How do I go Vegan
How do I go Vegan
Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable
Gary L. Francione
Going vegan is very easy when you focus on how much torture animals must endure for the sake of our tastebuds. For the 10 minutes of pleasure that eating a hamburger might be giving you, the consumer- a cow has to give his or her life. Do you really think your hamburger or your milkshake are worth a cow’s life?
Humans have a build in talent for compassion, and i am sure you would answer the question above with "NO", my tastebuds and the short-lived pleasure of eating a meat or dairy product are certainly NOT worth a cow's life!
So here's what you can do: go vegan. Below are a few pointers on how to do this.
Adopt a vegan diet and stop eating any milk or dairy products
Vegans do not consume animal products or by-products.
This means pigs, cows, chickens, ducks and turkeys and fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, honey, or any foods that contain these ingredients will not be a part of your diet any longer now that you are going vegan.
There really is no reason to use animals for food, other then very selfish reasons. Your health does not get harmed in any way by not eating animal products.
You might ask: what about protein, B12, zinc and other nutritional needs? Of course its important to maintain a balanced diet , the same as it is for anybody. You need to get adequate amounts of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and all the other other nutrients and calories you’ll need. We’ll help you! We will create a couple of meal plans for you to get you started.
Vegans also do not consume products such as wine or beer in the production of which for instance animal bone charcoal has been used , or egg albumen or isinglass or other animal ingredients. IN the production of refined sugar bone charcoal from slaughtered animals is used, so Vegans will think twice before buying sugar.
Vegans also avoid very small particles called micro-ingredients—small amounts of animal derived ingredients—which are being used in processed foods and supplements (e.g., l-cysteine when it is produced using nonhuman animal hair) as well.
So how do vegans know what to buy and what not to buy: which products have micro particles of animal origin in them? The answer is that we vegans have become very good at label reading. It can be a challenge, but you’ll get used to it before you know it. SO now you know who these people are you sometimes come across while shopping; the weird ones that are staring at labels for quite a while before making their choice.. Those are Vegans, most likely.
Here is a great app that makes choosing a vegan wine, beer or liquor a piece of cake so to speak: http://www.barnivore.com
Here is a list of micro-ingredients of animal background that are used in many processed products you will find in supermarkets. Now you know what to avoid. Just don't buy anything with the following micro ingredients used in the production.
Stop wearing and using products made from animals.
Vegans do not wear clothing made from animals: in alphabetical order we found : alpaca, angora, camelhair, down, fur (including fur trim), leather, mohair, pashmina, pearls, silk, shearling, suede, and wool, as well as other animal skins, such as alligator, crocodile, and snakeskin. There is such a wide range of fashion choices available now, such as linen, cotton, hemp, banana leaf fabric plus up-cycled materials such as fabric made from recycled plastic PET bottles
Is leather "just" a by-product of the meat industry you will ask me now?
All animal clothing involves the use of nonhuman animals. Animals must first be slaughtered for their skins and furs. And while you may not be aware of this, producing wool is a very cruel process even thought the sheep may not get actually killed for this product, they are still held against their will, are being bred to serve non human animals. and all this because of our "need" for wool in fashion. I call BS on this, because there are tons of different beautiful and ethical fabrics available that are ecological, renewable and not made throat the suffering of animals.
Here is a link that will show you that the practises in wool production are not exactly a harmless and gentle "shearing" of the sheep as if they were your pet going to the groomer to have a haircut. In the wool production a process which is particularly disturbing to witness is called mulesing. Read about it here
Many personal care products, such as toothpaste, shampoo, lotions, cosmetics, and many household cleaning products can also contain animal ingredients. Vegans do not use these personal care products and cleaners. With the wide range of personal care and household cleaning products available, there’s no reason to use animals for these purposes.
Here are a couple of lists from different vegan pages, with a huge number of vegan personal care products:
Stop using animals for entertainment and other purposes.
Vegans do not patronize circuses, aquariums such as the evil Sea World, rodeos, bullfights or any other events that use animals for human entertainment.
There is much else to do, we don't need to have animals suffer enslaving and humiliation for our pleasure and entertainment.
You might ask: what about zoos? Vegans also do not visit zoos because animals are not there of their free will plus they are there for our "entertainment. I call these zoos and sea aquariums "abusement parks" for that reason.
True vegans also oppose the use of animals in movies and on TV and Vegans are against breeding animals for commercial reasons. Puppy and special breed kitten mills produce millions of animals which in many cases end up in kill shelters, while it would be so easy to adopt one of the -again millions- of abandoned animals that are either living dangerously by themselves on the streets or have been abandoned and abused. Vegans adopt and don't shop for animals.
It doesn't matter if by some standard the animal held in captivity and bred to benefit humans is well-cared for’, whether the animal provides some ‘educational’ benefit to human beings and so on. The rule of Vegan is that no animal should be bred, hurt or held in captivity for our pleasure or entertainment.