Today I would like to post something a little different. We are fed daily with horror story after horror story concerning the abuse of the other animals with whom we share this world. At times we can feel as though it is hopeless as we sign petition after petition, write letter after letter even take to the streets and demonstrate to being about a change for the good for non human animals. And while all that is good and yes progress is most definitely made there is one thing that all of us could do each and every day of our lives and that is to change to a vegan diet. Yes of course we will still need petitions, demonstrations and so on, just going vegan will not change the lot in the lives of abused animals in the immediate or even the foreseeable future, but maybe over time bit and bit we can bring about change as a result of what we eat. I rather think that if people stopped eating meat, dairy products and eggs eventually all other exploitation would come to an end.
The question is how do we convince people to become Vegan
Here is a novel way to tell people about becoming vegan, what to eat and what not to eat.
Now please read the article:
The Theme Song Every Vegan is Talking About
“What do you eat? What about meat? What about protein? What about cheese? Can you eat fish? Do you eat this? Would you eat that? Are you anemic?”
While many of the questions Chokeules raps about often come from a lack of understanding, the truth is, regardless of the fact that veganism is making its way into the mainstream, people who don’t eat meat and diary still get asked these questions all the time.
From coconut bacon and tofurky to tofu scramble and soy jerky, the song sends out a clear message that veganism is not about deprivation, and that if you want, you can still choose to enjoy all your old favorites — except they’ve been veganized!
Many people ask, why go vegan isn’t it natural to eat meat? Many people even say that humans are by nature omnivores or even carnivores.
Below will explain the reasons why you should consider adopting a vegan diet, why meat eating is not a natural diet for humans and what exactly veganism is.
Why go Vegan
For the sake of animals
“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.”
One of the best ways to help bring an end to animal exploitation such as factory farming… well any kind of live stock farming is to go Vegan. Changing to a vegan diet and life style is one of the most effective stands you can make against animal cruelty. Though I firmly believe that the addition of campaigning to improve the lot of abused animals is also of vital importance as sitting round waiting for the world to go vegan will not bring an end to or improve the lot of animals in the near future. Nonetheless going vegan is vitally important in the fight to end the exploitation of our fellow creatures and sends a clear message to food producers that you are not okay with the cruelty meted out to animals.
Here in the UK over 800 million farm animals die each year, 48 billion die world wide – eight times the earth’s population – and countless millions of fish. Fish is the most traded animal commodity in the world, with about 100 million tons of wild and farmed fish sold each year. I find it abhorrent that living creatures are measured in weight as though they are a product such as a ton of flour, rather than individuals.
Farm animals prior to meeting an untimely death in the slaughter house live wretched lives on factory farms, ridden with disease, confined in cramped conditions ( battery hens kept five to a cage no bigger than a microwave) never seeing the light of day nor ever feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs. Moreover farm animals are often subjected to cruel treatments: such as tail docking in pigs and sheep. In addition many are fed growth hormones. Most are prematurely killed, male ram lambs and calves are killed a day or two after birth unless required for breeding purposes. The above is just a few of the horrors to which farm animals are subjected. For more information about cruelty to farm animals please see Animal rights: Factory Farming
Furthermore in recent years I have seen kangaroo and ostrich burgers for sale! In one cafe wild boar! And In Glastonbury nonetheless! Can you believe it, is there no animal to escape the insatiable appetites of meat eaters. While one can understand, though certainly not condone, that many people eat cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs habitually surely any sensitive thinking person must at least question the inclusion of such animals as kangaroo and Ostrich on the menu and as a result begin to consider the ethics of eating the flesh of any creature.
Becoming vegan will help to bring an end to these cruel and barbarous treatments of our fellow creatures.
“Slaughterhouses should be in restaurants and grocery stores. They should have a glass wall so people must see the animals and choose. Look into the animal’s eyes and say, “OK, slit his throat.”
While bringing an end to animal exploitation may be the main factor in going vegan it is by no means the only one.
For the sake of your health
“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.”
“When we kill the animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings.”
William C. Roberts, M.D., editor of The American Journal of Cardiology
Although for me personally this is the least important of considerations, but if it persuades people to stop consuming meat and other animal products than this is as a good a reason as any to go vegan. And health is an important issue is it not. Most certainly when you are ill, health seems of vital importance. A meat free diet is the healthier option and prevents the occurrence of many diseases which are prevalent in the population, particularly here in the west, such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, (growth hormones in meat which make the animal produce more fat are also likely to have the same effect when the animal’s meat is eaten and is quite likely one of the main reasons for an escalation in obesity in recent years) and certain cancers – it is a fact that 25 to 30 per cent less vegetarians suffer with cancer, and diabetes to name just a few. Vegetarians/vegans are less likely to suffer strokes. Ninety five percent of food poisoning results from the consumption of meat.
Read the thought provoking article: Meat = Death The insanity of the ‘traditional’ diet essay-meat=death:https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/meat-death/
For the sake of the environment
Whole tracts of forest are cleared for grazing, one of the reasons that one and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second. That is over 200,000 acres each and everyday!
“Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation.”
Read more facts here:
Methane from live stock causes global warming. The erosion of soil by cattle and the contamination of water by slurry are further detriments along with the general processing techniques of the meat industry. Over grazing of live stock is causing deforestation.
Nonetheless these problems should not imply that it would be in order to cull these animals but rather in the future to allow animals to exist in their own indigenous habitats, to breed, graze and have a natural impact on the environment. I am of the opinion that the earth is self-regulating to some degree and it is only man’s interference that has resulted in nature’s inability to bring about such self regulation.
Not only upon land of course has man’s interference with nature and his insatiable need to consume meat impacted unfavourably, man has also caused devastation to our oceans and water ways. From lakes and rivers to the vast oceans of the entire world the disastrous effects of over fishing and other activities such as pollution has resulted in the extinction or significant decrease in populations of many species. This not only threatens the survival of many species of fish but also threatens to wreak havoc with entire ecosystems. For example fishing is threatening the world’s populations of whales, dolphins and porpoises, tuna, plaice, monkfish and cod. Other creatures adversely effected as a result of fishing include, birds, seals, turtles, mink and otters. Coral reefs and aquatic plants are similarly effected.
For the sake of all those who are hungry
The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. –
Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.
There is enough plant food available on this planet to feed everyone yet 8 million people suffer from malnourishment, every year 10 million people die of chronic hunger and hunger related diseases, every five seconds one child dies from hunger. The annual UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report says, present levels of hunger cause the death of more than five million children a year.
One third of the world’s grain goes to feed animals, the food from whom goes to feed only about a third of the people on the planet of six billion. Consider : The amount of vegetable protein fed to the US beef herd would feed almost the entire populations of India and China. If animals where allowed to live out their natural lives, in their own environments, left to breed and graze in the way that nature intended, land used to feed animals bred to an unnatural proliferation could be utilised to directly feed people, with the result that there would be enough food to feed everyone. Without the interference of man, particularly concerning factory farming, animal’s would not in nature breed to the huge numbers that there are today.
…the world produces more than enough plant food to meet the needs of all its six billion people. If people used land to grow crops to feed themselves, rather than feeding crops to animals, then there would be enough to provide everyone with the average of 2360 Kcal (calories) needed for good health.
For more information concerning this issue please read the article Feed the world from which the above quotation came:
Why is meat not a natural diet for human beings.
Here is what the philosopher Plutarch said 2,000 years ago and yes it still applies today.
Plutarch authored a number of treatises on matters of ethics on topics such as education, marriage, religious observances and upon the status of animals which included discussion on the presence of reason in non human animals and the practice of ethical vegetarianism. Of particular note is his essay: On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Book 12, The Moralia
In this essay Plutarch challenges the idea that man is naturally carnivorous; an excuse so often used today to justify the eating of meat appears to have been used for its justification in ancient times. Also In his discussion against meat eating Plutarch maintains that animals deserve ethical consideration because they possess the attributes of intelligence and sentience.
Included in the passages below you will find the much quoted text: for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of the sun, of the light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?
You call serpents and panthers savage and lions savage , but you yourselves , by your own foul slaughter, leave them no room to outdo you in cruelty; for their slaughter is their living yours is a mere appetizer.
It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beautyand grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
The following section of the essay is indeed a very persuasive argument against meat being a natural food for man and will often leave even the most ardent meat eater lost for words.
We declare, then, that it is absurd for them to say that the practise of flesh-eating is based on nature . For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.
Want something more modern to convince you that you are not naturally omnivorous or carnivorous?
There is no more authoritative source on anthropological issues than paleontologist Dr. who explains Richard Leakey, what anyone who has taken an introductory physiology course might have discerned intuitively–that humans are herbivores. Leakey notes that “[y]ou can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand…. We wouldn’t have been able to deal with food source that required those large canines” (although we have teeth that are called “canines,” they bear little resemblance to the canines of carnivores).
In fact, our hands are perfect for grabbing and picking fruits and vegetables. Similarly, like the intestines of other herbivores, ours are very long (carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat). We don’t have sharp claws to seize and hold down prey. And most of us (hopefully) lack the instinct that would drive us to chase and then kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. Dr. Milton Mills builds on these points and offers dozens more in his essay, “A Comparative Anatomy of Eating.”
Shattering The Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians:
What is veganism
Here is a definition from the Vegan Society:
Definition of veganism
Veganism represents a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, other animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, other animals and the environment.
What it means in everyday life
In dietary terms veganism means doing away with all products derived wholly or partly from other animals. It also means not wearing animal skins and fur (leather, feather, fur, wool and silk), or using products that have been tested on animals. Unfortunately, all medicines have been tested on other animals due to regulatory requirements, and it may be hard to avoid them at times or to find alternatives for some medical treatments.
Watch this very poignant video: The Philosophy of Vegan Values: The Practice of Non-Violence
If you truly love animals go vegan.
How can you say you love animals such as your cat or dog while devouring the flesh of another sentient creature, such as a sheep, a cow or a pig. All are mammals like you, your cat or your dog. Did you know that pigs are more intelligent than your dog? Yet your dog is a much-loved pet, while the pig is food.
I am vegan for ethical reasons. Eighteen years ago after becoming increasingly aware that the eating of meat was in simple terms wrong and an inhumane act against others sentient creatures I became vegetarian; and than about eight years ago I became a lactose free vegetarian once I understood the truth about the dairy industry and the cruel treatment of dairy cows; and about five years later I finally I became vegan after becoming aware of the cruel treatment of so called free range poultry. The progression from vegetarian to vegan was slow simply due to my ignorance concerning the treatment of cattle and poultry to produce milk and eggs, I hope for you the progression is more rapid.
Need to know more about becoming vegan
The Vegan Society – A Voice for animals
If you think that going vegan is a daunting prospect more about deprivation than anything else think again.Here are some tasty recipies: