Spread the Message
in the Media
and on Social Media
Writing a letter to the editor or article in your local Jewish newspaper can go a long way. You can also spread the message of compassion for all by sharing Jewish Veg Facebook and Twitter content on your personal page. Whether it’s a response to an article with an anti-veg message, or you’d like to encourage others to consider going vegan for any number of reasons, here are some helpful talking points:
For some health is a motivating factor to switching to a plant-based diet. Vegan diets can be rich with vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, and, yes, protein! There have been several studies which link a vegan lifestyle to decreases risk of cancer, diabetes and premature death.
For the Environment:
A healthy planet is also important for our own health. From the air we breathe to the water we drink to the temperature of our planet, we know that decreasing the human foot print on the Earth and its resources is good for our health. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have shown the dairy and meat industry are having a detrimental impact on our environment. Can’t be healthy beings, without a healthy planet!
Stopping the abuse and exploitation of animals is not the only reason to become vegan, but for most this is a main factor in embracing a plant-based diet and lifestyle. From a standpoint of compassion for all life, many who embrace veganism simply cannot justify taking a life from a living, feeling being that does not want to die. Compassion amongst humanity and for all animal life is inextricably linked.
For Jewish Values:
Judaism teaches that we are forbidden to be cruel to animals and that we must treat them with compassion. Since animals are part of God's creation, people have special responsibilities to them. These concepts are summarized in the Hebrew phrase tsa'ar ba'alei chayim, the biblical mandate not to cause "pain to any living creature." While the Torah clearly indicates that people are to have "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creeps upon the earth" (Gen. 1:28), there was to be a basic relatedness, and people were to consider the rights of animals. Animals are also God's creatures, possessing sensitivity and the capacity for feeling pain; hence they must be protected and treated with compassion and justice.
For more talking points, visit our FAQ page at www.JewishVeg.org/FAQ.