Last updated on: 5/19/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

The North American Vegetarian Society Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“[C]ompletely eliminating meat and animal products reaps the greatest health benefits. Although different meats have varying amounts of fat, they all contain about the same amount of cholesterol. In addition, diets high in animal protein are associated with high blood cholesterol, thereby raising the risk of heart disease…

All animal products contain considerably more concentrated levels of pesticide residue than either vegetables or grains. Like red meat, poultry and fish contain no beneficial carbohydrates, fiber, or phytochemicals…

Fish contain substantially more heavy metals (such as lead, mercury, and cadmium) and industrial pollutants (such PCBs, DDT and dioxins) than land animals…

In the United States alone, about 10 billion animals are killed each year to be turned into meat. This translates into about 34 animals per person that are needlessly killed each year to appease the human appetite… Conditions on factory farms and at slaughterhouses are deplorable. Most farm animals live in cramped, filthy quarters that do not allow for even the most basic needs such as fresh air, sunshine, sanitary conditions, unrestrained movement, natural mating, suckling offspring, or developing normal social behaviors…

There is a common misconception that a vegetarians have a limited array of food choices. Just the opposite is true. Vegetarians commonly eat a wider variety of foods than most meat eaters.”

“Vegetarian FAQ,” navs-online.org (accessed Apr. 29, 2011):

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Founded in 1974, the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) is a non-profit tax-exempt educational organization. Our focus is two-pronged. The first is to provide a support network for our members, affiliated groups and vegetarians in general. The second is to inform the public about how vegetarianism benefits humans, other animals and our shared earth. We accomplish these goals through many means, including our quarterly magazine, developing and distributing other publications, hosting conferences, advising the media and assisting individuals with inquiries.”

“About NAVS,” navs-online.org (accessed May 10, 2011)

Mission:

“Advocating Healthy, Compassionate and Ecological Living”

“About NAVS,” navs-online.org (accessed May 10, 2011)

Other:
Non-profit educational organization
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?