London to Ho Chi Minh by train (and boat!): Day 23.
I had always thought that from the moment a vegan enters Mongolian territory, they start wasting away slowly until either nothing was left of them or they caved in. It was always my example of the vegan dilemma.
Now I’m here and the reality is quite different. After a gap in spirituality experienced under the influence of the Soviet Union, Mongolia is having a bit of a spiritual revival. Meditation and yoga centres have popped up around the city, and many young people are searching for something more to life than just hard-working communism or all-consuming capitalism. The bustling capital, Ulaanbaatar, has more than 20 vegan/veggie restaurants in a city the size of Milwaukee. And it seems to be growing. Healthy, cruelty-free and sustainable food is, quite understandably, a central goal of those seeking inner peace.
To me this is a symbol of the spiritual and social evolution of our human family. When I first went vegan 15 years ago, I had to learn either to cook something myself or do without. Soya milk was hard to find and I had to explain to every waiter what I could and couldn’t eat. Now, more and more people across the whole world are choosing veganism. For their health, humanity, the planet and the animals.
As we destroy the rainforests for grazing and animal feed, as the deserts are spreading and the seas are dying… As we continue killing ourselves with animal products that we simply don’t need… As water, land and food are wasted on meat production for the rich instead of remaining in the hands of the poor… As corporations abuse democracy and human rights through their lobbies and misinformation… And as billions of animals, each with their own personality, are tortured and murdered every year… I take great pride in being part of a truly global movement based on compassion, justice and hope.
If Mongolia, the nation with the most animal-centered diet in the world, can do this… You definitely can too. Be part of something special. Why wait until it’s too late?
Next stop: Khustai National Park — in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.