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.
If refraining from causing nonsensical harm to some of the most vulnerable species on earth doesn't do much for you, then perhaps a more narcissistic aspect of veganism will appeal to you more...
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 just 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 as 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.
Phase out animal products overnight, or take your time and replace them all with plant alternatives over a six month period.
The speed isn't the point.
The point is to do it in a way that will make it irreversible.
Education Enhances Effectiveness.
"The Book That Started A Revolution"
Singer's first book has been called "the most important document on animal welfare ever written" by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK.
Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of concerned men and women to the shocking abuse of animals everywhere -- inspiring a worldwide movement to eliminate much of the cruel and unnecessary laboratory animal experimentation of years past.
An important and persuasive appeal to conscience, fairness, decency and justice, Animal Liberation is essential reading for the supporter and the skeptic alike.
In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. This Internationally Best Selling book also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists.
The New York Times has recognised the study the book is named after as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”
The China Study is not a diet book. Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging.
This groundbreaking work, voted one of the top ten books of 2010 by VegNews Magazine, offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote themselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for consumption.
Social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals. She coins the term "carnism" to describe the belief system that has conditioned us to eat certain animals and not others.
Controversial and challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.
You can see a speech by Dr. Joy if you scroll down this page.
Earthlings was made in the US in 2005, since then there have been Australian and UK spin off's. While Earthlings is the original classic, it's can be best to educate yourself on things as close to home as possible. I recommend watching them all.
There is another film on the same topic called Forks Over Knives which is almost a documentary version of the book The China Study mentioned above. I recommend both.
A comprehensive exposé of the devastating environmental impacts of animal agriculture. From the same crew that made What The Health, this highly engaging documentary also practices full disclosure and lists the full references on their website.
Viewed over 4 million times, this speech, from the man who is responsible for turning more than one million people onto a vegan lifestyle, is a vegan-certified must-see... if you can handle it...
(Gary's official website)
Melanie is a recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award and her Ted Talk is in the top 1% most viewed TEDx speeches of all time.
(Melanie's official website)
Due to the internet, it's also easier to connect, learn from and share with all these likeminded people than ever before.
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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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You Still Want To Do More?
The most important change is the change that happens inside of you.
To become a vegan activist.
What's that? You don't want to cover yourself with blood and lay down half-naked in the street? You don't feel comfortable running into restaurants and yelling at everyone that their meal is murder?
There are many forms of activism - at least one is guaranteed to resonate with you.
- Face to Face Outreach - most commonly seen as talking to people on the streets about the ethics of eating animals.
- Physically liberating animals from their confines. I would never promote activities that could get you in trouble with the law, but manual liberation is seen as one of the most hardcore types of activism.
- Cook vegan meals for your family and friends - show them how good the food is, break down the still-existing stereotype that vegan food is bland.
- Open a new vegan restaurant or cafe. Simply offering people delicious plant-based food is certainly classified effective activism.
- Offer more vegan options at your existing restaurant or cafe. If you're not the one in a position to make those changes, talk to someone who is, with their interests in mind - mention how much more business it will bring them as word spreads throughout the close-knit vegan community of their new options.
- Start a vegan blog on any aspect of veganism that you are passionate about, and share your posts with as many people as you can.
- Write a vegan book or research paper. Even if only your professor reads it - that's a good start. At least two very influential vegan books have started out this way.
- Make Youtube videos. If done right this is arguably the best way to get the message out there.
- Start a podcast. So people on-the-go can hear you talk passionately all day if they want to.
- Make or wear vegan themed clothing. Very simple way that requires no extra effort on your part to spread the message all day.
- Relentlessly post and share vegan things on social media and then engage respectfully with your friends and followers who engage with you first.
- Attend group events such as Anonymous for the Voiceless and DxE (Direct Action Everywhere). Go to any and every event you can that resonates with you. The more attendees, the more power the movement has.
- And last but definitely not least, simply talk openly with your friends and family about the vegan ideas covered on this page. Our 2016 Vegan Survey showed this method of activism had the highest conversion rates.
Get Creative. This list is not exhaustive.
Vegan activism could be defined as any way you can manage to get the message from your mind to someone else's.
Just as there is a style of music you would probably prefer to listen to than to me, there will be a way of communicating that is most effective for you.
Find it and utilise it.
The following speeches may help with that...
An inspiring 40 minute public talk about the different types of activism and choosing what's right for you.
Joey is a vegan activist from Australia most well known for his committed YouTube street activism.
Earthling Ed delivers an 8 minute motivational talk at The Official Animal Rights March 2017.
What are you going to do today, tomorrow and the next day to change the world?
Even something as small as liking and sharing vegan posts on Facebook could count as slack-activism - your carnist friends and family will see the posts you like and the ideas held in them will be transferred to their minds little by little.
When doing any kind of activism always remember that...
You are not responsible for anyone else's actions.
All we can do is learn the truth then expose the truth in the most effective way we know how to.
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