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There are animal welfare vegans and animal only-fight-against-other-vegans abolitionist vegans. V-EGANISM is neither. Just as there are positive things and negative things about conservatives and liberals, there are positive things and negative things about welfarists and abolitionists. V-EGANISM avoids all 4 "political parties", and remains as an independent in thoughts and actions, only choosing what is right and just for animals, humans, and the environment. V-EGANISM however does have a mission statement which is how the founder of veganism, Donald Watson, originally coined the word's definition. It was a perfect definition then and it still is a perfect definition now! So the following paragraph is V-EGANISM's official Mission Statement--and nothing more, nothing less, we are simply called, "Vegan Activists", with no additives:

"V-EGANISM educates people and helps people and animals regarding the political and social justice cause, Veganism, which is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practical--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, cosmetics, household products, entertainment, service or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment."

Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit Maneki Neko Cat

Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit Maneki Neko Cat

Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pet Loss


The grief that follows the death of an animal companion  can be crippling emotionally, mentally, and even physically. This book can help anyone discover the many emotional reactions and responses to the loss of a pet, learn what happens at a pet cemetery burial, cremation, or home burial and help you to find out arrangements that are legally available.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics


This is a fabulous book on animals and spirituality, and it covers other topics relating to animals as well. Leading animal experts "consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art...Their findings offer profound insights into humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live....They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment."

For more information on this book, check it out here:

A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi is an inspiration to the love of all animals. He had love for the creatures and respect of all life.

October is the month of his Feast Day (October 4). For more information about Saint Francis and his love for animals check out: Saint Francis of Assisi--Patron Saint of Animals

Monday, October 22, 2012

Animal Emotions

Many animals display emotional and moral intelligences. An essay on animal emotions gives more detail here, at:

Morality in Tooth and Claw

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Magpies Grieve for Their Dead

With its aggressive behaviour and appetite for young chicks, the magpie doesn't have a particularly good image when it comes to compassion.

But according to some experts, the predator may have a tender side, feeling grief and routinely holding 'funerals' for fallen friends.

Dr. Marc Bekoff claims the rituals-- which involve birds laying 'wreaths' of grass alongside roadside corpses--are proof animals feel complex emotions.

Read more about the story here:

Magpies grieve for their dead (and even turn up for funerals) |

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates

The death of your beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking losses you’ll ever endure. But recovery isn’t only about closure. You also want to know where your best friend has gone.

After the intense, unexpected grief he experienced following the loss of his own companions, animal lover and biblical scholar Gary Kurz set out to prove that there are indeed pets in Paradise. After devoting countless hours of research, he now shares his inspiring insights to bring you a richer understanding of animals and their souls. You’ll find answers to common questions about animals and the afterlife—and you’ll also get a 30-day devotional to help you work through your grief.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Animals and the Spirit World

Animals have detected earthquake and disasters hours or even days before they occurred and some species have travelled impressive distances to be reunited with lost family members. If they have these incredible abilities, it seems quite possible that they could potentially be able to interact with the spirit world. Animals are intelligent and often demonstrate intuitions and instincts that humans don’t always appear to have.

Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), believes that animals have abilities that humans may have possessed at one time, but somehow most of us lost. Through his extensive research, he has concluded that there are at least three major categories of unexplained perceptiveness by animals:

Telepathy - a psychic connection that some pets may have with their owners through connections Sheldrake calls "morphic fields." It is this ability that enables pets to "know" when their owners are on their way home. In the section of Sheldrake's book focusing on telepathy, he asserts that this ability arises from the strong bond that develops between human and family animal companion. He relates several anecdotes from animal guardians who believe their animals are psychically picking up their intentions.

The Sense of Direction - this ability accounts for the "incredible travels" some animals make to be with their owners, including homing pigeons. There are many stories told...animals that have made long, sometime arduous journeys to be reunited with their owners are some of the most incredible and compelling cases for unexplained animal powers.

Premonitions - this may explain why some animals seem to know when earthquakes and other events are about to occur. In this section of the book, Sheldrake explores the possibility that some animals can forewarn us of events that are about to occur. Some animal companions seem to know when their owners are about to have epileptic seizures.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Blessing of the Animals at The Grotto

The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, popularly known as The Grotto is a beautiful 62-acre Catholic sanctuary on Sandy Boulevard at Northeast 85th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The sanctuary sets both at the foot of and on top of a cliff. It is a non-profit organization supported solely by the proceeds of its gift shop and by donations. It is administered by the Order of Friars Servants of Mary, USA Province.

A large meditation hall whose main chamber is at clifftop level extends down to the foot of the cliff; a cross on the hall is visible many miles away. In addition to a church, there are several thousand feet of trails, including a trail of the Stations of the Cross, along which the faithful may pass in contemplation.

The Grotto is open daily throughout the year. (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas following the celebration of Mass.).

The Grotto had their 29th annual Blessing of the Animals in the Grotto Plaza this year. The annual event is always held on the third Sunday of July (rain or shine) and offers individuals with companion animals an opportunity to reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. This annual event attracts a wide variety of animals and their human friends. Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained, to The Grotto for the Blessing of the Animals.
All are welcome.