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StandartinėParašytas: Ket 2008 01 03, 15:16
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Happy New Year!

If you’ve taken every opportunity to eat, drink and be merry over the festive season, and you’ve had your fill of Christmas indulgence, you may well be considering making some new year’s resolutions. Why not make going veggie one of them? New Year is the perfect time for making a fresh start and for taking steps towards a happier, healthier, better you. There’s no easier way of doing it than by going veggie! And not only will you benefit, so will the animals and the environment.

These 5 good reasons to go veggie should give you some food for thought:

Reason 1

Vegetarians have been shown to live longer than people who consume meat. This is because they have a lower risk of life threatening illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and some cancers. Look after your health by cutting out animal products entirely.

Reason 2

With bird flu and other diseases of the animal farming industry in the news nearly every other day, there couldn’t be a better time to go veggie. And it’s not just animals who suffer. People can catch diseases through contact with sick farmed animals or by eating their diseased flesh.

Reason 3

The average meat-eater will consume as many as 2,000 animals in his or her lifetime, not including fish. Most will have been reared in the filth and squalor of a factory farm. All will have died violently at the slaughterhouse. Go veggie and help stop the suffering.

Reason 4

A varied and balanced plant-based diet provides all the nutrients you need to keep healthy, with none of the nasties found in meat, like saturated fat and cholesterol.

Reason 5

A recent report by a lead United Nations agency declared that animal farming is responsible for 18% of all global greenhouse gas emissions - more than road and air travel combined. Animal farming also has other significant environmental consequences, like using up vast amounts of land and water, and causing mass pollution.

Going veggie is so much easier than you may think. You won’t have to stop eating out with your friends, you’ll still be able to shop in your local supermarket - and you’ll be doing a great thing for your health, for the animals, and the planet.

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Already veggie?

If you’re already veggie, that’s great! Why not take another step towards a cruelty-free lifestyle by going vegan? If you’ve already made the veggie step, this will be even easier. Just about every food made from dairy products or eggs has a cruelty-free alternative. Most supermarkets stock a wide variety of animal-free foods, and your local health food shop will usually have an excellent selection, too. So why not give it a go?

Here are some reminders of why dumping dairy & eggs is definitely the way to go:

Reason 1

Dairy cows repeatedly have their babies taken away at one or two days-old, so that the milk meant for them can be consumed by humans. Most of the male calves - who are regarded as worthless by-products of the dairy industry - are either shot or sent on punishing journeys to continental veal farms. Please don’t turn a blind eye to the suffering of cattle.

Milk from other animals such as sheep and goats is not a humane alternative, as it is produced in a similar way to cows’ milk.

Reason 2

Far from being ‘the white stuff’, cows' milk contains a cocktail of hormones, chemicals, antibiotics, fat and droplets of blood and pus from weeping, infected udders. You’ll be horrified by the facts about milk.

Reason 3

Whether battery, barn, free range or organic, eating eggs is not a cruelty-free option. Each year, millions of day-old male chicks are killed, ‘useless’ to the industry because they can’t lay eggs. Their life goes from shell to hell.

StandartinėParašytas: Ket 2008 01 03, 16:19
Why go Vegan?
What is a Vegan?

Vegans, like vegetarians, do not eat animal or fish flesh. However, vegans also avoid eating products that contain eggs, milk and honey. The vegan diet is 100% plant-based, and very healthy it is, too!
What do vegans eat?

Pretty much the same as everyone else, just without the animal products. Try: soups, stews, pies and pasties, casseroles, curries, bangers 'n' mash, roast dinners and gravy, Thai, Chinese and Japanese foods, pasta and pizzas and fry ups!

Five good reasons to go vegan

Animal slaughter

Egg-laying hens begin their lives in giant hatcheries. The male chicks born in these units are useless to egg farmers, as they cannot lay eggs, so they are gassed to death or tossed alive into giant industrial shredders.

Dairy cows have their calves taken away from them soon after birth, so that the milk meant for them can be bottled up for humans. Some female calves join the dairy herd, others are killed for pet and baby food, or so that parts of their stomachs can be used to make rennet (an ingredient used in cheese). The males are regarded as 'waste by-products' as there is limited demand for the 'low-quality' beef for which some are reared. 'Surplus' calves are shot or sent on punishing journeys to continental veal farms.

Animal suffering

The dairy cow is one of the most exploited of all farmed animals. Subjected to a constant cycle of pregnancies, she is pushed to her limit and forced (through selective breeding) to produce as much as 60 litres of milk every day, which is many times more than is natural. The repeated separation of mother from her calves is incredibly distressing for both, and causes the mother to bellow for days. Around half of her life will be spent confined in a crowded, dirty, dank shed with hard, concrete floors - a major cause of lameness. Another cause is her swollen udder, which prevents her from standing and walking properly. Due to the relentless milking, she is likely to suffer from mastitis - an acutely painful infection of the udders, from which traces of pus seep into the milk. By the age of five she is no longer a profitable 'milk machine' and will be slaughtered. Naturally she would live to be 25 years old. More and more cows are subjected to 'zero grazing' regimes. They are kept almost permanently confined inside sheds with hundreds of other cows.
More information on the suffering of dairy cows

The egg-laying hen will most probably spend her short life in a battery cage with four or five other hens in a space not much bigger than a microwave oven. She will barely be able to move or stretch her wings. Selectively bred, she will lay up to 300 eggs in a year - 30 times the amount she would lay in the wild. The unnaturally high level of egg production uses up calcium from her body leading to osteoporosis and brittle bones, and causing her legs to break easily. At just 72 weeks old, she is no longer producing commercial quantities of eggs and will be killed and made into cheap meat products. Naturally she would live to be 10 years old.
More information on the egg industry


Eggs and dairy products are not essential for optimum health. They contain saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, and eating them can inhibit the absorption of iron. On a balanced vegan diet there is no risk of calcium, iron or protein deficiency. In fact, consuming dairy products can actually lead to osteoporosis and weak bones. This is because eggs and dairy products are rich in animal protein, which makes the blood more acidic. The body tries to neutralise this by drawing calcium from the bones. Scientific studies show that a plant-based diet is ideal for optimum health and lowers your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some cancers, as well as increasing your life expectancy.
More information on health


Animal farming uses much more land, energy and water and has a far bigger effect on climate change than plant-based agriculture:

* A vegan diet requires half the amount of land used to produce a typical vegetarian diet and one fifth of that used for a typical European omnivorous diet.
* In terms of an individual's carbon footprint, switching to a vegan diet would have a greater impact than switching from a traditional to an eco-friendly car.
* It takes only 1,000 litres of water to grow one kilo of wheat, yet 11,000 litres to produce just one quarter-pound beef burger, and between 2,000 and 4,000 litres for a cow to produce one litre of milk.

More information on the planet

Feed the world

Almost half of the world's food harvest is fed to farmed animals and almost all of those calories go into simply keeping the animals alive. Feeding crops to animals is exceedingly wasteful of the world's resources.

An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Putting animal products at the centre of food policy diminishes our ability to feed the world's human population.

StandartinėParašytas: Ket 2008 01 03, 22:32
Top 10 Reasons to Go Vegetarian in 2008

“I am a very strict vegetarian ... I just really, really love animals, and I act on my values.”
- Natalie Portman

Many people's New Year's resolutions include losing weight, eating better, getting healthier, and doing more to make the world a better place. You can accomplish all these goals by switching to a vegetarian diet, and you'll enjoy delicious, satisfying meals as well. Here are our top 10 reasons to go vegetarian in 2008:

Slim Down While Feeling Good
Is shedding some extra pounds first on your list of goals for the new year? Vegetarians are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. And unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired (and gaining all the weight back eventually), going vegetarian is the healthy way to keep the excess fat off for good while feeling full of energy.
2. It's the Best Way to Help Animals
Every vegetarian saves more than 100 animals a year from horrible abuse. There is simply no other way that you can easily help so many animals and prevent so much suffering than by choosing vegetarian foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products.
3. A Healthier, Happier You
A vegetarian diet is great for your health! According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters. Vegetarians get all the nutrients they need to be healthy (e.g., plant protein, fiber, minerals, etc.) without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, like cholesterol and saturated animal fat.
4. Vegetarian Food Is Delicious
So you're worried that if you go vegetarian, you'll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won't. As the demand for vegetarian food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and don't hurt any animals. Plus, we have thousands of tasty kitchen-tested recipes to help you get started!
5. Meat Is Gross
It's disgusting but true: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids, all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Learn more.
6. Help Feed the World
Eating meat doesn't just hurt animals; it hurts people too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals-in fact, it takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it was fed to people directly. The more people who go vegetarian, the more we can feed the hungry.
7. Save the Planet
Eating meat is one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth; it's wasteful, it causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is one of the biggest causes of global warming. Adopting a vegetarian diet is more important than switching to a "greener" car in the fight against global warming.
8. All the Cool Kids Are Doing It
The list of stars who shun animal flesh is basically a "who's who" of today's hottest celebs. Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Tobey McGuire, Shania Twain, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell, INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune, Benji Madden, Alyssa Milano, Common, Joss Stone, and Carrie Underwood are just a handful of the super-sexy vegetarians who regularly appear in People magazine. Check out our recent "World's Sexiest Vegetarians" poll for more hot, compassionate celebs.
9. Look Sexy and Be Sexy
Vegetarians tend to be thinner than meat-eaters and have more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with your special someone. (Guys: The cholesterol and saturated animal fat in meat, eggs, and dairy products don't just clog the arteries to your heart; over time, they impede blood flow to other vital organs as well.) Plus, what's sexier than someone who is not only mega-hot, but also compassionate?
10. Pigs Are Smarter Than Your Dog
While most people are less familiar with pigs, chickens, fish, and cows than they are with dogs and cats, animals used for food are every bit as intelligent and able to suffer as the animals who share our homes are. Pigs can learn to play video games, and chickens are so smart that their intelligence has been compared by scientists to that of monkeys. Read more about these amazing animals.

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(..i put it despite of the fact that some of the reasons seem to be a little childish; though it's still interesting to find out that pigs are smarter than dogs and chicken can "beat" monkeys in some ways..)

StandartinėParašytas: Tre 2008 01 16, 23:00
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