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!
On a Facebook group called Vegans in India, one of the participants stated that this video was among the information that compelled him and his wife to go vegan.
Today we met Sunny Gurnani at the Oakland VegFest. Sunny is the founder of GoVegan.in, a company in India that sells organic soy-milk, tofu and ice-cream. While we were in Ahmedabad last year we regularly got soy-milk from them (see the next post about it.
Here is a picture of the assorted of Soy Milk we purchased from them in Ahmedabad.
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?
more at http://www.govegan.in
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