(I never really liked Ian Dury, but ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ is a stone cold classic.)
Being a vegan quickly becomes a major talking point in life. Its unavoidable and certainly makes you think about lifestyle choices in a deeper way. It’s a challenging stance to take and many people feel threatened by it. It requires a complete re-evaluation on our approach to producing food and the way that we source and buy our food. Having an open mind to such a drastic change is paramount, if you are against veganism on principle, please read on with an open heart and see what settles. I’d love to hear constructive comments, but generally, I receive strangely thought out theories on why meat is essential to modern human existence. All I would say is that ethics and social behaviour can change quickly, especially when backed by governments and the powers that be, just look at the huge changes we went through with the smoking ban in public places. Veganism or eating far less meat and dairy, is surely next on the agenda. We have to stop consuming so much. It is the most effective way we can minimise the degradation of our environment and create a cleaner, healthier future.
Most people I meet are interested in the vegan lifestyle and normally ask ‘why?’ (many shaking their heads like I’ve lost my marbles.) I seem to be missing out on so many goodies when we go to restaurants, bakeries, bars, etetec This is not an easy question to answer for me as there are many reasons and not eating a croissant ever again seems like a small sacrifice to make:
1) The food is amazing. I love to cook vegan food and experiment with new ideas and fresh approached to nutrition and cooking techniques.
2) It’s superbly healthy for ourselves and the planet.
3) Its a life style that is against the exploitation and suffering of animals (and humans for that matter)
…….the list goes on and I can find no negative aspects to a vegan diet. None. That is using the most objective angle I can muster.
I told some friends recently to check out the blog for more inspiring vegan info and bar the food, realised there was little else to get the vegetal flow moving. I have gathered some vegan quotes that inspire me, with cool pictures of friendly animals and thought I’d do a little sharing. I posted pt 1 a while ago now and with the new year upon us, it seems that pt 2 is ripe. I hope you find them equally inspiring.
What better time of year to give veganism a go! These quotes may give you the final push to change things up a little. After all that indulgence over the festive period, we all need light and super nutritious food to give us a detox hug and new year sparkle. There are plenty of recipes on the B.H.K to fit that bill, but today we are going in a quote/ ethics direction. Being a vegan is much more than delicious food, its a statement about how you wish to lead your life and treat other living things. Vegans are for peace and a healthy future for the planet and our new generations, after all, if everyone in the world stopped eating meat, there’d be enough grain available to feed the world population at least seven times over! If every person in the world stopped eating meat for just one day a week, there would be enough grain to feed our world population, 7 billion, one time.
Some of the quotes are quite full on, but this is a highly emotive issue and rightly so. I cannot ethically equate the suffering of animals for food within the society I live in. Britain is well renowned as a nation of ‘animal lovers’. I believe that the way that we treat our animals says a lot about out culture, that is all animals and not just those classed as pets. The industrialised meat and dairy industries are torturing animals on a daily basis to present us with the foods that we prefer. Its a matter of choice, not necessity. I’m not saying we should all become vegans overnight, but we should be aware of the processes of cruelty that are involved in providing cheap dairy and meat products, when we realise this, surely as compassionate human beings, we move away from foods which undoubtedly promote torment and suffering, towards a healthier plant based diet.
Veganism is not just a lifestyle trend, its a statement of intent. In simplest terms, I feel that being a vegan stands for a peaceful future for all. Going vegan has a MASSIVE effect on the world socially and environmentally. We are gradually moving away from our current eating trends and awareness is spreading, but we must act quicker. There is alot at stake. Human life itself is at stake. What better cause to wake us up and turn to tofu!
If you want to change the world, go Vegan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have an amazing start to 2015, hopefully with a few plant based wonders on your plates:
“Eating is always a decision; nobody forces your hand to pick up the food and put it into your mouth.” Albert Ellis
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Leonardo Da Vinci
“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” Pythagoras
“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers” Peter Singer
“Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.” – Albert Schweitzer
“To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.” Romain Rolland
“We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defence of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.” Gary L. Francione
“I am grateful to realize that my desires do not entitle me to add to another’s suffering.” Zoe Weil
“Man is the only animal that can remain if friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.” Samuel Butler
“Be a fearless cook and never apologise.” Julia Child
“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” John Kenneth Galbraith
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
“The belly rules the mind.” Spanish proverb
“I have no hostility to Nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.”
“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; but to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.” Albert Schweitzer
“You either approve of violence or you don’t, and nothing on earth is more violent or extreme than the meat industry.” Morrissey
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food: therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking an animal life merely for the sake of appetite. And to act so, is immoral.” Leo Tolstoy
“The human body has no more need for cows milk than it does for dogs milk, horses milk or giraffes milk.” Michael Klaper MD
“Suffering is suffering. It is always ugly. It is always unwelcome. It always needs to be stopped. There are no exceptions. A person with the capacity but not the inclination to cease suffering is morally incomplete.” Mirko Bagaric
“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Krishnamurti
“A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe, as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against nature eat an animate thing? There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.”
“Dominion does not mean domination. We hold dominion over animals only because of our powerful and ubiquitous intellect. Not because we are morally superior. Not because we have a “right” to exploit those who cannot defend themselves. Let us use our brain to move toward compassion and away from cruelty, to feel empathy rather than cold indifference, to feel animals’ pain in our hearts.” Marc Bekoff
“I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.” John Ruskin
“In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” Albert Schweitzer