Ahimsa: non-harming

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This time I want to use my voice for the beings that do not have one – Animals.

For the last decade I was deceived by the false image that is deeply and imperceptibly woven in the fabric of human society by leading health organisations. Misleading advertising and medical advice teaches us that animal products are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. This information has been passed down through generations of people not questioning the morality until it became our culture.

Once I discovered the truth behind the food industry and how animals are being mistreated, the decision to not contribute to any being suffering was made. 7 months ago I became vegan, it is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. I always aim to be a good person, but little did I know then that I was a hypocrite.

It is a question of moral – how can we eat our meal knowing an animal was killed or tortured for it?

Watch a video about what happens in slaughterhouses and if you feel compassion it is time to stop the violence, not the picture. Ever since this day I cannot look at animal products without seeing the image from the slaughterhouse and empathising with the being. I believe it is a selfish thought to put our desire above someone else’s life. Animals are NOT our property. Why do we differentiate between our and their rights? Why do we see some animals as our pets and others as food?

Soon after making this change in my life I discovered the health benefits. In the documentary ‘What the Health’ Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn uncover the secret to minimising the risk of chronic diseases. By focusing our attention on the causes rather than the symptoms we will soon reduce the need for many medications that also harm our body in the long-term.

Veganism is about causing the least amount of harm possible and it is the change we can immediately make to save the planet. In the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ Andersen and Kuhn explore the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. It is the primary source of environmental destruction.

With modern technology it has become increasingly easier to replicate the taste and texture of animal products. Those alternatives allow us to recreate our favourite dishes guilt free.

It will be difficult at first, because of how we were raised. The lack of understanding from the people around us. Or simply the convenience to follow the crowd. But continue to remind yourself why you changed your diet and eliminated the animal consumption.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou