rights activist....I also am vegetarian/vegan for health and protecton of our environment.
Health
love and peace
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
There are so many good reasons. But what did it for me was 30 years ago I was about to eat some broiled flounder that was on my plate when he suddenly looked up at me and with big sad fish eyes asked "why?"
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Because everything about this diet is positive and beneficial and I've never been happier.
Health
I chose health, but not just for the obvious reasons. I want to strive for a healthy, cruelty-free (by human hands at least) planet too.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
animals have a right to live as much as we all do
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Environmental as well. As we take lives, we take our own too.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I am repulsed by the sight and smell of meat. BBQs make me gag. I don't need to take an animal's life to survive. I am appalled at the conditions animals that are slaughtered for eating are kept in. I cannot believe that people toss live lobsters into a boiling pot of water and cook them alive.  I am saddened that the greater society thinks this is okay.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
We are visitors here. Tread lightly.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Its the kind thing to do
Health
Health maintenance was the trigger for going vegan rather than vegetarian
Environmental
There is something like 150 billion animals killed every year for the current population of people. As more people adopt a western diet in Asia not only do they get negative health benefits from too much meat consumption, but forecasts see that number doubling in the next twenty years. All those animals need food and water and the math does not work out. There is not enough water and food to raise animals to be slaughtered for food and trying to do so is already having huge impacts on the planet.
Environmental
Eating healthy is an investment. Manger santé est un investissement.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I love all beings, BIG or small. Everybody deserves life and love.
Health
Every person, or animal, just wants to enjoy life. Live and let live.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I'm actually ashamed to be human with how we treat what Mother Nature has provided us with.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Ethics and environmental!!!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I am an animal rights activist. Vegan means justice, has nothing to do with food. I eat fruits. The most imporant action in this life is bringing justice for animals to this pile of dust, the planet of primitive dogs.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Ethics is the primary reason, but others are also important
Health
Healthy body, mind and soul
Health
Taste ought to be in that list.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
There should be a mark all that apply option. I did it for peace. Peace for animals, peace for the planet, and peace for my health.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Although raised on a farm, cognitive dissonance caught up with me. Three dogs piled in a basket at a market patiently waiting to be killed and consumed was enough for me.
Religious
Raised vegetarian and spiritual believes.
Religious
My Religious or Spiritual reasons are the most important concerns for me. However, all of the other items listed are important to me. I do not know about "standing out from a crowd". However, I do tend to be reclusive. Thanks! Hare Krsna!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
It started out as a religious commitment but now my vegetarianism is for animal rights.
I like to be different and stand out from the crowd
Not do much that I like to stand out, but more so that I don't like to fit in. Also for health, ethics, environment, etc. I see it all connected.
Health
1. health 2. animal welfare 3. environment
Health
As a vegetarian runner I enjoy boasting about my optimal health. However, I am also all for following God's food rules and protecting the animals and the environment.
Family choice (I was brought up with my chosen diet)
Family's choice and religious belief..
I never regret being a vegetarian..
It made me feel nice physically and other aspects of life
Health
Health and ethics
Health
Ethics, health, environmental, sentient being issue
Health
Ethical reasons too. Worked on farms as a kid and that experience always disturbs me.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Ethics is the most important reason closely followed by environmental and health reasons.
Health
Heal, Spiritual, Ethical a combination. Recently embraced vegan and raw foods..wow loving it!!
Health
Health and environment.
Health
I did veganism for everything. I don't need to explain it.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals can suffer and i cant see that
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
all about the ethics!!!!!!!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I believe that, being kind and compassion are the strongest strengths humans must need to have but now a days its totally lacking in humans.
Health
Associated reasons were spirituality  (not religion) and compassion due to an evolving sensitivity from meditation.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
health and enviornment are equally important to me
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Health and environmental issues too.
I don't want to be part of the appalling way humans treat animals.
Environmental
It is a close tossup between ethics, compassion and animal rights and the environment choice, my view of the environment has it encompassing those though.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
What we are doing to animals is disgusting and inhumane. It is horrible.
Religious
For God the Creator who made all things and cares about all creatures and the planet.
Health
Vegan for everything
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
common sense
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I chose ethics because environment too should fall under that category...
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Go vegan for the animals, the world and everything!
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