Why People Become Vegetarians

Most people wonder what drives vegetarians to give up meat and adopt an entirely different lifestyle. There is no single answer to this question.

Vegetarians have decided to eat this way for a reason –  some even for multiple reasons. Most of them claim that they became a vegetarian for one of four reasons.

1. The majority of vegetarians have ethical problems with eating meat.

They disagree with how chickens are debeaked, forced to live in small cages, and are then slaughtered when they do not produce eggs fast enough. Most vegetarians also disagree with the crowded and stressful environments animals are forced into and the hormone-laden feed used to make them grow faster and produce more.

People who become vegetarians for this purpose often draw ethical boundaries in different spots, depending on their personal beliefs. For instance, some staunch vegans won’t consume yeast, wear wool or silk, or even eat certain vegetables, such as carrots, that require killing the plant to harvest.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, some vegetarians (sometimes referred to as pseudo- vegetarians) will actually eat fish and chicken on a regular basis.

2. Health concerns are the second biggest reason. 

Many of these people have high cholesterol and perhaps a heart condition. Sometimes it’s just a worry that because heart disease or strokes run in their families and they want to do all they can to prevent themselves from having these problems. Others do not eat it because it often contains high concentrations of hormones and preservatives.

It could just be that they feel better physically when eating a vegetarian diet.

3. Some vegetarians simply do not like the texture and taste of meat. Much like some non-vegetarians don’t like the taste of vegetables.

4. The fourth and smallest group of vegetarians cite environmental reasons for not consuming meat.

They complain that consumption of meat causes farmers to continually deforest land to create grazing land for cattle. They say if you use the crops grown to feed animals for meat production is used to feed humans, there would be such a surplus of grain that no hunger or starvation would exist anywhere in the world.

There are many more varied and often personal reasons people decide to adopt the vegetarian lifestyle. Some of them maintain it for life while some give it up after a period of time and add fish or chicken back into their diet.