Good news for vegans! Now you can enjoy a vegan version of your favourite frozen dessert in Delhi. Mangalore-based ice cream brand Hangyo has brought its plant-based sweet delicacies to India’s capital. The vegans of the city can now satisfy their desire for ice cream without compromising their values.
The brand is initially releasing two flavours: Coconut Delicacy and Choconut Delicacy. According to The Hindu, Hangyo’s vegan ice creams are prepared with coconut and cocoa. They were officially launched by Radha Mohan Singh, union agriculture minister, during the 90th Foundation Day celebrations of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Pradeep G Pai, managing director of Hangyo Ice Creams, was also present at the ceremony. He said:
We have developed these products after working on them for almost a year with the full support and co-operation of CPCRI Director P. Chowdappa and his team. We have been successful in manufacturing and expanding a new product range of the Hangyo brand. This is made on the lines of the Prime Minister’s slogan Make in India.
Hangyo started as a dairy company and gradually entered the frozen dessert market to cope with narrow profit margins. Now, after spreading across the western coast of India, including Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra, the company’s vegan desserts have reached the capital, and soon you will find them in your neighbourhood shops.
Many people in the country find it difficult to satisfy their sweet tooth, because they don’t want to consume products from an industry that causes unimaginable suffering.
To produce milk, mother cows are forcibly impregnated through a highly stressful and invasive procedure. After carrying their young for nine months—just like humans—mother cows give birth. Mere hours later, the babies are taken from their mothers so that humans can collect the milk intended for the calves.
In a 2000 interview published on Rediff.com, Maneka Gandhi, head of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, stated, “Every time you drink a glass of milk, remember it comes from a sad, suffering mother whose own child was killed before her eyes and who herself will be killed when she dries up.” In a system that caters to demand, the cow is the ultimate victim. Minister Gandhi explains the process:
The cow is forced into yearly pregnancies. After giving birth she is milked for 10 months but will be artificially inseminated during her third month so that she is milked even when she is pregnant! The demanded production of milk is more than her body can give. So she starts breaking down body tissue to produce milk. The result is an illness called ketosis. Most of the day she is tied up in a narrow stall, usually wallowing in her own excrement. She gets mastitis because the hands that milk her are rough and usually unclean. She gets rumen acidosis from bad food and lameness. She is kept alive with antibiotics and hormones. Each year 20 per cent of these dairy cows are sent illegally by truck and train to slaughterhouses. Or they are starved to death by letting them loose in the cities.It is no secret that the slaughterhouse in Goa was made by Amul Dairy. No cow lives out her normal life span. She is milked, made sick and then killed. Even worse happens to her child. The male calves are tied up and starved to death. Or sent to the slaughterhouses. It is not by chance that a calf is no longer called bachda in India. It is called katra, which means one who is to be killed. Even Dr Kurien admits that in Mumbai every year 80,000 calves are forcibly put to death.
Understandably, forced separation from their calves causes the mothers to bellow for hours or days; they even pace and search in vain for their stolen babies. This heartbreak happens at every dairy farm.
By ditching milk products, you withdraw your support from this unethical and cruel industry. A vegan lifestyle not only saves countless animals from suffering at factory farms but is good for your health and the planet.
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