Must be a drink impossible to give an account of a rabbit stew when one has grown up with a pet, almost a brother, as a good part of the around the generation millennial. David Muñoz, a doctor, a vegan for 41 years, rebuke angered the journalist: "it was Not a pet, my dog was a member of my family." Empathy towards animals, the suffering they inflict the meat industry and its effects on the sustainable development of the planet are causing a progressive decline in the consumption of products of animal origin. In Spain, there are already more than 3.5 million vegetarians, according to the report, The Green Power 2017 the consultant Lantem. According to that same report, 51% of those who follow this type of power resides in large cities and one of every five is between the ages of 16 and 24.
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there are No official data on the progression in Spain of veganism -which rejects the use and consumption of all products and services of animal origin-but it serves as a button, shows that more and more universities and colleges are semi-private and private-to include this option in the dining room as an attraction for the parents. The public schools only have a legal obligation to serve special menus for reasons of health or religion, but not for ethical reasons. This is incomprehensible to David Román, president of the Association of Vegetarians, who fight for the option in the menu for ethical reasons is also mandatory. Of the regional Governments in spain, only the basque has been decided that the schools offer parents the possibility of choosing a vegetarian diet for their children. According to a spokesperson of the ministry of Education, the decision was adopted at the request of the parents and has been a success: although slowly, every time are more those who choose this pattern of eating in the dining halls.
In Europe, the 5% of citizens ignores, with greater or lesser rigor, consuming products of animal origin. David Muñoz is one of them. A vegan for 13 years. "Animals are not products for our exploitation, they are living beings and flee from fear and pain just like us", it argues, to explain his antiespecismo, a "political stance and cross denying our superiority over the rest of the species, and that goes hand in hand with the fight against machismo, xenophobia and homophobia," he adds.
In Spain, there are already more than 3.5 million vegetarians. 51% reside in large cities and one of every five is between the ages of 16 and 24
David insists in the political nature of their way of consuming and that house with the conclusions of the anthropologist Francesc Xavier Medina, holder of the Unesco Chair on Food, Culture, and Development of the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). Studies conducted in your department on the diets veggie (a label which covers vegetarianism, veganism, and the flexiveganismo –which sometimes allow you to skip the diet-) conclude that their main reason is the animalism, a current born in 1970, which now is "trend": "it Is an ethical perspective and political, and only secondarily due to health reasons. Little by little it is adding up adherents, especially young people and adolescents, the ages of the rebellion and assert themselves, and one way of doing this is to decide what they want to eat," adds Medina. The data of The Green Power have a bearing on this: 60% of those who do not eat animals do so for ethical reasons animalists; 21%, to contribute to the sustainability of the planet and only 17% respond to health reasons.
Martina Whole has the things very clear to her 17 years. "I'm ovolácteovegetariana from the age of 15 for ideological reasons," he explains, "I felt bad for eating animals, I do not think it superior to other species and I do not want to participate in the meat industry". To argue, suffers a telling slip: "humans have no right to abuse the life of a person that way." I wanted to say of an animal.
Martina was one of those two-thirds of the vegetarians in Spain are women. This means that one out of every ten Spanish does not consume animal products. Like all convinced that this current ethics, is informed of the processes of production of the consume and acts accordingly: only smoke tobacco brands that do not use animals in their research departments.
"animals are not products for our exploitation, they are living beings and flee from fear and pain just like us," says David, a vegan from 13 years ago
The food industry, aware of this new trend in the consumption of the young, has been the batteries: the franchising of fast food more carnivorous offer vegetarian menus; many brands have launched versions of their flagship products suitable for these consumers, as the spirit of Baileys to the base of almond milk. Even the legendary Guinness was forced to change the bicentennial formula of your beer –it contained traces of fish tail - to earn the label of veggie. Little joke, with this growth market that will move to 5,000 million dollars ($4.396 million euros) in the whole world from here to a year, according to the report of the Lantem.
by this time, Martina will be of age and be able to fulfill your desire to vote for Pacma (Party Animal rights against Animal Abuse), as the rest of the gang: of the ten friends, only one eats meat. For the first time, according to the CIS surveys about the election date is closer, this party would get two seats in the elections andalusian of December. It is the first political consequence of a social stream with a deep ethical foundation.
Also the professor of the UOC sees a successful future for the parties to be animalistic in Spain, as already happens in other european countries. Medina based his predictions in today's society, especially the urbanites more young people, sees the animal as a being near, "what has custom; the animals have gone on to be social beings, not natural, and social beings do not eat". And he gives the example of the rabbit, whose flesh was consumed between the 40s and 80s of the last century and since then has experienced a decline in inverse proportion to their demand as a pet.
The media -increasingly sensitive to the demands of consumers and the animal suffering - and social networks have contributed decisively to this trend to have increasingly more supporters. Every documentary, or news about these topics goes viral, as happened with the television program Saved (LaSexta) on the bad practices of the meat industry, which gives an idea of the importance and the influence of this content on young people.
The food industry has been the batteries: the franchises of fast food more carnivorous offer vegetarian menus
The afternoon that Montse Antón saw on television the killing of a pig, felt such horror that he did not test meat, nor to wear any garment of leather or skin, or of wool, or anything that implies that an animal has been exploited. Mind that that afternoon he was 14 years old and felt that there was no difference between their own suffering and those of a bitch or a rat." That's why, at 35 years, this cadiz continues to endure their migraine headaches without taking a pill to not contribute to animal testing in the pharmaceutical industry. Consistent with his ideas, he offered them an option of vegan to the four dogs and the four cats that live; but, in the absence of ethical consciousness, they preferred to feed of flesh; yes, "animals raised according to the ethics of suffering to a minimum," he added.
This is not the only thing that Montse to turn a blind eye for love: your boyfriend is omnivorous. And asks: "would Never be a bullfighter or a hunter, why am I with a man who eats meat?". She is confident in the new airs that run and expect him to change, as it believes that it will make society as a whole.
For the moment, don't go wrong on track with their desires. If your boyfriend is stubborn in not changing, you can always find flatmates with scruples in some portal rental "vegan". There are. In one of them, "a girl with dogs and cats," rented room on the outskirts of Madrid to "girl vegan, non-smoker, and quiet who likes to live with non-human animals". A statement of principles. That's right: "Must have car".
The war 'veggie' against palm oil
Jessica Rebanal became a vegetarian so as not to betray his love for animals. But, for this madrid 28 years, there is a forbidden fruit in the plant kingdom: the palm oil. The deforestation caused by the cultivation of the palm and the consequences on the populations of orangutans, displaced from its habitat, is the new cause of the animal that is shaking to the food industry. The tweets against the brands that use this oil are like wildfire on social networks. It became viral the terrifying image of an orangutan fleeing terrified from the deforestation of Borneo, caused by the cultivation of oil palm. The image was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, who won with it the prize of Photography of Nature in 2017.
But, without doubt, the viral phenomenon most powerful of these days spot is the lively "There's a human in my forest", a tender story of a little girl and an orangutan promoted by a string of supermarkets along with Greenpeace to fight the intake of these fats. The british authorities committed the mistake to prohibit its issuance, considering it of political content. The same day, he created the hashtag #NoPalmOilChristmas to echo the message. They probably managed to mobilize thousands of users of the networks, such as Jessica and the girl in the ad, have been declared in the war on the side of the orangutan wielding the weapon more lethal: the power to decide on its own consumption.