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"Isn't man an amazing animal?
He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer,
all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers,
groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes -
by the million in order to protect his domestic
animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic
animals by the billion and eats them. This in
turn kills man by the millions, because eating
all those animals leads to degenerative
- and fatal - health conditions like heart disease,
kidney disease, and cancer. So then man
tortures and kills millions more animals to
look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere,
millions of other human beings are being
killed by hunger and malnutrition because
food they could eat is being used to fatten
domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are
dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man,
who kills so easily and so violently, and once a
year, sends out cards praying for Peace on Earth."
- David Coates (author)

 

You don't need loads of money to make a difference to the furry, feathered or finned friends we share the planet with. You can help them every day of your life simply by living vegan.

Helping Animals On A Practical Level

A non-violent life can be summed up in one word: VEGAN.

Living vegan means eating plant-based diet of legumes, grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. A varied vegan diet is delicious, nutritious and extremely healthful. It's also environmentally friendly.

Living vegan means buying non-animal-based clothing, shoes, accessories and furniture. So, rather than purchasing products made of leather, suede, exotic skin, fur, feathers, silk, wool and sheepskin, a vegan buys items made of synthetic material. This, of course, extends to buying non-animal-based versions of products like leather furniture, feather-filled quilts, etc.

Living vegan means buying bodycare products, cleaning products, and makeup that have no animal content and have not been tested on animals.

Living vegan means never supporting so-called 'entertainment' such as rodeos, horseracing, dogracing, circuses, zoos, aquariums, etc, that use animals.

Living vegan means helping animals in need by adopting and/or fostering homeless animals from shelters.

In summary, living vegan is:

  • Not eating animals or their secretions (ie. no flesh, milks, milk derivatives like cheese, eggs, honey).

  • Not buying clothes, shoes, accessories, furniture, and any other product made of animal parts.

  • Not using products made with or tested on animals.

  • Not supporting so-called 'entertainment' that uses animals.

  • Not buying animals from breeders.

Being vegan is not difficult at all. In fact, it's pretty easy. And I can tell you, having been both a non-vegan and a vegan, that being vegan is the best decision you'll ever make. There's nothing quite like having a clear conscience from knowing that how you live does not harm animals.

Be inspired by these Animal Stories of people who've gone vegan and never looked back.

For more info about veganism, click here: Animal Thoughts and Animal Q&A.

And read my journey to living vegan here: My Animal History.

If you believe in respect, justice and non-violence, then you  believe in veganism. So it's only logical that, following on from that, you live your life according to your beliefs.

Being vegan is a moral decision one makes to live a life of non-violence. And living veganism is not just good for the animals - it's also healthy for you, and better for the planet.

Spread The Word

Writer Robert Louis Stevenson said, "The cruellest lies are often told in silence."

So don't be silent - always speak out against abuse towards our fellow Earthlings in fur, feathers and fins. They can't speak for themselves, so it's up to us to speak for them.

In order to speak out, you must first gather information to share with others. A friend once said to me: “Knowledge is power, and ignorance is its constipated cousin.”

So get powerful by getting informed by reading Animal Thoughts and Animal Q&A. Then use this new-found knowledge by spreading the information in as many ways as you can. Let's make the world a just and respectful place for animals!

Earthlings

If you're more of a viewer than a reader, the film Earthlings is an excellent way to get an overview of the current situation of animals in this world. If what you see in this film concerns you, you can do something about it by going vegan. You might ask why veganism is the answer, and why changing the laws or changing methods of killing isn't. A very fair question which you'll find answers to here: Animal Q&A.

Click here or on the image below to see the film. (Disclaimer: while I believe Earthlings to be a valuable in giving an overview of animal use, I do not necessarily endorse all views and opinions otherwise stated by the film maker Shaun Monson.)

WARNING: this film contains graphic imagery.
earthlings
WARNING: this film contains graphic imagery.

Check out:
My Animal History
Animal Stories
Animal Thoughts (Articles)
Animal Rights Q&A
Animal Videos
 

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Dogs in park
At the park with rescue dog, the late Jordan (in my arms), and Bonnie the Border Collie.

Because the heart beats
under a covering

of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings,
it is, for
that reason,
to be of no account?
Jean Paul Richter (writer).

 

Cuddling dogs
With the fur-kids - both rescue dogs from the pound - on Mother's Day (Jasmin left, Jake right).

Dogs and humans living together
The whole family together - me with John (the human), Jake (centre), and Jasmin (hiding on the left).
 

"And I am my brother's keeper
And I will fight his fight,
And speak the word for beast and bird,
Till the world shall set things right."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox (author, poet).

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Veganism is about respect for all living beings. Veganism is about justice for all living beings. Veganism is about non-violence towards all beings.
 

Find out how you can help animals:
Animal Thoughts (Articles)
Animal Q&A
Animal Videos
 

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"New laws won't protect them.
Bigger cages won't end their suffering.
And your donation won't save their lives.
But you can make a difference, today:
become vegan!"
- Boston Vegan Association
 

 

SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!

Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi

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