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Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism: Five Principles by EVOLVE!


Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism: Five Principles
by EVOLVE! Campaigns on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 9:52pm

 
I find being vegan very easy. I don’t even have to think about it, it’s just who I am now. Once I knew the truth there was no way I could take part in the exploitation of animals and once I changed my lifestyle there was no way I could or would go back to my old ways, nor would I want to. No matter how much I thought I liked milk chocolate or cheese or whatever other excuse people come up with, I didn’t miss it for a second once the switch clicked on in my head and I realised the suffering my food choices inflicted upon animals. Suffering is one of my least favourite words in the world, it makes me shiver. Animals suffering so that I may take pleasure in their produce, well, the thought is simply abhorrent. And so to me, like I said, being vegan is easy. In fact I take more pleasure from my food (and other products I purchase, for example non animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries, cleaners etc.) because I am now conscious of the fact that my choices cause no harm.
 
But I am also aware that most of the people I come into contact with on a daily basis don’t feel the way I do, or at least are not living their lives in a way that tells me they do. That is the part of being vegan that I don’t enjoy. Feeling like an alien in a foreign land when it seems so simple and so right and so very normal (in my mind) to be living this way. Why hurt animals when you can easily live without doing so? Why do non-vegans get so upset and so vocal about cases of cruelty to single animals like dogs and cats, such as the case of Mary Bale putting the cat in the wheelie bin, and yet turn a blind eye to the billions of animals being subjected to hideous conditions in industrialised production facilities while consuming the flesh of slaughtered beings on a daily basis without a qualm?
 
How do vegans come to terms with this happening all around them? How do we even begin to try opening the eyes of other people to the truth we know and understand? I suppose it’s important to remember that we were once them, unless of course we were lucky enough to have been born and brought up vegan. Once upon a time I too called myself an animal lover and yet I consumed animal products. I didn’t make the connection, I don’t know why I didn’t and thinking about it now is difficult. But I changed. And all it took was reading about the cruelties involved, about the fact that ALL animals feel love and pain and fear, ALL want to live, none would choose to die… and that in suffering we truly are ALL equal. My heart expanded, my eyes opened, I thought about it and bam, I totally got it!
 
I can only hope that the message I try to spread about veganism will be heard by other people and then they too will go on to help and educate others. Veganism begins with a change of heart but goes on to make such a difference, in so many ways.
  
On this subject, I found the following blog very interesting and helpful. ~RC, EVOLVE! Campaigns
 

 
Commentary #19: Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism: Five Principles
 
Posted by Gary L. Francione in Blog, Podcast
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
In this Commentary, I address a topic that I have been asked to cover by a number of you: how do we talk with non-vegans about veganism?
 
I present five general principles:
 
Principle #1: People are good at heart.
Our default position when we talk with people ought to be that they are good at heart, and interested in, and educable about, moral issues. There is a tendency among at least some advocates to have a very misanthropic view of other humans and to see them as being inherently immoral or uninterested in issues of morality. I disagree with that view.
 
Principle #2: People are not stupid.
There is a tendency among animal advocates to believe that the general public is not able to understand the arguments in favor of veganism and that we must “go easy” and instead of talking about veganism, we should talk about vegetarianism, “Meat Free Monday,” “happy” meat and animal products, etc. I disagree with this very elitist way of thinking about other people. There is no mystery here; there is nothing complicated. People can understand if we teach effectively.
 
Principle #3: Do not get defensive; respond, don’t react.
Yes, some people will try to provoke us or will ask questions or make comments that we find insulting or that we take not to be serious. If someone is really not interested in what we are saying, they will, as a general matter, walk away. Treat every comment and question—even the ones you find abrasive, rude, or sarcastic—as an invitation being offered to you by someone who is more provoked (in a positive way) by you and engaged than you might think.
 
Principle #4: Do not get frustrated. Education is hard work.
You will get the same question many times; you will be asked questions that indicate you must start at the beginning with someone. But if you want to be an effective educator, you have to answer every question as if it is the first time you heard it. If you want others to be enthusiastic about your message, you have to be enthusiastic about it first.
 
Principle #5: Learn the basics. You have to be a student first before you become a teacher.
Many animal advocates become excited about abolitionist veganism and the next thing that happens is that they set up a website or start a blog that is motivated by the right feelings but not informed by clear ideas. Before you teach others, learn about the basics. Take advantage of abolitionist vegan resources, such as the videos, pamphlets, and other materials available on this site and materials available on other abolitionist sites such as animalemacipation.com and the Boston Vegan Association.
 
The sad fact is that the biggest obstacles to vegan education are the large, new welfarist groups that have become partners with institutional animal exploiters to promote the consumption of animal products by giving various forms of “animal rights approval” to animal exploitation.
 
These new welfarist groups are part of the problem; they are not part of the solution.
 
I hope you find the Commentary to be useful. As I indicate, I will be pleased to do future Commentaries in which I address further issues related to vegan advocacy depending on the feedback I receive on this Commentary.
 
Go vegan. It is easy. It is better for your health and for the planet. But most important, it is the morally right and just thing to do.
 
Gary L. Francione
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/

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Raw Food Yields Bone Health


Raw Food Yields Bone Health!

Bone health is maintained while living a raw food lifestyle. Strong bones can be measured in several ways. Bone density, while traditionally a measure of healthy bones, is only one parameter. Bone health is also maintained by exercise. Putting appropriate stress on your bones over time actually makes them more dense and strong. This is called Wolff’s law, named after the 19th century German surgeon Julius Wolff. The opposite is also true. Lack of use will cause the bones to become weaker. So get your exercise! Learn more about this new program to REVERSE YOUR OSTEOPOROSIS!

A recent study has shown that raw vegans compared to traditional dieters had lighter (less dense) bones. However the raw vegans on average had a much lower body mass index, thus having to support less weight. In addition the bone turnover markers were normal and the vitamin D was higher than- normal. There was also less inflammation. Follow this link for the synopsis on an article regarding raw food and osteoporosis

It is a misnomer that raw vegans do not consume calcium as there are many sources available. These include seaweeds such as kelp, wakame and hijiki, almonds and sesame seeds, blackstrap molasses, beans, oranges, figs, quinoa, collard greens, rutabaga, broccoli, dandelion leaves and kale.

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Raw Food Juicing


Raw Food Juicing!

Raw food juicing is the fastest way to get nutrition into your body. Juicers extract most of the nutrients and leave the pulp and fiber. This allows your stomach to quickly absorb the nutrients and gives you quick energy. By eliminating the bulk of green smoothies, your body gets similar benefits, i.e. nutrition, and a flatter feeling belly.

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Raw food juicing is extremely helpful for weight loss and has numerous health advantages. If you’re trying to start a raw food diet, juicing your fruits and vegetables may be the best way to go. In addition to the weight loss benefits, juicing fruits and vegetables can lead to improved blood sugar control and lowered blood pressure. You also will probably find a raw foods diet more filling. Cooking can cause the loss of up to 97% of water-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Since uncooked foods such as juices contain more vitamins and other nutrients, they are more satisfying to the body, so it does not feel starved for nutrients. This means the metabolism will keep running efficiently and keep your weight loss efforts headed in the right direction

Juicing jump-starts your body’s digestive process and helps increase energy by fueling it with high-quality nutrition, which can result in increased energy. One of the great things of juicing or eating raw food is that you can easily lose weight while nourishing your body. Fresh juices, combined with a well-balanced diet will provide you with the energy needed to burn more calories, fat, and provide you with the fuel you need for physical activity. The only caveat of juicing is that you lose fiber content, so you need to be mindful of eating high fiber foods like flax seed and beans. Juicing should be a complement to a well-balanced healthy diet, not a substitute.

Another benefit of juicing is that since your body absorbs and digests the nutrients faster, it has more down time for repair. When your body is not busy it is on a constant lookout for ways to heal itself, truly amazing are we! So with a little planning and creativity, juicing could enhance your well-balanced diet and add some zest.

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Milk comes from a griefing mother


MIlk comes from a grieving mother
by Javier Moreno on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 9:24am

Every Year, 9 Million Mothers Are Forced to Endure The Worst Loss.
 
All females used for milk production are torn from their babies shortly after birth. Some try to fight off the attackers, some try to shield their babies with their own bodies, some chase frantically after the transport, some cry pitifully, some withdraw in silent despair. Some go trustingly with their keepers only to return to an empty stall.
 
They all beg for their babies in language that requires no translation: They bellow, they cry, they moan. Many continue to call for their babies for days and nights on end. Some stop eating and drinking. They search feverishly. Many refuse to give up and will return to the empty spot again and again. Some withdraw in silent grief. They all remember to their last breath the face, the scent, the voice, the gait of every baby they carried for nine months, soundered to, birthed with difficulty, bathed, loved, and never got to know, nurture, protect, and watch live. Their baby girls will be raised to replace their own “spent” mothers, their baby boys will be killed for veal.
 
After repeated cycles of forced impregnations, painful births, relentless milkings, and crushing bereavements, their spirit gives, their bodies wither, their milk dries up. At the age when, in nature, a female cow would barely enter adulthood, the life of a dairy cow is over. When her milk “production” declines, she and her other “spent” herd mates are trucked off to slaughter. Some are pregnant. All are still lactating. As they are shoved towards their death, they drip milk onto the killing floor.
 
All Dairy operations, whether conventional or organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother. Dairy consumers support and perpetuate this intentional cruelty with their purchases.
 
You can stop it. Go vegan now.
 
This message is brought to you by Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: http://www.peacefulprairie.org/

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Happy Idul Fitri to all my Moslem friends around the world, may Allah bless the world with peace and compassion to all beings

The Grand Design: Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow


Book review: ‘The Grand Design’ by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

This fascinating book ponders the numerous theories that explain our universe, scientific and otherwise.

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking (Bantam Books / August 26, 2010)
By Michael Moorcock Special to the Los Angeles TimesSeptember 5, 2010

The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Bantam: 200 pp., $28



Robert Oppenheimer was fond of proposing that physics and poetry were becoming indistinguishable. In “The Grand Design,” Cambridge theorist Stephen Hawking and Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow seem to suggest that physics and metaphysics are also growing closer. They point out that the unified field theory that physicists, including Einstein, spent the better part of the 20th century trying to construct, probably can’t exist. Models of the universe are changing radically. We now live in a world in which many physicists have come to believe there are not merely three dimensions (plus time) but 10 or possibly 11.

Our scientific thinking has always tended to reflect its era. Some believe this is because we need a model or an idea emerging from our social and intellectual environment before we set about seeking the appropriate evidence. Science fiction, for instance, quite frequently “seeds” a notion into the scientific community before a physicist does the math and provides the evidence, though certain ideas, if born outside their time, might wait centuries before they are recognized.

Today, in a pluralistic age, it seems we need a number of overlapping theories with factors in common to describe what we are beginning to call the multiverse. In an environment that includes black holes, super black holes, dark matter, dark energy , string theory, M-theory, alternate pasts and alternate futures, we can no longer assume there is one universe or even a set of universes, with a single group of natural laws applicable to everything from the domain of atoms to that of astronomy.

This does not mean all ideas are created equal or that every strand of the multiverse is radically different from its nearest neighbor. We can argue, however, that one set of scientific laws might be appropriate to one universe, or even galaxy, while not quite fitting another. Even laws we have taken for granted, like those relating to the speed of light, might be at odds in different realms of a near-infinite set of universes. The grand design which we have taken for granted since Newton is likely to be more complex than anything he ever dreamed of.

While not dealing with recent developments in astrophysics or discussing chaos theory, Hawking and Mlodinow’s fascinating book, with its wonderful illustrations, takes us through the various supernatural and scientific cosmological theories that mankind has developed since earliest times to explain our universe. Since the Ionian intellectual awakening, when the likes of Aristarchus (310 BC-230 BC) calculated that the sun was bigger than the Earth and that our world orbited a star like other stars, people have feared that such ideas contradict the notion of a creator and that without faith in divine beings we should sink into immorality and decadence. Descartes had, like Newton and Darwin, no problem enquiring into the fundamentals of his surroundings while maintaining a profound faith in God. Indeed, some suggest that a complex, mysterious multiverse only proves the existence of an equally complex and mysterious deity. Certainly ideas first found in the realm of metaphysics continue to migrate to the realm of physics.

If nature is governed by laws, argue the authors, then three questions arise: 1) What is the nature of those laws? 2) Are there exceptions to the laws (for example, miracles)? 3) Is there only one set of possible laws?

“The Grand Design” sets out to answer these questions, demonstrating how we are dependent on models of reality that, with investigation, can sometimes change. And their arguments do indeed bring us closer to seeing our world, universe and multiverse in terms that a previous generation might easily have dismissed as supernatural. This succinct, easily digested book could perhaps do with fewer dry, academic groaners, but Hawking and Mlodinow pack in a wealth of ideas and leave us with a clearer understanding of modern physics in all its invigorating complexity.

Moorcock is the award—winning author of many books, including “Mother London” and the Elric saga. His “Pyat” series, describing events leading to the Nazi holocaust, will be published next year.

Copyright © 2010, Los Angeles Times

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