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Vegetarian Facts



Consider that one of the largest and smartest animals in the world (the elephant!) is a vegetarian

Cooking news

Read how hydrogenated fats are not good for you and may help stop you losing weight. Read about the benefits of avacados and other veges and look at sites featuring vege recipes. A recent health food article stated that if you have to fry anything use a non-stick pan or a little butter. Butter did not have the harmful qualities of processed oils. (Even so, butter should only be eaten in small quantities).

Dewey's World - Hydrogenated Oils article
California Avacado Commission
Sanitarium - The Health Food Company
Woolworths (in Australia)

Vegetarian articles

Beyond 2000, will we still eat meat?
Read about Mozart, the cockatoo who wouldn't eat meat

What is a vegetarian?
A vegetarian is a person who doesn't eat meat. This includes poultry, red meat, fish and other sea food. Vegetarians still eat dairy products such as eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt and icecream. Because of this they are often called lacto-ovo vegetarians. Turning vegetarian is the first step towards an animal product free lifestyle. Often, many vegetarians take a further step and become vegans.

What is a vegan?
A vegan is a person who doesn't eat meat AND doesn't eat dairy products. Strict vegans often don't buy leather, fur and other products derived from animals. To replace milk, they often drink 'soya milk' made from soya beans. Vegans also often eat tofu, another product derived from soya beans.

Why should I be a vegetarian?
The following is a summary of the three main reasons why you should adopt a vegetarian diet (courtesy of the Vegetarian Youth Network's page).


1. HEALTH



"The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of `real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital."
--Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.


2. ANIMAL WELFARE



"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we're not contributing to their pain."
--Paul (1942-) and Linda McCartney

3. ENVIRONMENTAL/WORLD PROBLEMS

 "A reduction in beef and other meat consumption is the most potent single act you can take to halt the destruction of our environment and preserve our natural resources. Our choices do matter. What's healthiest for each of us personally is also healthiest for the life support system of our precious, but wounded planet."
--John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, and President, EarthSave Foundation, Santa Cruz, California



DID YOU KNOW? - more facts about vegetarianism

The following facts are from the Vegetarian Society of the UK's web site:

  • It has been estimated that a lifelong vegetarian prevents the suffering and slaughter of over 900 animals and over half a tonne of fish.

  • Studies have shown that mortality from heart disease is an amazing 30 per cent less among vegetarians. Vegetarians also tend to have lower blood pressure than meat-eaters

  • An acre of land can produce 10,000 pounds of green beans, 30,000 pounds of carrots, 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, but only 250 pounds of beef. The wider adoption of vegetarianism would lead to better use of resources and better protection of the environment.

  • Medical research has shown that on average, a lifelong vegetarian visits the hospital 22 per cent less often than an average meat-eater.

  • A study conducted over 13 years by Oxford University concluded that vegetarians were 40 per cent less likely to suffer from certain cancers. Vegetarians are also 50 per cent less likely to suffer from gall stones and less likely to suffer from diet-related diabetes.

  • Many famous actors, singers, models and other celebrities are vegetarians. Famous vegetarian actors include Brad Pitt, Kim Bassinger, Richard Gere, Alicia Silverstone, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Paul Newman, Liv Tyler, William Shatner, David Duchovny, Daryl Hannah and Dustin Hoffman.




    The photo above was taken from the AR Picture Gallery..

    Above: This calf is imprisoned within a small crate in which it can only stand up or lie down. It is kept in semi-darkness in isolation and is fed a nutrient-deficient diet designed to keep its flesh light. Many calves, cows, pigs, lambs and other "meat" animals are kept in very unhealthy and inhumane conditions.



    Vegetarian Fact Sheets & Information Pages

  • Going Vegetarian - from Vegetarian Society of UK. This contains answers to frequently asked questions about vegetarianism.

  • "Why Vegan?" fact sheet - from veganoutreach.org. Contains a detailed explanation of why you should go vegetarian. One of the best vegetarian fact sheets on the internet.

  • Vegetarianism: Eating for Life - fact sheet from PETA. A good summary of why you should turn vegetarian.

  • Beyond Beef - contains "facts about rainforest destruction, resource depletion, global warming, world hunger, human disease, animal suffering and other compelling reasons why more Americans are eating less beef."

  • Vegetarianism: A means to a higher end-Excellent page which explores the many benefits of vegetarianism. i,e, health & nutrition, economics, ethics, religion and karma and 'beyond vegetarianism' (spirituality).

  • A Vegetarian's Guide: Dead Animal Flesh is not food - Another very informative web site which contains answers to frequently asked questions about vegetarianism.



    Rabbit's Other Vegetarian Pages

    Rabbit's Mega List of Vegetarian Links! - A great resource! Links to many vegetarian fact sheets and pages containing information about vegetarianism.

    Rabbit's Favourite Vegetarian and Animal Rights Quotes - A huge collection of quotes about vegetarianism and animal rights. Updated regularly.

    Rabbit's Other Vegetarian Page - Contains information about the possibility that Jesus was a vegetarian and other issues.




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