Elysabeth begins with a display that shows all of the health benefits of a plant-based diet. From preventing ailments like cancer and diabetes to treating them. Next, we view a display about factory farming with some very intriguing statistics. Tragically 99% of farmed animals are raised on factory farms, and they are raised in unfathomable conditions. Our environment is also suffering, with 51% of greenhouse gasses as a result of animal agriculture. The practice of raising livestock is literally smothering our planet. Many countries like Greece, Israel and India have long histories of vegetarianism and compassion for our fellow animals. The museum promotes veganism as a sustainable, healthy way of life. They also offer a vegan restaurant guide in Chicago along with fun vegan recipes from celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, who advocates for veganism.
The vision and mission of National Vegetarian Museum is:
“Our vision is of a healthy world, in which both human and animal suffering are significantly decreased, with all life in sustainable balance. Eating a whole, plant-based diet is one of the most significant factors that will lead us to this harmony. Our mission is to educate and demonstrate the values and benefits of veganism and vegetarianism for human health, the environment, and the well being of all life.”
Everyone should encourage other cities and states to host their own vegetarian museums like this one until they are around the world. We can all learn from exhibits like these. Hopefully they will change the perceptions of many, so we can create a better world for all of its inhabitants!