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How to Talk About Veganism with Non-Vegans?

How to Talk About Veganism with Non-Vegans?

Communicating the vegan message can be difficult as many non-vegans are defensive about their eating habits. It is important to choose words carefully and be aware of the emotions that can be triggered when talking about veganism. It is important to know when to spread the vegan message and when to avoid it. Family gatherings and hanging out with non-vegan friends is not always the best forum for advocating animal rights.

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5 main sources of plant-based protein for vegan children

5 main sources of plant-based protein for vegan children

It is a common misconception that vegans lack protein in their diet, but this belief is not supported by scientific evidence. In fact, many plant-based foods are rich in protein and can easily provide the necessary amount of protein for a healthy diet. This outdated belief likely stems from a lack of knowledge about plant-based protein sources and the belief that animal-based protein is the only source of high-quality protein. Vegan children can get adequate protein from these plant-based foods:

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What should children learn in schools about cow’s milk?

What should children learn in schools about cow’s milk?

The educational system is riddled with contradictions, teaching students that meat and dairy are necessary for a healthy lifestyle while also promoting compassion and care for animals. These conflicting messages make it difficult for students to reconcile the idea of treating animals humanely with the consumption of animal products. In schools, children are often taught that cow’s milk and dairy products are a necessary source of calcium and protein for growth and development. However, this belief is not supported by scientific evidence. Instead of adhering to outdated beliefs, schools should focus on teaching children an ethical attitude towards animals and the harm that consuming milk and milk products can have on both human health and the environment.

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How to introduce veganism to preschool-aged children

How to introduce veganism to preschool-aged children

Talking about veganism with preschool-aged children can be a bit more challenging compared to talking about it with older children or teenagers. This is because, at this age, children are still developing their cognitive and language skills, and may not yet have the capacity to fully understand complex concepts. It is important to talk about veganism with children in an emotionally and intellectually appropriate way. 

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“Plants are alive and have feelings, so why do you eat them?”

“Plants are alive and have feelings, so why do you eat them?”

“Plants are alive and have feelings, so why do you eat them?” It’s a question that vegans often hear. Meat eaters often accuse vegans of being hypocritical for consuming plants, arguing that plants are living organisms that have feelings and that it is also wrong to harm or kill them for food. However, this argument misunderstands the ethical considerations that inspire the vegan lifestyle.

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Arguments of carnivores dating back to the Old Stone Age

Arguments of carnivores dating back to the Old Stone Age

Many of the arguments that meat eaters use to justify their diet choices are based on outdated or inaccurate information. These arguments often stem from traditional beliefs or misconceptions that have been passed down for generations, rather than from scientific evidence. For example, the belief that humans have always been carnivorous or that a diet high in animal protein is necessary for optimal health are not supported by current scientific research.

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6 Lessons Children Can Learn from Vegan Picture Books about Pigs

6 Lessons Children Can Learn from Vegan Picture Books about Pigs

Vegan picture books about pigs can teach children to understand and empathise with the experiences of animals. They can learn that pigs, like all living beings, have emotions and desires, and that they deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. Reading these books can also help children develop a sense of compassion for animals and a desire to help protect them. They may learn that all animals have their own unique personalities and that they are important members of the ecosystem.

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What does the cow symbolise in ancient mythology and literature?

What does the cow symbolise in ancient mythology and literature?

The cow is a powerful symbol in literature, representing a wide range of themes and ideas. The symbolic meaning of cows refers to fertility, motherhood, sacrifice, nourishment, generosity and life-giving qualities, and innocence and purity. The appearance of cows in ancient mythology is not only because of the importance they had as domestic animals and sacrificial beings, but also because they appear as teachers on how to behave and think.

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Cows in vegan children’s books

Cows in vegan children’s books

Vegan children’s books about cows teach kids that cows are sensitive, social, and intelligent beings, which deserves to be treated with respect and tenderness. These books explain why it’s important to be kind to cows and how eating meat and dairy can hurt them and the environment. Vegan stories with cows as main characters can also inspire kids to make better choices about what they eat.  

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Artificial intelligence and veganism

Artificial intelligence and veganism

Artificial intelligence (AI) does not have emotions or consciousness, and therefore does not have the capacity for empathy. ChatGPT is a model of  artificial intelligence that is trained to generate text. In simple words, ChatGTP is a talented and versatile writer. It can write all kinds of texts on any topic. Although it does not have the ability to feel empathy, I gave to Mr. ChatGTP the unusual task: Write a letter to the cows! Mr. ChatGTP wrote the following letter without hesitation:

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Should animals have human rights?

Should animals have human rights?

Do not judge a person’s character by how he treats those with equal or greater power than his own, but by how he treats the weak, the helpless, whose suffering will pass without consequence. Right and wrong are intellectual and subjective concepts. What is right for one person may be wrong for another and vice versa. Animal’s advocates find that it is objectively wrong to cause suffering to living, sentient creatures that we would never want to experience ourselves.

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Cows in children’s literature

Cows in children’s literature

Even though most young readers don’t really have the opportunity to meet and see cows up close due to living in urban areas, they can at least see them up close in picture books and read about them in funny and educational stories. Cows are popular characters in children’s literature, especially in picture books, novels, and even folk tales. These benevolent creatures spark readers’ imaginations and teach them important life lessons and cultural values. From cows in books, we can sometimes learn how to behave and sometimes how not to behave but in any case, they are gentle teachers.

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How to talk about veganism with school-aged children?

How to talk about veganism with school-aged children?

Talking about veganism with school-aged children help them to make informed choices about the food they eat and the products they use. It can empower them to think critically about the impact of their choices on the world around them and to stand up for their beliefs. It’s important to start this conversation early in order to provide children with the knowledge and tools they need to make conscious and ethical choices throughout their lives. With the right approach, children can learn about veganism in a way that is engaging and fun, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of their choices on the world. 

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Thoughts on compassion for animals in Tolstoy’s book “Reading Circle”

Thoughts on compassion for animals in Tolstoy’s book “Reading Circle”

In the book “Reading Circle” (1910), Leo Tolstoy collected the most important thoughts of famous artists, scientists, and philosophers and arranged them in a calendar of daily and monthly readings. In this book, you can read inspiring thoughts about God, art, death, upbringing, love, peace, compassion, the meaning of life and more. I highlighted the thoughts that Tolstoy wrote regarding compassion for animals and the human habit of eating meat. 

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How is it possible to love and eat animals at the same time?

How is it possible to love and eat animals at the same time?

Carnism is an invisible belief system according to which it is natural, necessary, and normal to eat the meat of certain animals. Carnism is such a deeply rooted part of our life and culture that people do not question the morality and harmfulness of eating meat at all. The first step in changing an ideology is to precisely recognise and name it. The question therein is: what psychological and sociological mechanisms are built into that oppressive system to make it so effective?

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Why did Rudolf Steiner decide to be a vegetarian?

Why did Rudolf Steiner decide to be a vegetarian?

Rudolph Steiner even knew at that time that plant foods contain all the proteins and fats that humans need. In his lecture “The Evolution of the Earth and Man” (1924) he said: “Healthy vegetable proteins are what our body has a lot of. When we put chicken protein into our body, our body can be quite a lazy, sluggish body; he will be able to destroy it easily because it is easily destroyed.”

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Why didn’t Leonardo da Vinci eat meat?

Why didn’t Leonardo da Vinci eat meat?

The very idea of allowing unnecessary suffering, even more of taking life, was repulsive to Leonardo da Vinci. When he passed by a place where Florence birds were sold, he would often take them out of the cage with his own hand, and after paying the sellers the asking price, he would release them into the air and thus restore their freedom.

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Why did Pythagoras remove fish and meat from his plate?

Why did Pythagoras remove fish and meat from his plate?

Pythagoras believed that everything that people do to animals comes back to them. He and his followers not only hated the religious sacrifice of animals but believed that man should not eat animals because eating meat makes him a war machine, aggressive, and murderous. He believed that as long as people kill animals, they will also kill each other. The Pythagoreans were of the opinion that man could live without inflicting pain or taking life.

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Nikola Tesla – animal advocate and pigeon whisperer

Nikola Tesla – animal advocate and pigeon whisperer

One of the greatest minds in the world, Nikola Tesla, was a vegetarian who warned against the slaughter of animals and claimed that he would not harm or kill a single living being. Nikola Tesla fought for the liberation of animals, publicly standing up for their protection on many occasions. It’s no secret because he expressed his views in interviews for newspapers, but also in front of scientists and other prominent people of his time. That’s why we can rightfully consider him one of the biggest advocates of animal rights, who also left valuable advice to people for a peaceful and more healthy life.

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L. N. Tolstoy: Eating meat is harmful to the body and soul 

L. N. Tolstoy: Eating meat is harmful to the body and soul 

The killing and eating of animals occur mainly because people were convinced that animals were destined by God for human use and that there was nothing wrong with killing animals. But this is not true. In whatever books it is written that it is not a sin to kill animals, in the hearts of all of us, it is clearer than in these books that animals should be pitied just like humans, and we all know this if we do not silence our conscience.

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