Getting Started With Veganism
Yet nearly everyone pays other people to kill animals for them.
Clearly, something is not in sync here.
The most prominent and universal of these beliefs is that it is wrong to cause unnecessary harm to animals.
As the following graphic 8-minute video, that documents standard industry procedures that animals go through on their way to supermarkets and butchers, makes abundantly clear...
Eating animals causes them immense harm.
"Yes, but we need to eat animals to survive, right?"
Are you implying that you cannot live healthily without consuming animal products?
As the following video featuring Michael Greger from NutritionFacts.org makes clear...
Not only is eating animals unnecessary for optimal human health but can actually be extremely detrimental to our long-term health.
If we all believe it is immoral to cause unnecessary harm to animals...
and eating animals causes them harm...
and is also unnecessary...
Then why does nearly everyone eat animals?
These questions have uncomfortable answers.
The only logical result of this line of simple questioning is to stop eating animals.
Most people have been eating animals or animal products three times a day for decades.
The realisation that this habit is in direct opposition to the true direction of your moral compass is an understandably uncomfortable confrontation.
There are lots of excuses people use to avoid admitting the true implications of this conclusion...
But at the end of the day it comes down to just one simple question...
While other animals may not have the same level of consciousness as humans do, they are still sentient beings capable of experiencing pain, pleasure, fear and joy. They can feel scared and they can feel loved.
Veganism does not mean that you necessarily believe all other animals deserve equal moral consideration as humans, but we all agree on one thing: in their capacity to suffer, all animals already are our equals.
And when you consider that 21st century technology is at the point where we can simulate the taste and texture of animal foods to the extent that they are indistinguishable from the real thing, eating them is becoming even more unnecessary all the time.
In practice, this means vegans eat a plant-based diet that is devoid of all animal flesh, including fish, cheese, milk, eggs, honey and all trace ingredients such as gelatin, whey powder, casein and beef stock.
Because they recognise that there is no logical way to rationalise or justify supporting animal exploitation, so they simply stop paying for it to happen.
The argument for ethical veganism is both the strongest argument and the simplest.
No matter how animals are brought up, whether they are grass fed, cage free, free range, whether they are raised for their flesh, eggs, milk or fur... all animals end up at the slaughterhouse, and...
Humane is defined as: having or showing compassion or benevolence, which are clearly not compatible with slaughtering innocent beings.
having or showing compassion or benevolence
noun [mass noun]
sympathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others
noun [mass noun]
the quality of being well meaning; kindness
When you consider what the term "humane slaughter" actually means, it becomes obvious it's just a meaningless phrase that lets us feel good about our bad habits by putting the true nature of the situation out of our minds.
The ethical argument for veganism can be summarised in the following four points:
2) The consumption of animal products harms animals.
3) The consumption of animal products is unnecessary.
4) Therefore, we shouldn’t consume animal products.
That's because it is.
0 marine animals
0 cows and calves
0 pigeons and other birds
0 donkeys and mules
0 camels and other camelids
They do NOT include the millions of dogs and cats killed in animal shelters every year.
They do NOT include the animals who died while held captive in the animal-slavery enterprises of circuses, rodeos, zoos, and marine parks.
They do NOT include the animals killed while pressed into such blood sports as bullfighting, cockfighting, dogfighting, and bear-baiting.
Nor do they include horses and greyhounds who were exterminated after they were no longer deemed suitable for racing.
To us, it is just a meal. To the animals, it is their entire life.
If learning that 6 MILLION innocent animals are murdered every day of the year just because humans like the taste of their flesh is shocking to you, that is normal too.
These figures (and the true circumstances that these animals are forced to live in) are intentionally hidden from consumers behind big, dark, warehouse walls and questionable new laws designed to protect the privacy and profits of the animal agriculture industry.
These things - and a lot more - HAVE to be hidden from us.
Because what's going on behind those walls is so clearly wrong that not hiding it, not lying about it, not passing laws to help protect the privacy of the oppressors and not using the influence of a billion-dollar-per-year industry to guide government nutrition recommendation policies would result in widespread public outcry.
The kind of outcry like we have here in the West when we hear about Chinese people eating dogs.
(Which is really just a display of speciesism differing between cultures.)
But, as usual, people's true feelings are brought to light when the issue is closer to home.
It's easy to get angry at people overseas you see on the internet and TV for their cruel and unusual customs, but a little harder when it comes time to look at our own.
But when we do look at it... we see that it is so clearly wrong.
Click play on the video below to have one last look inside the pork industry...
But instead of just watching it...
Notice how you feel while watching the images and honestly ask yourself whether or not what you are seeing feels "normal", "natural", or "humane".
While it's illegal to even see what's going on inside factory-farms and slaughter-houses...
To go vegan.
Plants nutrients also come without the added baggage that animal nutrients do.
A whole-food, plant-based vegan diet is completely devoid of trans fat, saturated fat and dietary cholesterol - three things occurring naturally in nearly all animal products that all have no useful, long term purpose in the human body other than to cause disease.
Below is the position of the largest organisation of nutrition professionals on the planet regarding plant-based diets...
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Tolerable upper intake levels set by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) are used, in part, for estimating the percentage of the population at potential risk of adverse effects from excessive nutrient intake.
The NAM did not set "tolerable upper intake levels" for trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol because ANY INTAKE LEVEL ABOVE 0% increased LDL (bad) cholesterol - and these three food components are unavoidable in diets containing animal foods.
Click play on the video to the right for more information.
- T. Colin Campbell, PhD
- An American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health and disease, especially cancer.
- A Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.
- The author of over 300 research papers, and three books:
- The China Study (2005 - which became one of America's best-selling books about nutrition)
- Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (2013) and
- The Low-Carb Fraud (2014)
- John A. McDougall, M.D.
- McDougall has written several books, with his wife Mary contributing recipes, that sold more than 1.5 million copies as of 2008.
- An American physician who has written that degenerative disease can be prevented and treated with a low-fat, whole foods, vegan diet.
- Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM
- A physician, author, and internationally recognised speaker on a number of important public health issues.
- Founder of NutritionFacts.org - the only non-commercial, nonprofit, science-based website to provide free daily updates on the latest in evidence-based nutrition
- Multiple New York Times Best Selling Author with six published books, including: How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease (2015) and The How Not to Die Cookbook (2018).
- Dean Ornish, M.D.
- An American physician and researcher.
- He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in California and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California.
- The author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Eat More, Weigh Less.
- A well-known advocate for using diet and lifestyle changes to treat and prevent heart disease.
- Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
- Non-profit executive, author, public speaker and medical researcher.
- Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.
- Founder and President of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
- 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award
- Joel Furhman, M.D.
- Board-certified family physician with over 25 years experience in nutritional medicine.
- His book Eat to Live was on the New York Times bestseller paperback list for 90 weeks.
- 25 years of experience caring for more than 10,000 patients with serious medical conditions and in most cases facilitating their recovery via nutritional methods.
- Mark Hyman, M.D.
- Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.
- Chairman, Board of Directors, The Institute for Functional Medicine.
- Medical editor at the Huffington Post.
A vegan diet is the only diet that has been shown to prevent and reverse heart disease in all stages.
That's right, the number one killer worldwide is nearly always preventable and reversible through a healthy, plant-based, vegan diet.
But don't just take my word for it...
Like this guy...
Almost two years after becoming vegan I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day.
Don't listen to those self proclaimed nutrition gurus and the supplement industry trying to tell you that you need meat, eggs and dairy to get enough protein.
There are plenty of plant-based protein sources and your body is going to thank you for stopping feeding it with dead-food.
Go vegan and feel the power!"
- Patrik Baboumian
- 2011 Germany's Strongest Man
- 2012 European Champion in Powerlifting Class – 140kg division (GPA)
- 2012 World record Beer Keg Lifting (150.2 kg)
- 2012 World record Front Hold 20 kg (1:26,14 minutes)
- 2013 World record Yoke-Walk - 550.2kg over 10m in Toronto
- 2015 World record Yoke-Walk - 560kg in 28 seconds
- Robert Cheeke
- 2005 INBA Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Overall Novice Championship
- 2006 Natural Bodybuilding World Championships
- 2009 Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Championships - 1st in class
- Brendan Brazier
- A former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.
- Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition.
- Works as a training coach with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic athletes.
- Tim Sheiff
- A professional English Freerunner / Parkour champion.
- Best known for winning the 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Championship and participating on the television programme MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge.
- Carl Lewis
- Voted "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee, elected "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations and named "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated.
- The only man to successfully defend an Olympic long jump title.
- Outdoors, Lewis jumped 14 of the 20 furthest ancillary jumps of all time.
The purpose of showing you these examples of some extremely successful vegan athletes is just to illustrate that...
The myth of needing animal products to be either strong, fit, or to be in shape is totally false.
As fascinating as studies of the health benefits of a whole-foods vegan diet can be...
And as inspiring as the achievements of cruelty-free athletes are...
In light of all the other reasons to go vegan...
The only real take-away you need from a health perspective is to know that you CAN live a long, healthy, completely normal and functioning life without eating animals.
There is an aspect of going vegan that is much more important to consider...
Climate change. Ocean dead zones. Fisheries depletion. Species extinction. Habitat destruction. Deforestation. Fresh water usage. Greenhouse gas emissions. Oceanic pollution. World hunger. Food safety. Global sustainability.
Animal agriculture is a leading cause of many major environmental problems we face globally and domestically—most importantly, climate change.
(Below this video is shorter clips and more information.)
Just as the first time you hear that replacing animal and processed products with whole plant foods will greatly improve your health it may seem a little weird...
But then you keep on digging and you discover that, just like "humane slaughter" is an intentionally misleading term designed to make the public comfortable participating in things they otherwise would feel very differently about...
So too are idioms like "sustainable fishing", "eco friendly meat" and "free-range eggs" nothing but empty, meaningless terms espoused by a dying industry desperately trying to stay afloat.
- Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. (1, 2, 3)
- Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050. (1)
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. (1)
- 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture. (1)
- 9500 litres of water are needed to produce 0.5 kg of beef (1, 2) and 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. (1, 2)
- Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today. (1, 2, 3)
- Livestock operations on land have created more than 500 nitrogen flooded deadzones around the world in our oceans. (1, 2)
- We could see fishless oceans by 2048. (1, 2, 3)
- As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year. (1, 2)
- As many as 40% (63 billion pounds) of fish caught globally every year are discarded (by-kill etc). (1, 2)
- USDA kills millions of wild animals each year—over 2.7 million in 2016 alone—using methods that endanger humans and kill countless pets. (1)
- Ten thousand years ago, 99% of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals. Today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98% of the zoomass. (1, 2)
- Washington state killed the wedge pack of wolves. (1)
- Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon rainforest destruction. (1, 2, 3)
- 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second. (1, 2)
- The leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and feedcrops. (1, 2, 3)
- Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction. (1, 2, 3)
- 50% less carbon dioxide,
- Use 1/11th oil,
- 1/13th water, and
- 1/18th land.
- 5000 liters (1,100 gallons) of water,
- 20 kg (45 lbs) of grain,
- 30 sq ft (2.8 sq m) of forested land,
- 20 lbs (9 kg) CO2 equivalent,
- and one animal’s life.
Give up animal products overnight, or take your time and replace them all with plant alternatives over a three month period.
The speed isn't really the point.
The point is to do it in a way that will make it irreversible.
To do it with specific intention and know exactly why you're doing it.
Due to the internet, it's also easier to connect, learn from and share with all these likeminded people than ever before.
There really has never been an easier time to go vegan than right now.
Then what do you think is the most sensible thing to do about it?
― Leonardo da Vinci
Thank you for your compassion.
Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you for your strength.
Thank you for your determination.
Thank you for being our voice.
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And I assure you, they can be answered.
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