Sometimes, all it takes to inspire an idea is one article. This was certainly the case for 28-year-old Rohit Ingle. Approximately two years ago, the Mumbai-based professional was scrolling through Facebook when he came across an insightful article on veganism. Suddenly, the chicken in his fridge — his favorite entree — didn’t seem so appealing.
After becoming educated on the various benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, Ingle decided to ditch animal products completely. He stopped eating meat and dairy, emptied his cupboards of honey and cleared his entire closet of leather, wool, fur, and silk. As the Indian Times reports, he no longer visits the circus, aquariums, or zoos, either.
To some, this might seem like a drastic change. But according to Ingle, “It’s easy when you listen to your heart, not your habits.” Because he is so passionate about animal rights, environmentalism, and sustainability, Ingle . is cycling his way around India. Reportedly, the idea was inspired by James Aspey — an international animal rights activist — who talked about a bicycle tour to promote the plant-based diet. Ingle is now intent on cycling 19,000 km across the country, with the goal of persuading more people to adopt a cruelty-free way of life.
The journey is not without sacrifice. Not only is the activist giving up a conventional lifestyle (for now) by cycling a minimum of 12 km a day, he is spending life on the road to promote the ethical way of eating. Fortunately, his efforts are not in vain.
Along the way, Ingle has inspired many citizens and travelers. He said, “During an awareness meet in Vadodara, I met a guy and spoke to him about turning vegan in stages and giving the body time to adjust. Gradually, eliminate meat, dairy products, and then all animal products over many weeks, while adopting alternatives. We talked for over 30 minutes and he was convinced to turn vegan. Such things make me more determined to pursue the campaign.”
He may be influencing people on the road but Ingle is still at odds with his parents when it comes to diet. “My parents have always been non-vegetarians and in spite of trying to make them aware of veganism, they resist changes,” said Ingle. “It has sure affected our bond but woh parents hain, you love them no matter what.”
Because the activist’s bike is outfitted with handmade charts explaining veganism, he is promoting the diet with every stroke of the pedals. When asked what keeps him going every day, Ingle said the heinous treatment given to animals is his motivation. With teary eyes, he told the press: “I love animals more than humans.”
Ingle’s activism is applaudable, for the mistreatment of animals is a very serious concern. Every year, 56 billion farmed animals are killed by humans for consumption. This shocking figure does not even include fish and other sea creatures, whose deaths are measured in tonnes.
Hopefully, his efforts inspire more people to re-think what they put on their plates. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!
Source: Indian Times