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Gail Herbert: Gail Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 10:57pm
I have been eating vegetarian food since February 1998 (when I first heard of live shipments of animals, mistreatment in managing pigs) but I still use dairy milk mainly because I cannot tolerate soy.  Also milk does contain good vitamins including the B ones which you need to supplement if not eating meat.  

I really don't enjoy black teas and coffees, other cooking (including ice cream) and if someone could give me an alternative to soy milk that I can tolerate, I will happily give up dairy milk.  Rice Milk is very watery and does not do the trick.
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claire, sydney: wouldn't it be fair? Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 4:54am
I don't support the farmed animal business anymore, but I have to wonder why there have never been a programmes done to show the world the reality of farmed animals from birth to death?  We have programmes that show us the growing of crops and the whole process there.... but nothing for the farmed animal industry.  Why???  Is there something to hide???  Is there something people don't want to see?  If there's nothing wrong with it and so many people support it, then why should there be nothing open about it?  

Isn't it only fair to introduce the real story and the process and get to know the animals that are about to stock the shelves, so we can make an informed choice?  You know..... like, know the truth?   ....Know what they've been fed, what conditions they've been in, how they were killed?  It's not a problem to show crops and according to some meat-eaters, vegans are taking life from plants and killing something there....  why is the meat industry so hushed then?  I'm also raised the argument that wild animals kill other animals.... well there's plenty of shows that document this in graphic detail..... but why are the farmed animals getting lost in the media system??  They make enough money for the economy - doesn't the industry deserve to be aired without any sugar-coating and special effects so we can see how it all works in detail?
Barbara Rendell: brilliant veg product Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 4:02am
Hi everyone, You may or may not be aware of a brilliant new vegetarian product from the UK called Quorn. It is a fungi based meat equivilent and it tastes fantastic. You can buy it in the frozen section of Coles and Woolies only at the moment. They make several varieties including mince and sausages. Its definately worth a try. Hope everyone has a great meat free week! Love Barbara XXXX
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Chelsea: Omnomn Vegies Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:06pm
I became a vegetarian when I moved to my new primary school 5 years ago...it was located on the main road that all the trucks took the animals to be slaughtered. Yay for vegie week!
Charlotte Gardner: I haven't eaten meat for five years! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:36pm
For the animals, wild and domesticated, for every living organism has the right to remain living, until natural causes (non-human related) do us part.
Lara: Proud Vegan! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:34pm
I think this is a wonderful idea and hope that many people take the pledge. I've been a veggie for 25 years now and then made the decision to become vegan 3 years ago. I adore animals and this has been the best decision I have ever made. My husband started eating my meals and loves them, he's lost weight and feels so much healthier!
Vivienne: Go Vegan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:13pm
I've been vegan for 3 or 4 years now and I find the meals even better than vegetarian.  By not having cheese or eggs, it means more vege flavours and more diverse ingredients.
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Michael Masley: Also Proud Veagan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 12:56pm
Have been vegan for 23 years after I realized one day, when I was 16, the interconnectedness of all life.
Thomas: Great Recipes! Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:58am
Just checked out the recipe page. They look so YUMMY! Gotta try that mushroom stroganoff. Thanks guys! Keep up the great work :)
Isabella: Proud Wednesday, 17 August 2016 at 8:17pm
I'm 15 and I've been a vegetarian for over a year now. It was a personal decision and although my parents disagree with it, it's the best decision I've ever made. It's not hard like people say it is. I don't miss meat, nor do I miss being a murderer. I was always taught that it was normal to eat meat but with my own research I decided I'm going to become vegan as soon a possible. I'm proud of what I've done for myself and animals that deserve a life. If it takes me a million years, I will make a difference.
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Graciana: Siberian Tigers Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 5:15pm
Why doesn't animalsaustrailia.com have anything on the topic siberian tigers? I am doing a independent research project on them and this is my favorite site. You guys in the big office up there should get some info. on the site. I am 10. I love this site but I love Siberian Tigers too. Get some more info on your site!!
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Cami: Need Protein choices that aren't carbs n can't have soy...help??? Sunday, 10 October 2010 at 11:30pm
Hi Guys - I've wanted to do this for some time, but I have a few problems...one is that I'm diabetic and need protein choices that aren't carbs and two, I am not allowed soy. I love it, but can't have it. Any help out there for me??? My FB is Cami Nagel (Knight) or email me at OR...if you have a good book on the subject I would love to have the title so I can purchase it and learn how to eat healthier with good protein choices...I also eat clean as well, so they can't be like 'pretend' food.  Thanks sooooo much!
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Matthew Fernie: Why go Veg? Monday, 4 October 2010 at 8:15am
I reject your arguments for "Going Veg." The trouble with you "Veg" people is you haven't eaten enough beef for healthy brain function so you lack the cognitive skills to come up with a reasonable argument for not eating meat. I will now disprove all of the reasons for "Going Veg" as outlined on the home page of this site.

1. For your health

Eating grass fed beef (the main kind Australia produces) is extremely beneficial to your health. It is an excellent source of protein, zinc, B12, selenium, phosphorous, niacin, B6, Iron and riboflavin. These are all essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

Grass fed beef also has high levels of Omega-3s (about the same as salmon).

People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack.[3] Omega-3s are essential for your brain as well. People with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer's disease.

Another benefit of omega-3s is that they may reduce your risk of cancer. In animal studies, these essential fats have slowed the growth of a wide array of cancers and also kept them from spreading. Although the human research is in its infancy, researchers have shown that omega-3s can slow or even reverse the extreme weight loss that accompanies advanced cancer and also hasten recovery from surgery.

Eating grass fed beef does not cause cancer and is in fact very beneficial for your body.

2. For the planet

Nearly all Australian cattle are grass fed. It has been proven that cattle properties that run grass fed cattle are almost carbon neutral. More greenhouse gases would be produced if the cattle weren't there to eat the grass and it was otherwise burnt through a natural event (bushfire, lightning strike)

2. A On water use

More water is used to produce a kilo of "veg" than to produce a kilo of grass fed beef.

3. For the animals

Australian Grass fed cattle live their entire lives out in large paddocks with ample food, water and space. There is usually around 100 cows in a 1000 acre paddock. Hardly cramped.

3.A Dehorning

Australian graziers are moving away from horned cattle as fast as they can. Every year polled (hornless) bulls fetch more and more money at auction because the trait is so desirable. Australian graziers don't want to have to dehorn their cattle, and put undue stress on their calves but it must be done to prevent the horrific injuries that the cattle can sustain on each other when they are older.

3.B Transport

All cattle are given adequate space when trucked.

3. C Stressed when Slaughtered

Extra care is given to cattle before slaughter to make sure there is no bruising and that they are not stressed before being killed. If a bullock is stressed before being killed hormones are released changing the Ph, colour and tenderness of the meat. This means the meat is worth less money than a beast that was killed while it was calm. It is in the best interest of the beef industry not to slaughter stressed cattle.

References

http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

http://www.beef.org/CMDocs/BeefOrg/WhatyouMissWithoutMeat.pdf

http://ezinearticles.com/?3-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Grass-Fed-Beef&id=2732750
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Lois: A veg and Proud of It Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 5:44am
I have been a veg for about 5 years but had been heading in that direction for some years before I actually got there.  I don't understand people when they say they love animals but still continue to eat them.  Perhaps they only love their cats and dogs and the farmed animals don't count.  I find it very irritating when there are so many ads on the TV for meat products, and recently one of the current affairs programmes did a story on eating horse meat, which I found very distasteful.  I sometimes wonder if the meat eaters would eat human meat if there no animals left to eat.
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Aspasia Kiasa: Vegetarian Week Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 5:27am
I would be so glad to join you, if I was living in Australia. But...I am Greek, I live in Athens and I wish you my best wishes for a great succes to your Veg. Week.

Thanking you for the invitation
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Terri Wasylycia: Meatless Bliss Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 1:15am
I went Veg slowly cutting out pork products, then chicken,  then seafood, then beef, as I learned more and more about how these creatures live and die in order to furnish human plates. Intelligent being should not be consumed.....period.
I lean toward veganism more as I find more products that replace animal-based ones, without the chemicals which is really hard. But I do persist
Whenever I see meat, I think "that's an animal" I visualise the animal it came from - frolicking and living in harmony with it's herd or pack - and it really ends any desire to eat it.
Vegetarianism is also a much cleaner way to cook, the cleanup is so easy!
Merrill Kuhnemann: Vegetarian Meats Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 12:25am
I buy from Woolworths Sanitarium Vegetarian Sausages, Sanitarium Vegetarian BBQ sausages, Sanitarium Vegetarian Hot Dogs, Sanitarium Vegetarian Smoked Deli Slices, not keen on the Sanitarium Vegetarian Bacon though, Fry's Vegetarian Cottage Pie, Fry's Vegetarian Traditional Burgers, Sanitarium Vegetarian Lentil Patties, and Australian Eatwell Fresh Vegetarian Pasta Sauces in different flavours.  Then from Coles (only because Woolworths does not stock this item - I don't know why?) - I buy Sanitarium Vegetarian Mince.as I prefer this one to the packets of dry vegetarian mince.
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Merrill Kuhnemann: Made big difference in my health Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 12:09am
I have been vegetarian since January 2005, animal fats in the blood were killing me the blood tests showed at that time.  (Triglycerides.)  Had to make the changes- I did, and now my blood work is excellent.  People only seem to think about bad cholesterol but they must also remember that high triglycerides very bad too.
Lauren Hall: FRYS brand found at Wooles is VEGAN and so tasty. Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 9:22pm
Frys brand meat substitues (green packaging) taste GREAT and can be found in frozen section of Woolies. They have a huge range.

Be careful or the new brand Quorn (yellow packaging) as they use Egg Whites in their products and I VERY much doubt they are free range egg whites or they would probably mention it.

FRYS tastes better and is vegan. View their full range here.
http://www.vegedelights.com/
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Jane Flitter: Ms Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:38pm
I became vegan to stop animals being killed.  It is unnecessary to eat meat/fish/chicken and I hate to see animals suffer I love animals.
Chitranganee: LETS SAVE OUR LOVING ANIMALS Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:16pm
I STOPPED EATING MEATS & FISH A VERY LONG TIME AGO. I WILL NOW GIVE UP EGGS TOO!
Andrea: Vegan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 1:54pm
I'm vegan from 4 months! Been vegetarian for 4 years. and I am proud of be a vegan! =)
Christine: vegan here Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:46am
if I can do it, you can too!
Kara: Kara Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:44am
I want vegetarian 4 years ago and it was really easy. To all you want to be veges it is hard to start with especially when nobody you know is vege but it is worth it and after a while you don't even notice it's that easy.
Animal Lover: Where? Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 6:07am
Hi, I'm really keen to give this a go. I've thought about doing it for years.
But I've got a quick question. Where can I get vegetarian groceries in Adelaide?
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Marg: Old-timer Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 6:02am
I went vegetarian about 30 years ago. It's become so much easier in the last 10 or 20 years. This challenge is such a great. Together we can make a difference!!!!
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Jane Mason: I haven't eaten meat for 12 years Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 4:07am
and I was vegan for almost a year before I even realised! That's how easy it is! :D
Love the idea of getting people to take a pledge, well done!
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