Veganism vs Coronaviruses and Other Human Diseases: Part 2

Last week in the first part of this article, we examined a review of approximately 25 scientific research studies and papers to elucidate how animal farming has led to the plethora of degenarative diseases and pathogenic conditions, including the deadly coronaviruses affecting the world today.

A ban on wild animal markets is certainly called for worldwide at the moment, but what about the equally deadly farm animal products supply chain that takes many more lives, including millions of humans, billions of land animals and trillions of sea animals?

Humans die prematurely not only due to ailments caused by direct consumption of meat, eggs and dairy, such as cancers, heart diseases and diabetes, but also due to indirectly contracted influenzas and pathogens by airborne or watreborne contaminants, and due to world hunger which is caused by animal farming too. Large amounts of foodgrains are fed to captive animals being grown and killed to feed the tastebuds of the elite while poor children suffer. In this research paper it is argued that ‘diets that include animal products produce more negative GHIs (global hunger index) than vegan diets. A wide range of diet-related negative GHIs could be reduced significantly if current agriculture was transformed into a predominantly vegan agricultural system’ (Animal (De)liberation: Should the Consumption of Animal Products Be Banned? – Jan Deckers 2016).

While the number of diseases linked with animal farming might be countless, and we explored infections, influenzas, coronaviruses, BLV, cancers , thyroid and respiratory diseases, coronary ailments, arthiritis in the previous article, here are a few more worth noting:

  1. Infections from Manure: Not only do meat, egg and dairy expose us to infections of stomach and urinary tract, vegans are also calling or more veganic farming, which eliminates use of animal manure and animal blood or bones in vegetable plantations. As noted in a research report on environmental health, ‘It is quite unrealistic to enumerate all the microbial pathogens present in cattle manure because of the huge numbers of these pathogens that populate the gastrointestinal tract and the other systems in the animal. Agricultural animals, including cattle produce copious quantities of animal manure consisting of animal excreta (feces and urine) along with bedding, microorganisms, process-generated wastewater, secretions (nose, throat, blood, vagina, mammary glands, skin and placenta), undigested and spilled feed, antibiotics, nutrients and fur.’ (An Overview of the Control of Bacterial Pathogens in Cattle Manure, Christy E. Manyi-Loh, Sampson N. Mamphweli, Edson L. Meyer, Golden Makaka, Michael Simon, Anthony I. Okoh, Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Sep; 13). In short along with the Vitamin B12 and other nutrients from animal products such as dairy, eggs, meat and manure, we also risk ingesting other secretions and fecus which are highly pathogenic.
  2. Bovine Songiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease): BSE also called mad-cow disease, is a dealy prionic infection acquired by cows by way of feeding them slaughtered remains of other killed cattle. BSE was subsequently transmitted to humans, causing new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (nvCJD). A task force here has been studying cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), an incurable malady of the brain and nervous system that has been linked to eating beef or other products from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “mad cow disease. (Balter M. Epidemiology. Tracking the human fallout from ‘mad cow disease’. Science. 2000 Sep 1)
  3. Brucellosis (Malta/ Mediterranean fever): A detailed report states that, ‘Brucellosis is one of the most common contagious and communicable zoonotic diseases with high rates of morbidity and lifetime sterility as well as abortions., arthiritis, coughs, fever and neural problems. The infection of Brucella species is commonly mediated by direct contact with the placenta, fetus, fetal fluids, and vaginal discharges or byproducts (e.g., milk, meat, and cheese) from infected animals. The enlarged udder size (appearance of the 9th month of a pregnant cow) could be used as an indication for the high stage of the disease, where animals shed bacteria in urine, milk, and vaginal discharges. Brucellosis has been reported in 86 different countries worldwide and is a serious threat not only to livestock but also to human health globally. (Muhammad Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Zahoor Trop Med Infect Dis. 2018 Jun)
  4. Toxoplasmosis: Two forms of T. gondii are infectious, the tissue cyst which is found in raw or undercooked meat and the oocyst which is present in the feces of the domestic cat. According to research infection by Toxoplasma gondii is thought to affect approximately one-third of the adult human population.’ (Halonen SK, Weiss LM. Toxoplasmosis. Handb Clin Neurol. 2013)
  5. Eye/ Ocular disease: Studies in South-east Asia found that certain eye infections, Gnathostoma spinigerum are common in humans and due to ingestion of contaminated fish, pork, chicken, frog, or snake. Contaminated meat contains third-stage larvae, and upon ingestion, the larvae penetrate the viscera and travel to internal organs and subcutaneous tissue. (Daengsvang S. Gnathostomiasis in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 1981 Sep)
  6. Parasitic Worms: Helminth is a general term for a parasitic worm. The helminths include the Platyhelminthes or flatworms (flukes and tapeworms) and the Nematoda or roundworms.  Larvae are contained in the tissues of the intermediate host and are taken in when a human eats that host, Clonorchis in fish, tapeworms in meat and fish, Trichinella in meat. (Wakelin D. Helminths: Pathogenesis and Defenses. In: Baron S, editor. Medical Microbiology. 4th edition. Galveston (TX): University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; 1996. Chapter 87)
  7. Type 1 Diabetes: In a study on Casein milk protein and Type 1 diabetes among children, researchers presented evidence that A1 β-casein cows’ milk protein is a primary causal trigger of type 1 diabetes in individuals with genetic risk factors. (J S J Chia, J L McRae, S Kukuljan, K Woodford, R B Elliott, B Swinburn, K M Dwyer Nutr Diabetes. 2017 May). Another research on Type 1 diabetes in high risk children, doscovered that at three months of age, infants who had been fed cows’ milk had a significantly higher immune response to bovine insulin than did infants who received an alternative formula or were breast fed. (Gottlieb S. Early exposure to cows’ milk raises risk of diabetes in high risk children. BMJ. 2000)
  8. AIDS: In a report on diseases of wildlife and threats to human health, it is stated that. ‘the emergence of HIV is believed to have arisen from hunting of nonhuman primates for food in central African forests.’ (Daszak P, Cunningham AA, Hyatt AD. Clearly exploitation and killing of animals for food is a primary cause of some of the most deadly diseases in the world.

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  9. Rabies: While a risk of rabies transmitted to humans by dogs might have reduced, new research explains that, ‘human rabies transmitted by wildlife, mostly by bats is a risk to inhabitants in many countries. Transmission of rabies by vampire bats to cattle and humans was associated with forest activities in South America.’ (Belotto A, Leanes LF, Schneider MC, Tamayo H, Correa E. Overview of rabies in the Americas. Virus Res. 2005 Jul)
  10. Acne: Milk is meant to increase the growth of calves, it naturally contains growth hormones and anabolic steroids, detrimental to human health. Scientific research on Acne has found that a western diet being dairy rich contributes to acne. (Danby FW. Clin Dermatol. 2010 Nov-Dec;28). This may also explain the onset of acne in adolesence for most people and hence dairy as a causative factor.
  11. Eczema: In a study on egg and cows’ milk exclusion diet linked with antigen-avoidance, majority of children who avoided eggs and dairy and received soya substitutes instead of dairy benefited positively. (Atherton DJ, Sewell M, Soothill JF, Wells RS, Chilvers CE. A double-blind controlled crossover trial of an antigen-avoidance diet in atopic eczema. Lancet. 1978 Feb 25)
  12. Dermatitis:  In a study exploring diet and dermatological conditions of Seborrheic dermatitis (distinguished by dandruff, cradle cap, seborrheaseborrheic eczema, and seborrheic psoriasis) on 4,379 participants comparing vegetable, Western, fat-rich and frut dietary patterns,  the fruit pattern was associated with a 25% lower risk and the Western pattern with a 47% increased risk. (Sanders MGH, Pardo LM, Ginger RS, Kiefte-de Jong JC, Nijsten T. J Invest Dermatol. 2019 Jan)
  13. Skin Cancers: In a comparitive study between meat and dairy/ fat rich diet and a diet of fruits and vegetables including green leaves, the meat and fat pattern was positively associated with development of SCC tumors. A higher consumption of the vegetable and fruit dietary pattern appeared to decrease SCC tumor risk by 54%. (Ibiebele TI, van der Pols JC, Hughes MC, Marks GC, Williams GM, Green AC.

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  14. Stress, Anxiety and Mood Disorders: A study comparing vegan, vegeraian and omnivore diets found reduction of animal food intake may have mood benefits. (Vegans report less stress and anxiety than omnivores. Beezhold B, Radnitz C, Rinne A, DiMatteo J. Nutr Neurosci. 2015 Oct)
  15. Schizophrenia: An international analysis found that a higher national dietary intake of refined sugar and dairy products predicted a worse 2-year outcome of schizophrenia (Peet M. Br J Psychiatry. 2004 May). Another analysis of twenty-two cross-sectional studies reported on the relationship between dietary intake of fruits and vegetables and psychosis. Of these 20 studies found lower vegetable and fruit intake is linked with psychosis and one determined that increase in this intake can reverse psychosis. (Aucoin M, LaChance L, Cooley K, Kidd S: Diet and Psychosis: A Scoping Review. Neuropsychobiology 2020;79:20-42. doi: 10.1159/000493399)

In short whether, physical health, infections or mental health, veganism and an elimination of all animal exploitation is not only tremendously beneficial from an ethical perspective, it is also as beneficial to human health and for the wellbeing of the planet as a whole. 

The need to rapidly eliminate animal farming and expolitation of farm animals on an emergency basis cannot be overstated. Not only that we need also to stop needless domestication of animals or their use in farms, for entertainment, in zoos, as pets, as research subject, for animal testing, their use as slaves, or in any way that is unnecessary to leave them in their natural habitats, and to return earth to its natural state. Thirdly we need to switch to veganic farming methods and replace the use of animal products and manure entirely as soon as we can to heal our planet and eliminate suffering of both humans and animals.

Please sign this Petition and intiate your own to be issued to your governments and NGOs as soon as possible: change.org/p/end-slaughter-and-abuse-of-all-animals

Seven Human Lies Regarding Plants vs Animals

For very strange reasons we have been taught massive lies since our childhood and all the way even as we grow up, we defend such lies by arguing against any new information and against our inherent common sense. This is especially true of arguments around our eating habits and sentience of plants versus animals. Should we continue to justify the mistakes of our ancestors and the system that insists we comply with what we are taught in schools or by parents? Or should we start thinking for ourselves and questioning those beliefs in a sincere way?

1. Humans are Omnivores: Teachers receive training to advocate misinformation in schools, misinformaton that has been passed down for several centuries even though contrary to Darwin’s model of evolution. If we look at scientific evidence, it becomes clear that we resemble frugivores and apes in our appearance and genetic structure, e.g. teeth, digestive tract, body shape (refer to chart below). Is it really so hard to believe that we are designed to be frugivore more than anything else? Then how did the concept of Omnivorism get into our system? Omnivores in their wild state, such as badgers, opossums, skunks, bears and foxes hunt and eat the flesh of their prey without cooking, just as carnivores do. Humans on the other hand, conveniently commodify and factory farm animals and the ‘kill’ process is largely conducted privately without the consumer’s  intention or involvement, making them unaware of the emotions associated with the grotesque ‘process’. Humans also need to clean and cook the animal body parts before consuming them. Clearly this diet or lifestyle is not part of the ‘cycle of life’ and not what nature intended originally, but something Humans ‘chose’ or were fooled into following, against nature and against their own good judgement, thereby inviting deadly diseases and social disorders of violence that have curiously become acceptable in the matrix of society.
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2. Plants are living too so eating plants is as bad as killing or exploiting animals: In truth plants do not ‘die’ for us to harvest their fruits and leaves…they are resilient and grow more if trimmed or harvested just like our hair. Secondly they don’t have nervous systems or pain receptors although they respond to physical input in an automatic way, thanks to the chemical process that help them sense stimuli. If you believe that harvesting carrots is painful to them, because plants sensing movement or responding to light and water is an evidence of sentience, then perhaps our motion detector gadgets,  thermometers, biosensers and fire alarms are sentient beings that feel pain too! Can you imagine how ridiculous our conditioning is? Animals however clearly exhibit pain due to nerve endings and respond by running away from danger. They also feel fear, pain, joy and sorrow, as they display emotions. Farm animals suffer from a reduced life span as well as lose their life if turned to food, quite unlike plants or fruits who simply grow back onto the plant. We certainly do not uproot and kill trees when we take an apple from it, however we need to kill the animal entirely to consume their meat. If vegetarian, we cause massive harm by breeding and exploiting birds and mammals, abusing the females sexually and consuming off their abused bodies which ultimately are slaughtered for meat after all that violent abuse, even as their males counterparts are incarcerated shortly after birth as they are useless to the industries. And lastly even if we believe that plants might feel pain, animals bred or slaughtered or exploited for food would intake a lot more plants to feed humans and wo.uld also consume significantly more resources such as land and water, and therefore we cause a lot more plant ‘mutilation’ or ‘death’ when we consume animal products than if we directly consumed plant produce. But arguments aside, even a child can tell us that chopping cucumber and chopping heads off animals feels very different. Infact if sensible parents do not wish to show graphic bloodshed and exploitation of animal agriculture to their sensitive children, it is even more important that they should not deceptively feed them animal products which are always the result of graphic exploitation, thereby ruining the moral, mental and physical health of children.

3. Animals are meant to be eaten as our ancestors were hunters (pagans) and/ OR God put us here to rule the planet (book religion): Truth is our ancestors did a lot of wrong things, killing was one of them..hence we evolve not regress. Even hunter-gatherers are mistakenly believed to be primarily animal killers, when truth is hunting can mean ‘searching’ for something you need and does not necessarily reflect a desire to kill. Our ancestors as hunter gatherers often foraged for plant foods and other items they needed and might have built thier instruments for carving, art and craft, instead of merely for taking a life, except in self-defense in the wild ancient world. In any case we have now evolved to a massive extent and need no longer depend on rudimentary and brazen violence, regardless of ancient or spiritual traditions of nomadic, native or pagan tribes. If you don’t believe in evolution and think some God put us in ‘hell’ to help us rule over it..that sounds more like a devilish character turning us to demons by bringing us down from the plant-food world designed initially in the sixth day of creation as per book-based religious theorms. These Biblical texts clarify that the first ‘matrix’ was designed as a frugivore paradise or Eden and only after humanity’s deception, were we placed in a new matrix where suddenly the evil of slaughter was allowed after the creator destroyed earth on account of man’s evil nature. We have imposed our will upon the planet for a long time based on our belief that our ancestors and religious books teach us the right things about human superiority and it is time to step down from our ‘high chair’ of human ego that assumes we were created to rule the world and do as we will to other creature we consider ‘lowly’ or less ‘intelligent’. Even children may not be as intelligent as adults, therefore the ‘intelligent species’ argument does not justify our mistreatment or commodification of other animals, leave alone sexual abuse or killing which is what we are doing to innocent children of earth.

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4. We are supposed to be kind and compassionate to our own kind: Talking of human to human kindness, and human suffering in response to information about animal sentience and suffering is ignoble. Would you start arguing why activists who campaign for women’s rights or children’s rights do so when there are so many other issues to promote, and would you accuse them of not focusing solely on environment or economy instead of their chosen cause? So why do we get angry with animal right activists for campaigning for animal rights and liberty, unless it is strictly about pet dogs or cats and not farm animals whom we believe were ‘made for us’? Is fighting against animal rights advocacy, a sign of true compassion or merely a sign of hate and ego?  And why do we ask campaigners of animal liberation to ‘tone their campaigns down’, ‘suppress the evidence of graphic violence by not showing it’, ‘fitting into society’, ‘refraining from questioning beliefs or traditions’ and allow people to carry on participating in violence even as trillions of animals suffer and die constantly? Our belief that we should be nice to all people around us and be agreeable to all is a misplaced notion that agreements are a sign of love. Infact helping someone realize the truth and adopt a healthier, more affordable, more sustainable and less gross lifestyle is a sign of kindness and compassion to the human we are dealing with. At the same time we end up ensuring that we are not being biased towards our own species in vain disregard to the other millions we share this planet with.

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5. We can kill humanely: Is it possible to kill someone kindly? In case killing is humane would you like yourself to experience the humaneness of ‘domestic abuse’ and meaningless slaughter that farm animals are routinely and forceably subject to? If you think free-range is better, would you feel happy being shot into your head (baby calves), being bludgeoned to death on your head as an infant (piglets), or about being gassed alived in a packed gas chamber with other inmates (pigs and chicken), macerated alive soon after birth (egg industry hatchlings) or being killed with a massive slit to your throat (cows including pregnant cows with their unborn babies), because these are approved practices as per legal standards? Slaughterhouses claiming to be humane have been filmed and it is clear that animals are slithering and shaking in pain – moving their legs desperately till their last breath. Even if this was not the case and somehow the animal died totally painlessly, does it mean it is not violence or that a life was not taken unnecessarily against will from the victim? Would we humanely kill humans too as you say humane killing is good, if we can ensure they had a good life in free range organic farms. Even Jeffrey Dahmer the notorius serial killer treated his victims well before rape and slaughter and consumed their flesh. If this is wrong, why do we have double standards in our treatment of humans versus animals? If you would not want it done to yourself why support this crime against others just because they are do not share overt semblence to humans? The only reason is specieism which is an extension of racism and therefore a digression from spirituality.

6. We need to kill to survive: The theorem behind ‘survival of the fittest’ has led us to believe that the more dominant we are on earth, the more likely we are survive, especially in adverse situations owing to lack of food. Truth is we are not on a desert island dying of shortage of plant food or defending ourselves from danger in the wild. Even if we were in those hypothetical situations, our instincts are not to kill but to escape. No-one sees an innocent animal and actually wants to kill . We do not have the urge to pounce on every moving being and crush them with out teeth and hands the way carnivorous creatures are programmed to. Our first reaction when we see a beautiful rabbit or bird is to admire their beauty and feel a connection. If there are some people going around on a hunting or killing spree by thinking that posing with the dead bodies of our victims make us look cool, it is all because of our mental training by the matrix that promotes sex, consumerism, fashion, power, money and humanism as values over universal kindness to all beings, and at the cost of our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Not only that, if the world went vegan, we would save humanity from extinction, counteract climate change, solve the problem of world hunger and food shortage, free up massive amounts of land and consume much less water, while improving the overall consciousness and sense of ethics in the world. Instead of killing we would grow food. Thus not only would we survive, but thrive, and so would the planet.

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7. Vegan and Plant Based Lifestyle is challenging or lacks nutrition: Whether for commercial, nutritional or convenience based presuppositions, we have seen resistances still being imposed on the average mind of humankind. We may fear that there will be commercial loss to existing businesses that depend on animal agriculture and feel bad for the exploiters and murderers who abuse animals. In truth these professionals can simply change what they are doing and be even more profitable if they have the will to do it and are guided clearly on how to. Most people buy into the myth that vegans lack in dietary nutritients which is due to a failure of our education system because we can clearly see that the strongest and healthiest animals are complete herbivores and frugivores, such as rhinos, elephants, whales, bulls and chimpanzees. The only argument people restate is that of Vitamin B12 which is derived from soil and the only reason both vegans and non vegans can be deficient in the same, is that we do not these days routinely consume organic vegetables straight from soil. Therefore farm animals are injected with or fed supplements of B12 just as plant foods are supplemented or fortified for us. Consuming rice, lentils, flour, vegetables and fruits is not only nutritiously rich, but also also cheaper and super convenient for every one of us, with the added health benefit of whole foods as compared to processed foods.

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https://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit

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Five Ethical Issues of Animal vs. Human Rights

As children we all have seen beautiful animals being raised as pets by families around us and wanted to have a pet for ourselves too. Many of us have had the privilege of ‘owning’ a pet animal and regard ourselves as ‘animal lovers’ simply because we love cuddly kittens and dogs. But could there be something that we are ignoring when it comes to the rights of animals as compared with the rights of humans?

  1. Sexual Abuse: Females are raped or forcefully inseminated in pet trade, dairy and animal farms where they are forcefully restrained during the act for the sole purpose of monetary profit of humans. In the case of special or selective breeding they are often subject to forced incest with their own sons or close family members which also causes several genetic complications and creates health problems such as low immunity, cancer and early death, while unwanted or unattractive babies are disposed off. Female animals are found suffering in gruesome pain with the frequent forced intercourse and labor of bearing children repeatedly, not to mention the emotional agony of their babies being snatched away. Is it possible for us to allow human females and babies to be abused and sold similarly? Then why are there no laws against animal breeding, farming and trade?
  2. Animal Control and Strays: While there are thousands of strays suffering, hungry and maimed on the streets or dying in road accidents in many underdeveloped countries, in developed nations we see hardly any stray dogs or cats on the streets because they are simply caught and killed in ‘animal pounds’ by animal control officers if not found or adopted within a few days of being lost or abandoned. Animal shelters try to rescue as many as they can but quite often animals are treated as ‘easily disposable’ trash on our streets and killed as soon as possible unless adopted. Pets are also euthanized or ‘put down’ by vets quite easily whereas human euthanasia is considered questionable even in the most severe of cases. Could we ever consider culling of homeless or ill humans in the same way? Then how do we justify this being done to animals just to restrict their population or lifespan simply because they are of no economic benefit to us.
  3. Spaying and Neutering: Spaying and neutering pets is mandatory almost everywhere or at least considered essential for all pet ‘owners’, so much so that baby animals are operated upon even before they have ever had a chance of naturally growing into or exploring their sexuality. Natural intercourse and mating between animals is considered wrong whereas forced intercourse for human greed is considered normal. This itself is one of the most ironic and usually ignored ethical issue when it comes to animal rights. The only reason for this is the fear that we might have to take care of the babies of our highly ‘loved’ pets which creates the issue of abandoning those ‘excess’ babies that land into animal pounds unless we spay and neuter them and prevent them from reproducing any further. Could we think of doing these procedures of spaying and neutering to our own human children for the sake or birth control or population control? Then why is do we not treat our pets in the same compassionate way?
  4. Owning Animals: When it comes to humans we consider ourselves as free beings with the rights to our own independent life. However animals are treated as commodities for sale, as exhibits in zoos and as easy subjects of experimentation, dissection and animal-testing. We proudly call ourselves pet-owners as if it is our right to own another being. We have artificially domesticated animals by taking them out of their natural habitats to be turned into our pets or farm animals for our enjoyment and comfort. Use and abuse of animals whether as race horses, beasts of burdens, cows for milking, sheep for shearing, cattle for rearing, hens for egg laying, pets for trading or for any selfish purpose whatsoever is unethical, no matter how prevalent and widespread. Could we allow ourselves or our human children to be ‘owned’ by any other alien specie for any of their experiments or projects? Then how do we consider ourselves to be any less monstrous when it comes to the way we treat other species on earth?
  5. Slaughterhouses: The biggest of all crimes in the world happens not anywhere around us but on our dinner tables everyday. We slaughter animals as if they were vegetables or fruits growing on trees and are ‘meant’ to be eaten. Because we purchase these slaughtered animals at the butchers or from supermarkets, all sliced and wrapped in packets, most children do not even know that there was immense bloodshed and pain in the making of their ‘happy meals’. We are responsible for lying and hiding facts from our children just to keep them eating the same things that we have been programmed to eat by our parents. Someone rightly said ‘if slaughterhouses were made of glass, everyone would turn vegan’. Yet, we vehemently protest when vegans try to post videos or pictures of what goes on behind closed doors of animal factory or farms even as billions of innocent animals are gruesomely murdered day after day simply to feed the taste-buds of the majority who refuse to open their eyes. This by itself is the single most demonic act that makes us the most evil specie on the planet. When we have strict laws and religious commandments preventing murder or killing of humans, then how come our laws have failed miserably when it comes to animals?

Let us ask ourselves, ‘how can we go to any kind of ‘heaven’ or be one with any ‘God’ by simply following a certain faith or beliefs or merely through rituals, prayers and meditation, unless we become kind and compassionate to all creatures ourselves?’ Mainstream religions have so far made us believe that the ‘Creator’ considers humankind to be a special race or species who is allowed to dominate earth and control or abuse land and animals at our will, yet common sense tells us that the Creator is One with all beings and not partial to human specie. Would we ever be able to actually be in the energy of the One True Creator and be able to manifest a kind and compassionate universe instead of being slave to regressive beliefs that have only led to tremendous suffering and degradation of our planet?

Nine Things That Make No Further Sense In an Awakening World

Humans are gaining consciousness after what seems to be millennia of deep sleep. Things that trigger our awakening are precisely those things that we did in the past that do not seem to make any sense if we actually use our inner wisdom:

1. Killing and mistreating innocent animals for food: When we turn vegan or encourage others to consider how animals die or suffer for our food when we can receive much better health through plant based diet because fruits and vegetables do not kill the plant, we get many arguments to handle. Just because our lesser evolved ancestors or other animals have been okay with consuming animals should we keep doing so without feeling any compassion? Are we still unconscious or are we supposed to be more evolved? We might feel that animal abuse and killing for food or entertainment be banned in an awakened universe, yet do we have the courage to say it? After-all killing, rape or abuse of other humans has also been acceptable in the past.peta

2. Using plastic: We argue that plastic can be recycled and consume tons of it everyday adding to the weight of non-biodegradable garbage on earth, but will plastic cease to be polluting or toxic just because it is being recycled. While governments are afraid to impose or implement bans on plastic in most countries, can we not consciously reduce and discover alternatives to this monster we have created simply for convenience?

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3. Toxic and Chemical Products: Our needs for glamour and convenience need not outweigh that of true inner beauty and health. We need to ask why we all are we so keen on being outwardly attractive and looking or smelling good, why we keep socializing over drinks or smokes or why we continue eating more and more packaged foods that we do not research the ingredients and go natural instead? Whether it is harmful foods, addictive cigarettes, drugs or alcohol, or over-marketed skin-care and chemical make-up we can choose to say no and be conscious instead. Toxins-in-the-name-of-BEAUTY.png

4. Technological addiction: Whether children or adults we stay 24×7 on smartphones, television or other gadgets, with both eyes looking outside at some kind of entertainment instead of meditation. Staring outside instead of looking inwards is exactly how we lost our third-eye powers, and if we keep doing so we might lose the last of our remaining connections with higher consciousness?wifi

5. Ignorant beliefs and practices: We know how many of our outdated ideas are self-created outpourings of ignorant beliefs. While imagining that some being or beings outside us are giving us the rules we so loyally follow, we have mistreated women, sacrificed animals, encouraged racism, fought for land and power, spread fear and psychosis, destroyed nature and discouraged inner search for truth in the name of religion or belief.

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6. Celebrity Worship:  With all that focus on glamour, fame and material power, where do real role models of inner enlightenment disappear? We see idol-worship of a new kind with mass-market music, movies, advertisements and sports dominating the scene while real talent and actual creative genius seems suppressed and unacknowledged. Spiritual idols too seem to be those famous figures of history, popularity or myth that develop into our gods and masters while we lose connection to the higher self within us.

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7. Constant Seeking of Outer Pleasure: Special offers and a bombardment of marketing entice our senses all the time preventing us from making sensible choices. Screen romances and popular music has been deeply programming us to constantly look for sexual partners and indulgences all around us. We find little time to seek our own inner self as we lose who we are in the matrix of illusions and desires? If we were to detach from this constant seeking and find a peace and contentment from within, we would not be dancing in ‘maya’ all the time.

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8. Making Money as the goal of life: Schools, colleges, offices, shops, we keep learning how to make money, struggle for survival, enhance superficial lifestyle and status and one day enter the ranks of the rich and famous. Are we learning how to exploit the matrix for gaining more and more at the expense of the well-being of others and the planet? Do we consider saying no to many of the unnecessary material objects that we have been accumulating and instead focus on spiritual enlightenment.auto-424119_960_720

9. Medicine that merely suppress symptoms: While we blindly consume harmful meat, dairy, processed foods, chemicals and pesticides instead of organic, fresh and raw vegan diet, and fill ourselves with negative thoughts or emotions, we develop many illnesses, lose resistance to common colds and headaches, and fall prey to life threatening obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart-disease and more that only leads to increased medical bills and taxes. In spiritual awakening, we begin to see that we manifest our own conditions and actually change our inner state through spiritual awareness and healthier choices in mind, body and spirit so that we no longer depend on constant medication.drug-pusher-1907827_960_720

7 Laws Around the World That Need Changing

As reported today in the news, homosexuality was decriminalized in India today. However there are still many archaic laws around the world that require changing for making our planet a better place for us with regards to human rights and that of animals.

  1. Marital Rape: In many countries such as India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia, marital rape is still allowed. India has a been showing a poor record in recognizing female sexual consent and most people believe that sex is obligatory once a woman is married to a man regardless of her refusal. According to this report for example, Indian government has last year refused to uphold the rights of consent for married women stating that laws against marital rape ‘could destabilize the institution of marriage.’ In contrast  UK criminalized non-consensual sex within marriage since early 1990s and it may send the husband to jail for many years. According to this BBC report marital rape, date rape or acquaintance rape in UK is to be taken as seriously as stranger rape. It is time for an international movement to make non-consensual sex illegal regardless of marriage or relationship.indian-wedding-2944648_960_720
  2. Child Marriage: Some countries such as Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Somalia allow little children to be married off because of absolutely no legal age specification for marriage. In around 117 countries marriage of children, especially girls is allowed according to this report . In many other countries, although marriage of children is not legal, the implementation of laws regarding this is poor resulting in many girl children being married to men against their will at an early age. Not only does this result in marital rape, the lack of marital rape laws and absence of women’s rights makes it even more difficult for any justice to be possible in some countries. Human rights groups need to strengthen their case for laws to protect girl child and children from marriage and rape.muslim-972544_960_720
  3. Women’s Rights: While Saudi Arabia recently allowed women to drive, when it comes to taking any financial decision, career, travel or marriage, women need permission from a male relative. According to this controversial ‘male guardianship’ system, husbands, fathers, brothers and even sons can make decisions on ‘behalf’ of the woman. Similarly women in many places are forced to wear burkas and hijabs that cover their body, hair and face. There is an urgent call to end the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. mourning-2833151_960_720
  4. Animal Rights: From being used as food in most countries to being abused in farms for the sake of milk and poultry animal rights have been brutally violated all over the world for several centuries. Some countries have a few laws regarding pets and media usage of animals while some do not even have such laws. United Kingdom was one of the first countries to introduce laws for animal welfare according to this BBC report. Even in such countries slaughtering animals for religious reasons such as halal and kosher has been permitted which remains a major violation of animal rights as it requires animals to be consciously killed by knife instead of stunning. In either case the entire idea of allowing animals to be killed for meat does against the concept of compassion and cruelty free living. Regardless of religious and mass mentality laws against killing of animals for food, fun or cruelty need to be enacted if we are to have a sensible earth. Basic measures such as preventing caging of animals in zoos, use in circuses and other industries still need to be taken in most countries.LambEscaping_Captioned
  5. Tree Cutting: Not only do trees help our environment, they also have a long life that needs to be respected. However many countries have insufficient laws governing tree felling. In many developing nations, we see cities and towns such as Mumbai, Shanghai, Dubai and Istanbul as shown in this report, there are hardly any trees. In many of these cities, massive construction has depleted the space of almost all tree cover, with absolutely no provisions to preserve green and open spaces or plant more trees. Laws to plant more trees and to protect a large percentage of the city space with tree cover are desperately needed. An example of a petition to prevent losing the last green space left in Mumbai at Aarey colony is found here.trees-1460363_960_720
  6. Indigenous Rights: British colonists have in the past taken possession over large pieces of lands and entire continents such as Australia and North America by their force and a display of racial and religious superiority over indigenous populations all over the world. Land and property therefore have largely been traded and owned by western laws with little or no regard for the rights of the original inhabitants of the place. Treasures and wealth of countries that were colonized and ruled over in the past has already made western empires richer while people in the nations that were ruled by the west, including African nations and India have suffered several years of poverty and economic neglect in-spite of being financially rich in the historical past. Laws to return indigenous land and wealth to its original owners is necessary and a matter of struggle in many cases.indigenous_rights
  7. Arms and Ammunition: We all agree that we need more peace in the world. Yet the arms and ammunition industry is worth billions and the profiteers behind every side of war. Not only do we have nuclear weapons still in place in powerful as well as developing nations, we also have guns sold legally in the USA making it life unsafe for the common public including school children.GunControlProtest

Seven Links Between Religion and Veganism

We all have noticed phenomenal spiritual awakening in recent years, typically including a transformational shift to Vegan food in those people who meditate and develop inner love, compassion or connection with the universe. But did you know that even our ancient spiritual and religious traditions all over the world, including The Bible included Veganism?

  1. The Bible: In the first chapter, Genesis it is stated that God said (to humans), “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.” This statement conveys a belief that in the beginning of creation, God had intended us to consume plants for food because plants are designed in such a way that they regrow and are not killed when eaten. It is only later after we ‘fell asleep’ that humans indulged in animal farming, rituals of animal sacrifices and meat consumption as noted in the Bible and in our world, although these would go against the Biblical commandment of ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ . Our awakening therefore is likely to involve a return to compassion and veganism as per the original divine plan.bible
  2. Vedas: The concept of Ahimsa as per ancient Vedic precepts includes ‘Non Harming’. According to Atharvaveda which predates The Bible by thousands of years, “Ahimsa is not causing pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one’s mind, speech or body.” Thus ‘himsa’ or harm includes harming any being not only physically but also mentally through negative thoughts or words. This greatly expands our concept of ‘Ahimsa’ to include not only Veganism but also purity of mind and speech by acknowledging the magical power in our thoughts and words. Practices of animal sacrifices as part of religion seem to divert from or contradict the ancient teachings of ahimsa.The-Four-vedas-of-Hinduism-Rig-Veda-Sama-Veda-yajur-Veda-and-Atharva-Veda
  3. Taoism: According to ancient Chinese texts from 5th century, the first of precepts or guideline from the Lord includes, abstaining from killing. “The precept against killing is: All living beings, including all kinds of animals, and those as small as insects, worms, and so forth, are containers of the uncreated energy, thus one should not kill any of them.” In modern China there are few animal welfare laws and killing of several varieties of animals and even eating some of them alive has been a social norm in stark contrast to their ancient spiritual guidelines.tao
  4. Buddhism: As described by Buddha in the Pali-Canon (said to be the words of Buddha), “There is the case where a certain person, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from the taking of life. He dwells with his rod laid down, his knife laid down, scrupulous, merciful, compassionate for the welfare of all living beings.” As such the first precept of Buddhism has been stated as “to abstain from killing”. Not all Buddhists abstain from meat as some have been initiates in the older Bhikku traditions where they accepted whatever food was offered to them, however the first precept of Buddhism remains central to most of its followers who believe in vegatarianism.buddha
  5. Hinduism: The Bhagvat Gita which is based on the words of Krishna (avatar or incarnation of Vishnu or God) when he displayed his infinite-form mentions ‘Ahimsa’ or non-violence as one of the qualities of divine beings. Although Krishna speaks several thousand years B.C. at the battlefield of Mahabharata which is full of violence and killing, the virtues of non-violence is still stated as one of the highest of all. In Maha-bharata “He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures, lives in misery in whatever species he may take his [next] birth.” The Hindu word ‘Karma’ is all about our actions, both mental and physical, and each action leads to a re-action leading us into entanglement with the world-process wherein we would keep receiving the result of our deeds. To free ourself from the bondage of karma is the path of salvation and it begins from being as harmless as possible, thus reducing the negative karmic cycles that cause us suffering in life and afterlife.Bhagavad-Gita
  6. Manu-Samhita: According to the ancient Indian text of the ‘laws of Manu’ or the first man who survived the ‘great flood’ in an ark as guided by a prophetic fish (incarnation or avatar of Vishnu or God), much like the Biblical Noah but dated hundreds of years B.C, “He who does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and death to living creatures, but desires the good of all, obtains endless bliss. He who does not injure any creature attains without an effort what he thinks of, what he undertakes, and what he fixes his mind on.” It also states that , “Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss.” Furthermore, “He who permits the slaughter of an animal, he who cuts it up, he who kills it, he who buys or sells meat, he who cooks it, he who serves it up, and he who eats it, must all be considered as the slayers of the animal.”manu.jpg
  7. Jainism: One of the most clear of all teachings of Ahimsa or non-violence is from Mahavira (appx 500 BC) who stated “Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion.” Instead of rites and rituals, Jain teachings focus on cultivation of inner peace and non-violence as the path to liberation from the illusory cycles of life and death or rebirth. Meditation and vegetarian diet are the main practices of this ancient spiritual path.Ahinsa_Parmo_Dharm

Regardless of the teachings of ancient religions, we all know today that a plant based diet is a much more harmless alternative to animal meat and is well within our reach unlike the cave-men of the past who relied upon hunting. It is quite possible for us to consciously choose a diet that does not involve killing by training ourself to enjoy fruit and vegetable based foods that are organically grown, free of harmful pesticides and great for our health.

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Debunking Nine Common Myths about Vegetarianism

We have all heard strong arguments, not just from others but from ourselves in the past when we were thoroughly defensive of non-vegetarianism. We justified meat eating primarily because of old beliefs and habits carried through generations. Thankfully the right awareness can be spread for the benefit of all concerned so that we can be on a path which is peaceful while not falling for the same old traps again. Here is how:

MYTH 1: Vegetarians Kill Plants

It is true that plants have life like animals do and there is no saying that plant life is less valuable than animal life. The fact is that plants do not usually die when you consume their parts. The plant does not even die when you pick its fruits. Their life energy is still intact and not lost making fresh fruits a ‘sattvic’ or positive diet. In contrast eating an animal involves killing them. By taking away their life prematurely we were consuming dead or ‘tamasic’ energy. In contrast plants retain fresh life energy regardless of your harvesting them. In-fact there are perennials that keep growing and providing harvest year after year and annuals would have dried off anyways at the end of the season even if you did not consume them, though many of them reseed and grow again. zucchini-572542_960_720

MYTH 2: Plants Do Not Want to Be Eaten 

Plants automatically shed their ripe fruits without any struggle when the fruits are ready. These fruits, including most vegetables are meant to be consumed so that the left-over seeds can be spread around or replanted. Even if you consume some of their leaves and seeds, as compared to animals, plants can regenerate and heal. To avoid overcrowding and to help them grow better they require thinning out, spreading, harvesting and trimming. In-fact they grow better and healthier through right gardening. We can understand the needs of plants, knowing what sort of care they want and refrain from harvesting them too early. When the time is ripe they will be happy to be picked. aubergine

MYTH 3: Plants Hurt Like Animals When We Cut Them

Plants are so calm and silent from within and outside, that their thinking and therefore suffering is negligible as compared to animals. In strike contrast animals feel tremendous pain and suffering. Spend some time out in the garden trimming leaves and picking fruits. Then spend the same amount of time in a slaughterhouse. Feel the difference? Because meat eaters purchased meat over the counter they do not see the pain and forget the part they are playing in taking innocent lives. Yes, plants do have sensations. They can sense light and grow towards it. They can sense approaching pests and protect themselves. It is said they grow better when we sing to them, so they must hear us too. Some can respond to touch. But please do not imagine that they suffer like animals when being cut. fields

MYTH 4: Humans Were Designed to be Meat Eaters

Humans are most similar to the genus Pan consisting species of primates such as Bonobos and Chimpanzees that are primarily fruit eaters. Our teeth, our digestive system and our mind are well tailored for a plant based diet. Even if we once were omnivores and hunter-gatherers in ancient times for reasons of non-availability of adequate plant foods in certain regions of the world, today we have evolved highly. Today we can grow and trade varieties of plant food in almost all countries regardless of climate and weather. We are the only specie to have maximum choices in every aspect of life, unlike other animals who work with their natural limitations. We can now choose to eat plants and be less harmful to other species.bonobo-810549_960_720.jpg

MYTH 5: We Need Animal Foods for Our Health and Nutrition

Plant foods with minimal fortification provide all of the dietary nutrients we need, minus the disease causing properties of animal based food. Most allergies, ailments and cancers can be prevented with herbs and raw vegetables. Plants provide us fibers that help us eliminate toxins and keep our gut clean. Plant vitamins are essential for protecting ourselves from harmful germs while minerals help in our nourishment. They are also rich in proteins and calcium. Through higher spiritual awareness we can also learn to live without too much food and to be healthy from within. There is an inner power that creates everything in the world which meditation connects us with and our body receives energy directly from the inner spirit in increasingly higher proportions with spiritual growth.

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MYTH 6: Carnivorous Diet is Part of Ecological Balance, So Why Not Be Meat Eaters

It is true that Lions, Sharks and many species consume meat and nature designed them to be this way in order to keep earth in balance, just like herbivores kept plants from growing too thick. These species were not given a choice. Yet as Human beings we have been given choices and free-will by nature herself. Nature has allowed us to decide and choose whatever is least harmful for all concerned. The human mind is far more flexible and capable of directing our own evolution further into time. Unlike other animals, humans have a chance of approaching towards the spiritual goal of Moksha or liberation from cycles of karma. This can be achieved by learning to be as detached and harmless as possible. foodweb

MYTH 7: It Is Impossible to Never Harm, So Why not Eat Animals

Yes we may be unknowingly harming many small or invisible microbes and insects in our day to day life. This does not mean that it is alright to kill animals for food just because you have been killing various lifeforms inadvertently. When it is plain and obvious that they are being tremendously harmed for the sake of food, you can be kind and considerate enough to avoid eating them, thereby discouraging this age old yet unnecessary practice. Animals clearly feel emotion and have their own families. Killing animals for entertainment, religious sacrifice, medical testing, fashion or any other reason can be equally cruel just like killing them for food when it is very easily avoidable. chicks-1572370_960_720

MYTH 8: Organic Plants Are Expensive and Unavailable

It was animal based and artificially processed foods that were a reason for increase in health problems and associated costs. It is also well known that animal farming so far led to increase in carbon emissions, stressed our resources and hurt our planet. Cultivating plants is far less expensive and less polluting than raising animals for dairy or meat. For the sake of a healthier and prosperous planet we definitely need to go organic and vegan. While it is true that pesticide and chemical laden plants can be harmful for health, organic plants are not as expensive and hard to obtain as once thought. When their demand rises organic farming will become more widespread and affordable too. Most importantly think of all the medical costs savings and better economic productivity when with reduced animal farming and increased organic plant farming. animal-farms

MYTH 9: Meat Eating is Part of Being Natural 

Being natural and returning to our roots is not about going backwards to mid-way in evolution when we were cavemen or hunters. Being natural is about being in touch with our inner self or true nature as a spirit being which is our original self. When we meditate, we stop complicating our minds with all the consumerism inducing messages given through the centuries of false conditioning and artificial stress. We consumed a variety of harmful snacks, fast-food, meat based and processed products because we were busy in our outer or material world without being mindfully and peacefully present in the moment. To be in alignment with our inner nature helps us do what is truly right and meant for us. Our body, mind and spirit respond with well-being as a result. animals.jpg

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Five Great Reasons to Go Vegan!

Latest scientific research has confirmed that going vegan can benefit all of us and our planet significantly, saving millions of lives. While you can read the full report HERE we bring you some of the core reasons why a vegan diet is a more positive one:

  1. Love Yourself: Being positive begins with being good to our-self. Your diet clearly shows how much you care for your own well-being. Going meat and dairy free can prevent most everyday illnesses whether gastric, heart related or cancerous. Whether its protein, calcium, iron, vitamins or any other essential nutrients a vegan diet can give you everything minus the dangers of meat and dairy. Your food can be the key to a healthy and long life. Imagine yourself as a beautiful and lovable child who deserves only health and happiness. Would you not want the best for yourself now?watermelon-846357_960_720
  2. Love Nature: Our going vegan can literally save our planet from global warming and pollution. Meat and dairy production put a tremendous stress on our resources and deplete our planet rapidly, while growing plants helps in improving our environment, reducing pollution and reversing global warming. environmental-protection-326923_960_720
  3. Better Karma: Consuming meats and dairy clearly harms animals and takes away their lives. Plants however regrow after harvesting and do not die away if you consume their parts. If you believe that your life is a product of your own karma or deeds then going vegan adds to the good luck and positive blessings coming in your life right now. Why think twice? kindness-1197351_960_720.jpg
  4. Delicious Meals: If you have a majorly meat and dairy based diet you might be missing out on the amazing variety, colors and tastes of plant based options. Imagine your plate full of colorful crispy vegetables and feel their juicy taste nourishing you deeply. Won’t eating such a yummy meal be good in itself? noodle-soup-482359_960_720
  5. Versatile Diet: For every meat and dairy food that you have ever craved for, there are tastier vegan options. Its only your habit and mental block that prevented you from truly experiencing this. Try vegan sushis, chocolates, cakes and desserts and you will find that a vegan diet is truly full of variety and versatile in itself. You can get vegan milk, cheeses and more from the marketplace with much more ease than you thought as more and more people opt for vegan food options.sushi-1181278_960_720

Hope you enjoy making the healthy and delicious vegan switch with ease. Share your experiences with us on thepositivemedia@gmail.com 

 

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