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Becoming a vegan
So why would anyone want to go vegan? There are so many benefits, near and far!
Becoming a vegan usually involves a conscious decision to reduce animal suffering or our environmental impact, to eat a healthier diet, or some combination of these and other reasons.
“Veganism to me is simply knowing that I haven’t been a part of exploiting any living thing for my own purpose.”(1)
Daniel Johns, Australian musician, Silverchair
(1) Quoted in Vegan Voice, vol 17, March-May 2004, “What veganism means to me: An anthology of quotes” (p45)
Similar quote from an interview with Daniel Johns by June Bird, November 1998. Animal Liberation NSW. Source: http://www.animal-lib.org.au/activists/celebrities/daniel-johns.htm
-“Why did you decide to become vegan?”
-“I didn’t want to have a part in the exploitation of animals.”
“The concept that you’re not ingesting rotting flesh sort of sums it up for me ... Other brilliant things include the fact that I’ve never had a weight problem and I definitely have more energy than most people I know.”(2)
Bryan Adams, Canadian musician
(2) From an interview with Bryan Adams by June Bird, April 2000. Animal Liberation NSW. Source: http://www.animal-lib.org.au/activists/celebrities/bryan-adams.htm
“If you want to vibrate at a higher level, folks, you’ve got to run your system on clean fuel. That’s veganism.”(3)
Steve Kilbey, Australian musician, Lead singer from The Church
(3) From an interview with Steve Kilbey by Urthd (2006) “Some New Clue” in Vegan Voice vol 26, June-August 2006 (pp 14-16)
On why he went from vegetarian to vegan:
“I always knew the problems with dairy, but used the ‘at least I’m doing something’ defence to justify my cheese and egg loving diet. Then I realised that acknowledging the problems but not doing anything about it was almost as bad, if not worse, so I cut out all dairy products, too.”(4)
LINDSAY McDOUGALL, aka ”THE DOCTOR”, Triple J radio presenter and musician from Frenzal Rhomb
(4) From an interview with Lindsay McDougall by June Bird, May 2000. Animal Liberation NSW. Source: http://www.animal-lib.org.au/activists/celebrities/lindsay-mcdougall.htm
Is veganism healthy?
The tragedy of animal food production is that it is neither necessary nor desirable for optimum health. A good vegan diet is all we need.
The China Study is the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle and disease ever done with humans, a joint project between Oxford and Cornell Universities and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, which has produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.
The Study found "people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. Even relatively small intakes of animal-based food were associated with adverse effects. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease."
The findings of hundreds of unconnected studies were also analysed, indicating that heart disease, diabetes and obesity can be reversed, and these and many other conditions prevented by a whole-foods, plant based diet(5).
“We now have a deep and broad range of evidence showing that a whole foods, plant-based diet is best for the heart... cancer...diabetes and autoimmune diseases ...kidneys, bones, eyes and brains.”(5)
Dr T Colin
(5) Campbell T C & Campbell T M (2004) "The China Study" BenBella Books: Dallas
"Well-planned vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation. Appropriately planned vegan diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth."
(6) American Dietetic Association (2003) "Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian diets" Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol 103:6 (748-765)
What is Veganism?
"Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of meat, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals."
DONALD WATSON, creator of the term 'Vegan' in 1944
"I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives."
DEAN ORNISH MD, author and founder of the non-profit Preventive Medical Research Institute, California
Like everyone, vegans should eat a balanced diet. Vegans must also ensure they get a good source of vitamin B12 – fortified foods or a B12 supplement are ideal.(7)
(7) See reference (5) for pages 18-19.