Hi <<First Name>>!
WELCOME TO DAY TWENTY-ONE!
Advice from Clare Mann:
A comment you’re likely to come across is ‘I feel ok about eating animals because I only get products from places that use humane methods of slaughter or farming like free range’
ISSUE: Presumably the person believes that methods associated with terms like ‘humane slaughter’ or ‘free range’ means that animals don’t suffer and although they are slaughtered for human consumption, everything has been done to ensure they have a quality of life and that their ending is non-traumatic. It is unlikely that they have looked into this in any depth or they wouldn’t make the statement because the reality is that ‘free range’ methods may be an improvement from intensive factory farming but still cause animal suffering. Anyone who has visited an abattoir or seen associated footage realises that farming and slaughter methods are not (and cannot be) pain-free for animals. Animals resist slaughter and are extremely traumatised by attempts to take their lives. Keep this in mind when you respond and avoid judging the person for what they presumably don’t know. Your job is to provide information and make them aware of their choices. (Ask questions to gain more information of their knowledge and tailor your comments accordingly)
‘I think a lot of people try to get food from sources that say they use more humane methods of keeping and slaughtering animals. I’ve found that we are often hoodwinked into believing that free range means animals roam freely under natural conditions until their death. When you look closely, you realise that ‘free range’ is a term given to methods that reach certain agreed standards that allow animals more movement and opportunity to display natural behaviours. These standards do not mean that these conditions are anything near what would be a natural environment for animals. Industries would like us to think animals roam freely, display their natural behaviours and enjoy their lives, but this is far from the truth.
As far as ‘humane slaughter’ is concerned, the industry would have us believe that animals go willingly to their deaths, unaware that they are just about to be killed. Whilst they might try to minimise suffering e.g. use stunning before slaughter or avoid prolonged death, animals are extremely traumatised when they know they are to be killed. Shortcuts are often taken to save money, and what happens behind closed doors (after a slaughterhouse has been given the ‘humane approval’), is far from humane. We could ask, ‘If these methods are humane, why don’t we use them on our domestic animals?’ We euthanize pets with a painless injection – this certainly doesn’t happen in commercial food production even if labelled ‘humane’. There is ample information and footage to back this up. Can I send you some more information on this?
Don’t assume the person mentioning humane methods of farming know anything about it. They most likely assume that certain standards are being upheld that minimise or remove animal suffering. Don’t become judgemental, instead focus on the industry cover up. The response above may not be said in one go. You could first focus on free range, then slaughter and domestic animals. Don’t feel you have to convince the person entirely from your response. Offer to send them more information and links to footage to support what you are telling them.
Robyn's advice for day twenty-one:
Get the balance right with raw foods
Raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all wholesome foods that should make up a large proportion of your diet. Raw vegetables, in particular, show strong protective power against various types of cancer. I recommend to all my clients that they eat a large raw salad each day, and at least 3 pieces of raw fruit.
But trying to eat a mostly-raw or all-raw diet can land you in serious trouble. Studies of raw foodists have found that they are more likely to become severely underweight (due to loss of muscle mass) than vegans who eat cooked food, and raw foodist women have a very high risk of becoming infertile.
The Giessen Raw Food Study (which included women on mostly-raw and all-raw diets) found that 10% of women aged less than 45 diets had irregular menstrual cycles, 30% had amenorrhoea (their menstrual cycle had ceased altogether) while 50% of women on all-raw diets were not menstruating.
There have been no studies published on the health of babies and children raised on high-raw or all-raw diets, but there are numerous case reports of babies and children who failed to thrive when weaned onto a diet that contains little or no cooked food.
There are exceptions to every rule, but most people can’t get their energy needs met on a diet that is mostly or all-raw. And of course, there are many nutritious foods that show strong protection against disease, that simply can’t be eaten without cooking. Many legumes, including kidney beans for example, are poisonous when eaten raw or sprouted.
Cassies' recipe idea for day twenty-one:
Potato and Pea Samosas
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 brown onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp flaked salt
2 tsp kecap manis
360g potatoes, diced, boiled
125g fresh corn kernels
2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped
2 sheets puff pastry, quartered
- Using a frypan, heat the oil over a medium heat and then sauté the onion and garlic until golden brown.
- Add the curry powder, cumin, salt and kecap manis and stir to combine. Fold through the potatoes, corn kernels and coriander and set aside.
- Preheat a fan forced oven to 190C and line a baking tray with canola oil spray and baking paper.
- Evenly divide the mixture between the 8 pieces of puffy pastry and then fold over to form a triangle. Pinch the edges until they form a tight seal and place onto the prepared tray.
- Place into the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Kym's advice for day twenty-one:
Be a vegan detective!
If you have seen any of the animal rights documentaries or some of the evidence of cruelty to animals in factory farms that is going around in image form on facebook, you might have an idea of the extent of animal cruelty going on in our world. As vegans we have made the decision not to fund or partake in this cruelty. To do our bit to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect. By now you are probably realising the extend to which animal products are used in our society in everything from potato chips to computers, from snicker bars to sneakers. But rather than despair and feel helpless, instead I hope that you feel empowered by your choices! Theodore Roosevelt has a great quote:
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are".
So what do we do when we find a product that we are not sure if its vegan or not? Easy - ring or email the manufacturer or producer and find out! Every company that manufactures or produces will have a website, go on there, and look for their 'contact' tab, then give them a cheerful phone call or a friendly email. As well as finding out for yourself whether the product is vegan, the added benefit of this is that it will help companies understand that more and more people are concerned with the treatment of animals, and will help encourage them to continue to (or start to) make their products 'cruelty-free' in future! :-)
Email a few companies whose products you are using (or would like to use) and find out if they are vegan or cruelty-free. Most companies will get back to you within a day or two by email. Some may have a consumer hot-line or helpline.
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QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Congratulations making it to DAY TWENTY-ONE of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!