VEGAN

VEGAN

… for the People,   for the Planet,   for the Animals …

  

RECENT & UPCOMING VEGAN FILMS

 

Earthlings (watch online)

Making The Connection (UK) 30 mins (watch online)

A Life Connected (US) 12 mins (watch online)

Human Animal (AUS) 25 mins (watch online)

The Circular Glance (Spain) short film 2010 – 12 mins (watch online)

Bold Native (US) feature film 2010 (watch online)

May I Be Frank (US) documentary 2010 (on DVD)

Forks Over Knives (US) documentary 2011 (on DVD)

Vegucated (US) documentary 2011 (on DVD)

Hello, I’m Vegan (Global) online documentary 2011 (watch online)

An Unlikely Vegan (2012)

A.L.F. (France) Released late 2012 (DVD coming in 2017)

Slaughter  documentary 2013 – 6 minutes (watch online) 

Facing Animals short film documentary (2013)

Don’t Eat Me (2013)

The Ghosts In Our Machine (2013)

Speciesism (2013)

Running Raw Around Australia (documentary coming in 2014)

The Cove  (2010)

Peaceable Kingdom (2015)

The Herd  (2014)

Cowspiracy  (2014)

Lucent (2014)

Food Choices (2017)

Vegan 2015  (2015)

Vegan 2016 (2016)

Eating You Alive  (2017)

Carnage  (2018)

The Game Changers  (2018)

Eating Our Way To Extinction  (2018)

What The Health  (2017)

Vegan Everyday Stories (2016)

Plant Pure Nation  (2017)

 

 

Thank you to Evolve campaigns for this great video clip.

 

F.A.Q.

 

Is this some kind of strange cult?

No, veganism is not a cult — it is first and foremost a social justice movement. Vegans share a common goal of striving to be compassionate consumers. We make informed choices about the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we use, the charities we support and the activities we engage in, so that we are doing the least amount of harm.

Then what does it mean to be vegan?

Being vegan is about rejecting the abuse and exploitation of others — regardless of species — even if society considers that abuse and exploitation to be “normal”, “acceptable” or “necessary”. The protection of animals is therefore central to the vegan philosophy. You can read about our philosophy here: www.speakforanimals.info/vegan/philosophy

 

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(Click on the image above to learn more about the social justice aspect of veganism.)

 

What kind of people choose to be vegan?

Most people embrace the vegan lifestyle after a journey through the vegetarian diet. As we learn more about the facts of different issues, it becomes very easy to make more compassionate choices. There are now lots of children being raised as vegans from birth. You can meet some Australian vegans here: www.speakforanimals.info/vegan/faces

Isn’t the vegan lifestyle a little extreme?

On the contrary, vegans feel that the atrocities carried out on our fellow creatures, (in the name of food, fashion, beauty, science, education, sport or entertainment), are extreme in the worst kind of way. Most people never give this a thought, but once a person has an awareness of the cruelty, it brings about a change in perception: www.earthlings.com 

What do vegans eat?

EVERYTHING !!  … except animals and animal-derived products.

Follow this link to view a selection of vegan food photos: www.speakforanimals.info/vegan/food 

But aren’t humans designed to eat animals?

Take a look at the table below and decide for yourself.

Adapted from  The Comparative Anatomy of Eating  by Milton R. Mills, M.D.

      Feature 

Carnivore 

Omnivore 

Herbivore 

Human 

Facial Muscles 

Reduced to allow wide mouth gape 

Reduced 

Well-developed 

Well-developed 

Jaw Type 

Angle not expanded 

Angle not expanded 

Expanded angle 

Expanded angle 

Jaw Joint Location 

On same plane as molar teeth 

On same plane as molar teeth 

Above the plane of the molars  

Above the plane of the molars 

Jaw Motion 

Shearing;
minimal side-to-side motion
 

Shearing;
minimal side-to-side
 

No shear;
good side-to-side,
front-to-back
 

No shear;
good side-to-side,
front-to-back
 

Major Jaw Muscles 

Temporalis 

Temporalis 

Masseter and pterygoids 

Masseter and pterygoids 

Mouth Opening vs. Head Size 

Large 

Large 

Small 

Small  

Teeth: Incisors 

Short and pointed 

Short and pointed 

Broad, flattened and spade shaped 

Broad, flattened and spade shaped 

Teeth: Canines 

Long, sharp and curved 

Long, sharp and curved  

Dull and short or long (for defense), or none 

Short and blunted 

Teeth: Molars 

Sharp, jagged and blade shaped 

Sharp blades and/or flattened 

Flattened with cusps vs complex surface 

Flattened with nodular cusps 

Chewing 

None; swallows food whole 

Swallows food whole and/or simple crushing 

Extensive chewing necessary 

Extensive chewing necessary 

Saliva 

No digestive enzymes 

No digestive enzymes 

Carbohydrate digesting enzymes 

Carbohydrate digesting enzymes 

Stomach Type 

Simple 

Simple 

Simple or multiple chambers 

Simple 

Stomach Acidity 

Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach 

Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach 

pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach 

pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach 

Stomach Capacity 

60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract 

60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract 

Less than 30% of total volume of digestive tract 

21% to 27% of total volume of digestive tract

Length of Small Intestine 

3 to 6 times body length 

4 to 6 times body length 

10 to more than 12 times body length 

10 to 11 times body length 

Colon 

Simple, short and smooth,
no fermentation
 

Simple, short and smooth,
no fermentation
 

Long, complex; may be sacculated, may ferment 

Long, sacculated,
may ferment
 

Liver 

Can detoxify vitamin A 

Can detoxify vitamin A 

Cannot detoxify vitamin A 

Cannot detoxify vitamin A 

Kidney  

Extremely concentrated urine 

Extremely concentrated urine 

Moderately concentrated urine 

Moderately concentrated urine 

Nails 

Sharp claws 

Sharp claws 

Flattened nails or blunt hooves 

Flattened nails 

Thermostasis  

Hyperventilation 

Hyperventilation 

Perspiration 

Perspiration 

 

But plant foods can’t provide adequate nutrition!

“It is important to correct this misinformation (because) many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets – they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg: rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health. To wrongly suggest that people need to eat animal protein for nutrients will encourage them to add foods that are known to contribute to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many forms of cancer, to name just a few common problems.”    John McDougall MD     www.drmcdougall.com

So where do you get your vitamin B12?

These days,  the most common question asked of vegans is “Where do you get your B12?”…  A fact sheet from Vegetarian Victoriastates “all the B12 in nature is produced by microorganisms, bacteria, fungi and algae”. People who eat animals and animal products tend to have more B12 in their systems than vegans because the high levels of microorganisms and bacteria consumed by animals are passed on to humans during the digestive process. It should be noted that the Recommended Dietary Intake of B12 is 2 micrograms per day and that this vitamin can stored in the body for several years. These days, there are many common foods that have been intentionally fortified with B12, including a selection of breakfast cereals, meat analogues and non-dairy milks. But for those who are concerned about their levels it would be prudent to simply take a regular supplement in the form of a chewable tablet.

Regardless, you can’t raise children on a vegan diet!

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and for athletes.”
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 2009

I can’t believe that meat and dairy are bad for my health. 

An article sourced from Doctors for the Environment Australia states: “Exploration of the patient’s meat intake should be on a par with the history of exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption… The patient should be informed that mortality increases in meat eaters because of hypertension, heart disease and several cancers.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has published some facts about health risks of dairy.

Perhaps you might also like to take a look at these resources:

CSIRO Perfidy – a book by Geoff Russell: http://perfidy.com.au

The China Study – a book by Dr T Colin Campbell: www.thechinastudy.com/about.html

A Delicate Balance – a film by Aaron Scheibner: www.adelicatebalance.com.au

Tell me more about the health benefits of the vegan diet…

“Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, so vegan diets are the healthiest overall.”  (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/vegetarian_foods.html

The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention by Kerrie Saunders PhD:

 www.lanternbooks.com/detail.html?id=1590560388

Dr Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard MD:

 www.nealbarnard.org/diabetes_book.htm

The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart by John A McDougall MD:

 www.drmcdougall.com/store_ebooks.html

How do our food choices affect the millions of starving people in the world?

A plant based diet uses far less resources, (arable land and fresh water), than an animal based diet. It is very simple — the less animals we consume, the more people we can feed. At present, our affluent society consumes animal foods in a way that is both unsustainable for our planet and inconsiderate of our third world neighbours. 

Eating Up The World (AU): www.veg-soc.org/PDF_Downloads/%27Eating%20Up%20the%20World%27.pdf

You may like to watch this short presentation, (12 minutes), that explains it all in a nutshell: A Life Connected

Is it true that animal agriculture is worse for the environment than all our vehicles?

YES! The United Nations’ official report, Livestock’s Long Shadow (2006), stated that livestock production “currently amounts to about 18% of the global warming effect – an even larger contribution than the total transportation sector worldwide.” (page 272). (However, in the years since that report was released, some researchers have amended the percentage to an alarming 60%.)

You might like to read about the Environmental and Social Impacts of the Livestock Sector

And a new report by the Environmental Working Group in the US has discovered that: “If everyone in the US ate NO meat or cheese for just one day a week it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road”. Read a summary of the report: Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change (2011)

In addition, the German Foodwatch report from 2009 claims that: “An organic vegan diet produces 94% less greenhouse gas emissions that the average meat and dairy diet.”

 

I don’t understand the connection between eating animals and global warming?

You can learn more by reading this EWG report about the Climate Impacts of meat, which includes notes about digestion-generated methane, feed production methods, manure creation, processing methods, transportation and waste.

“According to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a warming impact 72 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20 year time frame. In Australia, sources of methane are derived from a variety of sectors but the one that produces the most is Agriculture. The emissions produced by livestock production alone have more impact than the emissions from all the coal-fired power stations combined!” (Source: CSIRO Perfidy by G. Russell. Vivid Publishing 2009.)

For further information you might like to read this article or watch this documentary.

 

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How can I find out more about veganism in Australia?

ALV Veganism

Cruelty-Free Superannuation

Vegans Are Cool

Vegan Easy

Vegan Era

Vegan Parents Group

Vegan Social Groups

Living Vegan magazine

Vegan Wares

Viva La Vegan

World Vegan Day

 

Where can I find some yummy, healthy, easy-to-make, cruelty-free recipes?

Here are some links to Australian vegan recipe webpages:

All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipes/vegan-recipes.aspx

Unleashed: www.unleashed.org.au/change_the_world/go_veg/vegan_recipes.php

UPROAR: www.uproar.org.au/category/recipe

Vegan Easy: www.veganeasy.org/Recipes

Vegie Head: http://vegiehead.com/all-recipes

Viva La Vegan: http://www.vivalavegan.net/recipe-categories.html

Why Veg: http://whyveg.com/recipes/list.php 

 

 

 

 

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“Contrary to popular belief, veganism is much more than a diet.

It is the practice of non-violence in one’s daily life…” 

Angel Flinn