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I am quite happy to say that I am a vegetarian.

 

Now I’m not here to push my beliefs on you or try and send you a guilt trip (well that last part is if-y) but I feel its just more important to educate you and leave that final decision up to you.

 

So why be come a vegetarian? There are thousands of reasons. I suggest you go to peta.org (link at the bottom of the page) and as for they’re free vegetarian starter kit. In it they include a lot of information as well as a CD-rom that helps illustrate the horrors of the meat industry. And on the brighter side, you get some cute little free stickers you can share ^^

 

But in the mean time I’ll list a few reasons to go veg.

 

1. Avoiding meat is one of the best and simplest ways to cut down your fat consumption. Modern farm animals are deliberately fattened up to increase profits. Eating fatty meat increases your chances of having a heart attack or developing cancer.

 

2. Every minute of every working day, thousands of animals are killed in slaughter-houses. Pain and misery are common. In the US alone, 500,000 animals are killed for meat every hour.

 

3. There are millions of cases of food poisoning recorded every year. The vast majority are caused by eating meat.

 

4.  Meat contains absolutely nothing - no proteins, vitamins or minerals - that the human body cannot obtain perfectly happily from a vegetarian diet. (so why take a life when you don’t even need to)

 

5. African countries - where millions are starving to death - export grain to the developed world so that animals can be fattened for our dining tables.

 

6. 'Meat' can include the tail, head, feet, rectum and spinal cord of an animal.

 

7. A sausage can contain ground up intestines. How can anyone be sure that the intestines are empty when they are ground up? Do you really want to eat the content of a pig's intestines?

 

8. If we eat the plants we grow instead of feeding them to animals, the world's food shortage will disappear virtually overnight. Remember that 100 acres of land will produce enough beef for 20 people but enough wheat to feed 240 people.

 

9. Every day, tens of millions of one-day-old male chicks are killed because they will not be able to lay eggs. There are no rules about how this mass slaughter takes place. Some are crushed or suffocated to death. Many are used for fertilizer or fed to other animals.

 

10. Animals who die for your dinner table die alone, in terror, in sadness and in pain. The killing is merciless and inhumane.

 

11. It's must easier to become (and stay) slim if you are a vegetarian. (By 'slim', I do not mean 'abnormally slender' or 'underweight' but rather, an absences of excess weight!)

 

12.  Half the rainforests in the world have been destroyed to clear ground to graze cattle to make beef burgers. The burning of the forests contributes 20% of all green-house gases. Roughly 1,000 species a year become extinct because of the destruction of the rainforests. Approximately 60 million people a year die of starvation. All those lives could be saved because those people could eat grain used to fatten cattle and other farm animals - if Americans ate 10% less meat.

 

13. The world's fresh water shortage is being made worse by animal farming. And meat producers are the biggest polluters of water. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat. If the US meat industry wasn't supported by the taxpayer paying a large proportion of its water costs, then hamburger meat would cost $35 a pound.

 

 

14. If you eat meat, you are consuming hormones that were fed to the animals. No one knows what effect those hormones will have on your health. In some parts of the world, as many as one on four hamburgers contain growth hormones that were originally given to cattle.

 

15. The following diseases are commoner among meat eaters: anemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostrate, constipation, diabetes, gallstones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, piles, strokes and varicose veins. Lifelong vegetarians visit hospital 22% less often than meat eaters and for shorter stays. Vegetarians have a 20% lower blood cholesterol level than meat eaters and this reduces heart attack and cancer risks considerably.

 

16. Some farmers use tranquillizers to keep animals calm. Other routinely use antibiotics to starve off infection. When you eat meat you are eating those drugs. In America, 55% of all antibiotics are fed to animals and the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin went up from 14% in 1960 to 91% in 1988.

 

17. In a lifetime, the average meat eater will consumer 36 pigs, 36 sheep and 750 chickens and turkeys. Do you want that much carnage on your conscience?

 

18. Animals suffer from pain and fear just as much as you do. How would you like to spend your last hours locked in a truck, packed into a cage with hundreds of other terrified animal and then cruelly pushed into a blood soaked death chamber. Anyone who eats meat condones and supports the way animals are treated.

 

19. Animals which are a year old are often far more rational - and capable of logical thought - than six week old babies. Pigs and sheep are far more intelligent than small children. Eating dead animals is barbaric.

 

20. Vegetarians are fitter than meat eaters. many of the world's most successful athletes are vegetarian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetarianism

If you want to help yourself, the planet and millions of animals in one simple step read on!

It's Healthier ... It's Humane ... It's Economical ... It's Environmentally Friendly ...

Think about it. The human population of the earth will increase by 90,000,000 in the coming year. The stress this will place on food resources is enormous. Do you feel powerless? Don't. There's something you can do that will ease the burden on the earth's resources, help to feed millions of people, dramatically improve your health and save literally millions of animals from pain, terror and death. It's simple GO VEGETARIAN!

It's Healthier

Vegetarians are healthier than people who eat meat. It's a fact. Scientific studies show that vegetarians suffer much less from illnesses like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other common health problems. A major study reported in the British Medical Journal in 1994 found that, of 5000 meat-eaters and 6000 non-meat eaters, vegetarians had 40% less risk of cancer and 30% less risk of heart disease than the meat-eaters and were 20% less likely to die of any cause (Oxford Vegetarian Study). A US study of 50,000 vegetarians showed a very low rate of cancer (Seventh Day Adventist Study, Massachussets). It has been estimated that by following a low-fat vegetarian diet, the risk of food poisoning is decreased by 80%. More evidence of the benefits of a vegetarian diet is being found each year.

It's Humane

Millions of animals are killed in slaughterhouses around the world. In the US, some half a million are killed each hour, while in the UK over 600 million are killed each year. A proportional number are killed in Australia. It is nothing more than an undercover massacre. Animals suffer enormously in the process. Quite apart from the terror of being killed, they undergo pain and fear through routine stock mutilations and during transportation to saleyards and abattoirs.

Most animals eaten in Australia today are intensively raised in dark, sunless sheds where they are fed a diet of processed foods. In most cases antibiotics, growth-promotants and hormones are routinely administered. As biological entities, these animals are treated as little more than meat machines. We would be horrified if our pet cat or dog was treated in this way, so why should we subject other animals to such cruelty? The fact that the killing is done by someone else makes it easy to eat meat but, by eating it, we are really condemning the next animal in line. Have you ever really stopped to think about the cruelty we systematically inflict on other species simply by eating them?

It's Economical

Meat is expensive, both economically and agriculturally. With so many starving people in the world today it is a criminal waste of food to produce it. Meat-animals are fed perfectly good plant food which could have been fed directly to starving people. For instance, it takes 17 kilos of corn, beans, grain, etc, to produce one kilo of beef in feedlot cattle. This is like investing $17.00 in a bank term deposit and withdrawing $1.00 at maturity! It requires massive reserves of land to grow the crops which are used as animal feed. About 70% of crops grown in the US are fed to animals and not to humans. Meanwhile, a child dies of starvation somewhere in the world every two seconds. As the world human population grows, so too does the need for the dwindling reserves of arable land on which to grow crops to feed it.

It's Environmentally Friendly

In Central America, entire forests are felled or burnt to provide land for grazing cattle. Most of these cattle end up as second-quality hamburger meat for the North American junk food market. Being hard-hooved, cattle erode the vulnerable topsoil, while each animal produces over 300 litres of methane (a "greenhouse" gas) per day. Also, the trees which are felled to clear land for cattle ranching are left to rot. The termites which then feed on them produce even more methane than the cattle. Weight for weight, cattle alone outweigh the entire human population of our planet. A recent Greenpeace report told how the dairy industry of California uses enough water to supply a city of 22 million people. The effluent produced from intensive piggeries, cattle feedlots and broiler units is polluting our river systems. A NSW government newsletter pointed out that the late Homebush abattoirs was the single greatest industrial polluter of Sydney's coastal waters.

Exploding Some Myths

Understandably, people are a bit apprehensive about changing their diet. Everyone seems to know "someone" who looks as pale as a bleached potato since giving up meat! The truth is that a well-balanced vegetarian diet provides all the protein and nutrients needed for a vigorous and healthy life (American Dietary Association Study). What is seldom pointed out are the millions of conventional eaters who suffer from constipation, malnutrition, gout and a host of other problems and diseases brought on by a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet, combined with the adverse effects of meat.

A study carried out the by University of Surrey in Britain found that vegetarians were better nourished than meat eaters, and much closer to the "ideal" diet recommended by the government's own health advisers.

Aren't We Designed to Eat Meat?

Not at all. Many people say that we are meat-eaters because we have sharp teeth. This is like judging a book by its cover. Look inside and you will find out what is really going on. Our digestive system resembles that of the herbivores and the frugivores (fruit-eaters). It consists of a very long intestine allowing slow digestion of nutrients. By contrast, carnivores have a short digestive tract designed so that meat can quickly pass through the body before it putrefies and becomes toxic. To compensate for this rapid transition, carnivores have a stomach acid concentration 10 times greater than that of vegetarian mammals (including humans) to enable them to quickly digest the meat. When humans eat meat it begins to putrefy before leaving the body, often resulting in disorders as diverse as constipation and bowel cancer if eaten persistently over a period of time. Sure, the more fibre eaten with meat, the quicker it passes through the intestines, but why eat meat at all? Only vegetable matter contains fibre and a good vegetarian diet provides all the fibre the body needs without having to add extra"artificially". If you are serious about lowering your cholesterol intake, a vegetarian diet is the best way to go since only animal products contain cholesterol.

Look at some graphs showing the link
between meat eating and illness.


What Do I Eat?

Most people imagine vegetarian eating to be meat and two "veg" minus the meat. To a conventional meat-eater this sounds like someone being sold a car with the engine missing! Nothing could be further from the truth. Vegetarian eating is about eating a wide variety of foods prepared in an abundance of different ways.

Being a good vegetarian means being adventurous and open-minded about food. It is not simply about eating a predictable menu day-in, day-out. Many vegetarian staples had their origin in different countries hundreds of years ago pasta from China (and later Italy), tofu from China, and tempeh from Indonesia. Tofu is bean curd made from soya beans. Tempeh is a sort of nut-flavoured cheese made from fermented soy beans. It is rich in enzymes and easily digested. Both can be bought at health food stores and larger supermarkets. These are not merely substitutes for meat, but nutritious food in themselves which have proved to be an excellent source of protein for centuries.

Where Do I Get My Protein?

Protein is naturally very plentiful. It occurs in every living thing, plant and animal. Apart from fruit and vegetables, good sources of protein include pasta, lentils, rice, potatoes, soy beans, chick peas, nuts, seeds and grains, with or without moderate use of eggs and dairy products.The amount you need depends on different personal attributes (weight, height, etc) and the daily requirement varies considerably from 20 to 90 grams per day. By eating a variety of foods each day you should easily meet your individual requirements. In fact, the nutritional attitude to protein has changed dramatically in recent years. The old-fashioned notion that "you can never get too much protein" has been proved wrong. Excess protein not used by the body has to be broken down and excreted as waste. In fact, a major culprit in many human degenerative diseases is a protein overdose. For example, calcium loss in osteoporosis has been linked largely to an excess of high-protein foods.

What about Minerals like Iron & Calcium?

A sound vegetarian diet should provide all needed nutrients. The presence of vitamin C with iron in the diet will help iron absorption by up to 30%. It is a myth that you have to eat meat to get sufficient iron. It is readily available in breakfast cereals, whole grain products, soy products, legumes and leafy green vegetables. Tiredness is not necessarily caused by iron deficiency. It may also be caused by lack of sleep, depression, stress and poor (usually junk food) eating habits.
Calcium is found in all unprocessed vegetable foods in amounts that are sufficient to meet the needs of both adults and growing children. Whatever the calcium intake, the intestine absorbs sufficient calcium to meet the body's needs. Good sources of calcium are sesame seeds, tofu, almonds, soy beans, parsley, green vegetables and fortified soy milk. A recent dietary study on 6,500 Chinese found that even those who ate no animal products actually consumed twice the amount of iron as the average North American. In spite of the fact that dairy products were not eaten, osteoporosis was almost unknown.

How Do I Start?

The best place to start going vegetarian is in the kitchen! Buy a cookbook and start preparing. You will soon get used to the types of food that are used and how they are prepared. Also, your taste for vegetarian food will adapt. If you are doubtful about your abilities as a cook you can enrol in cooking classes. Information about these is often available in health food shops and some courses are run at TAFE colleges. The Vegetarian Society has a list of recommended classes.
Giving up meat might seem strange at first, but so does giving up tobacco to the cigarette addict! If you feel that you can't drop meat straight away, try cutting it down bit by bit. Just increase your use of foods like beans, grains, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, gluten and some of the many low cholesterol convenience foods (like burgers and sausages) now available at health food stores and supermarkets.

Some Recommended Cookbooks

  • Eat More, Weigh Less - Dean Ornish
  • Food for Life - Neal Barnard
  • Squirrel's Cookbook - No.1 & No.2
  • PassionATE ­p; Pure Vegetarian Cuisine - Christine Lehmann
  • The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals - Gentle World
  • The Vegan Health Plan - Amanda Sweet
  • The Moosewood Cookbook - Mollie Katzen
  • The Vegan Kitchen Mate - David Horton
  • Vegetarian Cookery - Rose Elliot
  • Sarah Brown's Vegetarian Cookbook - Sarah Brown
  • The Very Best of Vegetarian Cooking - Janet Hunt
  • Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking - Rose Elliot
  • First Steps in Vegetarian Cooking - Kathy Silk

For children and babies

  • The Vegetarian Baby - Sharon Yntema
  • Vegetarian Children - Sharon Yntema
  • Rose Elliot's Vegetarian Mother and Baby Book - Rose Elliot

Do You Want to Know More?

The following books are highly recommended for their revealing analysis of all aspects of vegetarianism and how it relates to health, the environment and animal rights.

  • Living Without Cruelty Mark Gold (Green Print)
  • Food for a Future Jon Wynne-Tyson (Centaur Press)
  • Why You Don't Need Meat Peter Cox (Bloomsbury)
  • Diet For a New America
  • John Robbins (Stillpoint Publishing)
  • Animal Factories
  • Jim Mason and Peter Singer (Crown Publishers)
  • Beyond Beef Jeremy Rifkin (Viking)
  • Your Heart, Your Planet
  • Harvey Diamond (Pythagorean Press)

Why Do So Many People Eat Meat?

Meat-eating in the quantity our society eats today really began with the industrial revolution. Better machines led to more efficient agriculture. When a surplus of crops was produced, this was fed to animals and the animals eaten by those who could afford meat. Thus meat became something of a status symbol. Unfortunately the status symbol developed into a habit so that most of us in the wealthier countries think that it is a normal part of our diet. As we approach a new century, it is high time we turned back to the healthier, less wasteful diet of our forebears.

Today the meat and dairy industries promote the myth of their products being necessary through heavy advertising (you only have to count the times they appear on television to see that!). Close behind them are the pharmaceutical companies which provide the hormones, antibiotics and growth promotants to the animal producers. Altogether there are many vested interests in keeping us eating animal products! Unfortunately the only interests that are lost in this expensive advertising jungle are yours. Individual health and a healthy environment begins with good eating habits, and a vegetarian lifestyle is the simplest and most effective way to achieve them.

Making the Change

To make any change is not easy, particularly when it involves explanations to friends and family. However, making a change that you know will take an enormous burden off the environmental stresses of the planet, that will improve your health and ultimately save millions of animals from cruelty makes it easy.

Already in the US and Britain there is a massive change towards a meat-free diet. Some half a million people are adopting a vegetarian lifestyle each year in the US while the number of British vegetarians is now 4 million. The trend is catching in Australia and New Zealand where many, mainly young people, are realising that they want a healthy and humane future.

Whether you go vegetarian overnight or over a period of time does not matter. The important thing is to get on the track. Even cutting down on meat consumption will make an enormous difference.
With the year 2000 rapidly approaching it is high time to make the change. Let's make it a goal for the whole planet.

Remember You're in good company!

Some Famous Vegetarians

Pythagoras, Plutarch, Leonardo Da Vinci, Tolstoy, Shelley, George Bernard Shaw, Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Einstein, Dr Albert Schweizer, Bob Dylan, Joanna Lumley, George Harrison, Paul and Linda McCartney, Martina Navratilova, Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Jackson, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Hayley Mills, Dirk Benedict, William Shatner, Sir Mark Oliphant, Cliff Young, Peter Singer, Bob Barker, Spike Milligan, Nigel Hawthorne, Annie Besant, Anthony Robbins, Peter Sumner, Chrissie Hynde, Tim McCartney-Snape, Carol Royle, Lynda Stoner, Johnny Weissmuller (the first Tarzan), Julie Christie, Brigid Brophy, Morissey (The Smiths), Daniel Johns (silverchair), Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala in Star Wars Phantom Menace), Alicia Silverstone, Peter Brock (Australian Car Racing champ), Greg Chappell (Australian cricket legend), Marty Feldman, Murray Rose, Paavo Nurmi (9 Olympic medals), Andreas Cahling (body building champion), Dave Scott (6-time Ironman Triathlon winner), k.d.lang, Belinda Carlisle, Gary Glitter, Edwin Moses, Sean Hughes, Dennis Weaver, Killer Kowalski (champion wrestler), Lonnie Lee. How about you?

 

 

As vegetarianism becomes more prevalent and popular, many parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all the nutrients necessary for growing up healthy and strong. Avoiding meat may sound like a bad idea, but most dietary and medical experts agree that a well-planned vegetarian diet can actually be a very healthy way to eat.

Of course, special care must be taken when feeding kids and teens a vegetarian diet, especially if it doesn't include dairy and egg products. And as with any diet, you'll need to not only ensure that your child is getting enough of all the necessary nutrients, but understand that the nutritional needs of children change as they grow.

Types of Vegetarian Diets
Before your child or family switches to a vegetarian diet, it's important to note that all vegetarian diets are not alike. Some of the major vegetarian categories include:

  • ovo-vegetarian - eats eggs; no meat
  • lacto-ovo vegetarian - eats dairy and egg products; no meat
  • lacto-vegetarian - eats dairy products; no eggs or meat
  • vegan - eats only food from plant sources

Many people who call themselves vegetarians are actually semi-vegetarians. They may have eliminated red meat, but may eat poultry or fish.

The Choice of Vegetarianism
There are many reasons why children or families may follow a vegetarian diet. Younger vegetarians are usually part of a family that eats vegetarian meals for health or other reasons. Older children may decide to become vegetarians because of concern for animals, the environment, or their own health.

In most cases, you shouldn't be alarmed if your child chooses vegetarianism. The best way to handle your child's choice is to discuss what it means to him or her and how he or she wants to implement it - making sure your child makes healthy and nutritious food choices.

Making Sure It's Nutritious
Vegetarian parents should give their children a variety of foods that provide enough calories and nutrients to enable them to grow normally. The majority of pediatric experts say a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (eating dairy products and eggs, but no meat) is a healthy choice for most children (although allergists suggest not introducing eggs until after 1 year of age).

Offering young children a diet filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps them to learn healthy eating habits that may last for a lifetime. And a diet rich in fruits and veggies will be high in fiber and low in fat, factors known to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight.

However, kids and teens on a vegetarian diet may need to be careful that they get an adequate amount of certain vitamins and minerals. Here are nutrients that vegetarians should make sure they get, and some of the food sources in which they can be found:

  • vitamin B12: dairy products, eggs, and vitamin-fortified products, such as cereals, breads, and soy and rice drinks
  • vitamin D: dairy products, calcium-fortified orange juice, and vitamin-fortified products
  • calcium: dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, chickpeas, and calcium-fortified products, including orange juice, soy and rice drinks, and cereals
  • protein: dairy products, eggs, tofu, dried beans, and nuts
  • iron: eggs, dried beans, dried fruits, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and iron-fortified cereals and bread
  • zinc: wheat germ, nuts, fortified cereal, and legumes

Depending on the type of vegetarian diet chosen, kids may miss out on some of these important nutrients if the diet isn't monitored by the parents. The less restrictive the vegetarian diet, the easier it will be for your child to get enough protein and necessary nutrients.

The Vegetarian Infant
The main sources of protein and nutrients for infants are breast milk and formula, especially in the first 6 months of life. Fruits and veggies should be introduced around 6 months. For parents who want to raise their infants as "semi-vegetarians" and serve poultry, meats don't come into the picture until around 9 months.

The American Dietetic Association recommends that once an infant is introduced to solids, protein-rich vegetarian foods can include pureed tofu, cottage cheese, and pureed and strained legumes (legumes include beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils). Breastfed infant vegans should receive a source of vitamin B12, if the mother's diet isn't supplemented, and a source of vitamin D if sun exposure (which provides vitamin D) isn't adequate.

The Vegetarian Toddler
Toddlers are already a bit of a challenge when it comes to eating. As they come off of breast milk or formula around 1 year (although vegans often breastfeed longer), children are at risk for nutritional deficiencies. After the age of 1, strict vegan diets may not offer growing toddlers enough essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and zinc. So it's important to serve fortified cereals and nutrient-dense foods, as well as watch your child's fiber intake. Vitamin supplementation is recommended for young children whose diets may not provide adequate nutrients.

Toddlers are typically picky about which foods they'll eat and, as a result, some may not get enough calories from a vegetarian diet to thrive. For vegan toddlers, the amount of vegetables needed for proper nutrition and calories may be too bulky for their tiny stomachs. During the picky toddler stage, it's important for vegetarian parents to make sure their young child eats enough calories. You can get enough fat and calories in a vegan child's diet, but you have to plan carefully when excluding food groups.

The Older Vegetarian Kid or Teen
Preteens and teens often voice their independence through the foods they choose to eat. One strong statement is the decision to stop eating meat. This is common among teens, who may decide to embrace vegetarianism in support of animal rights, for health reasons, or because friends are doing it.

If it's done right, a meat-free diet can actually be a good choice for adolescents, especially considering that vegetarians often eat more of the foods that most teens don't get enough of - fruits and vegetables. A vegetarian diet that includes dairy products and eggs (lacto-ovo) is the best choice for growing teens. A more strict vegetarian diet may fail to meet a teen's need for certain nutrients, such as iron, protein, zinc, calcium, and vitamins D and B12.

The good news for young vegetarians - and their parents - is that many schools are becoming more conscious of offering vegetarian fare, including salad bars and other healthy vegetarian choices. Schools publish lists of upcoming lunch menus; be sure to scan them to see if your child will have a vegetarian choice. If not, simply pack your child's lunch. That old standby - a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - is a great fast vegetarian lunch.

If your vegetarian preteen or teen would rather make his or her own school lunch or opts to buy lunch, keep in mind that your child's idea of a healthy vegetarian meal may be much different than yours (i.e., french fries and a soda). Talk to your child about the importance of eating right, especially when following a vegetarian diet.

Also be wary if your child has self-imposed a very restrictive diet. A teen with an eating disorder may drastically reduce calories or cut out all fat or carbohydrates and call it "vegetarianism" because it's considered socially acceptable and healthy.

Even if preteens or teens are approaching vegetarianism in a healthy way, it's still important for them to understand which nutrients might be missing in their vegetarian diet so that they can replace them and avoid nutritional deficiencies.

To support your child's dietary decision and promote awareness of the kinds of foods your preteen or teen should be eating, you might want to have the whole family eat a vegetarian meal at least one night a week.

A Healthy Lifestyle
A vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice for all children, as long as it's properly planned and adequate nutrients are eaten. With a little exploration, you may find more vegetarian options than you realized.

The principles of planning a vegetarian diet are the same as planning any healthy diet - provide a variety of foods and include foods from all of the food groups. A balanced diet will provide the right combinations to meet your child's nutritional needs. But be aware of potential nutrient deficiencies in your child's diet and figure out how you'll account for them.

If you aren't sure your child is getting all the nutrients he or she needs, or if you have any questions about vegetarian diets, don't hesitate to use some of the excellent resources available to help you plan your child's diet, including your family doctor, pediatrician, or a registered dietitian.

 

 

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A cow contentedly chewing her cud may look like she doesn’t have a care in the world, but there’s a lot going on behind those big brown eyes. Cows are as diverse as cats, dogs, and people: Some are bright; others are slow learners. Some are bold and adventurous; others are shy and timid. Some are friendly and considerate; others are bossy and devious. According to organic farmer Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Lives of Cows, cows “can be highly intelligent, moderately so, or slow to understand; friendly, considerate, aggressive, docile, inventive, dull, proud, or shy.”

In addition to having distinct personalities, cows, according to recent research, are also very intelligent animals with long memories. Animal behaviorists have found that cows interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time, sometimes holding grudges against cows who treat them badly, and forming social hierarchies within their herds. They are emotionally complex as well and even have the capacity to worry about the future.

Researchers have found that cows can not only figure out problems, they also, like humans, enjoy the intellectual challenge and get excited when they find a solution. Their big problem, of course, is that they’re being raised for slaughter, and just like all animals, they don’t want to be separated from their families, and they don’t want to die. So cows have been known to use their smarts to perform amazing feats, such as leaping over a six-foot fence to escape from a slaughterhouse, walking seven miles to reunite with a calf after being sold at auction, and swimming across a river to freedom.

Quotes on Animals and Vegetarianism
 

“This isn’t what wings are for…”

 

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.  ~Paul McCartney

 

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

"To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana."- Buddha

 

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.  If beef is your idea of "real food for real people" you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.  ~Neal Barnard, M.D.

 

You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit.  If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car.  ~Harvey Diamond

 

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

 

One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;" and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.  ~Henry David Thoreau

 

Heart attacks... God's revenge for eating his little animal friends.  ~Author Unknown

 

Recognize meat for what it really is:  the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.  ~Ingrid Newkirk, National Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls.  God knows that I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me.  ~Alex Poulos


We all love animals.  Why do we call some "pets" and others "dinner?"  ~k.d. lang

 

Truely man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs.  We live by the death of others:  we are burial places!  I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

 

“This is just an other holocaust that we have cold heartedly turned out heads from”

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.

-- Dean Ornish, M.D.

I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual improvement to leave off eating animals.

-- Henry David Thoreau

 

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

-- Albert Einstein

Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

-- Albert Schweitzer

If you have men who will exclude any of god's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

-- St. Francis of Assisi

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LINKS

Peta.org

animal lib

kids health

goveg

wava.org quotes

hippy quotes ^^

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Petatv.or (Now I warn you, some of these are very disturbing but true none the less. Closing your eyes to it wont make what you do any better nor will it stop whats going on)

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When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.