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Why Go Vegan?

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Why Go Vegan?

As an individual, one of the best ways you can help reduce the suffering of animals is to stop eating them. Adopting a plant-based diet may seem difficult or restrictive, but it’s never been easier or more popular! If you’re not sure you can make the change, consider taking smaller steps toward a more compassionate diet. Every animal-free meal you eat is a step in the right direction and has a positive impact on the animals, our environment, and your health. Let’s dispel the assumption right here and now that people who love food cannot be vegan and vegans cannot really love food. Many vegans take an active interest in food and as a result, we live in a world of plenty today when it comes to resources for eating compassionately.

Whether you are jumping in with both feet or want to dip a toe in the water for ethical, health or environmental reasons, it’s important to have a joyful relationship with your food…explore…experiment…share…read…think. So come along on the journey! You’ll eat delicious foods, learn reasons to embrace this lifestyle change, and experience the health benefits first-hand. Catskill Animal Sanctuary is here to help. Give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve taken the first step by just visiting this page, so congratulations! Click here to get some simple tips on transitioning.

Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food; It takes about 2,400 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef as compared to only 25 gallons of water needed to produce one pound of wheat. Imagine how many people could be fed if those same 2,400 gallons of water supported plant-based food that fed people instead of animals.

Nine billion chickens are killed each year at 7 weeks old. Chickens are bred and drugged to grow so large, so quickly that their legs and organs can’t keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common. Many become crippled under their own weight, are unable to move or to reach water and die, all in an effort to get bigger chickens to market more quickly.

A recent study funded by the National Cancer Institute reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Vegan women had 34 percent lower rates of female-specific cancers such as breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Numerous studies point to improved health and reduction of chronic disease by eating a plant-based diet.



Vegan Teen Cookbook

Cathy Hutchinson’s Vegan Teen Cookbook is one the first cookbooks to provide guidance and meal solutions specifically to vegan teenagers. In today’s day and age, many teens, who are still dependents and without resources or means to buy their own food, are choosing to ditch animal foods and adopt a plant-based diet. If part of a meat-eating household, piecing a vegan meal together may become a challenge. The Vegan Teen Cookbook provides easy recipes and tips for teens to create vegan meals from what is already stocked in their kitchen. No fancy ingredients and no complicated prep work—just easy meals for any vegan.


Oh She Glows Cookbook

Angela Gliddon of Oh She Glows vegan recipe blog, has now taken her lessons and recipes to the pages of her first vegan cookbook. After years of grappling with an eating disorder and struggling with diets of highly processed, low-calorie foods, Gliddon finally decided to take control of her health and instead embrace a diet of whole, plant-based foods. Gliddon has come to be a positive voice and inspiration to anyone wanting to glow from the inside out. Her cookbook includes both updated, healthy versions of old comfort foods as well as creative, novel recipes using plenty of fresh and colorful ingredients, all accompanied by Gliddon’s own photography.


Going meat- and dairy-free doesn’t mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level—it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to a plant-based diet, and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. In The Kind Diet, actress, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever.