04.11.2017 ►Jain Vegans ►Newsletter

Published: 04.11.2017
Updated: 07.11.2017

Jain Vegans
Jain Vegans


November is World Vegan month.  This month, YOU have an opportunity to helps save 1000s of animals.
There is a fantastic opportunity to sponsor Veganuary's highly effective "try vegan" adverts on public transport systems in London, Manchester, Boston (USA) and Sydney (Australa).  £12 will sponsor one poster.
And second, there is the opportunity to promote Animal Aid's Great Vegan Challenge.   Motivating an omnivore friend to to try vegan for a month can help save over 1000 animals if they end up staying vegan, or 100s if they end up reducing their consumption of animal products.
  • Inspire someone to go vegan with Veganuary's transport campaign
  • Animal Aid's Great Vegan Challenge
  • Animal Aid's Xmas Fayre
  • Upcoming events
Sponsor a 'Go Vegan' poster with Veganuary
For the next two weeks, you have an amazing opportunity to help save 1000s of animals by helping Veganuary place "try vegan" posters on the London, Manchester, Boston (USA) and Sydney metros.
Donate now
Last year, Veganuary ran a crowdfunding campaign to help place adverts on the London tube.  The impact was huge.  
Around 60,000 people tried Veganury in January 2017.  With a total budget of only £130,000, Veganuary estimate the 2017 campaign helped spare 80,000 animals in January 2017 alone, and 14 MILLION over longer-term dietary changes it helped inspire.  That's around 108 animals per £1 donated.
This year, Veganuary would like to go bigger.  They need to raise £82,000 to get the desired number of adverts on each of the four metros.  There are 2 weeks to go, and they are only half way to their target.
So if you have the ability, please consider making a generous donation to their crowdfunding campaign.
Donate now


And please also share information about the campaign via email, or Facebook or Twitter.
 Inspire a friend to take Animal Aid's
Great Vegan Challenge


Inspire a friend to participate in Animal Aid's Great Vegan Challenge.  According to the Vegan Society Veganalyser, a 40 year-old omnivore going vegan for the rest of their life will help save 1500 animals.  That's a huge impact!
The sign up link is www.govegan.org.uk.
Your friends will join 100s of others  that are going Vegan for World Vegan Month.  They'll all be provided with lots of support and advice - everything from daily recipes, advice on nutrition, tips on which are the best places to shop, and an online hotline for any difficult questions. There is also a free prize draw for a hamper full of vegan goodies!
Animal Aid's Christmas Fayre (London)
Kensington Town Hall | Sun 3rd Dec | 10am - 5pm | £2
Animal Aid's annual Christmas Fayre is a festive collection of cruelty-free living, to enrich your mind, body and stomach!  Enjoy the uplifting atmosphere and an inspiring array of animal-friendly goods from ethical companies, charities and campaign groups.  A perfect opportunity to stock up on ethical gifts for anyone buying Christmas presents.

Nishma and Mahersh Shah of Shambhu's, and part of the Jain Vegans Working Group, will be running their vegan catering stall at this event.
Upcoming vegan events
Vibrant social events in London
For information on monthly informative talks, regular scenic walks at different locations in London, social meals at some of the best vegan-friendly restaurants in the city, social meetups in London among like-minded folk, check out the follow links:
London Vegans  and  London Vegans Meetup

Nishma Shah's Gujarati cuisine masterclass (hosted by Made In Hackney) - Sat 25th Nov

Animal Aid's 25th Christmas Fayre (Kensington Town Hall, London) - Sun 3rd Dec
Nishma and Mahersh Shah of Shambhu's, and part of the Jain Vegans Working Group, will be running their vegan catering stall at this event
For a list of many other great upcoming vegan events, visit this link:
Vegan recipes & cookery classes
Do you need advice and tips on how to veganise your favourite dishes or perhaps you're looking for ways to introduce more plant based cuisine into the family diet?  If so check out the following listings:


Would you like to share the recipe for a favourite Jain vegan dish? Please email us on cook[at]jainvegans.org for publication on our website.
(Please accurately state all measurements in metric units)

Vegan cookery classes & demos 

Abuse and killing of cows in milk production

The abuse and killing of cows on dairy farms is the main reason why many members of the Jain community have decided to make a switch to a vegan lifestyle:
  1. The cow is forcefully impregnated through artificial insemination. If a cow isn’t made pregnant, she won’t produce milk.
  2. The newborn calf is normally taken away from his/her mother within 24-48 hours. This is traumatic for cows, who, like human mothers, are very motherly and develop strong bonds with their babies.
  3. Male calves are killed shortly after birth or sold on for meat/leather production.  They have no other use to dairy farmers.
  4. Female calves are kept on to replace their mothers as milk-producing cows.
  5. The mother cow will be killed when 5-7 years old, even though she could live for 20 to 25 years if given the chance.  This is because after bearing a calf and giving milk each year, her milk yield drops such that it is no longer profitable for a dairy farmer to keep her alive.
Even though cows on organic farms might experience slightly better conditions, they are still artificially inseminated and killed long before they would leave their bodies naturally.

NHS website supportive of a vegan diet 


For further information on vegan health nutrition, please consult the  Vegan Section on the NHS website  or visit this link: http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health

Alternatives to dairy to help you give up
It is possible to get a range of dairy free alternatives to traditionally animal based products. Normally available from free-from sections of supermarkets and also from health food stores.
You can easily replace:
  • Cow milk with Soya/Rice/Almond/Coconut Milk (Supermarket ownbrands, AlproProvamel, Bonsoy, Ecomil, Koko, Sojade)
  • Yoghurt / Dahi with plant based curds (Provamel, Alpro, Sojade, Coyo, supermarket own brands)
  • Butter with vegetable spreads (Pure and Vitalite are commonly available from supermarkets. Note many margarines contain butter milk and thus are not suitable for vegans)
  • Cheese / Paneer with Dairy Free Cheeses (Tofu, VBites, Sheese, Tofutti, Vegusto, Vegourmet, Violife)
  • Ice Creams with sorbets or dairy free ice creams (Alpro, Bessant and DrurySwedish GlaceBooja Booja, Almond Dream, Coyo, supermarket own brands)
  • Chocolate with dark chocolate (Plamil and Organica do specialist dairy free ‘milk chocolate’ and many brands do vegan dark chocolate)
  • Eggs with egg replacement powder (baking) or tofu (scrambled)
  • Honey with  maple syrup, rice syrup, agave syrup, date syrup or golden syrup

About Jain Vegans

Jain Vegans supports members of the Jain community in the transition towards a plant-based low-himsa lifestyle, and helps raise awareness about the abuse, violation and killing of cows in milk production.

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