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YOUR GUIDE TO VEGANISM
26 de enero de 2013
If you want to become a vegan but don't know how and where to start because you feel overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, lost and/or confused, it is understandable, and we want to help you but for your transition to veganism to be smooth, first and foremost, you have to be properly informed. This is why we strongly recommend that you watch Earthlings before you get started. EARTHLINGS is a powerful, informative multi-award winning documentary about society's treatment of animals and is narrated by vegan Joaquin Phoenix; it's free to view here: www.Earthlings.com/?page_id=32
The falsely yet widely held belief is that only factory farms are cruel but things are not any better on "Cage Free," "Free Range," "Humane Certified," "Grass Fed," "Organic" and "Local" farms. www.HumaneMyth.org is where former animal farmers turned vegan and animal rights activist expose the fallacy of "humane" animal farming and "humane" animal products.
Now, assuming you have explored the links above...
What is veganism?
Although it is commonly and wrongly portrayed thus perceived as nothing more than a diet that excludes animal products, veganism is an ethical philosophy that rejects the commodity status and exploitation of ALL animals (including bees whose food we steal and silkworms whom we boil alive for their silk), not just "food" animals. The vegan diet is the diet that represents the philosophy of veganism but the vegan diet is only one aspect of veganism.
- Vegans are against the enslavement, exploitation and killing of animals for food (www.vegansociety.com/caterers/vcfa/definition.aspx)
but also for
- entertainment: no zoos, circuses, marine parks, greyhound/horse racing, etc,
- clothing: no wool, mohair, leather [suede, nubuck], silk, fur, angora, cashmere, down feathers (which is commonly found in pillows and similar "fluffy" things), pearls, shells, etc,
- cosmetics: no products that contain animal ingredients, including beeswax, which is commonly found in lipsticks and lip balms.),
- testing/experimentation/"research": no products tested on animals) etc. purposes.
And because veganism is not a diet, there is no such thing as "mostly vegan" "80% vegan" "strict vegan" "fully vegan" "veganish." We are either vegan or we are not. Anyone who eliminates animal products only from his/her diet and has not yet internalized the ethical philosophy of veganism and committed to its lifestyle is not a vegan but a plant-based eater.
Was veganism founded as a solution to factory farms?
Donald Watson, who coined the word "vegan" and founded The Vegan Society [www.VeganSociety.com] in 1944 in England, did not start the vegan movement as a solution to factory farms. Factory farming in England began in 1947; that is, 3 years AFTER The Vegan Society was founded.
Upon visiting his uncle's family farm, Watson said, "The idyllic scene was nothing more than death row, where every creature's days were numbered by the point at which it was no longer of service to human beings." Watson also said, "We can see quite plainly that our present civilisation is built on the exploitation of animals, just as past civilisations were built on the exploitation of slaves..."
Veganism is not concerned about how animals viewed as property are treated while they are exploited and until they are killed by humans; it's concerned about the fact that animals are viewed as property, are exploited and killed by humans. By leading a vegan lifestyle, vegans challenge the status quo.
When did Donald Watson die?
Many had claimed that Watson could not survive by eliminating animal products from his lifestyle. However, Donald Watson died at 95 (1910-2005), free from the need for doctors' interventions in his final days.
DOCTORS AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING/EXPERIMENTATION/"RESEARCH" TO SAVE HUMAN LIVES
NUTRITION INFO BY PHYSICIANS WHO PROMOTE A PLANT-BASED DIET FOR HEALTH REASONS
A simple nutrition chart: www.pcrm.org/health/diets/pplate/power-plate
A more detailed version: www.pcrm.org/health/diets/pplate/power-sources
FAQs about plant-based nutrition & their answers:
Is soy bad for your health?
What is the safest source of vitamin B-12 that only vegans are believed to lack:
Tons of free, short and easy-to-understand nutrition videos by Dr. Michael Greger: www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org
A presentation by Dr. Greger where he shares shocking facts about animal products: www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ
A short video by Dr. McDougall where he talks about the deceitful dairy industry that has medical doctors on its payroll: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm9Cu_cVFfg
For more info:
Dr. John A. McDougall: www.DrMcdougall.com / www.facebook.com/DrJohnMcDougall
Dr. Neal Barnard: www.NealBarnard.org / www.facebook.com/NealBarnardMD
Dr. Joel Fuhrman: www.DrFuhrman.com / www.facebook.com/DrFuhrman
Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr: www.heartattackproof.com / www.facebook.com/Dr.Esselstyn
and many more...
VEGAN MEAT PRODUCTS
Some of the dairy alternatives available in the US (not in the US? Let us know so we can help): www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.286526351453910
VEGAN CHEESE COOKBOOKS
A couple of cookbooks with tons of homemade vegan cheese recipes:
Ways to substitute eggs - www.veganbakingsecrets.com/?p=240
Veganize your favorite egg dishes - http://tinyurl.com/cjpvk22
Why don't vegans consume/use honey and beeswax?
Bees are insects, and insects are among the most diverse group of animals on Earth. If you want to get an idea of how cruel honey (including manuka honey or any other type of bee honey) is:
"Bees will defend their honey with their lives if the hive is threatened and die after using their sting. When the honey is stolen by humans, the bees are fed a replacement sugar like corn syrup or sugar syrup which is devoid of the nutrients bees need and therefore the bees suffer from diseases and parasites as their health weakens. To save money on having to feed the bees the syrup when they are not producing honey over winter, farmers often burn the hives and start a new colony in the next spring. Queen bees normally live for 7 years but are routinely killed each year and replaced with a new queen to prevent swarming, when the older queen takes her colony to escape into the wild. Queen bees are raped by artificial insemination, and the male bees crushed to obtain the semen. Queen bees as well as other bees are transported in cardboard boxes through the post and many die in transit. Bees in farmed hives regularly suffer the travel of hundreds of miles stacked on trucks to different locations. " ― Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet www.amazon.com/World-Peace-Diet-Spiritual-Harmony/dp/1590560833
To learn more: www.vegansociety.com/uploadedFiles/User_Hubpages/Education/Education_Resources/Honey.pdf
Agave nectar and a product called "Bee Free Honee" (www.beefreehonee.com) are some of the alternatives to honey.
Why don't vegans consume quorn?
Because it contains milk and eggs. As the Vegan Society states, "Quorn is never suitable for vegans."
and many more...
► 21-Day Plant-based Kickstart by Dr. Neal Barnard (starts on the 1st of every month):
►30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: www.the30dayveganchallenge.com
►Vegan Pledge (UK-based): www.veganpledge.com
FOCUSED ON SOCIAL JUSTICE & ETHICS (what veganism is all about)
1) Best Speech You'll Ever Hear (available in many languages): www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4
2) The Psychology of Eating Meat: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vWbV9FPo_Q
3) 101 Reasons to Go Vegan: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-F8whzJfJY
4) Peaceable Kingdom: Journey Home: www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org
5) Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
Trailer of the book: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3CsceN26_E
1) FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Watch the full documentary here: www.hulu.com/watch/279734
2) GOT THE FACTS ON MILK? (The Milk Documentary) is an entertaining, award winning feature documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products.
3) MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
4) SLAUGHTERHOUSE: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry
RESOURCES FOR VEGAN PREGNANCY & RAISING A VEGAN BABY/CHILD:
As recommended by Susan Levin, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Director of Nutrition Education:
As recommended by Dr. Neal Barnard:
As recommended by Dr. Michael Greger:
As recommended by The Vegan Society:
An important video by Dr. Greger regarding B-12 intake, which is especially important during pregnancy and infancy: www.nutritionfacts.org/video/american-vegans-placing-babies-at-risk
CORRUPTION WITHIN THE ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (especially important for future activists)
VEGAN ONLINE STORES (US):
VEGAN DOG/CAT/FERRET FOOD:
www.v-dog.com / www.facebook.com/Vdogfood
www.evolutiondietstore.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Evolution-Diet-Pet-Food-Corp/285926380083?
For more info about this controversial topic, here is a website by a vet: www.vegepets.info
SHOES/BAGS/BELTS/PURSES/CLOTHING (currently being updated):
www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk (all of their products are actually vegan, and they ship worldwide)
www.beyondskin.co.uk (ships worldwide)
HOUSEHOLD/PERSONAL/COSMETIC PRODUCTS - NO ANIMAL INGREDIENTS & NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS (currently being updated):
LOCATE VEGAN BUSINESSES/RESTAURANTS NEAR YOU:
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