Neal Barnard, MD
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Eric - EVEN Long-term Member and Volunteer
Our US diet, referred to as SAD (Standard American Diet), is a refined food diet laden with fat and high-cholesterol, deficient in required fiber and nutrients, and is the primary contributing cause of heart disease, strokes, many types of cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure and many other serious conditions, reducing both the quality and length of our lives.
All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all living things whatsoever. - Ashley Montagu (1905-1999)
I feel blessed that I was introduced to this [vegan] lifestyle more than 12 years ago  by Dexter [their son]. I prefer to eat mostly raw or 'living' foods. The benefits for me are increased energy, a slowing of the aging process, and I have none of the diseases like hypertension, heart disease and diabetes that many people my age seem to get. - Coretta Scott King (1927 - 2006)
Of all the teachings we receive, this one is the most important:
Nothing belongs to you of what there is; what you take, you must share.
- My Heart Soars, Chief Dan George
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. - James Anthony Froude (1818-1894)
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With so much disease ravaging our land---it is estimated that 70% is related to the animal-based diet---it is no wonder that veganism is gaining acceptance. - David Gabbe
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The majority of the diseases which the human family have been and still are suffering under, they have created by ignorance of their own organic health, and work perseveringly to tear themselves to pieces, and when broken down and debilitated in body and mind, send for the doctor and drug themselves to death. - Ellen White (1827 - 1915), co-founder Seventh Day Adventists, 1866
Such prosperity as we have known it up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital. - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
When you know better,
you do better.
- Maya Angelou
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...I draw great strength from my kinship with animals. Some of my best friends have had four legs. Perhaps you, too, have had a relationship with an animal that has enriched you as a human being. But much of our food today comes from animals raised in factory farms that resemble concentration camps.... >>MORE
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Do you know where you stand on cruelty to animals?
On global poverty?
On worker rights?
On the environment?
You can find additional information on each of these topics and learn how we can take a stand only when we know where we stand.
Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
51 acres of tropical forest are destroyed
1,800 children die of malnutrition and hunger (15 million/yr)
50 tons of fertile soil are washed or blown off cropland
12,000 tons of carbon dioxide are added to the atmosphere
1,692 acres of productive dry land become desert.
35,000 barrels of oil are consumed
$120 million dollars are spent for military expenditures ($1 trillion dollars/yr)
55 people are poisoned by pesticides; 5 die
230,000+ babies are born
25,000 people die of water shortage or contamination
10 tons of nuclear waste is generated by 350 nuclear plants
250,000 tons of sulfuric acid fall as acid rain in the N. Hemisphere
60 tons of plastic packaging and 372 tons of fishing net are dumped into the sea by commercial fishermen
5 species per day become extinct
Compiled by Canadian-based group, 'Global Awareness in Action.' These statistics date from 1990. They are provided by the Native American, Sun Bear, in his book: Black Dawn/Bright Day.
Patrick McDonnell, creator of the Mutts comic strip that is featured in over 700 newspapers. His "Shelter Stories" strips have convinced many people to adopt animals instead of buying them. Other strips gently bring tougher topics like factory farming, fur, and seal hunting to his readers.... Above all, he says, the most important message he tries to convey through Mutts is "have empathy and be kind".
Source: Animal Voices Radio