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Jain youth to hold vegan promotion rally on Mahavir Jayanti in pink city Jaipur
The Jain youth organisation "Raksha" is going to hold a rally in Jaipur to promote vegetarianism on April 2 as part of weeklong Mahavir Jayanti festival that will commence from March 30. According to Manan Tholia Jain (20) of Raksha, the purpose of the rally titled "Circle of Compassion" is to highlight the benefits of veganism and eating before sunset to the public at large.

Besides the rally, Raksha volunteers are visiting various institutions to spread Jain message of non-violence and its relation to veganism and eating habits. The volunteers go around to the local schools, market places, social groups to show the videos and make power point presentations to spread the message of non-violence and urge students to switch over to vegan diets.

Not only vegan promotion is done for healthy living but its link to the reduction in carbon foot prints is also explained.

Explaining about vegan life style, Tholia said, "Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. On the other hand Vegans, besides being vegetarian, do not even use other animal products and by-products."

Those who follow the vegan life style avoid use of eggs, dairy products, honey, fur, silk, wool, jelly, ice cream, etc. Also, leather articles, cosmetics and soaps derived from animal products are shunned by vegans.

In fact, the true Jains are ethical vegans since they not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy of animal compassion into their lives, and oppose the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. They also believe that industrial farming of animals is cruelty and a practice that is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

"Strict Jains do not eat any root vegetables like potatoes because smaller insects are killed in their harvest and the vegetable itself have bacteria. Moreover, cooking or eating at night is also discouraged among the Jains because insects are attracted to the light at night. Often Jain Munis administer a small vow of not eating after sunset to their followers," said a Jain lady living next-door whose children will be participating in the rally.

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