This Year Change to a Vegan Diet

More and more people are changing to a vegan diet.

There is now much more help available for you to make this change in your eating habits, a change which not only helps the billions of animals who suffer from cruelty and abuse but also helps protect our environment and your health.

Watch this inspiring film

Here are suggestions to help you make the change if you are not already vegan and if you are the following links will help add variety to your diet and make life easier.

Here are our 10 Reasons why going Vegan will make you thrive!
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/veganhealth?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Need help changing to a Vegan diet? Learn how to turn dishes that are full of animal products into nutritious lovely meals is easier than you may think:
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/how-go-vegan?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Good news for vegans and potential vegans as Tessco introduce new range of 18 all-vegan meals at 600 of their stores under the Wicked Kitchen brand.
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/tesco-launches-vegan-meals/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=c75a3eb43a-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-c75a3eb43a-107260621

Veganism is on the raise,  great news for animals and the environment and our own health, a win win situation all round.

There is less and less excuse to do the right thing and change to a vegan diet.

Go Vegan for the sake of the 56 billion animals slaughtered each year some estimates have a higher figure of 70 billion , the environment – meat and dairy  contributes to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction – and your health 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Go Vegan: Change the world.

Often we feel so powerless to change the world, the onslaught of injustice to both human and nonhuman animals seems relentless overwhelming, however there is one simple thing you can do: Change your diet and go vegan.

If you need encouragement why not take the pledge:

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge with  the Vegan Society

Sign up via email using the form in this link  “and for 30 days you’ll receive advice on all aspects of a vegan diet (including lots of healthy and easy recipes to try out), allowing you to really sink your teeth into the lifestyle.”

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

Related links with advice and information concerning a vegan diet

Farm animals are not the only animals whose lives are saved when you change to a vegan diet

5 WAYS A VEGAN DIET HELPS TO SAVE NON-FARMED ANIMALS
https://www.livekindly.co/veganism-saves-animals/

How to Go Vegan – advice from the Vegan Society
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan

From PETA
Order Your FREE Vegan Starter Kit!
https://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/

From VIVA

FREE daily emails
with everything you need
to go vegan

Delicious vegan recipes, vegan meal plans,
vegan nutrition, health and inspiration.
https://30dayvegan.viva.org.uk/

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First Vegan Cinema Advert

“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”

Albert Schweitzer

This is such great news, a step towards ending the cruelty of farming, the systematic rearing torture and slaughter of sentient beings for a food that is not natural, eaten to please the appetite.

“In September 2017, Viva! launched a campaign to raise enough money to bring the first VEGAN cinema ad to the UK. One month and over 1,400 donations later, we smashed the goal! The cinema ad launched nationwide on 1st December 2017. See below to find out how you can see it on the big screen!”
VIVA Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals

Above is the UK’s first ever VEGAN CINEMA AD launched Friday 1st December 2017

How can you watch the Ad?

For more information and to view the list of cinemas the ad is being shown and find out which films to see:
https://www.viva.org.uk/bring-hope-to-millions#showings

Don’t forget to click the following link if you have not already done so to access lots of help and advice about how to change to a vegan diet. Includes recipes, information about where to shop and to eat out. Also more about Hope the mother pig in the above video.

Easy Vegan
https://www.viva.org.uk/easyvegan

More about rescued mother pig and her piglets

Also be sure to read Hopes Story and view rescue video
https://www.viva.org.uk/hopes-story

A happier life now for Hope and her piglets rescued from the nightmare of factory farming.

Below is an example of the horror that exists for pigs like Hope and other farm animals: sheep, cows, poultry &  rabbits

After watching the film below I am sure you will agree this is hell on earth.

“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.”
Plutarch

If you eat meat you are complicit!

Meat is not a natural part of the human diet and comes from the suffering and death of billions of sentient beings like Hope and her piglets

Please consider changing to a vegan diet.

Warning graphic images

New Film Shows The Unimaginable Cruelty of The Dairy Industry

This new film  iAnimal – The Dairy Industry in 360ºnarrated by Evanna Lynch, who starred as  Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, shows unimaginable suffering of cows and their calves on dairy farms, where a cycle of cruelty affects entire families.

Warning: Contains graphic content which some people will find upsetting.

The latest virtual reality film by Animal Equality, is already helping expose the secretive dairy industry for what it is – a vicious cycle of cruelty.

“Evanna Lynch’s character in Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, was praised for speaking uncomfortable truths when no one else would, and Evanna is no different.

In our new film, she guides you on a journey few will ever see in person.

iAnimal puts you inside the same tiny hutches that calves are trapped in for weeks or months at a time.

And, through the lens of the iAnimal headset, you stand helpless as a cow – who has spent years being exploited for her milk – faces a terrifying death in the slaughterhouse.

Though the reality these sensitive animals face is disturbing, it is crucial that people learn the story behind every glass of milk. And thanks to compassionate people like you and Evanna who help support iAnimal, we are changing – and saving thousands of lives every month!

Last month alone we reached more than 3,000 people in the UK through iAnimal stands at Glastonbury Festival, Birmingham Wildlife Festival, Natural Exhibition Glasgow and Compassionate Living in Exeter. Each and every one of them vowed to change their diet after witnessing the reality that the meat industry tries so hard to hide.”

The dairy industry is brutal and unnecessary. Cows milk is not a natural diet for human beings. Furthermore no animal drinks milk after weening and no animal drinks the milk of another species.

The use of milk in so many products is so widespread it occurs even in the most unlikely of food such as in some types of crisps. Yet we can manage without it and in fact be better in health – did you know that rather than be an ideal supplement for calcium it actually increases calcium loss from the bones and increases fracture risk.

Here is what milk does to your health:

7 Reasons Milk Is Bad For You
https://www.bustle.com/articles/137195-7-reasons-milk-is-bad-for-you

For the sake of cows and your health change to a plant based diet Go Vegan

I have been vegan now for about six years after being vegetarian for about eighteen and with few exceptions there is virtually nothing that cannot to adapted to a vegan diet by using plant based milk.

You can replace milk by using the many plant based milk products available such as those in the picture below.

You can drink them just like cow’s milk, pour on your breakfast cereals and into your coffee. You can use in baking just the same way as cow’s milk.

Here is some advice from One green Planet

Which Milk for What Recipe: A Non-Dairy Milk Guide for All Your Cooking and Baking Needs:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/non-dairy-milk-guide-for-all-your-cooking-and-baking-needs/

And PETA

A Vegan’s Guide to Non-Dairy Milks
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/vegans-guide-non-dairy-milks/

Also the vegan society
https://www.vegansociety.com/

Animal Equality website
http://www.animalequality.net/

iAnimal at Glastonbury 2017
http://www.animalequality.net/node/1043

It Is Hard to Believe That People Can Be So Cruel: Fish Fights For His Last Breathe While Being Eaten Alive

“Fish are more intelligent than they appear. In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates including non-human primates”
Culum Brown University of Edinburgh

Fish do not get a lot of sympathy in quite the same way as other animals, yet their lives are just as important. Fish are sentient creatures who suffer both physically and psychologically. The poor creature in the video below struggles vainly for breath, an horriffic way to die and as the article which follows says, it is the stuff off nightmares

Please watch the video which you are advised is difficult to watch.

“Fish Gasps for Air While Being Eaten Alive

BUT I JUST EAT FISH

Fish are tortured in so many ways from being cut apart alive on the fishing boats to being cut apart alive in restaurants…. DON’T TAKE PART IN THIS BARBARITY TO ANOTHER LIVING BEING…..Leave them and ALL Sea Life off of your plate!

The fish in this video isn’t the only animal who has had to live through this horror: Frogs, lobsters, octopuses, and other animals are eaten alive by humans all around the world.”

Please continue reading:

https://www.peta2.com/news/fish-gasps-air-eaten-alive/?utm_campaign=0317%20bi%20weekly%20recap%20march%20twenty%20six%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Please take the actions suggested in the article including sending the message linked below to Urge legislators in California and New York to introduce laws that will stop restaurants from mutilating and serving live animals :
http://campaigns.peta2.com/restaurants-hack-apart-and-serve-live-octopuses-and-other-animals/

Fish are sentient creatures.

Watch Some Screams Can’t Be Heard

Fish feel pain and suffer psychological distress. Below is an excellent article by Marc Bekoff with links to numerous essays and studies which validate the fact that fish feel pain and are sentient beings like any other animal.

Science Shows Fish Feel Pain, So Let’s Get Over It and Do Something to Help These Sentient Beings

A set of essays in the new journal Animal Sentience concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of readily available unfeeling protein.

Continue reading:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-bekoff/fish-feel-pain_b_8881656.html

If you don’t think fish are intelligent watch the following video. While I don’t condone making animals perform tricks this video nonetheless shows how intelligent fish are. Yes a fish is an animal. Obvious to most people right? Unfortunately there are those who do not consider fish to be an animal. I had a friend who insisted she was vegetarian regardless of the fact she ate fish. You could not convince her otherwise. A fish is an animal along with other aquatic creatures such as jelly fish, crustaceans and so on.  If you eat fish and other sea creatures you are neither a vegetarian nor a vegan. 

“Leading scientists are in agreement that fish feel pain. As biologist Victoria Braithwaite writes, “there is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals” – a conclusion hardly surprising to anyone who has seen a fish struggling and fighting for his or her life when pulled from the water.”

Read more and please take the pledge to go Vegan

Fish and Sea Animals
http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-eat/fish/

Fish are intelligent animals who lead complex lives that rival those of your dog and other mammals.

Dolphins and whales are accepted without doubt as intelligent creatures, sensitive, aware, conscious: sentient. But what about other aquatic creatures, the myriad species of fish, 27000 in all, which is more than all vertebrate species combined, are they sentient? Approximately three new species of fish are discovered each week! And even more vast are the huge numbers of species of invertebrate creatures such as molluscs – Octopuses, squids, snails, slugs, do they possess sentience? The ocean is a vast habitat teeming with life, astronomical in number and diversity, creatures dwell even in the most inhospitable of environments.
Read more:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20Farm%20Animals%20Aquatic%20Animals%20Fish.htm

Stop the cruelty to fish and other aquatic animals and go vegan:
How to Go Vegan:
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

If you can’t resist the taste of sea food try vegan alternatives which taste much the same but are cleverly prepared and flavoured but do not contain the flesh of a dead animal.

Here is PETA’s  list of the best places in the UK where you can eat faux fish and chips and other Vegan sea food.
The UK’s Best Vegan Fish and Chip Spots:
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/uk-best-vegan-fish-and-chip-spots/

Eating at home? Why not try  VBites  fish streak, fish cakes and fish fingers, these products and others may be available at Holland and Barrett in the refrigerator section or in any health food store. Yes they really do taste of fish, though frankly I have never been that keen on fish. Ever noticed the stench of fish at a market or a seaside town, not pleasant. The stench of death in one small fishing village in Scotland was so overpoweringly awful I never visited again. Over so many many years millions of sentient beings met their deaths here and out in the sea, caught in nets they were dragged aboard a fishing vessel and left to die gasping for air.

We do not need sea food to be healthy, we do not need the flesh or any other derivative from any animal, it is neither natural nor humane.

Credit fish graphic:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barracuda_laban.jpg

Thought Provoking Video: The Lie we live

This powerful video shows us the awful reality of our existence, how we live our lives and how we treat the other creatures with whom we share this planet and the very earth itself.

The Lie we Live

 

This brilliant video by Spencer Cathcart more or less says what a lot of us already know. There are though many who continue to live their lives either in ignorance or with blind acceptance of the status quo.

Please spread awareness concerning the reality of our existence by sharing this video widely.
Without such awareness nothing will ever change. The Lie we Live echos what many of us know but cannot put into words. We often feel hopeless, powerless, depressed and isolated, this amazing video if nothing else will make you feel less alone.

We can all do something to change the world, every action counts, every action brings about change. I know that if we do not bring about change we the human race are doomed and will not survive.

Take Action

Someone once said:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

And that is the problem is it not. Either as a result of indifference or hopelessness people tend to give up and accept that nothing will ever change and as a consequence do nothing.

Here are a few suggestions

Write letters, sign petitions, demonstrate, boycott. Complain complain complain about injustice no matter where or who, human or non human and the environment.

Stop supporting big corporations that harm us, other animals and the environment. Buy local, fair trade and certified sustainable products. Replace toxic cleaning products that damage the environment and harm animals with natural products. Don’t use pesticides; the ubiquitous use of toxic herbicides and pesticides used not only by farmers but by gardeners and just about everyone else including your local council poisons our environment. These products are sold ad-lib in garden centres and sprayed indiscriminately by home owners as a matter of course with little consideration to the damage they do.

Change Your Diet – Go Vegan

One simple action you can take is change your diet. What you eat can have a far reaching effect. Stop eating meat.

Why go Vegan

For the sake of animals, other people, your health and the environment

Learn more and take the pledge:
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan

We need a new society where everyone is equal, where everyone has enough not only for their material needs but to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. A society free from discrimination and exploitation, free from racism, sexism, specism or any other prejudicial distinction. Our only enemies are disease and death, not each other, its time to demand a better world for ourselves, future generations and the other animals with whom we share this planet. Most of the suffering in life is as result of other people, people who cannot see beyond their striving for power and their insatiable greed. We allow such people to destroy our lives, it has to stop. With the aid of the internet we can make a difference in a way hitherto not available to us. This is a unique time in our entire history when many more people by means of the internet have the opportunity to have their say. Regardless of the “right” education or qualification many of us can now speak out more than ever before, and even speaking out on-line helps to bring about change. Without the internet much of what is wrong with this world would not be known to us as a result of media bias and government manipulation. An example of this is right here in the UK concerning the governments’ treatment of sick and disabled people as a result of vicious and punitive welfare reforms which largely goes ignored by the media, yet is so appalling that the UN are investigating human rights violations as a result of these unfair changes to benefits and the affect it is having on the most vulnerable people in our society. As a result of the internet the true extent of the abuse of animals is brought to our attention and as a consequence many atrocities have been stopped as a result of public pressure via the Internet.

Every day take one small action to make this world a better place.

Read the script from the film:
http://theliewelive.blogspot.co.uk/

Related Links – other people’s comments on the video
 

Please Watch and Share This Moving Video

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”
Alice Walker

Please watch the following powerful video from Animal Rights Action – Karlsruhe, Germany and share the video widely

“We break the silence and take down all the unawareness. So everybody has the opportunity to make a decision with their heart and their intellect – for or against life.”

Animals have evolved not for our benefit but rather exist for their own purposes. They are not food, nor are they clothing or a form of entertainment or indeed comfort. They are not here to use as labour or for experimentation. The lives of animals are as important to them as ours are to us.

Please share to help increase awareness.

“The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.'”
Bryan Adams

Take Action

Help liberate animals from the abuse, exploitation and cruelty of human beings by changing to a vegan diet.

Please lick the following links and take the pledge to go vegan. Includes lots of help, advice and recipes.

The Vegan Society Take the Vegan Pledge
http://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

Recipes
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

PETA Take the Vegan Pledge
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=20593

Get a starter kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23376

“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.”
Rachel Carson

Related Links

Activists Alliance Karlsruhe
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aktivistenb%C3%BCndnis-Karlsruhe/561832640613683

 

G7: Send Them a Tweet to Help End World Hunger

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
Ed Asner

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Hunger Facts: 750 million people go to bed hungry; 1.2 billion people live below the extreme poverty line.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year,hunger kills more people every year than AIDs, Malaria and tuberculosis combined.

In a just society no one would go hungry, live in poverty or die of preventable or curable disease. Things have to change and we must demand change. We must change the dominant economic system – capitalism . If we do not, completely eradicating poverty is not going to happen.  As this is not likely in the forseeable future we need to do what we can to improve the lot of our fellow human beings.

More information about the causes of world hunger and other actions further down.

Recently I received the following in my e-mail from Global Citizen, please read and take the suggested action which is to send a tweet to G7 leaders. It might not sound much but every action however small and seeming insignificant helps, so if you are on twitter please take the action below. There is a prepared Tweet or you can write your own. Please share widely.

“I can’t breastfeed my child because I’m so hungry, my body can’t produce enough milk.”

That’s an all too common story for millions of mothers around the world. And it’s not just moms and kids. Hunger affects health, earning potential, and opportunity for hundreds of millions of families.

This year we have our best opportunity in a generation to change this. Right now, you can pressure the leaders of the G7 by sending a simple tweet to let them know global citizens are watching.

Negotiations are currently in progress ahead of the G7 meeting in early June. This is our first chance to make sure leaders know that millions of people believe it’s our moral duty to help stamp out hunger once and for all.

That’s why we’re hijacking the #G7Summit hashtag. Political leaders are obsessively tracking media attention around the summit so by flooding twitter with the voices of global citizens, we can make some noise that can’t be ignored.

From now until the end of 2015, some of the world’s most powerful people are making choices that will affect the lives of us all for the next 15 years. Getting their attention won’t be easy: frankly, this is just the first small step on a long journey towards a world where no one goes to bed hungry.

Let’s make sure our voices are heard.

Click here to send a tweet and make sure that world leaders know they’ll be hearing much more from us until every person, everywhere gets the food they need to survive.

Want to do more

You can  find more actions here and or join Global Citizen:
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/

Consider the following quote and information concerning one of the major reasons why people go 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 other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr Walden Bello

Shut the Front Door! If We Ate Less Meat, This Is What Would Happen to the Planet

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“More and more studies are showing that consumption of animal products is one of the largest reasons for some pretty serious environmental issues today. Saying nothing about the cruelties of the industry and the disastrous effects these food items can wreak on our personal health, consuming meat in the quantities that we do is impacting the environment on a global scale.”

…meat, including chicken, in an average American’s diet translates to roughly 1892 pounds of grain. If everyone stopped consuming meat, that would translate to enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people a plant-based diet. That’s enough to feed the world’s hungry more than one and a half times over
Read More:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/eat-for-the-planet-meat-and-the-environment/
Not just the USA of course the rest of us would make a significant difference to freeing up land to directly feed people by not eating meat.

It would be even better if all of us ate no meat at all, better for other people, better  for other animals and better for the planet – Go Vegan

How To Go Vegan
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CLa797Hp7cUCFdTKtAodTRoASg

Capitalism and Global Poverty: Two Billion Poor, One Billion Hungry

More than 2.2 billion people are “either near or living in poverty,” according to the United Nations Development Report released July 24.The study also found that about 1.2 billion people survive on the equivalent of $1.25 or less a day, while 12 percent of the world’s population (842 million people) suffer from chronic hunger.

These conditions of global suffering and deprivation are not due to any absolute shortage of resources. The world economy produces enough to provide a decent standard of living for every man, woman and child. But the distribution of wealth makes this impossible: the 85 wealthiest people in the world own as much as the 3.5 billion poorest people combined.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/capitalism-and-global-poverty-two-billion-poor-one-billion-hungry/5393262

Don’t forget to SEND A TWEET if you have not already done so

Related links

Will the G7 make a down-payment on ending hunger?
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/will-the-g7-make-a-down-payment-on-ending-hunger/

Credit

Graphic http://refe99.com/quotes/hunger/