Veganism, a philosophy that goes far beyond what you eat.

Apr 14 2021

Being and acting vegan is advocating for non-violence and respect for all the animals that cohabit the Earth with us. Sentient beings who have the same right to enjoy it in peace.

In recent years, veganism has aroused more and more interest, and won new hearts as information grows about the exploitation to which animals are subjected by humans and society. Although it is associated with a type of diet, veganism is much more than a way of eating. It is an ethic of life that runs through countless day-to-day choices.

Veganism is empathy . We all deserve to live in peace and be treated with respect.

A fundamental concept to understand one of the roots of the birth of this movement is that of speciesism , which tells us about the discrimination of animals due to their non-human condition. That is why they are treated as merchandise, without considering that they experience and perceive sensations such as fear, pleasure or even joy.

What impact do my purchases have on animals and the environment?

You may be surprised to see how many seemingly harmless products are made under a model of brutal animal exploitation .

On the one hand, livestock, poultry, pig and fish production with its obvious consequences of pain and death, to which is added the environmental impact of excess natural resources and polluting waste from macro-farms.

Countless are the categories of products that are tested on animals, from shaving foams to bronzers. Something totally unnecessary and cruel. Supermarkets are full of animal-derived products , and yes, the fine print thinks it hides everything. It is necessary to open the five senses and choose that yes and that it will not go in your car.

Here are some examples of some of the most commonly used additives of animal origin:

  • Carmine (a red pigment that comes from crushed cochineal)
  • Gelatin: made from skin, bones and hooves. They are part of the children's sweets.
  • Lanolin, a secretion from the sebaceous glands of sheep that is used, for example, in ointments, ointments and cosmetics.
  • buttermilk
  • In that beer that you share with friends, the isinglass, the albumen and the casein leave.

The fashion industry is not far behind with its cruel practices to obtain wool, fur, silk and leather. All these elements today have their replacement free of suffering.

And what about the entertainment? I am sure that in childhood we all saw visits to the zoo, the aquarium, or horseback riding as “normal”. Without realizing that it costs a lifetime in captivity and exploitation for all the animals that are there. Most Spanish zoos currently fail to comply with European regulations and hardly carry out inspections. Animals get sick and not only their lives are put at stake, but everyone's. Animals deserve to live in their natural habitat, not locked up in an urban glass jail. The same with aquariums and circuses with animals.

In our elections is the power to activate or deactivate these industries and bet on those that are more sustainable and respectful of animals and nature.

Thanks to the growing demand for cruelty-free products, more and more clothing, cosmetics, food, and even cleaning items are produced without animal cruelty. This, coupled with the information in the palm of our hands, makes it easier than ever to approach a lifestyle that advocates nonviolence. If you want to discover cruelty-free brands you can download the list here .

An important part of the paradigm shift is that we reconsider whether our way of consuming responds to our need for subsistence.

And you, are you ready to consciously turn your life around and expand your circle of empathy?

I wait for you here, to accompany you to explore the path towards balance in harmony with your body and with nature. That is what gives birth to Vegan Expedition: empathy, friendship and respect for all of us who live on this beautiful planet.

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