Vegan Advocacy in Gauteng

Vegan Advocacy in Gauteng:  Vegan Chef On The Run with Šárka Hedström

Hi there #Vegan Advocacy Session Dates for 2018 have been set.

Clear your calendars & come join us! If you’re interested in learning a little more about the topic, and you reside in #Gauteng, or you’re passing through, you are most welcome to join our conversation.

Are you new to veganism or, you want to go vegan, or help someone else go vegan, and need to talk, share ideas and information, and meet more vegans – then this meet up is definitely for you. We’re hosting informal private vegan advocacy sessions first Saturday of every month for an hour from 9am – 10am. Participation is free.

For safety and security please contact : info@veganchef.co.za to confirm your attendance and participation prior to your arrival.

Closing confirmation date for each session is set for Friday (the day before the meet), at noon, so please do confirm via email provided, prior to then. You’re more than welcome to bring along your own vegan F&B, snacks etc, otherwise with prior arrangement, Šárka is more than happy to whip up a delicious vegan breakfast or snacks at cost. Family and little ones are very welcome.

A recap on the 12 set dates for 2018:

Session 6: January 6th

Session 7: February 3rd

Session 8: March 3rd

Session 9: April 7th

Session 10: May 5th

Session 11: June 2nd

Session 12: July 7th

Session 13: August 4th

Session 14: September 1st

Session 15: October 6th

Session 16: November 3rd

Session 17: December 1st

Looking forward to assist!

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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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Why going vegan is important , right here, right now in this generation.

Some of the most credible critics are long time agricultural farmers and ranchers like Howard Lyman. People who grew up farming, milking cows and have been absolutely horrified by by the animals that have been turned into nothing but mechanical devices that, pumped full of drugs, the only emphasis is producing animal products as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The number of slaughtered animals world wide is over 60 billion annually. Just try to imagine the perverse plight of a farm animal that’s going to be slaughtered. A deeply sensitive, intelligent being. A cow, a turkey, a lamb, a pig for example. Once who knows what’s about to happen but he’s trapped, he cannot escape. Try to envision such a life if you dare call it that. Even for a few moments. Put a face on the ‘meat’. See who the being actually was on your ‘steak’. See who the being actually was on your ‘chop’. See who the being actually was on your ‘drum stick’. There are other beings in the world who are aware of the world and they are aware of what happens to them. And what happens to them matters to them. It makes a difference to their life from the inside. They have a biography not merely a biology, that they are somebody not ‘something’ and what happens when you have that awareness, you understand that those beings have no voice. They have no power. They have no constituency among themselves to speak for themselves , and so you understand that if they are to be heard, you must do the speaking for them. With animal consciousness you understand that your commitment to the vulnerable extends beyond the human family.

We’ve heard a lot of talk about evil, and we tend to have this vision of evil as fanatically passionate people, people who are either religious fanatics, or who are crazed and commit evil deeds and that’s all on our front pages and these are terrible things and we know that this is a terrible thing but having said that we tend to ignore the other kind of evil. Cold evil this is evil not done out of passion or out of prejudice or religious fanaticism. These are the cold institutional systemic evils that we see for instance in factory farming where billions and billions of animals are treated in an absolutely evil and terrifying way and yet it’s systemic. It’s hidden from view. No one is passionately stabbing them. It’s the system that’s evil. If the average person were to see what happens to create that ‘meal’ , he would be horrified. You need to continue to create that awareness.

TSE diseases have very long incubation periods and cannot be detected in their early stages and largely go diagnosed however are 100% fatal. The statistical information regarding these diseases is almost totally obscured. There ought to be mandatory reporting of CJD for example (to name but one), and consideration for autopsy ought to taken on anyone who passes from dementia for example. Proper studies are still not being done. Would you really know if you were eating a full blown BSE animal? A dangerous chance to take don’t you think? Think too about your family and your loved ones. Do you really want to continue to risk feeding them diseased ‘meat’ thus making yourselves ill constantly and open to diseases? With an incubation period that can last anything up to 40 years, you really do not want to watch your loved one suffer with any of the diseases passed on through the consumption of any animals and their bi products.

Turn to history for life’s lessons and encouragement and instruction. Be warned by what has happened to others and how much they suffer daily. If we look at how native American people were once fueled and treated by the conquistadors. When they were viewed as non-human beings, and when their blood was used to fertilize fields. It’s unthinkable today. When we look at slavery, when you could buy and sell and beat with impunity people of African decent. Unthinkable today. When woman couldn’t get divorced or own property or get an education or vote. Unthinkable today. What history teaches us is that a few good people who are determined and who are persistent, who don’t give up can change the world. So what we have to believe as activists is that we’re not going to do this tomorrow. The wall of oppression has to be taken apart a brick at a time. When we get a critical mass of people change will come. That’s how we ought to go to sleep at night and that’s how we ought to wake up the next morning. That ought to be our faith!

If we are going to deal with the problems that we are having whether they are health, the environment or the animal issues we have to do it in this generation. We are now up against the wall and we cannot afford to take a pass. We cannot say that it is up to somebody else to take care of this problem. It’s up to us right now to get involved. If we don’t there may not be a future for our children and grandchildren. All of those animals that we are killing are killing us. This is about the absolute survival of the human species. Spread this message for as long as you have breath in your body. Animals are waiting for us to become informed and to become enlightened. We have no choice but to go vegan.

The magic of herbs – all vegan.

Consider growing your own herbs that you can add to your already amazing vegan dish. Growing your own fruit and vegies is all the rage these days. If you’re keen to join the trend, but a bit apprehensive about your gardening skills, have no fear, herbs are a good way to get started. Herbs play a rich role in our lives. They’re precious, not only for cooking, medicine and cosmetics but also for making our gardens look and feel absolutely beautiful. Growing your own food is therapeutic. Consider also that herbs give back to the environment and provide food for many tiny inhabitants that one would not ‘normally’ consider.

Herbs do more than simply add flavour and colour to your favourite dishes, their healing and restorative powers are pretty impressive.  The healing power of herbs is grossly underestimated: “We are what we eat “. Without a  doubt  fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts contain a range of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting properties, yet the nutrient content and medicinal properties of herbs are often overlooked.  According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary, ‘a herb is any plant where the leaves, seeds or flowers are used for medicine, flavour or scent.’ There are thousands we never see in supermarkets but could buy as plants in a garden centre or grow from seed to use at home.

To ease digestion:

Often it is only when herbs are heated that their full aroma is released – that’s what makes your mouth water. This aids the release of saliva, which prepares your stomach for food. It’s the enzymes in saliva that trigger the digestive process, helping the body to break down fats and starches. If this doesn’t happen before food reaches the stomach, then it isn’t processed properly and digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, wind and irritable bowel may result.

What to use: Thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint.

Herbs with anti-cancer properties:

Many herbs contain flavonoids; nutrients widely available in fruits and vegetables that help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Flavonoids help vitamin C work more efficiently as an antioxidant, mopping up the free radicals that cause cancer.

What to use: Onions, rosemary, sage, thyme, chamomile, dandelion, ginkgo, green tea, milk thistle.

To help prevent tumours:

Some herbs contain phytochemicals called terpenoids which are potent antioxidants,  inhibit the growth of tumours.

What to use: Caraway, spearmint, dill, coriander, lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemongrass, chamomile, basil, rosemary, mint, cardamom, celery seed, fennel and peppermint.

As natural antiseptics:

There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that some herbs have antiseptic qualities.

What to use: Thyme, sage, rosemary and bay leaves.

To boost the immune system:

Herbs high in flavonoids also have mild anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is known to be good for the immune system and to stimulate cells which attack invading organisms. Echinacea is another known herb to have immune boosting qualities. It stimulates the immune system promoting the activity of lymphocytes – types of cells which circulate in the body ready to eliminate foreign ‘invaders’ such as viruses.

What to use: Onions, rosemary, sage, thyme, chamomile, dandelion, ginkgo, green tea and milk thistle.

To promote heart health:

Garlic protects against heart attacks and strokes because it helps lower bad cholesterol. Substances called catechins have also been shown to have cholesterol-reducing properties.

What to use: garlic, green tea.

Reduce cholesterol:

Some herbs contain anthocyanins – the pigments responsible for the red, pink, purple, and blue shades of some fruit and flowers. Anthocyanins also help reduce the formation of harmful cholesterol, so they provide some protection.

What to use: rosehip tea.

Herbs which heal:

Many herbs have healing qualities.  Consider having aloe vera on  your  kitchen windowsill if you’re prone to burning  yourself  when cooking.  Just break off a leaf and rub the glutinous gel on the burn to help prevent blistering.  Make  your own teas with one teaspoon of dried or two teaspoons of fresh herbs per cup of freshly boiled water.

What to use: Chamomile for insomnia; dill or peppermint for indigestion; elderflower for relief from a cold; lemon balm for tension and headaches; rosemary to improve concentration and bad breath.

Take care:

It is important to note though that some herbs should not be used if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or if you suffer from certain medical complaints or if you are on ‘chemically’ formulated meds (which you will find that you can eliminate when switching to veganism). Excessive use of some herbs (such as rosemary, sage, sorrel and thyme) may be harmful to health.  If you’re not sure, consult a professional medical herbalist for more information. To find a qualified medical herbalist,  call your   ‘National Institute of Medical Herbalists’. Consider combining herbs with vegan foods only for optimum health.

Growing your own herbs:

Lavender and rosemary, for example, make the prettiest shrubs and bays or myrtles are superb for structure. Thymes self-weave aromatic carpets and among non-woody herbs, colours, textures, habits and fragrances come in amazing variety.

If you enjoy cooking, you’re probably well stocked with dried herbs and spices. And for dishes where fresh herbs are essential, there’s always the supermarket.  But it’s distressing to see people paying for tiny pots of chives or sprigs of sage when they’re so cheap and easy to grow at home.

If you hold the tiniest outdoor space – even a balcony – it makes sense to grow a few simple varieties. And if you own a garden with a sunny corner, herbs are almost essential and most are really easy to grow.

Most popular herbs originate from the Mediterranean and love sun. They’re happy potted, or planted in the ground, and produce leafy shoots through the growing season.

Shrubs such as rosemary, bay and lavender can be regularly clipped or allowed to grow freely.

Invasive non-woody herbs – mint, tansy and lemon balm –  are best confined to isolated beds or grown in containers.

Space Savers :

You may only have space for a few pots but you’d be surprised at how little room they need. Sage, thyme and rosemary, for example, could share a half tub, if kept small by regular clipping.  And you could grow parsley, chives and oregano together, in a second pot.

But if there’s enough room, why not plant up a bed or develop a little herb garden?  Besides supplying your kitchen, you’d create an enchanting feature, full of year-round fragrance, colour and interest.

A dedicated herb garden works best if you also include non-culinary plants for extra colour or accent. Bearded iris, for example, bring a summer flash.  An old shrub rose, if there’s space, adds fragrance – as well as petals for a pot pourri – and sweet peas look and smell gorgeous, close to lavenders.  Consider including  old fashioned clove pinks, too, and would sow seeds of such fragrant or nectar-rich annuals as mignonette, night scented stock, larkspur and pot marigolds. Plants like these belong in a herb garden, despite having limited culinary use.

For summer, scented leaf geraniums, lemon verbena and dark-leaved basil or aromatic Plectranthus could also be parked among the permanent plants, perhaps in shapely ceramic or terracotta pots.

Growing parsley:

One of the best herbs to begin with is parsley. You can buy parsley in punnets or small pots, but it is also extremely easy (and cheap) to grow from seed.

If you have a reasonable soil that holds moisture, just make a shallow furrow in damp soil, and sprinkle in some seeds. Alternatively, fill a punnet with potting mix and sow a few parsley seeds, then transplant when the seedlings are large enough to handle.

Parsley shoots in three to four weeks, so you won’t need to wait long to see results. Hand-weed. Watch out for hungry slugs and snails but don’t hurt them.  Also, keep the soil moist by watering gently with a watering can with a large rose, or use a gentle setting on the hose nozzle so as not to disturb the new seedlings.

Although parsley is a herb, it can also be used decoratively in the garden. It makes an attractive border plant, perfect for edging a sunny part of the ornamental garden or even the vegie patch.

When well-grown, parsley lasts for many months.  During that time you can pick lashings of it to add to salads, soups,  mashed potato – just about anyone of your stunning vegan dishes.  A wonderful  mix with rocket and basil to make pesto.

Both basil and rocket are also highly rewarding herbs to grow through summer. Both readily grow from seed and do well in a container or in the garden.  Wild rocket will cheerily self-sow around the garden when you  allow the plants to flower and set seed.

Growing mint:

Parsley and basil eventually flower, seed and die down, but mint is there for the long haul. Common mint spreads through the garden via underground stems, and for this reason it is usually recommended to grow it in a pot.

Mint prefers a moist patch of soil, so its spread is usually curtailed when the plant runs out of moisture. Mint also does quite well in light shade and tends to shrivel in full sun. Once you’ve conquered ordinary mint, branch out into some of the more interesting scented mints such as lemon, ginger and applemint.

10 herbs to get you started:

Naturally you will want to choose herbs that you enjoy eating, but meanwhile here are 10 popular herbs to get you started. Rosemary forms a permanent shrub, while bay is a small tree. Both can be grown in pots.

Parsley (full sun, grow as an annual)

Basil (full sun, grow as an annual over summer)

Mint (part shade, perennial)

Thyme (sun, perennial)

Lemon balm (sun, perennial)

Chives (sun, perennial)

Rocket (sun, annual)

Rosemary (sun, shrub)

Bay (sun to part shade, small tree)

Sage (sun, perennial)

Please do not use chemicals or ‘pest’ control on any food that you grow. Let nature take care of herself. Consider ‘companion’ planting and look for the right spot with the perfect conditions  where each plant will  happily thrive.

The MUSE School – all vegan, Calabasas, California.

One private early childhood-12 school in southern California has gone all the way, eliminating all meat and animal products from its cafeteria and offering an entirely plant-based menu.

The MUSE School in Calabasas, California, is believed to be the first primary or secondary school in the nation to go entirely vegan.

MUSE was founded by actress Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister Rebecca Amis in 2006, with a focus on sustainability. According to spokeswoman Jennifer Mau, MUSE’s board and administration made the decision to go vegan last spring; all lettuce and nearly half of the produce will be sourced from on-campus gardens and greenhouses thanks to the school’s seed-to-table initiative, which grows about 200 different varieties.

MUSE was already moving toward the change, serving entirely plant-based meals one day a week to its 150 students beginning in September 2013. Last fall, it upped that number to two days a week, plus two days of vegetarian-friendly fare.

Parents’ response to the initiative has been largely positive, Mau says.

“The way we eat is the easiest and most impactful way we can alter our carbon footprint as a school,” MUSE’s head of school Jeff King said in a statement. “The largest consumers of water are not people but cattle. To truly deliver our mission of sustainability, we had to find a sustainable way of eating. The answer was to create our ‘One Meal a Day for the Planet’ program — plant-based lunches and snacks — for our students.”

Nutritionists interviewed applauded MUSE’s move away from the typically highly processed foods and drinks that too often remain standard American cafeteria fare. Going vegan not only has an environmental impact, but also a health one — reducing risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, as well as curbing obesity.

A vegan diet is in line with the health world’s recommendation to eat mostly (fruits, vegetables, and grains), nuts and seeds, and In order to be successful and healthy ought to offer a variety of choices. Menus must be planned to be adequate in calories, protein, and variety.

Mau, noting that students are only eating one meal a day at MUSE, said school officials are very careful about their approach to plant-based proteins in an effort to ensure the meals are as nutritious as possible.

Between healthy eating and physical exercise and improved student behaviour and academic performance. It’s evidence, that MUSE’s efforts are beneficial for their students in ways beyond their physical health.

Many more schools are now becoming aware of the key benefits that a vegan meal plan offers it’s students, and are preparing to follow suit.

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 ~