Vegan Lifestyle … it’s all about respect…
To comprehend the vegan ethic, one must be able to look every animal in the eye and say :
“Preventing your suffering is much more important than harming you for my personal benefit.”
Abuse and exploitation of humans or non-humans is not part of the vegan lifestyle…
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How does being vegan change your lifestyle?
CONSIDER FOOD CHOICES:
SAVING ANIMALS: Living a vegan lifestyle is not just about food, however eating is something we do several times a day and therefore what we eat plays a major role in whether we are harming or helping animals (ie: non-human animals). The way we choose to live also has an impact on our neighbours in developing nations, so it is entirely appropriate to take into consideration the effects that our choices will have on our fellow humans (ie: human animals).
CONSERVING THE ENVIRONMENT: Protecting the environment, (ie: preserving natural habitat and conserving natural resources), is another way to help both human and non-human animals. Animal agriculture has been recognised by the United Nations as the biggest contributer to greenhouse gas emissions — an even greater polluter than all of the transportation sector combined. Eating plant foods, produced locally and without chemicals, is the best way to minimise our individual eco-footprint.
IMPROVING HUMAN HEALTH: While we don’t become vegan for personal benefit, the improvement of one’s health is an added bonus. It is no secret that there is a proven relationship between the amount of animal products consumed and the proliferation of serious illness. Heart disease, various cancers, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and all their associated symptoms can usually be prevented, maintained and even reversed by following a whole foods plant based diet, and in particular a raw food diet. Living on plant foods is easy, and your body will love you for it.
Educate yourself about what plant foods can do for the human body:
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Raw for 30 Days: Reversing Diabetes
Forks Over Knives
Not sure where to start? Try using the food pyramids below:
CONSIDER CLOTHING CHOICES:
Leather, wool, silk, fur, felt, velvet and all other animal derived materials are avoided when following the vegan ethic.
But there’s no shortage of beautiful alternatives: Here are some great places to shop for shoes and accessories:
NON LEATHER SHOES
CONSIDER FINANCIAL CHOICES:
DONATING TO CHARITIES: Most people feel moved to donate to medical charities at some point, but did you know that millions of animals are tortured each year in Australian laboratories, by companies which are trialling new procedures and testing new drugs? Medical progress does not need to involve the torture of animals, but animal testing continues for a number of reasons. Visit the Australian websites of Humane Research Australia and Medical Advances Without Animals to learn more. To find out which medical/health related charities have made a pledge of no animal testing, visit the website of Humane Charities Australia.
CRUELTY FREE MONEY: While most people are quick to condemn animal cruelty in our society, they are often not aware that banks and superannuation providers are often using our dollars to invest in industries that abuse and exploit animals on a large scale. Examples of unethical activities frequently funded by financial institutions include animal testing, animal slaughtering, intensive farming and live export. They may also be investing in weapons, contributing to environmental destruction and exploiting human rights through things like child labour.
Investing with an ethical fund is a great way to further minimise your negative impact: www.crueltyfreemoney.com
Watch this brief explanation about Cruelty Free Superannuation on You Tube
CONSIDER PRODUCT CHOICES:
Most people don’t realise that the majority of everyday products, (or the raw ingredients of those products), are still being tested on animals. Everything from pool chemicals to toothpaste and pet food to perfume are being produced by companies that choose to torture animals for financial gain. Some of the bigger testing companies have even been caught putting human food items through animal trials. Ethical consumers will be interested in browsing this comprehensive list of animal testing companies and noting which brands they are responsible for.
HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE: It is not necessary to torture animals in order to manufacture high quality household products. In the photo above are some examples of cruelty-free brands. They offer a wide range of options: Carpet shampoo, window cleaner, car wash, furniture polish, dishwashing liquid, laundry powder, disinfectant, etc.
PAMPERING PRODUCTS: It is not necessary to torture animals in order to manufacture high quality products used for personal pampering. In the photo above are some examples of cruelty-free brands. They offer a wide range of options: Bubble bath, foot scrub, waxing products, men’s shower gel, perfumes, lip balms, aromatherapy oils, etc.
SKIN CARE AND BEAUTY: It is not necessary to torture animals in order to manufacture high quality products used for skin care and beauty. In the photo above are some examples of cruelty-free brands. They offer a wide range of options: Moisturisers, toners, wrinkle creams, cleansing masks, tanning lotions, exfoliators, sunscreen, cosmetics, insect repellant, etc.
HAIR CARE: It is not necessary to torture animals in order to manufacture high quality hair products. In the photo above are some examples of cruelty-free brands. They offer a wide range of options: Shampoos, colourants, conditioning treatments, de-tangling lotions, styling gels, baby hair wash, etc.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE: It is not necessary to torture animals in order to manufacture high quality products for personal health and hygiene. In the photo above are some examples of cruelty-free brands. They offer a wide range of options: Toothpaste, bamboo toothbrushes, deodorants, condoms, anti-bacterial hand cream, mouthwash, dental floss, etc.
CONSIDER ENTERTAINMENT CHOICES:
Because the vegan philosophy rejects animal exploitation, vegans choose to avoid engaging in the various forms of entertainment that involve animals, and avoid supporting tourist venues that incarcerate animals for human pleasure or profit:
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I Love Vegans (Melbourne)
Living Vegan (Australia)
Freedom of Species (3CR)
Team Earthling: http://teamearthling.blogspot.com.au
AR Zone: http://teamearthling.blogspot.com.au
An easy way to find cruelty free products in Australia is by using the Preferred Products List, which is put together (and regularly updated) by the Melbourne organisation Choose Cruelty Free.
- Vegan World
- Vegan Festivals