HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
n ‘I put traps to kill those rats that damage my clothes. I spray insecticide to prevent insects from eating crops in my field. Putting a mosquito net is a tedious job, so I spray a mosquito repellent every night to kill the mosquitoes. But I am a vegetarian because I love God’s
These thoughts are baseless. Killing is killing, whether it is done by chopping the head or by intoxicating. I am vegetarian not because I am kind or I want to be healthy. I am vegetarian because my taste buds don’t find flesh tastier than vegetables or because I am showing my faith towards my culture which says eating flesh is sin. It has nothing to do with what I feel for
— Umesh Pokharel,
n It is wrong to think that food is for fashion. Food is actually for health. Vegetarian food is healthier. Research shows clearly that our digestive system resembles the cow’s and we can’t digest meat for a long time. I think becoming vegetarian does not mean that one is saving animals; actually we are saving ourselves. The consumption of meat has numerous disadvantages as it causes heart failure, blood pressure problem, irritation, et cetera. There is a beautiful saying that ‘You are what you eat’. The thought, emotion, attitude, mind and immune system are based on the food we consume. Vegetarian diet is for happy, peaceful and successful life.
— BK Lueta GC, Nayabazaar, Kathmandu
n When we talk in favour of animal rights, killing of animals and brutality towards them is a violation of the right to survival of animals like human beings. By nature, it is known that human beings are non-violent, kind and loving creatures in the world. Conversely, humans have been killing a large number of animals in the name of worshipping God especially in the Hindu religion. Being a vegan means protection and promotion of the rights of animals that are used as meat. Not only this, vegetarianism is a good practice and proffers sound behaviour proved by health science and spiritualists as well. Killing and eating meat is known as the behaviour of demons. If we indulge in such activity what is the difference between men and the demon? In this way, being a vegetarian definitely minimises the brutality and cruelty to animals. This behaviour respects and promotes the right to survival of all animals in this world. Vegetarianism doesn’t totally alleviate cruelty to animals but it does help to minimise such inhumane behaviour towards animals.
— Keshab Singh Air,
Siddheswor 9, Khodape, Baitadi
n People’s conception of not eating any animal products such as meat, milk or eggs and not using animal products such as silk or leather has to be developed and promoted in a healthier and kinder way of life which should be morally and environmentally
Obviously, from moral and hygiene point of view, vegetables make people’s mind positive and one thinks about animal’s fundamental rights. It also gives natural energy providing essential elements to the organs of our body. To be a vegetarian means to be healthier, kinder, non-violent. In addition, killing is a crime in any way. I cannot stand people who are cruel towards animals. All creatures have equal right to exist. But they are slaughtered by human beings mercilessly.
To sum up, veganism guides people to be soft hearted, healthier, peaceful, altruistic, honest and generous, this controls cruelty against animals.
— Padam Bahadur Chhetri, Baksila-04, Khotang
n Looking into research and surveys conducted it was found that vegetarians live a happy and long life. In our country there are many people who prefer eating non-vegetarian food throughout the week. According to a survey conducted, it states that the problem of high BP and the disease related to intestine and stomach is higher among non-vegetarians than in vegetarians. Non vegetarians are also at high risk of consuming pesticides and insecticides. Meat that is consumed by animals may contain aforementioned chemicals because it is directly consumed by them, which cannot be removed by cleaning and cooking the meat. When such meat is eaten, it has adverse effects on our health.
It completely depends on one’s own will to be a vegetarian or not. But the cruelty towards animals cannot simply decrease by opting for one of the two food habits. Some people have made poaching a means of earning and some have made hunting their passion. There must be a strong law to punish these people and initiatives by government to strictly ban poaching and hunting.
— Madhav Kumar, Attarkhel, Jorpati
n Our life is challenging and I believe in the saying ‘stop thinking of what could go wrong and start thinking of what could go right’. So, I need to take care of my health. I should try everything so why not be a vegan for a healthy life? I believe that veganism really alleviates cruelty toward animals. We don’t have to take any animal products if we become vegan and staying away from products like ghee, butter, curd, meat et cetera will prevent us from dangerous diseases like gastric. Thus, if I were to make a choice, I prefer to be a vegan.
— Agrim Poudel
n Being vegetarian is not just a fashion rather it is a sweet sacrifice made to save the life of animals. I became vegetarian for the same reason. Vegetarian life has filled me with positive energy and has made me realise the kindness filled for animals and other beings. This is also beneficial for the individual’s health as it keeps away many long-term health problems and complications. Though veganism is trendy these days, there definitely are many non-vegetarians thus it doesn’t completely alleviate the cruelty to animals but it certainly provides a helping hand to lower the rate of killing of animals for human luxury. So, in my view being a vegetarian even just for fashion is worth a shot.
— Swastika Paudel, Lamachaur, Pokhara
n I am a vegetarian and I love it as it has its own pros and cons. I am the only one in my house who is a vegetarian. So for me it’s very difficult and I should be very careful while eating food as most of the food items prepared at my home has some non-vegetarian items mixed into it.
However I find more pros than cons of being a vegetarian as it is healthy. Eating fresh cereals, vegetables and fruits, help build up the immune system, and the best part of that food is, it has no side effects. But consuming meat brings a lot of negative effects on one’s health and it also aids in bringing cruel thoughts to one’s mind.
As I am a peace lover, it is good that animals will be safe from being butchered. While going to college every day I pass meat shops where the butcher cruelly chops a goat. So, I really feel bad for those creatures. I feel like those people who are non-vegetarians don’t have any heart at all. If they did, they wouldn’t kill.
Somehow veganism alleviates cruelty towards animals. There are some who may not kill animals, but they torture animals by pinching and extracting their fur. Some kick or throw stones at animals and even punch them and children are mostly the culprits. I won’t blame them as their parents are to be blamed for not teaching them right values.
Yes, veganism is trendy and also it is healthier.
— Moin Uddin, Ghattekulo, Kathmandu
n What may be a trend today could be history tomorrow. Who is the one who sets or changes the trends and why can’t every individual be a trend-setter? I personally don’t think that being a vegan or a non-vegan should be a matter of trend. If one chooses to become vegan, I appreciate it. But if one chooses to become so just because of the trend, the person is simply weak.
For alleviating cruelty towards animals, I agree that turning vegan will help. But what about the plants we are consuming? We keep forgetting that these plants, like animals, are living things. Just because they don’t cry in pain while getting cut, we forget that we are inflicting pain just like animals. Then, aren’t the vegans as guilty as the non-vegans?
I’m not proud for being non-vegan but turning vegan is, in my opinion, justice half-done, cruelty half alleviated.
— Tulaja Shrestha, Maitighar
n Nowadays, we find lots of people talking about being vegetarian, but are not actually practicing it. However in our country, a few people have followed veganism. Some follow it to be trendy, some to be healthy and some to show kindness towards animals. But talking about me, I have thought many times that I will turn vegetarian and told my family about the decision as well. But I couldn’t exactly do it as I belong to Hindu religion where every occasion has to be celebrated with different meat items. So it was a simple, unavoidable barrier for me. It is true that in a Hindu country like ours, animals are killed in the name of God. It means veganism doesn’t really alleviate the animal killing, as we have few vegetarians; it leads to all the more reason to kill animals.
— Sanjeeta Shahi, Vanasthali, Kathmandu
n Being vegan, these days, has become a fashion statement. Today, especially, when someone is attending a party, buffet, food festival et cetera s/he pretends to be vegan. Nowadays, to be a pure vegetarian is very difficult because, in majority of food items some form of the animal products are usually incorporated. For example, knowingly or unknowingly some vegan eats chicken-based noodles or egg-based cake on birthday parties or ice-cream or something else. We even use different medicinal capsules and these capsules are made up of gelatin (obtained from skin and bones of animals)! If a vegan is a student of food science or hotel management or home science, s/he has to face difficult situations in day-to-day life. There are also varieties of vegans. It has been proven that plant origin food products are more beneficial to our health than animal origin food products. But I don’t think being vegetarian alleviates cruelty towards animals. I see vegetarians operating poultry farms and ‘hygienic’ meat shops.
— Hareram Pradhan
n Veganism is a good habit to be developed among individuals. It is not only healthy but also a practice that soothes our inner self. I am a vegetarian myself, and I really enjoy the vegetarian varieties which have helped me in nourishing my body and have also added a charm to my personality. But apart from its values, it has become trendy as people have themselves experienced in the long run that the majority of celebrities and top personalities are all vegans. It is also scientifically proved that vegetarians have a longer and healthier life span as compared to non-vegetarians.
However, another aspect is that animals are cruelly slaughtered for human’s desire for meat so as to cater to their taste. This does alleviate cruelty. I would stress that one shouldn’t turn vegetarian just to be fashionable but should develop this habit to remain healthy.
— Pretty Tamang,
n I think, in an age of freedom, if one chooses to be a vegetarian, it is definitely a good act. But it does not mean that one should be forced to do it. If a choice is given, I would not choose to be a vegetarian just in the name of fashion. We take nutritious food to live and remain healthy. Anyway, it is good if health becomes a discipline. In my opinion, veganism can help lessen cruelty towards animals. It can inculcate love towards all creatures. A great discussion between choosing to be a vegetarian or non-vegetarian is being in this modern age. If we develop our spiritualism, I think every delusion can be solved.
— Sabin A Maharjan
n Since the evolution of human life, history has found out that humans were carnivorous as they used to hunt wild animals for food. But, times have changed, we have become more aware. So, some are advocating in favour of animals. It is true to some extent that they too have their life and they have the right to live. But just switching to vegetarianism won’t ensure their life, until poaching animals for the bone, skins, horns et cetera are averted. The feeling and intuition should come from within. Bali pratha (sacrificing animals) should be alleviated first.
The question is — will such brutal behaviour towards the pets and wild animals change just by being a vegetarian? When we actually talk about their rights, then are we doing justice by captivating them in zoo or exploiting them in circus instead of allowing their freedom to be in the forest? But being a vegetarian somehow protects animals. And it is of course a healthier lifestyle. If I was given a choice, I would be a lacto vegetarian. I will do so if I want to, but not for fashion.
— Sulochana Panta, Siphal
n As far as I know a vegan never eats meat or any animal products such as milk, butter or cheese. It is a person’s choice whether to be a vegan or non-vegan but I don’t think that one should change it just for fashion. So, if I were to make a choice, I would never become a vegetarian to be fashionable. It’s my life and I want to enjoy it from every perspective even in terms of food. Either vegan or non-vegan, I would like to enjoy the taste of both items. If a person is vegan then it doesn’t show that he/she is a true animal lover. One can be benevolent towards animals by being a non-vegan also. The point is to be kind towards each creation of the world and everything should run systematically. Thus, I do not think that veganism really alleviates cruelty towards animals.
— Garima Poudel, Masbar, Pokhara
n After the hottest celebrities of Bollywood namely Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham switching to vegan diet, it has become common practice among our youth to follow the same path. Their natural love and sympathy for animals is the reason we hear for such attempt. To care for animals and not slaughter is a good idea. But the demand of climatic condition at several cold places is a non-vegetarian diet. The crux of the problem doesn’t lie in completely banning non-vegetarian diet. It may lead to imbalance in ecosystem by increasing numbers of hens and other species flocking here and there. Veganism should be one’s personal choice and not otherwise.
— Nasar Ahamad
n First of all, we need to understand the meaning of veganism. It is a system of dietary and life style practices that seek to promote health and peace while reducing the suffering of both people and animals. Vegans are vegetarians who do not eat any food like eggs, dairy products, meat, et cetera derived from animal sources. Most vegans also do not use products that is extracted through death or suffering of animals, such as leather, fur, wool, and certain cosmetics.
Nowadays on many occasions we find that the animal products such as meat, chickens, egg, and pork carry a lot of disease resulting in deaths. People knowingly or unknowingly eat the animal products and hence become the victim of several diseases.
If I was given a chance to choose veganism I would happily do it. Due to the trend of turning into veganism, cruelty towards animals has stopped a bit. As veganism don’t consume any animal products, killing of animals, hunting and many such activities have stopped tremendously, which has alleviated the cruelty towards animals. So becoming a vegan has a lot of
— Manish Sharma,