While I do believe that veganism will benefit humans and the planet we all share, I am vegan for the animals; for their rights, for justice - not for any other reason. That was the essence of veganism when it was initiated and it still works for me. In fact, I don't think anyone is vegan unless they are vegan as a position of non-participation in animal exploitation. Many call themselves vegan, but they don't get it. It's not about them - even though yes, I do see far reaching ramifications for human and planetary healing and the evolution of the human race to a less violent species - I still say being vegan is a protest to cruelty, violence, enslavement, objectification, and exploitation of other animal species by humans. There are many reasons one could choose to eat a vegan diet; aesthetics, spiritual reasons, health reasons, environmental reasons, human hunger issue, etc. - BUT there's really only ONE REASON to be vegan. Vegans don't just eat vegan, they consistently throughout their life pull their demand of animal exploitation for products and practices, beyond diet. It's a way of life.
Quote from Butterflies Katz