The National Vegan Students Association is a subsidiary of GYG Project.
Veganism is a way of life that avoids the use of any animal products for any purpose including food and clothing. A vegan is a person who practices veganism. In daily life, a vegan makes a commitment to abstain from consuming or using animal products.
Accordingly, a vegan abstains from eating foods derived from animals, including any form of meat, animal gelatin, eggs, honey and dairy products. Additionally, a vegan abstains from using non-food items derived from animals, including any items made of silk, wool, fur, bone, feathers, leather, pearls, coral, nacre, sponges and any other materials derived from animals. Vegans also abstain from products which have been tested on animals.
A person can become a vegan for various reasons, including moral concern for the environment or animal rights, and more personal reasons including religious or spiritual issues and health benefits.
WHY BECOME A VEGAN?
Many people see veganism as a natural progression from vegetarianism. Like vegetarianism, there is not any lone reason that people turn to choose veganism. Four of the most common reasons are as follows:
- Animal Rights
- Political Reasons
Let’s look at each in detail.
Animal Rights – Many adopt a vegan lifestyle to protest against the abuse and exploitation of animals. For example, most vegans take offense to the separation of mother cows and their calves quickly after birth so that the mother’s milk can be harvested and sold. In another example, vegans object to the battery farming of chickens.
Diet – Many people find that a vegan diet is healthier than a more open vegetarian diet. For example, dairy products tend to be high in saturated fat. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are the basis of a vegan diet, and vegetables and fruits are seen as the epitome of nutrition.
Environmental – A vegan diet is environmentally more efficient than using animals, because it takes more land and water to produce meat than vegetables (since the livestock has to be fed many meals that could have otherwise gone directly to humans).
Political Reasons – Many people turn vegan to protest against the fast food industry, for the reason that fast food companies allow or promote animal cruelty by using battery-farmed animals, mistreating their workers, and over-package their products (which adds to the world’s litter problem). Additionally, many people oppose the fast-food culture or the over-consumption culture, and use veganism to protest it.
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Companion animals are those animals who share our homes and lives. Because we consider these animals to be family, because they are family, companion animals enjoy more legal protections than other animals.
Legally, the category is often limited to dogs and cats, but may also include birds, horses, and other animals as well.
It’s critically important to advocate for better animal protection laws with lawmakers in all government bodies. Each has the power to help.
There’s an estimated 9 billion land animals raised and killed for food every year. Many of these animals are subjected to near-unimaginable cruelty — much of which is perfectly legal, under current law.
Despite their vast numbers, and severity of abuse they suffer, farmed animals receive only minimal protections by our legal system.
Farmed animals raised for the meat, dairy, and egg industries are among the most abused. Investigators and industry whistle – blowers have revealed abuses on farms and in slaughterhouses so horrific, most people cannot even bear to witness them.
Abuse takes place outside the law, but much of the cruelty consists of commonplace, standard industry practices, and in most states legally sanctioned.
These common, cruel practices include:
- Animals can have their testicles, tails, horns, beaks, or toes removed without anesthesia.
- In most states, animals are intensively confined in spaces so small they cannot turn around, extend their wings, or lie down comfortably, as in gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages.
- Hens are systematically starved in order to artificially restart their egg-laying cycles.
- Male chicks are ground up alive, and piglets are killed by slamming their heads on the ground.
- Calves can be taken away from their mothers, mere moments after birth, causing distress for both. Calves raised for veal are so severely confined they cannot turn around or stretch their limbs.
Wild animals enjoy few legal protections under either state or local laws.
At both the state and federal level, the key laws protecting wildlife are those governing when and where hunting is permitted. Some states have also begun also to prosecute people who commit acts of cruelty against wild animals.
Wild animals experience pain and pleasure just the same as the dogs and cats who share our homes, and who enjoy far more expansive legal protections. Wild animals also play a key role in our environment and ecosystem. And they are affected by all facets of human behavior: where we build, and what we do on developed land.
Factory farming not only affects the lives of the 9 billion animals a year who are raised for food, but also the wild animals who drink from bodies of water and live on the land polluted by these agricultural activities.
SEA LIFE & HEALTH
Beset by habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, the ocean is losing the ability to provide the benefits that sea creatures have come to rely on: food, livelihoods, climate regulation. All of this is happening in the face of a rapidly changing climate and acidification of seawater, which is reducing the ability of the ocean to absorb carbon and to regulate global temperatures and local weather patterns. This isn’t sustainable.
We’re excited and passionate about protecting our oceans for future generations.
Our programme helps take care of our oceans – and the weird and wonderful creatures that call them home.
Every second, one person is displaced by disaster.
In 2018, more than 17.2 million people fled disasters in 125 countries and territories. Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide.
The basics of climate change, disasters and displacement
As climate change continues, it will likely lead to more frequent and severe natural hazards. The impact will be heavy. Climate change causes poverty and food shortages, and forces even higher numbers of men, women and children to flee their homes.
On average, 26 million people are displaced by disasters such as floods and storms every year (as of 2016). That’s one person forced to flee every second.
We advocate for protection and assistance to become central components of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and development planning. We work to influence global and regional policies so that they reflect these concerns.
Yoga originated in India. The beginnings of the tradition are uncertain, but in the second or third century A.D., an Indian scholar named Patañjal penned the Yoga Sutras, 196 aphorisms that ultimately defined yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind.” Today, the Yoga Sutras are considered the fundamental text of yoga, though the practice itself certainly predates Patañjal’s treatise. Yoga can make you stronger and more flexible. It’s a great way to stay limber and energetic. You’ll also feel more focused and alert. And yoga can help you feel great and function better in your daily life. Yoga can also help improve these conditions:
- Poor blood circulation
- High blood pressure
- Limited mobility
- Lower back pain
- Trouble breathing
- Tension or stress
Yoga’s gentle movements are a big reason for why it’s so popular. Yoga is good for people who haven’t been active in a while. It’s good for people who have certain health conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis. You can change the exercises to fit your needs. But yoga is also great if you’re already fit and want a challenging workout. As you become more strong and flexible with yoga, it’s easier to do other kinds of exercise like dancing, walking, or swimming.