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Kelzang Dema

Panbang, Zhemgang

Current place:
Sherubtse College



Do you observe JANGSEM Mondays?:
Of course, I do observe Jangsem Monday.

What do you think about Jangsem Monday movement?
It's important organisation to make people go meatless even for a day, saving animals life. Marking the day as Jangsem day, it persuades people to control intake of meat. I think it's indeed a great initiative to put forward the idea of observing Jangsem Monday.

Why do you think it's important to go meatless?:
No matter what, I think it's not good at all to consume meat (which is actually someone's body), the one which was loved and cared as we do to our own. We must be atleast be considerate about others feelings before we satisfy our temptation of eating meat. I must say, it is not so important to enrich your dishes which include killing. We don't die not eating meat.

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? If yes for how long and why?:

I pleged to become vegetarian in 2011, when I was in class 7, during our annual school rimdro. However, my parents where against my decision. They were concerned about my health. Moreover, it's their belief that if we don't take meat, we will suffer from tuberculosis. Being kid, not other than saying that it's sinful to take meat, I could not justify my decision strongly. Unable to go against what elders has to say, I become non-vege, not fully (I didnt take pork, beef and fish) but I am still non vegetarian for I take some other item. It was only in 2015, when Semchen tsheythar tshogpa, travel through schools to convince young mind about why going meatless is important. We were fully convinced about it. Needless to say they persuaded young mind, but they gave strong justification that can be used to support our decision. I sincerely pledged to be vegetarian since that day. I can say it's only 3 and half years since I become vegetarian. Becoming vegan is something i started to think of recently. Until it is unknowingly, I no more use animal product. Be it clothing,edibles or any other equipments. I am working towards vegan.

Has it benefited you and how?:
I am vegetarian and and I am proud of my decision. First of all, I would like to verify that, what people say about going meatless and it's negative effect is totally untrue. I never suffered from illness related to malnutrition or anything regarding have to pick meat again. I am healthy as I have always been. Becoming vegetarian, I now realized that it it's the best decision I have ever made. I need not have to worry about enriching my plates with expensive dishes (usually meat), in any day. We get to taste various vegetarian item. No matter, how we prepare it, meat has meat's taste unlike vegetables. Going meatless keeps you economically sound and healthy, apart from giving you inner peace (when you know, you are killing no one).

What are your Favorite veggies and fruits?:
I don't have anything favourite. I like all the veggies and fruits.

Your Favorite animals? Domestic or wild?:

I don't have any favourite but, I finds cat little cute.

What do you believe in or should we say your motto in life?:

I believe in karma. What goes around, comes around. Some being may be our meal today but we might become their meal someday. I further believe in Change. Change of circumstances. We might have committed sins before, we can change our course. We gradually eliminate sins we commuted by paying it through sacrifice. Immature wrong doings can be corrected through maturely change. To conclude, my motto in life is Change bad karma through positivity(acceptance and sacrifice ). Accept punishment for what you did and sacrifice little thing for big change.

What is your message to everyone on going meatless?:

Hellow everyone, we all have different perspective about everything. What I see as wrong might be right in your view. However, I think I am never wrong about trying to persuade you all towards going meatless. It is cliché to say, "It is sinful to consume meat". Still then it is fact that we can't ignore, nor we do believe so easily. But I recommend that we must believe it. No matter how critically we try to interpret that there is no sin, no karmic reaction, we cannot genuinely prove it. If someone's suffering is their own karma, how can there be no reaction to our sin. It is not that pigs are born for pork. It is we (human being) who made it pork. If eating meat has no pain, why seeing someone dying so painful? After all meat becomes meat because someone(animals) has gone through dying. So, be atleast human to think know that meat includes killing which we are even sacted of hearing being killed. Can't we sacrifice just one of our favourite dishes, to save someone's only life?

Kelzang Dema saved at least 17 chicken(s) till date.
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