How do people actually decide to become vegan? Exposure to information about the meat and dairy industry, and in the case of already vegetarian Jains, focusing on the exploitation and violence in the diary industry? Health aspects? By appealing to people’s identity and explaining history? By listening to talks by athletes, such as Kuntal Joisher, the first vegan to summit Mt. Everest, David Carter, football player known as the 300-lb vegan, Rich Roll, triathelte? Samples? Recipes? Peer support- talking amongst those with whom we most identify to overcome emotional blocks? Or is it recipes? Recipes seem to be what is getting highest hits on this website
Examples abound from 2 recent events in the Bay area. From my own community, JCNC had a Vegan Day event last month and from the African American community, there was a Vegan Soul Fest event in Oakland.
Here’s a display board and pledge list created by Pranav Mehta:
And some of the photos from Vegan Soulfest are here:
What do you think is the best way to reach people? Comment please!
Pranav Mehta discusses the recent origins of Jains avoiding potatos and presents the many reasons that dairy products entail violence too great for Jains to participate. Here is the audio version.
For the full text, click here jainism-milk
Kuntal Joisher is the first vegan to summit Mt. Everest. He shared stories of his trials and tribulations and though not born Jain, he described how his closest friends have been Jain and actually inspired his entree into veganism. He is pictured here giving credit to the generous sherpas that make these kind of treks possible, in his case averting frostbite, by the sherpa giving Kuntal his own warm gloves. He presents a compelling story about his motivation for veganism in the YouTube clips that follow. Search online for further details about his climbing!
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.
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.
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 plantshift.com!