Live longer, live better, go vegetarian
- a slogan from the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine.
If you feel you want to help animals, the simplest, quickest and most effective thing to do is to stop eating them. It is particularly important to stop eating dairy products (i.e. veganism) as these involve gross abuse of cows, serious environmental damage and are very bad for human health. Not only will you save the animals you might have eaten but you will influence many other people by your example of concern and compassion. For more about food animals see:
If you want to help the environment, the simplest, quickest and most effective thing to do is to stop eating animals. An omnivorous human requires ten times more land space for food production than does a vegetarian. Therefore by stopping eating meat, you free up land to feed the world's starving and to ease the pressure on rain forests and other valuable resources.
If you want to help your health, the simplest, quickest and most effective thing to do is to stop eating animals. A varied vegetarian, and especially a vegan, diet ensures your optimal nutrition - you automatically cut down on cholesterol, fats and carcinogens and increase your intake of fibre and anti-oxidants - thus dramatically reducing your chances of heart disease and cancer - the major killers in the industrialised countries. A word of warning - strictly speaking, tea and buns or coca-cola and french fries are vegan diets; but they are not healthy! A variety of the four new food groups should be eaten - Vegetables, Grains, Fruits and Legumes. This is not difficult or complicated despite what many people will tell you. On the contrary it is fun and the food tastes great! And the conscience is clear!
If you want to enjoy your life, the simplest, quickest and most effective thing to do is to become vegetarian. Your meals will become more interesting and varied, your physical and mental feeling of well-being will improve and you will make better friends.
We encourage all who are interested in the theme of compassion to join us. We believe that after you have seen what we have seen, you will wish to give up eating meat - but that must be left to you to consider in your own good time.
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The Worldwide Millennium Vegetarian Pledge:
"We hereby pledge to bring about a 21st century in which the human race will finally make peace with the animal kingdom. Human beings will no longer kill, maim, torture or exploit fellow sentient beings for food or other purposes. Animals will have fundamental rights which will be internationally recognized.
"It is clear beyond any doubt that the survival of the human race depends upon the survival of the forests and other natural resources and of the animals with whom we share this planet. We pledge to protect all of them.
"We oppose the introduction of animal genes into plant foods.
"The human race will reach the pinnacle of civilization when it extends the hand of friendship to the animal kingdom and returns to the healthy plant-based diet best suited to the moral and physical needs of our species, thus avoiding the related evils of animal exploitation, human starvation and environmental destruction.
"At the close of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, let us make a tryst with destiny to create a world free of violence towards all living beings who are dependent on our love and compassion.
Together let us embark on that journey which will bring about a world in which all animals are treated with compassion and mercy and accorded rights that human beings take for granted."
What is a Vegetarian?
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish or poultry. Vegans are vegetarians who abstain from eating or using all animal products, including milk, cheese, other dairy items, eggs, wool, silk, and leather. Among the many reasons for being a vegetarian are health, ecological, and religious concerns, dislike of meat, compassion for animals, belief in non-violence, and economics. The American Dietetic Association has affirmed that a vegetarian diet can meet all known nutrient needs - and most medical authorities are now agreeing that it is actually much healthier. The key to a healthy vegetarian diet, as with any other diet, is to eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
Why Vegan? - MUST read site!
Chinese Language Files -
The NOTMILK Homepage! - some over statement of the case but a lot of useful stuff!
download of "Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating"
For more on milk see the bottom of this page.
If you want to go further than veganism:
Making the Change to a Vegetarian Diet
Most people make the change gradually - they first cut down on red meat, then cut it out, then give up poultry, then fish and finally they realise that all animal products should go. Others do it overnight! Do what works best for you. It can be helpful to join your local Vegetarian or Vegan Society or make vegetarian friends.
You can obtain support to change to a healthier and more compassionate life style from:
Vegetarian Society of Hong Kong, PO Box 517, Sheung Shui, N.T., Hong Kong. Telephone: + 852 2679 3350
Being a vegetarian is as hard or as easy as you choose to make it. Some people enjoy planning and preparing elaborate meals, while others opt for quick and easy vegetarian dishes. Want some easy suggestions for what to eat?
Eating out in Hong Kong
There are numerous little shops selling vegetarian snacks but generally it is difficult being sure of what you are getting unless you speak the language or have a friend who can interpret for you. The following is
a sample to get you started:
For an Indian Vegetarian meal in TST
East, there is Woodlands, UG/F,
16-17 Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, TST East, Kowloon Tel: 2369 3718
For an Indian Vegetarian meal in the
heart of TST, try Branto's Pure Veg Indian Food, 1/F, 9 Lock Road, TST, Kowloon (Behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel). Tel: 2366 8171. Very good and inexpensive lunch buffet on Tuesdays. Remember to tell the staff that you don't eat dairy products!
For Chinese Buddhist Buffet,
there is the Vegetarian Dynasty Restaurant at Basement, Eastern Flower Centre, 22-24 Cameron Road, TST, Kowloon. and G/F Emperor Centre
E Vege Restaurant
288 Hennessy Rd, Wanchai (at G10 and B11-20 Emperor Group Centre)
Tel: 2628 0172
On Lamma Island there are the Bookworm Cafe and the
- both on
Yung Shue Wan's Main Street.
Bookworm: tel: 2982 4838; fax:
79 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island.
Almost all the restaurants on Lamma have good veggie choices.
Very useful cards explaining the vegan diet can be obtained from:
TVT, P.O. Box 410205, Cambridge, MA 02141 USA.
The UK Vegan Society has a booklet of the same kind of thing called the
Vegan Passport - obtainable from:
The Vegan Society, Donald Watson House, 7 Battle Road, St Leonards-on-Sea,
East Sussex TN37 7AA, UK.
Why do you stand
there/animals are dying?
why do you stand there,
with a blank look in your eye,
why do you pretend,
you're deaf to the cry?
when you see it everywhere,
every time you turn around,
its written in the wind,
every sight and every sound,
the animals are dying,
yet you don't seem to care,
it doesn't matter to you,
as long as you get your medium rare,
you accept the ads on tv,
that you need meat to survive,
you accept that innocent animals,
are stripped of their lives,
and because society ignores it,
and doesn't blink an eye,
you go along with them,
who cares about animals' cry?
next time you eat an animal,
just stop and think why,
why you are doing this to them,
why you caused that creature to die.
by Anita, age 15.
Animals Suffer a Perpetual
Dujack is the editor of an environmental magazine in Washington and a writer.
Singer fled Nazi Europe in 1935 and came to this country. He married my
grandmother, who had escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1940. He went on to
become a lauded author and won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1978. His
family -- those who stayed behind -- were killed in the concentration
Cancer and diet
Is Soy Safe:
Other sites of vegetarian
ANHS Home Page
FARM - Farm Animal Reform Movement
North American Vegetarian Society Home Page
Living and Raw Foods
Farming - Photo Gallery
Ban Cruel Farms - Farm Sanctuary
Children and Vegetarianism
The American Dietetic Association states that vegetarian diets can meet all nitrogen needs
and amino acid requirements for growth. There are now many families who have been strictly
vegan for several generations and are enjoying superb health.
Dr Spock recommended a Vegan diet for children.
All children deserve a healthy diet - that means no meat.
Dole 5 A Day
Animal exploitation free clothes
These can be found in most shops or can be ordered from
from overseas: see Clothing Animals.
For a list, click Famous Vegetarians.
Adolf Hitler was NOT a vegetarian!
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There are now more vegetarians than ever before and the numbers are increasing at
a staggering rate.
The earliest recorded figure for the number of vegetarians was 100,000 in 1945 (Rationing
The number of vegetarians in the UK is now estimated to be 4 million or 7% ( NOP 1998).
82% of the population believe there will be more vegetarians in the future (NOP 1998).
11% of 15-34 year olds are vegetarian.
Overall the number of vegetarians in the UK has doubled in the last ten years and is
increasing at a rate of 5,000 each week (Gallup 1997).
13,000 each week are cutting red meat out of their diet (Gallup 1997).
Almost half the population (46%) now claims to be eating less meat (Gallup).
1 person in 6, in the UK, are either vegetarian or currently considering becoming
vegetarian (NOP 1997).
44% of people are becoming vegetarian for moral reasons (concern for animals), 22% for
health reasons and 9% as a result of food scares (NOP poll May 1997).
Vegetarianism is the fastest growing food trend in the UK (Mintel).
The vegetarian food market is currently worth more than 11.1 billion pounds a year.
At the present rate of increase the entire UK population will be vegetarian by the year
NOP = National Opinion Poll, which is an independent business. 'Gallup' 'Mintel' are
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they're going to put into political activities, very frankly."
Secretary of the Treasury John Connally to President Richard
Nixon, from The Watergate Tapes, March 23, 1971
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