Hi Cool Vegans,
Hope you had a vegantastic New Year and are ready to embark on an awesome 2012!
I have done a bit of reflecting lately and have decided to offer the e-book (PDF) version of Vegans Are Cool free of charge. Quite an unorthodox thing to do for a book that has just launched a month ago. Yes, true. But, after thinking about the countless numbers of animals slaughtered for food and the precarious state of the planet, I have decided this is the right thing to do. I am sure this is what the animals would want. We need to get the message out as quickly as possible for them and the planet.
Vegan businesses worldwide are giving the book to their customers. I have also offered the book to animals rights organisations, to give to their members.
If you would like to get your hands on the e-book version of Vegans Are Cool, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header: I want the Vegans Are Cool e-book!
If you feel inclined, you can “Pay what you wish” via Paypal (email@example.com). The money will be used for vegan promotional activities such as vegan billboards and also to support animal rescue organisations. This is totally optional as the book is available for free to everyone that requests it.
Now I would like to share an inspiring excerpt from Vegans Are Cool from the youngest contributors. Mitch and Imogen Dawes are young vegans from Australia who are passionate about the vegan lifestyle and keen to inspire people to follow their lead.
Meet Mitch and Imogen Dawes
How old are you?
Imogen: 6 Mitchell: 10
How long have you been vegan? Were you vegetarian before that and if so, how long?
Imogen: since I was less than one.
Mitch: since I was 4½. Our family had been vegetarian before that. My mum went vegetarian when she was a teenager, and Dad became a vegetarian after he met Mum.
What are the benefits of being vegan for you?
Mitch and Imogen: We’re healthier than other kids we know, and we have lots more energy. We hardly ever get sick, and when we do, we get better much faster than the other kids in our classes. Neither of us have had to have a day off school because of sickness for a couple of years. We like it that because of the way we eat, we don’t harm animals and we’re not supporting factory farms that treat animals cruelly.
What do other kids at school think about your choice to be vegan?
Imogen: Some of my friends tell me they would like to be vegan but their parents make them eat meat because they think they need it to be healthy. One of my friends said if you don’t eat meat you can’t be strong and healthy, but I’m stronger and healthier than her!
Mitch: Some of my friends think what I bring to school for lunch is pretty weird, but they don’t give me a hard time about it. Sometimes kids ask why I don’t eat meat, and they try to tell me it tastes really nice – but I don’t think death could ever taste nice.
Why do you think it is important to be vegan?
Imogen: Because being vegan means you don’t think you’re better than animals and that you’re allowed to hurt them and kill them and eat them. We’re animals too!
Mitch: Because we’re saving animals’ lives and it’s better for our health and for the environment. If you eat plants rather than feed plants to animals and eat the animals, you don’t need as much land to grow food. Then trees don’t have to be cut down and endangered animals’ habitats can be saved so they won’t go extinct.
What are your favourite vegan foods?
Imogen: My mum makes yummy, healthy vegan cakes that have fruits and vegetables in them. I love strawberries, mango and broccoli.
Mitch: I love Lebanese and Thai food – anything spicy! I also like goji berries, Pink Lady apples, raspberries, mangoes, kale in cashew sauce, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – really! My mum makes chocolate pudding that has beetroot, spinach and blueberries in it. It’s really yummy!
Do you have a message for other kids your age about being vegan?
Mitch & Imogen: Being vegan is good for you because you live longer, you’re healthier and you don’t get sick very often. It’s good for the animals because you save farmed animals from being killed and eaten and you protect endangered animals from going extinct. And it’s good for the environment because it reduces forest clearing, toxic runoff from factory farms and greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide.
Last but certainly not least, my friends Dave and Mandy from Vegan Era have put together a great 21 Day Program to revitalize your life in 2012! It starts on the 15th January. Embark on this beautiful compassionate journey to a healthier, happier you. Click here to view more details
May this be the year that veganism takes hold worldwide!
Until next time,