I wanted to write this post for quite some time. To preface, I have been an atheist for about 4 years and a vegan (someone who abstains from using animal products, for food or otherwise) for about 10 months. My change to veganism was not sudden (25 years as an omnivore.) But I feel as though my rational mind helped me break from the cultural norm. I feel as if there is a lot of evidence for why we should all become vegans (I've linked a few below.)
For me, I have always let evidence guide my beliefs. Even when I was religious, I was never the ultra creationist you see frequently disproven on youtube channels. I was closer to Ken Miller. By my late teens, I realized I had not given close scrutiny to my religion as I have other topics in life. There was little internal struggle after that.
For veganism however, my struggle was much more dramatic. I have never realized until recently just how much we are indoctrinated. Not only by religion, but by everyone. I would urge everyone to watch the links below (specifically 101 reasons to go Vegan if nothing else.) It examined several common myths that I still see throughout the media today. Even as a healthcare professional (I'm a pharmacist) I had not realized how far reaching this misinformation had been. Long story abbreviated -- I examined the available evidence, and I changed my views to align with this new evidence.
Before I close this diatribe, I just want to make a few things clear. I am trying to change people's opinions on what they eat and choose to wear. Just like I want more atheists, I want more people to be vegan. I think it's the most rational position for the majority of people. All of that being said, I want everyone who has not already done so, to rationally examine the evidence for themselves. Don't take my word for it. And if you believe that veganism is not the best / most healthy position, I would like a rebuttal in the form of a comment. If you have any questions, I would also, be happy to answer them.
Thank you for reading, and I look forward to your responses below.