South Africa! Shop local for vegan products – online here!

If you live in South Africa – then this link is for you! Why are we posting this you may ask – because we care. We care about animals, we care about our environment, and we care about you and your health. We want you to go green! Shopping online has never been easier.

Taking good care, living consciously with those around us, both human and non, means less violence, less harm, to everyone that we have the capability to care so much about. Everyday we sob our hearts out at the harm, the horror, that is unnecessarily inflicted upon the animal kingdom, we ask ourselves how can we change it for them – what can we do to stop their suffering and pain.

Everyday, we read, we hear about climate change, methane Co2, how over 51% of this noxious gas, is derived from the animal agricultural sect. We hear how the ice caps and glaciers are melting, how we are destroying the forests, how we are acidifying the oceans, poisoning our waterways, polluting our air, and destroying the fundamental ecosystems that we have all become so reliant upon, and whole species who are going extinct.

There are solutions, we’re not at a complete and utter loss – there are phenomenal alternative ways we can refine our lives, to improve and change the tragic situation, as South Africans we are capable of embracing the concept of going green, to start living consciously, to reverse this violence, violence to animals, violence to ourselves, and violence to our mother earth.

We encourage you to check out this link offered by Faithful to Nature – your online organic shop. Check out the hundreds of vegan products on offer here in South Africa, on our very own soil – our land, and know, that what you purchase is free of animals, free of animal bi-products, free of harm, it’s organic – no chemicals or pesticides, environmentally safe and green.

We have spoken to so many people who say that it is difficult to go vegan and hard to live consciously – it’s not. Going vegan, living our lives nonviolently, has never been easier, it’s just a simple mind switch. There are mega products which have hit local supermarkets today! And if you can’t find them in some stores – you will find them here on line. Vegan restaurants are booming, stores are getting with the programme, so many more South Africans are starting to embrace this gorgeous way of life today. The movement is growing exponentially, the markers are up – the demand Is growing. Join in, have fun, live life ethically, make the switch, make the difference! Let this be the day that you say – ” I have had enough of violence, this is my stand, my choice to no longer be a part of violence. I am going vegan for ethical reasons. I am doing it for animal rights”.

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Another excellent link that you may be interested in : www.howdoigovegan.com

Future ‘butcher’ shops – all vegan.

Vegan ‘butcher shops’ are becoming all the rage as more demand by public is leaning toward nonviolent choices.

A vegan butcher shop in Toronto –  Yamchops. Learn more –  http://yamchops.com/

Their full address: 705 College Street, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1c2
Open Mon – Sat: 11am to 7 pm & Sun 11am to 5pm
Call them on : 416-645-0117

Or talk to them on : TalkToUs@YamChops.com

The world is going vegan because we see the ‘benefits’ in doing so – going vegan is easy. Going vegan is an absolute joy!

World Environment Day, every day – Going Vegan.

It is purely through the inspiration of world environment day that we are completely inspired to write this article.  And may we add that every day ought to be environment day – for it is upon our ecosystems that we all so depend.

Your question: Our dream is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature… What’s yours?

Ours is to encourage children (all of which are innocent until corrupt by an otherwise unjust system), to grow up and do what is morally just.  The world is in need of education at tertiary level. The school systems around the world are so slow in adapting to future standards. We need to work on that!

People every where love animals and do not want to see them harmed in any way what so ever. However due to a corporate systems that encourages children to become desensitized to slaughter, murder , violence, and death  – so does the earth experience the same energies experienced by our future children.  This desperately needs to be amended by us their guardians, their fellow elders.

It is the elders who have supposedly learnt from past mistakes and experiences –  it is therefore up to us to pass those blessings down to the young ones.  We have seen for ourselves for many a millennia what works and what does not.  Violence – we have learnt offers no protection, it offers no health , it offer no mental or physical stability. Therefore it is conclusive to move away from violence completely – to educate now about nonviolence.  There are many sights that list animal agriculture as the number one cause for world demise (violence, hunger, climate change, confusion).

How do we practice nonviolence in our daily lives you may ask – simple – through veganism. We practice it daily by understanding what veganism means . It means love. Veganism means that we understand what it means to love completely. We love by not harming anyone – that would include all living beings, human and nonhuman beings.  With the understanding that all beings have a purpose of living, we all have cognisance, we all plan ahead, we all have feelings, we all have understanding, we all have the capacity to feel love, joy, fear etc, – in other words we as humans have not the right to enslave, possess, torture, abuse, murder, eat , wear, and use others in order to profit from and pleasure ourselves with at others expense.  All who so dearly love sentient’s already agree with this.

Since we cannot rely on those who fight for animal rights who continue to fight for them for profit margins through their ‘donate buttons’ that do nothing to save the lives of animals on the grand scale of things, neither can we rely on corporations who continue to exploit animals , and neither can we rely on governments who do nothing –  it has become clearly obvious and apparent that it is only at the grassroots level that we (you and I) CAN do something to save the lives of billions of animals by going vegan.

Going vegan costs you nothing.  No one controls you. It is a consciences decision that you alone can agree on, and want to for the sake of suffering animals across the globe, for the sake of climate change, and for the sake of other humans who suffer at the current system in play.  Going vegan is a joy and it certainly leaves you so much healthier. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

Back to your original question :  Our dream is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature… What’s yours?

Our answer to your question is : Go vegan first and foremost, and teach others to do the same. Stop violence, stop climate change.

How to make the most of world environment day:

Go vegan first and foremost.

Make the most of your garden.

Make thoughtful decisions.

Create a compost pile.

Reduce food waste.

Reduce plastic consumption.

Love one another.

Why wearing silk is unethical.

Some interesting facts about the ‘silk industries’ that will make you shudder:

While experts disagree over how much an insect can suffer or feel pain, most at least leave the door open on the question, and believe it is possible that insects feel something that we would call pain if we could know what an insect feels. An insect’s nervous system is different from a mammal’s, but  they have  a nervous system that transmits signals from stimuli and causes the insect to respond to stimuli, just as a human nervous system does. They avoid unpleasant situations, whether from  a predator or uncomfortable heat.  Just by studying human neurophysiology from the outside, would we conclude that people are conscious? Or would we conclude they’re just executing responses without awareness?

Silk is the fiber that silkworms weave to make their cocoons. To obtain silk, distributors boil the worms alive inside their cocoons. Anyone who has ever seen worms startle when their dark homes are uncovered must acknowledge that worms are sensate—they produce endorphins and have a physical response to pain. Vegans do not wear silk because it is an animal product that results from the exploitation of animals. Each year silk industries exploit billions of silkworms, spiders and other animals.

Silk thread is also produced by killing silkworms while they are in their caterpillar stage, just before they spin their cocoons, and extracting  their two silk glands. The glands are then  stretched into silk threads known as silkworm gut, which is used mainly to make fly fishing lures.

Some silk is made without killing the caterpillars. Eri silk or “peace silk” is made from the cocoons of Samia ricini, a type of silkworm who spins a cocoon with a tiny opening in the end. After metamorphosizing into moths, they crawl out of the opening. This type of silk cannot be reeled in the same way that Bombyx mori silk is reeled, and instead is carded and spun like wool. Eri silk represents a very small portion of the silk market.

Another type of silk is Ahimsa silk, which is made from the cocoons of Bombyx mori moths after the moths chew their way out of their cocoons. Because of the chewed-through strands, less of the silk is usable for textile production and Ahimsa silk costs more than conventional silk. “Ahimsa” is the Hindu word for “non-violence.” Ahimsa silk, though popular with Jains, also represents a very small portion of the silk market. Neither ‘peace silk’ nor ‘Ahimsa silk’ make it morally justifyable to continue to exploit sentients.

Vegans try to avoid harming and exploiting animals, which means that vegans do not use animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs, fur, leather, wool or silk. Dropping silkworms into boiling water kills the worms causing them to suffer. Even eri silk or Ahimsa silk are problematic because they involve the domestication, breeding and exploitation of animals. Adult Bombyx mori silkmoths cannot fly because their bodies are too big compared to their wings, and adult males cannot eat because they have underdeveloped mouth parts. Similar to cows who have been bred for maximum meat or milk production, silkworms have been bred to maximize silk production, with no regard for them.

The so-called “silkworm” is actually a domesticated insect who, in nature, goes through the same stages of metamorphosis—egg, larva, pupa, and adult—that all moths do.  Silk is derived from the cocoons of larvae, so most of the insects raised by the industry don’t live past the pupa stage, as they are steamed or gassed alive in their cocoons. Approximately 3,000 silkworms are killed to make every pound of silk.

Pharmaceutical companies have taken an interest in these insects, too, because they are perceived as inexpensive and easy to raise and can be genetically engineered to produce silk that contains human collagen. Silkworms have also been transgenically modified to spin fluorescent-colored silk.

The military and medical communities have been testing on spiders, hoping to harness the strength and flexibility of spider silk for suture thread and to create a fabric that could replace Kevlar.  If they are kept together in captivity, however, spiders succumb to stress-induced cannibalism. Approximately 1,400 spiders are needed to spin 1 ounce of silk, so farming spiders has not been a profitable venture.  Instead, scientists have experimented on goats by inserting spider-silk genes into their cells, causing the goats to produce milk that contains silk proteins. The military continues to fund this research, even though it has yet to produce a product that is commercially viable (it takes 600 gallons of milk to produce a single bulletproof vest).

Even if insects do not feel pain when dropped into boiling water, a death free of pain is still a death. Death penalty opponents focus not on the suffering or pain involved with the process, but the loss of life, which in itself is the ultimate loss. Regardless of the extent to which insects are sentient, conscious or emotional, avoiding silk prevents  millions of animals from suffering and death.

Alternatives to silk— nylon, milkweed seed pod fibers, silk-cotton tree and ceiba tree filaments, polyester, and rayon—are easy to find. Go vegan – stay vegan.

The picture attached is that of the Bombyx mori moth.

Brain Food.

It might seem like common sense to most of us, but a new report confirms that our eating habits affects the health of our brains.

This new study, published online in Neurology, found that eating healthy is the best way to preserve memory and mental sharpness as you age. The study followed almost 28,000 adults aged 55 and older from 40 different countries. Researchers rated participants’ diets over five years, giving higher points for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and lower points for red meat and processed foods.

The Study Results Were Striking

The healthiest eaters were 24% less likely to have cognitive decline (memory loss, reasoning ability); those with the worst diets were most likely to have cognitive decline.

The “healthy eating” scale used by researchers had fruits and vegetables at the healthiest end of the scale and  ‘meat’ and deep-fried foods at the unhealthiest end.

There Was No Magic Ingredient

The researchers from McMaster University determined that there wasn’t one magic food or ingredient, but that it was eating a healthier diet overall. Study author, Professor Andrew Smyth, told Forbes:

“The consumption of ‘healthy’ choices may be beneficial, but the effect may be lost/reduced with the consumption of ‘unhealthy’ choices. For example, the beneficial effect of fruit may be lost if prepared with high amounts of fats or sugars. Our data suggest that an overall healthy plant based diet is more important than the consumption of any one particular food.”

What We Know About the Link Between Diet and Memory

This study adds to the growing body of research that shows that what we eat affects how well our brains age. We asked medical experts in the field to weigh in on the new findings.

“Choosing fruits and vegetables over meats, dairy products, and eggs will cut the risk of serious memory problems,” says Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D. “Evidence has shown that what is good for the heart is good for the brain.” Dr. Barnard is a clinical researcher and author of Power Foods for the Brain.

Matthew Lederman, MD, medical advisor to Forks Over Knives, commented, “In general, any dietary change that increases your consumption of whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains,  will positively impact your brain health.”

The study was published online before print in Neurology.

What are you waiting for – go vegan, what an incredible word.

~ Active Vegan ~

Change today’s failures – make them victories.

This little calf was born on a truck whilst his pregnant mother was forced on board with others kidnapped to a slaughter facility. He fell out of the truck when she gave birth to him. He was abandoned on the side of the road. His mother, held against her will in the truck looked out calling to him while the truck continued to take her to her death – this is the reality of all animals whom humans call food.  Fortunately for her baby, traffic police rescued him  – but you can change billions of tragedies similar to this by going vegan. Change today’s failures  –  make them victories – no more excuses, no more invalid reasons to exploit.

Ever read commentary on so called ‘animal rights organisations’ Facebook pages and in groups? All that anger. Ever wonder why animal abuse is on the rise? Ever wonder why admins on those pages are not educating people about how to actually stop animal abuse through active veganism? There are a lot of angry people out there who say that they love animals but are not acquiring the knowledge on how to channel their anger to actually help animals actively  – organisations choose to avoid and ignore veganism as their moral baseline, and fail to educate their captive audience ethically about living nonviolently – in essence they miss opportunity to make a difference for billions of lives who depend upon them for survival. This is both immoral and unjust. Inciting hatred, sadness, confusion, and leaving people with feelings of uselessness is not beneficial for sentient’s – it is wasting time going full circle. People are yearning to learn how they can make a difference. It is up to all organisations to educate and guide about the ethics of living a vegan life. We are not saying that marching, protesting and signing petitions is wrong – we are simply saying that all of that is futile when those who do so continue to make excuses for abusing animals by consuming and wearing them.

Cruelty to animals starts with you and will only stop when you go vegan – if you don’t go vegan, cruelty to animals will continue to escalate as it has done for millennia due to increased populations and demand by you, whom have not been educated by organisations that you support. There is no amount of yammering that you can do that will change the status of animals – legally they don’t have one – only you can change your perception of them by not perceiving them as chattel property, by not allowing them to be treated as slaves, by not eating them, by not wearing them and by not exploiting them in any other way – quite simply go vegan . The fast-moving production lines have now extended to all animals which has become the demise of many specie and the primary cause of specie extinction. Breeding lines both legal and non are on the rise –  many if not most ‘animal organisations’ who say they are advocating for animal rights fail to educate and promote veganism as their ‘moral baseline’ , leaving animals with no choice but to die indiscriminately daily –  as long as organisations are giving people the green light to continue to promote violence – the violence shall continue because people will feel comfortable in doing so – and because they can.  In other words what many organisations are still saying to the public is that it is ok to eat and wear animals – it’s not.

Educating the world against animal exploitation which includes consuming meat, dairy and eggs, and wearing them, should be priority number one by anyone who says that they are advocating for the true interests of animals  –  nothing else makes any sense what so ever.  Animal rights organisations who fail to educate about nonviolence for animals are failing animals miserably  – clearly they couldn’t care less about animals. Fighting for single issue campaigns holds small significance with low mortality of success, without the back bone and support structure of educating the masses about living life nonviolently and encouraging everyone to go vegan.

In order to make a real difference – the most effective action that all organisations should be embracing and promoting today with complete conviction and clarity is veganism, they should have pounded this message five decades ago, the world wouldn’t be in the mess it’s in today, animal cruelty would be non existent.  If all animal organisations jumped out of bed with corporations who are directly responsible for animal abuse and environmental destruction, and pushed hard for vegan ethics first and foremost as their moral baseline – animals would have a much higher chance of survival rate.  Education, modern day thinking, and applications of the biggest solution to stop animal enslavement, torture and death, which rivals today’s largest pandemic ever is to go vegan and educate others to do so.  All animal organisations must now climb aboard the vegan train otherwise animals will continue to suffer – so shall the environment upon which they depend.

Failure to commit to veganism is responsible for a circle in ‘trend’ of animal abuse. There is no justification for sending out the wrong message to the public – ‘that it is acceptable to exploit animals’ by eating and wearing them  –  this is the worlds biggest social injustice today – those of you who know the difference recognise ARO’s who aren’t who they say they are,  who continue to display a ‘don’t care enough attitude’, those who are speciesist, who discriminate against some specie and only advocate for a selected few. They fail to make the holistic connection to what going vegan means – they fail to share a pivotal message – they fail to stop violence against animals.

Lets be clear – consuming and wearing animals harms animals – this is logical, there is no dispute.  To continue to do so violates their right to live – it is therefore logical that it is abusive and violent to eat and wear animals – all animals. Why would ARO’s not want to do everything in their power to educate the public against such abuse,  for all specie – you have the platform to do so, you hold the centre stage to speak with clarity against all forms of animal abuse, you have the audience, you hold the mike;  – yet continue to avoid the most fundamental moral issue that will stop animal cruelty of magnitude proportions today. You fail to speak out fully in support of going vegan and to educate about veganism.  The world is watching – ARO’s you have already lost credibility if you don’t climb fully on board now – you shall lose even more because the vegan movement is growing rapidly – those who care about animals, don’t discriminate against any specie  –  those who care about animals action their words to the next level, and live their lives ethically for the benefit of all sentient’s, those who care about animals educate others because they care so deeply and want change for them – the world is recognising the difference. Educating people about veganism is the worlds primary source of hope for animals and the environment in which they live.

How can you make a difference for  billions of animals today? – Go vegan, support vegan eateries and vegan stores, if you must donate then donate to ethical vegan establishments who do not discriminate against specie – who harm no one and educate about veganism , donate if you must to ethical vegan talk show hosts who promote nonviolence, and donate to no kill shelters,  talk about veganism  with clarity and conviction to everyone everywhere that you meet, promote veganism at schools –  support schools who have embraced modern vegan education, continue to educate your friends – your family – the neighbours about veganism   – shout it out loud,  share nonviolence with the world. Let everyone know that you are vegan for ethical reasons.  Let everyone know that animals matter –  that it is morally wrong to exploit them in any way what so ever .  You are their voice – you are their only hope of action, your decision to go vegan and to educate others to do so matters morally.

~ Active Vegan ~

What is veganism.

Vegan ethics. What is veganism – how can your actions benefit all sentient’s.

Being vegan is your statement in rejecting violence – violence to animals – violence to yourself, violence to the environment – on which we all depend.  When you consume violence – you are saying that violence is acceptable.  You are saying that violence to animals – violence to yourself, and violence to the environment is acceptable – therefore you become a part of violence.

Vegans reject eating violence –  vegans reject wearing violence, and they reject participating in any violence what so ever. This means that the consumption of all living beings –  the consumption of their ‘meat’, their dairy as well as their eggs is rejected no matter how ‘humanely’ they are killed.  This also means that wearing animals is rejected no matter how ‘humanely’ they are killed.  Wearing leather, fur, wool and silk all come from violence inflicted upon living beings. Vegans do not participate in animal exploitation – this means that vegans reject animal status as ‘chattel property’ – animals are not yours  to do with as you please, they are not forms of entertainment, they are not breeding machines, they are not sex acts, they are not slaves.

Being vegan means that you protect all animals, their rights, the rights of others, and you honour the environment in which you live in – by eating and wearing nonviolence. Veganism embraces nonviolence holistically  by not discriminating against any member of the moral community  including all specie, all race and sexes.  Vegans do not discriminate against specie – that would be speciesism – speciesism  is wrong because, like racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, classism, and all other forms of human discrimination, speciesism involves violence inflicted on members of the moral community where that infliction of violence cannot be morally justified.

One must be clear about the meaning of nonviolence – one must be clear in the message that nonviolence resonates, one must be clear on how your  actions of nonviolence effects all living beings positively.  When you embrace veganism – you advocate nonviolence, you become nonviolent  – you must be clear on educating others to do so.

Finally – going vegan and staying vegan is easy when you know how and you do it for morally just reasons – that of animal rights. When you act upon moral justification – everything else falls into place, when animals stop suffering –  they ease your pain, when you stop consuming violence – health releaves your body, you become clean spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally. When you stop consuming violence, animals heal,  earth heals – your environment heals, people heal.

Veganism is the biggest movement in modern thinking  times.  Be clear about veganism – share it with the world so that everyone benefits now.  Veganism is about nonviolence. It is about not engaging in harm to other sentient beings, to oneself,  and to the environment upon which all beings depend for life. The animal rights movement is, at its core, a movement about ending violence to all sentient beings. It is a movement that seeks fundamental justice for all. It is an emerging peace movement that does not stop at the arbitrary line that separates humans from nonhumans. Changing a hierarchical paradigm of pervasive exploitation that has dominated for millennia requires a great deal of hard work. And that hard work requires clarity.

If you are not vegan, please consider going vegan. It’s a matter of nonviolence. Being vegan is your statement that you reject violence to other sentient beings, to yourself, and to the environment, on which all sentient beings depend.

~ Active Vegan ~