Many of us involved in V3K are ethical vegans, that means we follow a philosophy that abstains from causing pain, fear or cruelty to others, regardless of race, species, gender, creed etc but often when we talk about veganism we talk about what vegans dont do... we dont eat milk or dairy products we dont wear leather, we dont eat meat or fish or eggs. It is easy to see the link between cruelty and meat, but less obvious to see that cruelty is an intrinsic part of dairy and egg production. Male calves and chicks are surplus so are disposed of relativel;y early in their lives, male chicks often simply ground up alive. Cows need to continue to produce calves in order to produce milk, they are removed from their mothers early on, a terrible ordeal for mother and offspring.
We have all evolved fear and pain in order to stay alive, this is no less apparent in cows that are taken to be killed than it is in a human.
But the great news is you can swap those 10 minutes eating protein from an animal to 10 minutes eating protein from a plant! Nobody needs suffer, your palet will be indulged in yummy goodness and those babies who deserve to live can continue to live. It's a better world if we choose it to be :-)
Many vegans will tell you that a plant based diet is healthier than an animal based diet due to very low cholesterol, generally low saturated fat and calories and high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
"I don't think it's an understatement to say that plant-based nutrition has been a crucial component in my success as an ultra-endurance athlete. It's not that going vegan will make you a better athlete per se. But eating a plant-based whole food diet has dramatically improved my recovery time and significantly boosted my immune system response, which allows me to run further and train harder without getting run down or suffering from illness. Extrapolated over the course of a season, this has led to expedited gains in strength and endurance, which obviously translate to enhanced performance."
Rich Roll, 2012
People often transition to a vegetarian diet when they become uncomfortable with causing death or suffering to others based simply on their species. What can take a little longer to understand is the suffering, pain, and death caused by the dairy and egg industries. Male calves and chicks are routinely slaughtered and the conditions in which cows and hens live out their shortened lives are often barbaric. Adopting a vegan (plant based) diet and lifestyle is the only way to ensure, on a personal level, we are not helping to inflict that suffering. At first, adopting a plant based diet can seem quite daunting, but with a bit of research and support from others it quickly becomes second nature. For more information about the benefits of a healthy plant based diet please go to Vegan Starter Kit.
Vegans dont use animals for food, clothes, medicine or in any other way.
Each year in the UK alone approximately 1,000 million animals are farmed and killed for food - that figure doesn't include fish...1,000 million, for 61 million inhabitants!!!!!! Multiply that globally... factor in a growing population...
Veganism isn’t simply a health or moral argument, the world cannot sustain a growing population along with an increase in animal consumption, becoming vegan is the most significant step each of us can make towards securing a future for the next generation.
According to a 2006 United Nations report
“The livestock sector emerges as one of the two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution.
Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so large it needs to be addressed with equal urgency.” click to read the report