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Go Vegan in India has the courage to print the truth on labels

We have been in Ahmedabad, India since end of February and happy to find soymilk and tofu at our local Reliance supermarket. But recently we received our first delivery from Go Vegan , a company in the neighboring city of Vadodara (incidentally my mom’s hometown) that makes soy milk from organic soybeans and also produces a variety of other vegan products such as patties and ice cream. While we can get soymilk many places in the world, nowhere have I seen the truth so clearly printed on a product label. It’s hard to read on the photo below so I’ve retyped it (and corrected a couple of typos).

Do you know?

Just as other mammals on this planet cows give milk only after giving birth to a baby calf. To produce milk most cows are raped every year through artificial insemination and their male babies are kidnapped and slaughtered for meat and leather. Would you drink rape milk again?

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From Dr. Tushar: Compassionate India YouTube Channel

Dr. Tushar has produced some excellent presentations on dairy production and cow slaughter in India.  Note that some viewers have disagreed with the domestication of cows on principle, however, there is no question about the harm of consuming dairy products.

Now that we, DrJina and Christian, of Vegan Jains have spent several months in India and Nepal, we’ll be adding some of our thoughts and experiences about dairy in South Asia on this site in the coming weeks.

Dairy Production and Cow Slaughter In India  
All videos on one webpage:
Dairy Production and Cow Slaughter In India – SHORT Versions
Dr. Tushar says: I think that the Full English version is better than the Full Gujarati, The short versions are about equally good.  I did the very best i could with limited time and resources while working in India.
Dairy Production and Cow Slaughter In India – FULL Versions
(please excuse some language errors in Gujarati)
NOTE: full versions contain detailed explanation on every question including health, and what happens to all the cows if we proceed on a Pure veg diet.  Please enjoy!
PPT Slides – Presentation on Dairy and Cow slaughter in India

Leilani Farm Sanctuary and The Gardens- Vegan Sanctuaries In Hawaii

In Nov 2014 we were fortunate to have visited Maui, Hawaii. Through our friend Sarah we were introduced to Leilani Farm Sanctuary and The Gardens. Make sure to visit and support these beautiful and inspiring places. The pictures below are from Leilani Farm Sanctuary and the video is from The Gardens.

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Show your compassion this Thanksgiving by supporting animals at your local panjrapols!

Animal sanctuaries in the US, like panjrapols in India, protect, feed, and provide medical care to farm animals.  They

  • Rescue animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chicken, turkeys and rabbits that would have been killed for food
  • Educate people and promote vegetarianism
  • Support laws that reduce animal suffering
  • During events such as Thanskgiving they heighten awareness of animal slaughter and hold events to instead support these animals

If you’d like to help, you can  


  • Visit them in person
    • Animal Place is in Grass Valley, northern CA.
    • Harvest Home Sanctuary is near Stockton, CA
    • Farm Sanctuary is in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA.
    • THere are many other worthy organizations throughout the US but our familiarity is more with the ones in CA
  • You can send a check or donate online directly to the organization.

Compassion and World Vegan Day in Chicago

Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago had great participation for the Compassion and Vegan Day on Nov 2nd 2014. Over 450 people participated in a vegan lunch followed by 250 people for the  speeches. Speakers included Dr. Alap whose vegan wedding is featured on this site and Monali, whose family is also featured in vegan Jain profiles. Food demos and discussions were also conucted. Many volunteers contributed to this very well organized events and all participants enjoyed the food!

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World Compassion, Vegan and Jivdaya Day Celebrated at Jain Centers Across US

On Sat Nov 1 and Sun Nov 2, seven Jain centers celebrated Compassion and Jivdaya on World Vegan Day. The Jain Centers of New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, Metropolitan Washington DC, Northern CA (JCNC) and Southern CA organized dynamic events including speakers, a film collage, and  a delicious lunch with additional food tastings at some centers.

Here’s the lunch that was served at JCNC:



Dal pasta,  salad, fruit medley, bean,guacamole, and salsa nachos, all root-free (Jain) and vegan. Lunch was a big hit and attendees numbered from 40-100 throughout the JCNC event.

Below are the six video’s from the event:

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Vegan Cashew Pistachio Rolls for Diwali 2014

Last week, I was inspired by a post on the Jain Vegans list serve and an invitation to a neighborhood Diwali party to try making a sweet. Normally, I don’t invest the energy in making sweets because I want to eat more healthy. However, this seemed like a good opportunity to try something new and share both the result and the process with others.

While my rolling skills resulted in hearts rather than round rolls, and our use of vegan brown sugar resulted in a different color than the green that i imagined for the pistachio layer, they turned out pretty well.  I brought some to work and even my Scottish, Chinese and American co-workers seemed to enjoy them. Thanks to Jigna and Heena, who posted the recipe on!