There are a lot of people in the world who are vegetarian/vegan for their own reasons. That reason might because of their health, religion, or ethical issues. Take the guy who is Ajou University’s exchange student from Czechia, Jacub. He decided to become vegan because he could no longer support the meat industry, which kills and tortures with a clear conscience. So, in his case, the reason he became a vegan is because of ethical issues.
He has been vegan for about year and a half now. Because he is living in Korea, he finds there is a problem having his own meals. Around Ajou University, it is often hard to find a vegetarian/vegan restaurant. But this is not only Ajou University’s problem (of course, near the Ajou is worse). There are not many vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Korea. So it is really hard for vegetarians/vegans to eat out. Because of this problem, vegetarians/vegans usually have to cook their own meals, but even vegetables are expensive in Korea. It is a difficult thing for Jacub to maintain his vegan lifestyle at Ajou.
Living as a vegetarian/vegan has many positive benefits. First of all, it is good for your health. Eating a lot of fresh vegetables can maintain good health and protect from adult-onset disease. Also, studies conducted in 2012 have also confirmed that vegetarians maintain a better emotional state than meat-eaters. To Jacub, the most positive result of his veganism is the fact he does not take part in animal abuse and torture – and it also helps to fight climate change, because animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to climate change.
Jacub said his favorite restaurant near Ajou University is Indian restaurant named Sangrila. So starting at Sangrila, why don’t you choose vegetarian sometimes? It might just be good for your health and the environment.
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