11 Apr 2008




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THE HONG KONG MEATLESS DAY CAMPAIGN

The Hongkong Centre is making an all out effort to collect pledges this year. They have come out with a beautiful brochure that promotes the International Meatless Day. This brochures will distributed to many institutions such as schools, rotary clubs, indian organisations, press, foreign companies, the Indian Consulate.

In addition they have already contacted the Bharat Ratna of the new logo and the meatless day website and that of the mission. It is expected that the magazine will put a whole page for meatless day in their November issue.

This new push will give a boost to the campaign and bring increased awareness of the need to go meatless especially to the residents of Hong Kong.

THE WORLD IS A GARDEN OF GOD
LET US MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL AND BRIGHT
SO LET US KEEP AWAY FROM ALL VIOLENCE IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED
AND LET US SEND OUT THOUGHTS OF LOVE AND GOOD WILL TO ALL
LET US BREATHE OUT PEACE TO ALL BEINGS!

- DADA J.P. VASWANI

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THE HONG KONG MEATLESS DAY NEWSLETTER

The signs of healthier times are visible with the ever-increasing number of vegetarians. No longer are organic vegetarian health food shops and groups considered to be those trendy fad places but an acknowledgement of a better life style.

Turning to a vegetarian diet need not be simply for health reasons. It can be expanded to include consideration for the environmental destruction, diminishing world food resources and more importantly, prevention of cruelty to animals, thus practising Reverence for Life.

The Meatless Day Campaign was first started in India in 1986 by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission – a social service organisation, founded by Rev. Sadhu T. L. Vaswani, whose entire philosophy revolved round the Supreme ideal of Reverence for all Life. The Mission has centres all over the world with many followers who promote these ideals. The tremendous growth and dynamism of its various activities today is due to the spiritual leadership of Dada J. P. Vaswani who upholds the vision of his Master.

As a mark of respect to their founder, Sadhu T. L. Vaswani, his birthday the 25th of November has been declared as the International Meatless Day and Animal Rights Day. Every year millions of people all over the world pledge to observe this day as meatless day and abstain from consuming all forms of meat, fish, and fowl. For this one day, every year, hospitals, restaurants, canteens and families around the world serve meat-free food. In some places even the abattoirs/slaughter houses are closed to observe International Meatless Day.

The mindset of the world is gradually beginning to change as far as Animal Rights are concerned. The growing response to our campaign reveals this change slowly but surely. Ours is a movement that works on changing peoples hearts and minds, numbers can never be an indication but every pledge involves a voluntary signature and every person who pledges has heard our appeal, opened his or her mind to our ideas and taken a conscious decision to go meatless on one significant day.

Your invaluable support is vital for the success of this campaign. So please do your part in building a New World, a peaceful and loving World we all can share and preserve for our future generations.


JOIN THE VEGGIE REVOLUTION!

JUST PLEDGE ONE DAY AND SAVE MANY LIVES!

What would you say if I told you there was a magic pill that could not only add years to your life, but could also protect you from heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases so common in our modern society? And keep you slim in the bargain! Well the fact is that such a pill exists. It is called VEGETARIANISM.

As most of us are aware, saturated fat is the main culprit in non-vegetarian diets, leading to heart disease, strokes, and as new studies show even cancers such as colon and stomach cancer. Eliminate the saturated fat, found in all meats (even lean meats), introduce monounsaturated or unsaturated fat such as olive and other vegetable and nut oils and you have laid the foundation for good health and longevity.

Of course more bricks are needed to build the edifice of good health. Vegetarians tend to eat far greater quantities of fruits and vegetables, which are high in substances known as anti-oxidants, which are the main agents in repairing the wear and tear on our bodies incurred in daily living and strengthening our immune systems. Early repair of damaged DNA cells is important in preventing cancer and diseases such as arthritis and arteriosclerosis and even cataracts. So your mother was right – “Eat your vegetables!”

Animal protein contains high amounts of uric acid, which put great strain on our kidneys and subsequently our livers. Also meat in modern times contains large quantities of hormones, pesticides and antibiotics which wreak even more havoc on our systems. In fact, antibiotic use in animal farming has been implicated in recent bacterial resistance to these drugs, creating new breeds of super-bacteria thus endangering all our lives.

One question most people ask before adopting a vegetarian diet is “Will I lose weight?” Well, while no one can guarantee that you will be model thin, it is far easier to maintain your figure on a healthy vegetarian diet than one, which includes copious quantities of meat. You don’t have to worry about lacking protein on a vegetarian diet either. A well-balanced vegetarian diet naturally contains all proteins & amino acids necessary for good health.

More and more people are turning to a vegetarian diet in an effort to improve their health and well being. Modern science supports and applauds this. So the next time you go to the supermarket, make a detour to the fresh vegetable section where you will find good health beckoning. You will also find a wide new range of meat substitute soya-products. Try a few new veggies, and enjoy the taste and the knowledge that you are doing something good for your body.

You see; you can have your tofu and eat it too!

Most people become vegetarians for reasons of health or animal welfare. However there is another equally important reason to curtail meat eating, and that is the health of our planet.

Livestock population today consumes enough grains & soya beans needed to feed the entire human populations of several countries. As animals are being reared in large numbers, animal wastes have also become a big problem. Intensive agriculture is used to produce large quantities of crops to feed these animals, leading to topsoil erosion. Also to provide the land for this purpose, rainforests are being burnt down which affects the climate and contributes to the greenhouse effect. Another major factor contributing to the greenhouse effect is the release of large amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere due to livestock farming. This leads to global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer.

To grow these crops, chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used heavily which cause many different problems to the environment, such as the pollution of the water supply along with the production of acid rain. This endangers health and threatens wildlife and humans alike. Fish production is also a major threat to the environment. Not only does overfishing disrupt the ecological balance of the oceans, but also contributes to big part of the water pollution.

Vegetarianism, or even just cutting back on the amount of meat and fish one consumes, is a way to help the earth fight back- a way to protect ourselves, the animals and the environment and replenish the dwindling food resources on our planet.

VEGETARIANISM AND ANIMAL RIGHTS

November 25th as well as being ‘Meatless Day’ is also International Animal Rights Day. The 19th century gave black people their rights, the 20th century was acclaimed a century of women’s rights, the dawn of the new millennium will witness the triumph of animal rights- so is the belief of our campaign.

While animal rights groups in the 1980’s focused their efforts primarily on ending animal research, they have recently shifted more attention to farm animals, which are more widely abused. The Humanitarian Movement has been trying to convince potential supporters that raising animals for food and profit is morally wrong. Since recent times small farms are being replaced by factory farming – a practice that cruelly treats animals like inventoried machines with little regard to their basic needs and welfare. Reducing consumption of all types of meat is the next step in demonstrating our antipathy towards inhumane farming practices – and will hopefully force more policy changes, which outlaw the worst excesses of the meat industry.

All life is sacred. The very first right in the Charter of Rights for Animals should be the right to live. Every life unit, every creature are all children of the universe, yet we send the animals to the research laboratories and slaughterhouses. Have we not been taught to protect those weaker than us?

Let us begin by being vegetarian for just one day and saving so many precious lives.

‘Hurt no one in thought, word or deed’ is a wise and rewarding rule of life. The Meatless Day Campaign is aimed at propagating this fundamental law of life.
In violating the sanctity of life in animals, man gets closer to accepting the use of violence on fellow men; hence we have wars & strife.
The first step towards World Peace is to create an awareness of reverence for all forms of life. We believe that a token observation of one day, Nov. 25th as Meatless Day, will initiate this awareness of the imperative need for reverence for all life.
A non-violent world has roots in a non-violent diet.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!

We are not alone in our belief, many great thinkers of all times believe likewise.


Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. - Dr. Albert Schweitzer

• The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they look on the murder of men.
-Leonardo da Vinci

• Hold fast to vegetarianism and abstain from taking life.
- Confucius

• While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?
- George Bernard Shaw

• The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
– Mahatma Gandhi

• Kill not animals; kill only the animal within thee.
- Sadhu T. L. Vaswani

• When wisdom came to me, I resolved to defend the weak, and to all living things I gave compassion of my heart.
– Gautama Buddha

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