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Veganism is a way of life that as far as possible, excludes the use of animal derived products, whether they are for food, clothing, household products or medicines. It is of great benefit to human health, animals and also the planet. What's more, if everyone went vegan we could feed the entire population of the world with lots left to spare. These are the main reasons that people decide to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
ActiVeg - independent informal organisation promoting veganism through the work of volunteers - lots of vegan contacts across the UK.
Vegan Village - a great directory of vegan websites, both in the UK and abroad.
Goodness Direct - very handy online health food shop with free delivery over £35. Good for bulk staples too.
Veganstore - UK based all-vegan online shop.
Veganstore USA - the American vegan online store.
All the necessary nutrients for humans can be obtained on a vegan diet. We only miss out on such nasties as saturated animal fat, cholesterol and carcinogenic hormones. Other unexpected 'extras' eaten when consuming meat, milk and eggs include: various antibiotics, pus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, salmonella and campylobacter, not to mention (and we won't) certain anatomical parts that even confirmed meat eaters would balk at putting in their mouths if they knew!
Adopting a vegan diet has also been shown to prevent, improve and sometimes cure conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and even cancer.
For more information on this we would recommend the following websites and books:
Vegan Society The U.K. Vegan Society
NotMilk A site with a huge amount of information on the dangers of consuming cows milk .
Dr. Klaper - Dr. Michael Klapper on vegan health
The horrendous suffering caused to animals by the production of meat, milk, eggs, honey, leather, silk, cosmetics and medicines is enough reason for many to go vegan.
Many vegetarians ignore the cruelty of the dairy industry. The calf is taken from the mother cow within days of birth so that humans can get the milk. What happens to the calf? Veal, burgers and leather mostly, though many of the females go on to replenish the dairy herd. Cows have been shown to have very strong maternal instincts, sometimes escaping and running several miles to the location of their baby after separation. On top of this the modern dairy cow has been manipulated through diet and genetic engineering to produce 80 pints of milk a day (about 10 times what her calf would have used). Not suprisingly a third of the dairy herd will develop mastitis and/or painful diseases of the feet due to carrying the unnaturally large udders and the resulting distortion of the legs. Poor cow.
Many people believe that no death has been caused by their consumption of an egg. Not so. For every female (egg laying) chick that is produced the laws of nature demand a male also. These hens have been bred to produce the maximum possible amount of eggs and are also scrawny to keep the feed consumption to a minimum, so the male chicks are no use for meat. They are thrown in the bin and then either crushed or gassed. According to The Ministry of Agriculture in 'Slaughter Statistics' 1994 the death toll of the male chicks amounts to 40 million a year in Britain. There are obvious differences in the way that many egg-producing hens are kept - free range or battery, but that doesn't make any difference to the male chicks.
A great book on this subject:
'The Silent Ark' - author Juliet Gellatley is the founder of VIVA (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals). Here she tells her personal story of veganism and campaigning for animals. She pulls no punches when it comes to describing the way in which animals are reared and slaughtered. The book has excellent sections on health and the environment too. Published April 1996.
VIVA! - Viva - Vegetarians and Vegans Voice for Animals, merchandise too
Animal Aid - Animal Aid - a charity campaigning for all animals, online shop also
PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - a large site.
Dr. Hadwen Trust - The Dr. Hadwen Trust develops alternatives to animal tests. They also sell vegan chocs, biscuits and toiletries to raise funds.
Environment and third world hunger
A large proportion of the crops grown in the world are fed to the huge number of farm animals bred to satisfy omnivorous consumers. Third world countries are terribly in debt to our western governments and sell us their food crops at a cheap price to pay off some of this debt leaving themselves short of food. We then feed most of this food to our farm animals where for every 10 grams of plant protein they eat, only 1 gram of animal protein (in the form of meat, milk and eggs) is produced. It takes 20 times the resources (land, water etc.) to feed a person who eats meat than it does to feed a vegan.
Then there's the devastation to the Rainforests. A lot of the destruction is taking place to make room for cattle farming. Mad?
'Vegan - the new ethics of eating' by Erik Marcus. A huge amount of research has gone into this book on the environmental, health and animal welfare issues surrounding veganism - all newly revised in 2000. The author is, very generously, giving away a free download of the whole book on his site at http://www.vegan.com/
Good web sites are
http://www.vegansociety.com/html/whyvegan/whyresources.html - information on the resources used to produce different foods.
http://www.vegansociety.com/html/whyvegan/whyenvt.html - information on the environmental destruction caused by animal based agriculture.
The Hunger Site - go to this site and donate food to the starving by clicking a button - it costs you nothing, the site's sponsors pay for all visits! You can only click once a day - each click pays for a cup of grain.