Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
Vegan living
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

×

Saving this for later?

Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime - even offline.

Text the download link to your phone

Standard text messaging rates apply

Vegan living

635
views

Published on

This presentation outlines vegan living, a set of choices governed by a simple logic: Any being that feels pain should not be put to pain. Thus, a vegan avoids all animal products, including milk & …

This presentation outlines vegan living, a set of choices governed by a simple logic: Any being that feels pain should not be put to pain. Thus, a vegan avoids all animal products, including milk & dairy products, meat, eggs, honey, wool, leather, fur and silk. Not many people know that (like meat) milk and eggs also lead to killing [as detailed below]! Moreover, even in Indian tabelas/dairies, cows undergo as severe suffering as chickens do in the egg/meat industry. Hence, unlike vegetarians, vegans also refrain from all milk items (such as paneer, cheese, ghee, butter & curd). Succinctly put, vegans eat nothing from a mother, nothing with a face. Compassion aside, plant-based (i.e. vegan) food is also critical for our own health, and that of the environment. There is compelling 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 now achieve all of this without sacrificing your favourite tastes: Be it sweets, chocolates, cakes, ice-creams, curd, paneer, cheese, pizza or tea/coffee, almost every dish you are used to can now be found/made without animal ingredients! More on http://hyderabadvegans.wordpress.com/why-vegan-detailed.


0 Comments
4 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
635
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
26
Comments
0
Likes
4
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
No notes for slide
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Here's my take. Cruelty is inherently attached to the very viability of any and every milk production entity (be it a rural cooperative or a goshala). The first reason for that is that the cow, like any other mammal, needs to become pregnant in order to produce milk (and the milk lasts only for a limited duration post birth). If she is allowed to mate as per her wishes, the cow will mate so infrequently that she will be milk-less - and hence useless – most of the time. That’s why every milk producer has to force i.e. rape the cow into a constant, brutal cycle of pregnancy, birth and milking. This alone proves the point about all milk being necessarily cruel, but sadly there’s a lot more. The male calves born out of all these pregnancies are financial liabilities, as they will never produce milk. So, either they are left to starve or sold to be slaughtered (for leather/beef). Furthermore, babies (calves) are deprived of mother’s milk, that nature intended exclusively for them. If dairies let calves drink all the milk they need, that would again be at odds with their economic viability. And, once the cow is “spent”, she too becomes a financial burden. So, she either dies eating plastic on the road, or she too gets sold to a slaughter house!  And, *hypothetically*, if someone produces milk in a 'cruelty-free' way, the already huge environmental footprint of milk will get enormously worse, as many times more cows will be needed to produce a given quantity of milk. Last but not the least, I want to make a crucial, yet often missed point. One need not know the specifics of how animals are treated in order to be convinced about being vegan on ethical grounds. The mere commodification/enslavement of animals is cruel and unjustifiable. The fundamental issue is consent (of the animal), which is absent during the production/extraction of every single animal product. Would a free cow in the wild ever let us milk her? No, she would kick us away. Given a choice, no animal would let humans dictate their lives. And, robbing a being of the freedom to make her own choices is in itself a grave form of cruelty, even if she is not kept physically tied/caged. This is why we abolished human slavery, rather than opting for ‘humane’ treatment of slaves. This basic rationale of rejecting the commodification of all sentient beings (be it animals or women/blacks) is what defines veganism. This notion, formalized as abolitionism (as opposed to welfarism), was pioneered by Prof Gary Francione. Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitionism_(animal_rights). 
  • 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
  • Transcript

    • 1. Living well by letting live!
    • 2. What is vegan living?  A lifestyle based on a simple logic  Any being that feels pain should not be put to pain.  So, a vegan avoids all animal products:  milk & its products, meat, eggs, honey  Wool, leather, silk, pearl, fur…  (like meat) Milk and eggs also lead to animal killing and torture! Yes, that’s true in India too .  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.
    • 3. The scope of impact of vegan choices A) Make the planet sustainable B) Feed a lot more people C) Save billions from torture/death D) Make you fit and disease-free in a lasting manner
    • 4. Watch the video http://youtu.be/3r8JpB2FbSc before viewing further.
    • 5. “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 anther reason to be vegan! A user of animal products consumes many times more plants than a vegan does.
    • 6. “But, why not just campaign for ‘humane’ milk production?” Because ‘humane milk’ (like ‘cruelty-free eggs’) is simply not feasible!  Cruelty is inherent to the financial viability of milk production:  Repeated rapes for a constant cycle of pregnancy, birth and milking  Selling male babies to be slaughtered (or starving them) *In egg hatcheries too (even the ‘free-range’ ones), male babies are brutally killed]  Keeping calves largely deprived of mother’s milk are all unavoidable for any dairy/tabela to survive economically!  The environmental aspect  Several times more cattle – and hence, land & water - needed!  Robbing a being of the freedom to make her own choices is in itself cruel.  We abolished human slavery, rather than opting for ‘humane’ slavery.  This notion, formalized as abolitionism, was pioneered by Prof Gary Francione.
    • 7. 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 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.
    • 8. How is honey cruel?  Honey is nothing but bee-vomit.  It is the buffer food stored by honey bees, used during winter months.  Bees spend enormous amounts of time and efforts to produce honey, drop by drop. And, 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.
    • 9. 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?
    • 10. 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).
    • 11. 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 & fairness over history & culture. It’s high time we take the next leap in our ethical evolution: Eradicate animal slavery & oppression!
    • 12. “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. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Someday they won‟t be laughing.” - Gary Smith “The animals of the world 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” - Alice Walker
    • 13. 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!
    • 14. 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.
    • 15. Our natural instincts What would a small (unconditioned) child pick up when offered an apple, and a live chicken?
    • 16. When babies grow, they wean themselves off milk, and start eating other foods……
    • 17. …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.
    • 18. Plant-based food: The healthiest choice Milk, eggs and meat account for most of our cholesterol and saturated fat, and contain no fibre. o 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.
    • 19. 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
    • 20. Myths: Calcium & Protein There’s absolutely no nutrient that vegan food cannot provide! [B12 deficiencies equally likely in non-vegans]
    • 21. Calcium: Plants are better than milk • Humans absorb only 32% of the calcium in cow’s milk, compared to the absorption rate of over 50% from plant foods! • Many plant foods also contain more calcium than milk. Here are some:
    • 22. How milk causes osteoporosis (bone weakness)  Animal protein is different from plant protein.  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. The countries with the highest incidence of osteoporosis (bone weakness) are those boasting the highest consumption of dairy products!
    • 23. 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! – Protein deficiencies mostly found in malnourished people. – In fact, excess protein leads to serious harm! • There are plenty of protein-rich plant foods: – all pulses (dal) – soya products – all legumes • peas like chana • beans such as rajama – almonds & other nuts – seeds, etc.
    • 24. 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
    • 25. 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
    • 26. 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
    • 27. Vegan celebrities are on the rise! ‘Olympian of the Century’ Carl Lewis Former Citibank Vice president Philip Wollen says that being vegan is “to be able to look in the mirror without feeling profound ashamed”.  Venus & Serena Williams  ‘Avatar’ director James Cameron  ‘Spiderman’ Tobey Maguire  Actress Alicia Silverstone  Singer Bryan Adams  Body-builder Joel Kirkilis  And many more The acclaimed sprinter and long jumper publically credits vegan food for enhancing his athletic performance. Actress Amala Akkineni
    • 28. Vegan for food security Growing loads of crops for animals and then feeding on them is a terribly inefficient way to feed ourselves! Up to 10 kg of grains 1kg of animal food As much as 50% of India’s maize becomes cattle feed! We can feed a lot more people if we all eat vegan!
    • 29. 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!
    • 30. 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.
    • 31. 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!
    • 32. 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
    • 33. 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! • Restaurants of every cuisine serve dishes that are devoid of dairy, eggs, & meat (including pizza in US Pizza/Papa Jones). • 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.
    • 34. 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.
    • 35. Chocolates: Nestle’s dark chocolate, Ritter Sport (2 varieties) Biscuits: Oreo, Parle’s bornbon, 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!
    • 36. https://www.facebook.com/groups/hyderabad.vegans  715 members… and counting  Open not only for vegans, but anyone interested Blog: http://hyderabadvegans.wordpress.com
    • 37. Meet some Hyderabad Vegans! Aravind Arige (Management professional, 27 years): • A non-vegeterian turned vegan • Became a runner and cyclist after turning vegan! Sejal Parikh (Telecom engineer turned writer, 30 years): • Also studied nutrition from Cornel University • Vegan for 3 years • Above average calcium/protein levels throughout her fully vegan pregnancy despite hardly taking any supplements! • Delivered a very healthy baby boy with 3.75 kg weight!
    • 38. Meet some Hyderabad Vegans! Dheeraj Chakilam (11th class student, 18 years): • Became vegan on his own 1.5 years ago, and inspired his parents to follow suit! • His sinusitis vanished after cutting out animal products. In fact, from asthma to severe joint pain, several serious illnesses have been cured through vegan food within this group itself! Suresh Panchal (Business man, 35 years): One of the many vegan body-builders!
    • 39. Give veganism a chance • Increasingly many people make the complete switch instantly. • Others start by reducing the non-vegan consumption maximally, and typically fix a date by which to phase it out entirely. For health. For the planet. For the animals
    • 40. Thanks!