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Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:00

Go Vegetarian To Protect Lives

Written by  By Goh Ang Moh & Lau Geok Chiik, Miri/ Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

Chefs, Yang Zhi Teng and Chi Yi Fei, presented the cooking demonstration.【Photograph Lau Geok Chiik】

As of February 2012, Tzu Chi Miri has been holding vegetarian cooking demonstrations at a vegetarian restaurant every 3rd Saturday from 3-5 pm. This effort is in response to the call to go vegetarian to protect lives.


In an effort to promote the vegetarian diet, Tzu Chi Miri Chapter has been holding a vegetarian cooking demonstration since February 2012, on every 3rd Saturday from 3pm-5pm, at a vegetarian restaurant owned by a Tzu Chi volunteer, Lv Rui Ping. It is hoped that more people will learn how to prepare this healthy diet.

April 21, 2012 was the 3rd vegetarian cooking demonstration and it was attended by more than 30 people.

Animals are living beings

Host for this activity, Rui Ping asked the crowd, "Do you agree that going vegetarian can save the Earth? And how?"

Someone responded, "It is environmentally-friendly"; while other answers included: "It is energy saving and generates less carbon dioxide" and "It is good for health".

Rui Ping recounted that she became a vegetarian 25 years ago because she could not bear to eat meat after witnessing how her father had slaughtered a chicken. This hideous scene is still vividly clear in her mind today.

At this demonstration, two chefs, Yang Zhi Teng and Chef Chi Yu Fei, were on hand to present 4 vegetarian dishes. As most participants were not vegetarians, they asked many questions. This was indeed a good sign, as it showed the participants' willingness to learn more about this diet.

After tasting the dishes, one participant commented: "They taste good! I must come more often to learn more dishes."

When participants were showed a movie on how some fish dishes were prepared, they were shocked at the cruel acts. Hopefully, this had made all present aware of the true fact that man has been mistreating animals to satisfy their appetite, and this has to stop.

After attending the March demonstration, Yu Xun Xian decided to join as a volunteer. She also helped out at the reception area at this activity. Cai Xiu Zhi, a new Tzu Chi donor and a second-time participant at this event, fully agreed that vegetarianism is a way to protect the environment. At home, she encourages her children to eat more vegetable and less meat for health.

In conclusion, the activity was a success. More and more people are now interested in this healthy and environmentally-friendly diet.

 

All present are seen here paying full attention to the demonstration, not wanting to miss out on any crucial point in vegetarian cooking.【Photograph Lau Geok Chiik】 Lv Rui Ping (Left) sharing on how she became a vegetarian 25 years ago.【Photograph Lau Geok Chiik】

All present are seen here paying full attention to the demonstration, not wanting to miss out on any crucial point in vegetarian cooking.【Photograph Lau Geok Chiik】

Lv Rui Ping (Left) sharing on how she became a vegetarian 25 years ago.【Photograph Lau Geok Chiik】

 

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