Vegan World Day
… World Day … There are so many! (Thank you Google Translator!)
1st October is the World Vegetarian Day and the 1st November is World Vegan Day. Funny that it should coincide with the Latin and Mexican Death Day or All Saints Day. And November is considered the month of vegetarianism and veganism.
Vegan Day is celebrated worldwide since 1994 after the 50th anniversary of the existence of the Vegan Society, founded by Donald Watson on November 1, 1944 in the UK. Some say he held since 1977.
Shortly before, Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson coined the word vegan. They had the need to call the way to feed the body rejecting animal food. They excluded the consumption of milk, eggs and other animal derivatives as well. Actually they spent an omnivorous feeding a herbivore.
I thank all the people who fight for a more just, free from exploitation, slavery, violence and death worldwide. Congratulate all those who for health, conscience, justice, out of respect or love decided to bring this lifestyle. Why we are not alone, because every day we are more and more people awaken our consciousness so we thank you on behalf of all animals today can not defend themselves. Thanks for being seeds in building a more loving and peaceful world for all.
What comes next is on those who think that being vegetarian is a fashion 🙂
« Vegetarianism through history »
Source: Spanish Vegetarian Union http://www.forovegetariano.org/foro/archive/index.php/t-3964.html
Vegetarianism, far from being only a healthy dietary choice is, above all, an ethical choice. Since ancient times it has considered this option in order to respect animals, given the evidence that the interest not only of human beings but all sentient beings to preserve his life, and freedom from aggression or handling, it must be seriously taken into account, since the only morally relevant ability that humans possess is that ability to feel, ability we share with other animals. This article due to space mention only some of ell @ s @ s, but the list is much more extensive than we might think at first glance, because little attention has been so far on this important theme in the history of thought, makes it appear that vegetarianism for ethical reasons is a new and current trend devoid of historical background, an idea that as discussed below, is far from certain.
Although the Greek philosopher Pythagoras was the indisputable leader in ancient times on this subject, the play « abstinence » of the neo-Platonic philosopher Porfirio is perhaps together with Plutarch « On eating meat », one of the most serious jobs We have come from ancient Greece that deals specifically with the defense of vegetarianism for ethical reasons. Porfirio indicates that humans have justified killing animals for food emphasizing the fact that they are members of inferior species because they lack rationality, and therefore there was nothing to indicate that deserve fair treatment. However, this author indicates, animals do have rational faculties. Porfirio makes a distinction between internal powers (such as memory, prudence, and fellowship) and external (such as language) although the former are usually less developed in nonhuman animals, and external option referred to, is not intelligible to us @ s. According to him, this is no reason to exclude animals from the moral community, as justice also applies, for example, humans with mental disabilities, so it is evident that cognitive abilities are irrelevant morally; or for example a Greek not understand the language of a Hindu, is absolutely not reason for the Hindu is not subject to moral consideration. It is thus concluded that the degree of rationality that is held or the use of different forms of leguaje are not morally relevant features that can justify killing animals for food.
During the eighteenth century several authors addressing this issue with renewed interest. The vision of the philosopher Descartes animals and unable to feel pain moving machines and their defense of vivisection revived the debate about the moral consideration of animals. Although the prevailing view at this time on the consumption of meat and slaughterhouses for the existence of this order was that prevented the formation of a virtuous character in humans, the Dutch satirist Bernard Mandeville and British poet and essayist noted for their Oliver Goldsmith interesting views on the subject. Mandeville shows in his book « The Tale of the Beasts » that the custom of eating meat reinforces pernicious socially accepted belief that human beings are superior to members of other species, and therefore can do with them what they want (discrimination called speciesism today by specialists in applied ethics). Meanwhile Goldsmith noted in the test series « World Citizen » hypocritical attitude of the people who consider themselves « animal lover » but at the same time accepts and supports the animals are killed for the sake of meeting their palates, because eating meat is not necessary at all.
During the nineteenth century the defense of ethical vegetarianism continued well into the line of the previous century, with the anthropocentric argument that the killing of animals for human consumption promotes the development of undesirable habits in humans. But increasingly, they began to arguments based on the damage and suffering that meat consumption poses to the animals themselves used. In this century they were born the first vegetarian societies both in the UK and America. Richard Wagner was a staunch defender of animals and vegetarianism; in his idea that we should feel compassionate empathy for others sentient beings, human or not, to the German composer, we should never forget that suffering is always suffering, regardless of the individual qualities of one who is suffering. For its part, the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy became a vegetarian in 1885 along with his daughters for ethical reasons. To this writer, eating meat is immoral because it clearly involves having to kill, action itself contrary to morality and guided by the sole desire to satisfy the taste for eating meat and no real need. Disgust and horror that caused the slaughterhouses are reflected in written and who wrote the preface to the book by Howard Williams « Ethics in the Diet. »
The current defense of ethical vegetarianism is characterized by the variety of perspectives and arguments raised. Although the reasons given since ancient times are not forgotten, it noted for its philosophical argument indisputable evidence that animals, being sentient beings should have a series of rights to protect their interests, why vegetarianism is presented as the only ethical and respectful to all beings capable of suffering diet. They also acquire increasing weight of contrary arguments economic or ecological type of meat consumption in general and animal products. Tireless advocate of vegetarianism for ethical reasons, the English philosopher Henry Salt explained in his book « The Humanism in the Diet » as receiving a new as the change of mentality that implies acceptance of vegetarianism socially idea. Salt the main argument for promoting vegetarianism is that it is unethical to kill animals for food, and how to ensure the disappearance of the unnecessary and unfair process of raising and killing animals for human consumption, is first reconsider our general attitude towards animals lead to the gradual adoption of a vegetarian diet in society. According to Salt, « you kill animals humanely » is a contradiction. It also notes that the real perpetrators of the suffering and death of animals for consumption customers are butchers, are consuming animal products argue and ultimately support the exploitation and death of animals.
The philosopher Tom Regan, professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina in 1975 published « The Basis of Vegetarianism Morales. » According to this philosopher, not only the fact of causing suffering to the animals for food is morally reprehensible, it is also true, and very significantly, the fact of taking their lives because if we agree that human beings have a right Natural to life, we must conclude that animals also possess since the latter have as humans, interests that must be protected. There is nothing to justify a morally reprehensible practice in the case of humans, not also to non-human animals, otherwise, every humans and only humans should possess a morally significant feature to justify the difference in moral consideration between humans and animals, but evidence suggests that there is no morally relevant characteristic we possess all human beings and other animals do not possess.
The word vegetarian (vegetarian in English) was coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Association in 1842, and derives from the Latin word vegetus, which means « full, healthy, fresh and lively. »
Since antiquity we have specific references to the physical and spiritual vegetarianism benefits, we refer to the oldest writings of mankind, such as those for TCM (over 3000 BC), or Traditional Medicine Ayurveda (over 3000 BC), as well as the references that we can find in the Bible (Old and New Testament), and other holy books of humanity.
In the nineteenth century the movement began to organize in the West, and in 1889 the Federal Vegetarian Union was founded in order to unite the vegetarian societies all over the world. The first World Vegetarian Congress was held in Chicago, USA, in 1893 which was followed by others in London, England, in 1897, 1901 and 1905. As a result of discussions between certain individuals and societies, the Vegetarian Federal Union was replaced by the International Vegetarian Union.
Are the ethical reasons that lead many people to become vegetarian, leaving the other reasons in the background. It considered the animals as our brothers, is without doubt a happy decision, worthy of human beings.
Just by observing life carefully we will see that human action ineffective becomes relative to the environment, either by large daily slaughter of animals as well as the continuous and constant carelessness with the natural environment.
If you do not need to kill to feed, so what to do?
Let’s ask some carnivore hardened if your beloved pet you eat, safe answer no, making clear the true spirit of man, but probably would not think the same way when it comes to some other animal, and even had to stain hands to take his life.
Many become vegetarians if they had to kill the animals they eat, or just if they visited a slaughterhouse.
How many people in your life have witnessed the murderous slaughter that takes place daily in a slaughterhouse? Everyone should visit these places where death surrounds the eating habits of our society. Many do not even realize that what they eat, until a few moments ago, was an animal alive, an animal that by nature he was assigned to live until they die of old.
Man has, ethically speaking, no right to end the life of any creature.
Mahatma Gandhi: « The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the treatment of animals »
Pythagoras:.? « Cease threatening to tarnish your bodies sacrilegious food Oh Do not you have the golden cornfields Perchance are not infinite trees whose branches are bent to the weight of his gifted fruit Do vines laden with grapes not? are yours? There are also thousands and thousands of exquisite plants with fire soften and can serve tasty treat? Prodigal land of their treasures and nice food, we provide a livelihood that has no deaths and blood. Only animals is proper feeding of meat and do not use it all. Oh god! Can be a felony to enter the bowels own gut, feeding greedily the body with other bodies and preserve life killing a being that as we live Why it must be killing the only way to satisfy your insatiable greed? »
Plutarch: « Since you claim that you are designed by nature to feed you with meat, kill yourselves all that ye eat But do it with your own hands, without the aid of knives, sticks and axes of any kind.. »
Leonardo da Vinci « Truly man is the king of beasts, for all exceeds brutality. We live by the death of others. We are cemeteries! » He added: « The time will come when men consider the killing of animals now considered the same as men. »
Would you like to start?
As in all aspects of life, and this is no exception, there are several ways to get in this case to vegetarianism, some shorter than others, some faster than others, some more effective than others, again, as in all. There is no single formula, but each has its own formula, but it generally has to be a deep and concrete conviction, given by an awareness, related to life itself.
You can start suddenly or gradually, it will depend on each individual, it is always advisable to consult with an expert who knows the subject, he / she will advise the ideal way, according to the characteristic of each body and mind. If you have additional questions, call me. I can help you start a vegetarian diet.
For religious reasons
All the great religions of the world in his writings, forbid man, to kill.
The Old Testament warns: « Thou shalt not kill » (Exodus 20:13) command that has been distorted over time, taking it as it relates to not kill people, when in fact refers not to kill any living being. All Christian religions adhere to this commandment.
In Genesis we read: « And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed must seros to eat. » (Ch. 1 v. 29). « Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you, as well as the green herb have I given you all. But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat. » (Ch. 9 verse 3 and 4).
In Leviticus, Moses wrote: « And any man of the house of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. » (Chapter 17, v. 10).
In the prophecies of Isaiah we read: « What good is of me, saith the Lord, the multitude of your victims I already have annoyed I did not like holocausts of rams, and the fat of sturdy oxen?. nor blood of calves and lambs, and so when you rise up the hands to me, I will remove my view of you, and I do them the more prayers, the less will listen, because your hands are full of blood. » (Ch. 1 vers.11 and 15). « He who sacrifices an ox is like one who slaughters a man. » (Ch. 66, v. 3).
In the prophecies of Ezekiel we read: « Behold, my soul is not contaminated and from my childhood until now have not eaten anything poisonous nor has it ever entered my mouth any kind of unclean meat. » (Ch. 4 v. 14).
In Leviticus we read: « permanent law in all our generations and in all our houses, you will never eat neither fat nor blood. » (Ch. 3 v. 17).
Muhammad said in the Qur’an: « O men Nutríos of all the fruits of healthy and allowed earth. » « God ban will eat dead animals, blood, pork and every thing on which has been invoked a name other than his own. » (Chapter 2, verses 163 and 168). « He has forbidden dead animals and those that have been sacrificed to idols, blood and pork, but who miss urgent need for this law, no desire to sin, you know how great the mercy of God » (Chapter 16, v. 116). « It is God who created legumes and trees growing in your gardens. It is He who has made fruitful olive trees and orange trees and the creator of many fruits whose form and whose tastes vary to infinity. » (Chapter 6, v. 142)
In the Bhagavad-gita (5.18) Krishna says that spiritual perfection begins when equality between all living beings is discovered. In India, the immortal Vedic culture teaches that all life is sacred and that killing animals, without any need, is a gross violation of God’s laws. Vedic writings define the true vegetarian as one who eats no meat, no fish, no eggs.
Gautama Buddha, introduced nonviolence and vegetarianism as two fundamental steps on the road to the knowledge of the Self. And he said to his disciples: « You do not destroy life, do not take what you do not give, do not lie, avoid drunkenness, do not commit adultery … ». Once the Buddha, unaccustomed to eating meat, seriously ill when the blacksmith Chunda invited him to eat rice cakes and dried pork meat, delicacy, would not despise. Buddhism is a religion closely related to vegetarianism philosophy, not just as a means of purification, but as an immediate consequence of his word not to destroy life.
In the old Code of Manu (1200 BC) found in his sixth book, with reference to the duties of the devotees purifiers « eat the herbs are grown on land or in the water, flowers, roots and fruits produced by trees and pure oils that form in the fruit. That avoid taking honey and meat, soil fungi, etc. » (V. 13 and 14).
7th Day Adventist Church
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, is perhaps the only Christian church which currently promotes and practices, vegetarianism a massive scale among the faithful. Ellen White was one of the founders of the Church of Seventh-day Adventists. The vegetarianism and other health teachings of Adventists are due to their efforts. She believed that the human body is the temple of God and therefore should not be abused.