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Vegan is better for the environment, your health and the animals. Vegetarians eat cheese, milk and eggs which animals are exploited to get. They are full of unhealthy fats and cholesterol and in order to produce these foods, many resources and space is wasted, thus polluting the environment.<br><br>
That's the most simplest way I could explain to you, but you really need to do your own research.<br><br>
For starters, I'd recommend this site:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/" target="_blank">http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/</a><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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VEGAN!!!!! woot.
 

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I think it's pretty obvious, even to a vegetarian. Vegan is better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It's against a lot more suffering and exploitation of animals.
 

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Vegan. Besides reading ingredient labels like crazy, its much better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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vegan is better for the animals, your health, and the environment. Vegetarian is a good way to start the transition to a vegan diet.
 

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Vegan. Besides reading ingredient labels like crazy, its much better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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As a vegetarian you have to read labels, too, though, so you might as well be vegan and look out for a few more ingredients. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well yeah, but when I was vegetarian I "skimmed" it. Not really read them. Just look for the basics. Now I sit there in the isle and read them like crazy atleast 3 times each.
 

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Great! I'll keep that in mind! Thank you so much! I think I'll try being vegan and see how it works out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm vegan, and absolutely love it, however... I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's not necessarily better to be vegan.<br>
I do believe it is much healthier, and whenever eating out, one should adhere to a vegan diet. BUT, if a person is acquiring animal products from a local, organic, ethical ranch, then it may be better to be vegetarian.<br>
Where our society stands today, the typical person will not even attempt vegetarianism. So, with that being said, is it not better to support the local ranches than to withdraw total support? To show what you choose, and to have others follow suit?<br><br>
Of course, this is just me being thoughtful... I do believe that the dairy industry cannot survive without the meat industry, as a cow must give birth before she can produce milk, leading to calves that cannot, for financial and spacial reasons, be raised.<br><br>
I love being able to say "I'm vegan", and don't plan on ever changing. But I'm also happy to know people who aren't even vegetarian but buy their animal products from REAL ranches rather than factory farms. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
So, it's an interesting topic to get into. Perhaps what the best thing to do is be vegan whenever you are not at home and cannot ensure the animal products you eat (if you decide to keep any in your deit) are ethical. Suggest local ranches to those you know who choose to keep meat as part of their diet so they can be as ethical as possible. Go to localharvest.com to find some near you. You can also find biodynamic farms, CSA's, organic Co-Ops, and farmers' markets on localharvest for organic produce.<br><br>
Hope this helps you decide how far you want to go with this! But being vegan will definitely be a good precedent for others to follow suit and make the change to a meat-free lifestyle!
 

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In my opinion, vegan is better. But ironically, I'm a vegetarian... (parental issues, sigh) I think veganism is better for your health, for the animals, and for the environment.
 
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