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This presentation illuminates vegan living, a set of choices stemming from the simple fact that every sentient being - human or not - deserves not to be hurt. Thus, a vegan avoids all animal products, …

This presentation illuminates vegan living, a set of choices stemming from the simple fact that every sentient being - human or not - deserves not to be hurt. Thus, a vegan avoids all animal products, including milk & its products, meat, eggs, honey, wool, leather, fur, pearl and silk. Ethics aside, vegan living is also critical for our own health, and that of the environment. There is indisputable evidence that cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high BP, asthma, bone weakness and obesity can all be prevented or reversed through vegan eating. Plus, you can achieve all of this without compromising on your favourite tastes or clothing needs. Be it sweets, chocolates, cakes, ice-creams, curd, paneer, cheese, pizza or tea/coffee, almost every dish you are used to can be found/made without animal ingredients!

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  • Thank you everybody for giving me this opportunity. Let me begin with a disclaimer. What I am gonna share over the course of the next hour may be perceived by some to be radical. So, please bear in mind at all times that I am not here to pass judgments on any of you or impose my views. I am only here to create awareness about certain lesser known facts and facilitate informed, responsible decision making.

    Now, about the makeup of today’s session, we will first run through a few introductory slides, followed by a 30 minute movie, followed by the rest of the slides, and finally the Q and A part. I request you to hold any questions you may have till the end. Alright, without further ado, lets get cracking.
  • Don’t all sentient beings deserve to live free from slavery and suffering?
  • A vegan lifestyle is actually goverened by a simple logic: Be fair universally, not just when it’s convenient to be so. Be fair without discriminating between races, castes or species. In other worlds, a vegan tries to ensure that any being that feels pain is not put to pain.

    Veganism is not tantamount to vegeteranism. Most vegetarians think that only meat causes killing. But, the truth is that milk and eggs also lead to animal killing, as you will see for yourselves during the course of the session. Being vegan is not just about avoiding killing., though; it’s also about avoiding cruelty. Even in Indian tabelas/dairies, cows undergo as severe suffering as chickens and other animals do in the egg and meat industry.

    Therefore, Vegans refrain from ALL products derived from animals: milk & dairy products, eggs, meat, leather, wool, honey, silk, fur and so on. We also choose not to participate in other forms of animal exploitation such as circuses.

  • Before we go for the video that highlights the various aspects of being vegan, let me provide a rapid overview of the impact of avoiding animal products. Vegan choices are powerful enough to… Lets dig deeper into each of these aspects through a 30 minute video.
  • The least amount of plants necessary for survival
  • I wouldn’t buy the skin of dead animals at all. I know that, prima facie, using naturally dead animals’ skin sounds harmless, but here are the concerns. Naturally dead animals can provide a very limited amount of skin, and scouting for them has its own logistical issues. So, what will (or does) happen is that under the guise of this cruelty-free label, a business will prosper wherein animals will actually be killed for skin. Now, one (not you, but someone else) may ask a related question. If animals are anyway killed for meat, is taking their skin off wrong? Yes, it is. The reason is that animal skin is one of the means of profit making for the animal industry. So, as a consumer of animal skin, you make the raising and killing of animals more profitable. In other words, if we stop buying animal skin, the profit lost from that will have to be compensated for by increasing the prices of meat and other animal products. So, by choosing not to give up animal skin, we contribute to making meat, etc. cheaper! And, surely, that’s far from ethically justifiable.
  • I presume, most of you are familiar with racism, casteism and sexism. They refer to the discrimination, exploitation and oppression of a group of beings along the lines of race, caste and gender respectively. I would be astonished to find any fair-minded, responsible individual endorsing any of these forms of exploitation. Yet, most of us unconsciously practice an ideologically similar ill: species-im, the exploitation of one species by another. When it is not fair to hurt beings from other castes & races, how is it fair to enslave and torment beings from other species (that too merely for pleasure, not survival)? Why should justice and kindness be confined to humans when animals too can feel pain equally vividly?

    Not so long ago in our history, human slavery had been rampant throughout the world. Today we shudder to think of the idea of an innocent being born just to be enslaved and tortured for life, but that was pretty much the norm for a huge amount of humans, just like it is today for a massive amount of animals. Ever wonder why that happened, why we condoned slavery? It happened because of conditioning - sustained, powerful conditioning. If from the time you were born to the time you developed your system of right and wrong, I had told you that black people are inferior, they are meant for us whites, there’s a pretty good chance you would be a slavery supporter too, right? The good news is that eventually we did overcome that brainwashing and abolished slavery. We overcame centuries of conditioning to choose ethics and fairness over tradition and history. However, still 10s of billions animals – several times the entire human population – are bred (meaning created), enslaved and tortured every year. And that too, for things we can easily dispense with and would actually be better off without. Are these animals any less innocent than the victims of human slavery? Nope! So, it’s high time we take the next leap in our ethical evolution by eradicating animal slavery & oppression.
  • I presume, most of you are familiar with racism, casteism and sexism. They refer to the discrimination, exploitation and oppression of a group of beings along the lines of race, caste and gender respectively. I would be astonished to find any fair-minded, responsible individual endorsing any of these forms of exploitation. Yet, most of us unconsciously practice an ideologically similar ill: species-im, the exploitation of one species by another. When it is not fair to hurt beings from other castes & races, how is it fair to enslave and torment beings from other species (that too merely for pleasure, not survival)? Why should justice and kindness be confined to humans when animals too can feel pain equally vividly?

    Not so long ago in our history, human slavery had been rampant throughout the world. Today we shudder to think of the idea of an innocent being born just to be enslaved and tortured for life, but that was pretty much the norm for a huge amount of humans, just like it is today for a massive amount of animals. Ever wonder why that happened, why we condoned slavery? It happened because of conditioning - sustained, powerful conditioning. If from the time you were born to the time you developed your system of right and wrong, I had told you that black people are inferior, they are meant for us whites, there’s a pretty good chance you would be a slavery supporter too, right? The good news is that eventually we did overcome that brainwashing and abolished slavery. We overcame centuries of conditioning to choose ethics and fairness over tradition and history. However, still 10s of billions animals – several times the entire human population – are bred (meaning created), enslaved and tortured every year. And that too, for things we can easily dispense with and would actually be better off without. Are these animals any less innocent than the victims of human slavery? Nope! So, it’s high time we take the next leap in our ethical evolution by eradicating animal slavery & oppression.
  • This is one of the most thought provoking quotes I have ever come across…

    Although the majority of the world is still either ignorant or apathetic about animal slavery, the good news is that many people have already taken the next leap in our ethical evolution – by choosing to go vegan.
  • Clogged arteries
  • In my early days as a vegan, I used to wonder why cows & buffaloes - as opposed to apes (like gorillas) - were picked for milk, given that apes are biologically way more compatible with humans than cows & buffaloes. Of course, any animal milk would be extremely unethical/cruelty-causing, as well as unnatural and unhealthy (for humans), because milk is tailor-made for each species by nature. After all, no species in nature drinking another species’ milk, or any milk at all post infancy! The point that I realized about cows & buffaloes, though, was that they were chosen for milking only because those poor animals are gentle/docile, and can easily be exploited & domesticated! Why else would one take cow/buffalo’s milk, which, hormonally and biologically, is totally unsuitable for humans?
  • Calcium contents

  • The US, England, Sweden, Finland
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    • 1. Freeing the Voiceless!
    • 2. Legalized slavery: Does it exist? • Yes, with billions of victims! • Why are they denied freedom, a birthright? Their only crime is that they are not human!
    • 3. Shouldn’t non-human animals also be free from slavery and suffering?
    • 4. Shouldn’t non-human animals also be free from slavery and suffering?
    • 5. Shouldn’t non-human animals also be free from slavery and suffering?
    • 6. Freedom = Not just freedom from physical captivity, but also the right to lead an uncontrolled free life Why are we indifferent to the animal plight: Centuries of conditioning Shouldn’t non-human animals also be free from slavery and suffering?
    • 7. One of the most crying social justice issues of our time • Sheer volume of the victim count • If the victims were human, we’d call this the greatest barbarity on the planet. • Powered by ordinary people like you and me • The victims are the most vulnerable • Rely entirely on our compassion for their liberation
    • 8. One of the most crying social justice issues of our time • So, it’s especially crucial to • not just stop participating in their oppression • but also to become champions of animal rights • Grant freedom to all, regardless of species • Align lifestyles with that ethical obligation
    • 9. the antidote to animal exploitation = veganism
    • 10. What is vegan living? (like meat) Milk and eggs also lead to animal killing and torture! Yes, that’s true in India too . A lifestyle based on a simple logic: Every sentient being – human or not – deserves not to be hurt. Even in traditional Indian tabelas/dairies, cows have to be subjected to unbearable repeated forced pregnancies and a lot of other misery. Be universally fair, NOT selectively or conveniently fair. A vegan avoids all animal products: milk & its products, meat, eggs, honey, Wool, leather, silk, pearl, fur…
    • 11. The scope of impact of vegan choices Make the planet sustainable Feed a lot more people Save billions from torture/death Make you fit and disease- free in a lasting manner
    • 12. Watch the video http://youtu.be/3r8JpB2FbSc before viewing further.
    • 13. “But, don’t plants feel pain too?” o A non-vegan consumes not just meat, eggs & milk, but also the plants fed daily to the farm animals for their entire lifetimes! o Eating plants directly i.e. eating vegan does the least damage to plants too (not just animals). If plants feel pain, that’s actually yet another reason to be vegan! A user of animal products consumes many times more plants than a vegan does. The majority view among scientists: Plants can not feel pain, as they don’t have a central nervous system.
    • 14. Leather, wool and silk are NOT cruelty-free byproducts  The dairy industry is the most common source of leather. • Male calves have no use in dairy! • They are often intentionally starved, so that they can be skinned quickly. • leather (and wool) buyers make meat much cheaper. • Wool also causes many atrocities such as flesh stripping on sheep. • A silk cloth leads to the exploitation and killing of tons of silk worms.
    • 15. How is honey cruel?  To make one pound of honey, a bee colony must visit over two million flowers, flying over 55,000 miles! During a bee’s lifetime, she will only make approximately one teaspoon of honey!  We ruin that in minutes by invading their hive and stealing all their food security!  The queen bee’s wings are often cut off, so that she is confined to the hive, with the other bees. Honey is nothing but bee-vomit. It is the buffer food stored by honey bees, used during winter months.
    • 16. Why love some and torture/kill the others? Do dairy cows and chickens feel less pain or deserve less happiness than the cats and dogs we adore?
    • 17. Species-ism  When it is not fair to hurt beings from other castes & genders, how is it fair to enslave and torment beings from other species?  That too merely for pleasure, not survival!  Why should justice and kindness be confined to humans alone? The exploitation of a set of species (animals) by another (humans). “Animals exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans, just like black people were not made for whites, and women not for men.”
    • 18. Similar to human slavery, but much worse Imagine being born just to be enslaved & tortured for life! That’s exactly the story of the 10s of billions of farm animals (several times the human population) we birth i.e. breed every year!  Cause of slavery: Centuries of powerful conditioning  Good news: Eventually, we chose ethics & reason over tradition & culture. It’s high time we take the next leap in our ethical evolution: Eradicate animal slavery & oppression!
    • 19. “200 years ago, Americans would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 150 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 75 years ago, they would have loudly objected to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. Sometime ago, they laughed at us for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. They are no longer laughing.” - adapted from Gary Smith Traditional does NOT equal ethical
    • 20. ‘Humane milk’, ‘humane eggs’, etc. can NEVER exist! Mere enslavement or violation of consent is deeply cruel. Why did we abolish human slavery, instead of making slaves’ treatment ‘humane’? Robbing a being of the freedom to make her own choices in itself causes immense suffering. Myth: Cows “give” milk to us. Fact: The only thing that a free cow in the wild would give us, if we tried to milk her, is a kick.
    • 21. ‘Humane milk’, ‘humane eggs’, etc. can NEVER exist! A lot of barbarities are inherently attached to the very economic & environmental viability of animal products. • Repeated rapes for a constant cycle of pregnancy, birth and milking • Selling male babies to be slaughtered (or starving them) • Keeping calves largely deprived of mother’s milk • Even in the “free-range” egg hatcheries, male chicks are killed, as they are useless egg- wise (and grow too slowly to be viable for meat). • Hens meet the same fate once they become spent i.e. unviable. Hypothetically if 'humane milk' did exist, the already high eco-footprint of regular milk would be hugely exceeded, since many times more cows would be needed.
    • 22. Vegan celebrities are on the rise! Tobey Maguire aka ‘Spiderman’ is a staunch vegan who doesn’t allow anyone wearing animal skin (e.g., leather) in his house. He even sent back a Mercedes with leather seats! Another inspiration is former Citibank vice president Philip Wollen, for whom, being vegan is ”to be able to look in the mirror without feeling profoundly ashamed”. Germany’s strongest man, Patrik Baboumian, is vegan! “Avoidance of animal products is the single biggest thing that an individual can do to combat climate change”. - ‘Avatar’ director James Cameron, whose initial motivation to be vegan was environmental conservation. Aamla Akkineni, acress and founder of Blue Cross, Hyderabad
    • 23. Animal rights – a growing trend worldwide • The European Union and India recently banned all animal-tested cosmetics! • The number of vegans in the US alone: – 22 Million, as per the Public Policy Polling Survey, 2013
    • 24. Vegan for food security Growing loads of crops for animals and then feeding on them is a terribly inefficient way to feed ourselves! As much as 50% of India’s maize becomes cattle feed! We can feed a lot more people if we all eat vegan! Up to 10 kg of grains 1kg of animal food
    • 25. Vegan for the environment • Animal products deplete resources such as land & water massively, since the animals have to be daily fed and hydrated all through their lives. • A UN study deems animal products culpable for – 70% of the world’s agricultural land – 18% of the greenhouse gas emissions – Considerable deforestation. There is simply not enough land & water to sustain the world on animal products!
    • 26. Does it harm employment? Not at all A vegan world will not have fewer jobs. • The reduced employment in the animal products industry will be compensated for by increased openings in the vegan products industry. • Jobs decline when the demand diminishes, but veganism doesn’t reduce the demand. It only changes the demand. – And, history shows that the market is very adaptable. • From tobacco to chemical weapons, there are many unethical things wherein people are employed, but, do we approve of such things? No, because there exist enough cruelty-free means of employment.
    • 27. Agreed, but what about mosquitos? • The idea is to try one’s sincere best to cause the least amount of cruelty necessary for survival. – Rather than killing mosquitos, keep them at bay through cleanliness, mosquito nets and/or repellents. • It’s one thing to inflict pain in occasional self-defence or accidentally, and totally another to do so when there is no necessity!
    • 28. Humans are plant-eaters, NOT omnivores From laterally moving jaws to long folding intensities, humans possess a dozen physiological traits that makes us plant-eaters, not omnivores. Our so-called canine teeth do not make us omnivorous, as canines are also found in several herbivores.
    • 29. Our natural instincts What would a 2 year old (unconditioned) child pick up when offered an apple, and a live chicken?
    • 30. Conditioned v/s Natural Ever wondered why milk and eggs are the only unbranded foods being advertised? Because natural, instinctive foods like fruits and vegetables never need to be marketed!
    • 31. When babies grow, they wean themselves off milk, and start eating other foods……
    • 32. …except human babies! Is there any species in nature drinking another species’ milk?! OR any milk at all post infancy?! Why were cows – and not apes like gorillas – picked for milk? Because cows are gentle/docile - easy targets for exploitation! Otherwise, there’s no reason to take cow’s milk, which is hormonally/biologically totally unsuitable for humans.
    • 33. Plant-based food: The healthiest choice Milk, eggs and meat account for most of our cholesterol and saturated fat, and contain no fibre. Plant foods are rich in fibre (good for digestion), and contain no cholesterol. Alarming summary from a number of independent studies, including the biggest study ever to link food and health [Undertaken by Oxford University, Cornel University and others under the name 'The China Study’]: Milk, eggs & meat cause or worsen many dreaded diseases including heart disease, high BP, cancer, asthma, diabetes and bone weakness! So, vegan food does way more than the removal of excess body fat, and improvement of fitness/energy & digestion. It’s essential for good health.
    • 34. Unclog arteries merely with food! Terrified of heart disease, hyper tension & repeated bypass surgeries? Source: “Reversing Heart Disease”, by Dr. Cardwell Esselstyn ‘The Last Heart Attack’, a CNN documentary, features many eminent doctors/researchers advocating vegan food, aside from Bill Clinton, who is vegan and has cured his heart disease through it.
    • 35. Myths: Calcium & Protein There’s absolutely no nutrient that vegan food cannot provide! [B12 deficiencies equally likely in non-vegans]
    • 36. Calcium: Plants are better than milk • Calcium is present in some quantity in every food that we take. Plus, most plant based sources have a much higher calcium absorption ratio than animal milk, and do not have harmful side-effects. • Many plant foods also contain more calcium than milk. Here are some:
    • 37. How milk causes osteoporosis (bone weakness)  Calcium loss is a bigger problem than its intake  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has actually substantiated, with the help of a number of scientific studies, that animal milk protein actually leaches calcium from the bones, resulting in bone weakness!  When animal protein enters the body, it breaks into amino acids very quickly, making the body Ph too acidic. To balance that, the body has to leach out alkaline minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium from bones.
    • 38. Vegans get more than enough protein!  Protein is a building block of any food.  So, if you consume enough calories, you are bound to get enough protein! o Protein deficiencies mostly found in malnourished people. o In fact, excess protein leads to serious harm!  There are plenty of protein-rich plant foods: o all pulses (dal) o soya products o all legumes (peas like chana, beans such as rajama) o almonds & other nuts o seeds, etc.
    • 39. Vegans get more than enough protein! Many have also sustained babies and pregnancies on totally vegan food, and are healthier for it! Quite a few world-class vegan athletes and body builders: Long-distance runner turned renowned bodybuilder Robert Cheek A vegan since birth; Two-time Olympian
    • 40. Animal foods – a cocktail of toxins  Alarmingly high in antibiotics, pus cells, hormones (natural and artificial), mercury and pesticide  Much higher pesticide concentration than in plants  A 7 year study by Indian Council for Medical Research, across 12 states, found pesticides residues in all milk brands beyond permissible limits.  “68% of India’s milk contaminated”- Food Safety Authority of India
    • 41. Awareness rising in India too!  Dr Nandita Shah  World-renowned for reversing diabetes and heart diseases merely through vegan food!  Dr Suketu, CEO, Asha Parekh hospital  Reversed his heart disease through vegan food.  Their nutritionists exclusively prescribe vegan food to patients.  Dr Kajal Bhatia (nutritionist), Dr Rupa S, Dr Pramod Tripathi (Pune) and many more
    • 42. Be it tea, curd, ice-creams or cheese, it’s all there in vegan form!  Being vegan is easier than ever!  Be it sweets, chocolates, cakes, ice-creams, curd, paneer, cheese, pizza or tea/coffee… …almost all your favourite tastes can be found/made without animal ingredients. • Tons of recipes that use plant based [cashew, coconut, soya, almond, rice] milk to veganize everything you love! • Food aside… • Ample options for non-leather furniture, footwear & accessories • Shampoos, soaps & cosmetics involving no animal testing/ingredients • Wool, silk, fur and honey can be easily avoided too.
    • 43. Cruelty-free alternatives  Animal milk –> Plant milk from almond/coconut/soy/rice/cashew  Curd –> Peanut curd, coconut curd, rice curd, cashew curd  Cheese –> Vegan cheeses made with cashews or tofu  Butter for spread –> Nut butters (peanut, cashew, almond)  Meats –> Mock/Fake (plant-based), soy nuggets  Paneer –> Tofu (same taste, better health)  Tea –> Soy/cashew milk, green tea, masala tea, lemon tea, herbal tea  Coffee –> Black coffee or with vanilla flavoured soy milk/coconut milk  Chocolates –> Nestle’s dark chocolate, Ritter Sport (2 varieties)  Cakes & Ice-creams –> how-to-order info on the blog and booklet  Wool -> cotton, polyester, acrylic, etc.
    • 44. Chocolates: Nestle’s dark chocolate, Ritter Sport (2 varieties) Biscuits: Oreo, Parle’s Bourbon, Hide-n-seek, Monaco, etc. Ice-creams: Berrys (soy-based), sorbets Tofu: An excellent healthy alternative to Paneer Soy milk: easily available in different flavors Sweets: Haldiram’s classic Soan Papadi (2 flavours) and Badaam Halwa Almost every food product you are used to is now available vegan!
    • 45. https://www.facebook.com/groups/hyderabad.vegans  ~1700 members… and counting  Open not only for vegans, but anyone interested Blog: http://hyderabadvegans.wordpress.com
    • 46. Thanks!

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