Jains around the world are widely respected for their strict observance of a lacto-vegetarian diet, in line with the principle of ahimsa (non-violence). Unfortunately, in today’s modern world, humans abuse and kill billions of animals for food, clothing and entertainment. In particular, dairy production involves cows being routinely stressed, traumatised and killed. Many Jains, who already follow a vegetarian diet for reasons of ahinsa, are going a step further and adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle. Going vegan is a lot easier than you might think, and may even lead to a healthier lifestyle too (as well as reducing hinsa inflicted upon cows and other animals).
Jain Vegans is not a formal organisation. It is a grassroots movement, coordinated by individuals within the Jain community, to raise awareness about the exploitation of cows and other animals and to provide support Jains who wish to make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
In addition to this mailing list, Jain Vegans projects involve:
The Jain Vegans egroup - an online forum for members the Jain community worldwide, where non-vegan Jains who wish to learn about or make the transition to a vegan lifestyle can obtain friendly support from experienced vegan Jains and non-Jains. www.jainvegans.org
The Jain Vegans Working Group (UK only) - a group of Jain individuals from UK who raise awareness about the vegan lifestyle and the issues it addresses, through delivering presentations, interactive workshops and running information stalls. At the present time, the Jain Vegans Working Group serves UK-based communities only.
If you would like to organise a Jain Vegans workshop for a Jain audience in UK, you can email the Jain Vegans Working Group at:
jvwg (at) jainvegans.org
E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Wednesday, 11th November 2015 @ 12:03am
Why not see in the New Year by having a vegan Diwali family meal? As an inspiration we've included some popular mithai recipes that are not only incredibly tasty but easy to prepare and low-himsa too.
There's also news on the latest recipient of the Jain Vegans 'Ahimsa in Action' award plus an update on many of the latest vegan related events taking place throughout the country, including the unmissable annual Animal Aid Christmas Fayre on Sunday 6th December.
E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Thursday, 22nd October 2015 @ 11:45am
November is World Vegan Month. Among the many vegan-related activities taking place around the country, there's Animal Aid's'Great Vegan Challenge', which gives you the chance to try going vegan for a whole month of November, whilst getting all the free help and support you need to do it.
For those near the middle of England why not check out the West Midlands Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton this weekend? This festival is now in its 8th year and just gets bigger and bigger. In fact for the first time it's taking place over two days as opposed to one, so do try and go along if in the area.
There is also a reminder of a diabetes reversal workshop near Watford, a link to a worthy crowdfunding campaign plus a listing of many plant based events taking place throughout the country.
E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Wednesday, 30th September 2015 @ 6:40pm
Congratulations to all of you that managed to give up dairy over Paryushan. With the dozens of plant based alternative products now widely available on the high street we hope you didn't find the transition too difficult and are now tempted to remain dairy free beyond Paryushan also. Should this be the case make sure you join the Jain Vegans egroup for support and guidance.
This edition of the newsletter contains information about one of Europe's largest vegan festivals (at Olympia in Kensington), plus several other festivals happening throughout Britain over the next 3 months. Canadian medical doctor Tushar Mehta will be speaking at both a SCVP class in Kingsbury (on 9th October) and London Vegfest (on 10th October). He's an excellent speaker so make sure you catch him at either or both events if possible. Nishma Shah of Shambhu's will be proving valuable cooking tips at London Vegfest at Olympia on 10th October too.