PETA stands for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA is a worldwide organization that protects, reinforces and brings light to situations that may be harmful towards animals. This aggressive unity of people are very disruptive in their methods used to protect the animals, they have very strict regulations against the slaughtering of animals for human consumption. Their slogan reads as follows “ animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any other way.” PETA has a number of campaigns however the one we will focus on is the vegan meal plan they are trying to implement worldwide to reduce the slaughter of cows, chickens and other animals.
With thanks to PETA vegetarian and vegan diets have been increasing in popularity across the world. A vegan diet tends to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fibres. But by eliminating all animal products from the diet it increases the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies that the body needs. A lot of vitamins and minerals are limited such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium and Omega-3. Animal meat definitely provides a source of protein, vitamins and minerals, something that the opposition of PETA claim that will not be found in any vegetable or fruit.
I do commend PETA for fighting for the rights against animal cruelty especially with regard to food items. Especially against large fast food chains who allegedly have no regard for the millions of animals they have slaughtered, and injected with hormones to help with rapid growth. If true, this unhealthy practice trickles its way into the human bodies. For example this can cause early puberty in girls, and may increase the risk of breast cancer later on in their life.
No matter what type of performance or interesting compelling points PETA manages to think of, consult your doctor before converting to a vegan diet. In 2014 an instagram personality “thebalancedblonde” shared her story stating that veganism almost killed her. Veganism had Jordan Young so ill she thought she was going to lose her life, she was shivering, her hair was falling out and her skin was blotchy and the scariest part of it all was that she hasn’t had her period in 6 months due to vitamin deficiency. However she managed to break veganism and started to incorporate fish back into her diet and was on her way back to a healthy active lifestyle.
Jordan Younger, the balanced blonde