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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."

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Love & Peace Maneki Neko Cat

Thursday, September 28, 2017

13 Literary Takes on the Lives of Animals

"Here’s a look at a dozen books that memorably explore the lives of animals — some to mysterious effect, some focusing on their interaction with humans, and some using them to counterpoint the foibles or challenges of humanity. They range in tone from the comic to the tragic, from the esoteric to the surreal."

Monday, August 14, 2017

"What Trees Teach Us"

Angel oak tree, South Carolina

"Trees can save your life, and make you happy and mentally strong, according to a new wave of writers. Lindsay Baker explores the rise of the literary tree hugger."

Read full article at:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Go Vegan, Save the Planet

(CNN) "As public attention focuses on the impact on policy changes on the climate, we may overlook an important contributor to the climate crisis: our food systems and the daily food choices we make."

Check out  this article: Go vegan, save the planet

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Peaceful, Cruelty-Free Fourth of July

We humans aren't the only valuable souls on Earth. Animals have valuable souls also and we should be kind to them, as they are on their own spiritual journey....

One way to be cruelty-free to our companion species is to have a vegan meal. Here are some delicious ones for the American Fourth of July:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Defining Vegan Revisited

"Although the vegan diet was defined early on it was as late as 1949 before Leslie J Cross pointed out that the society lacked a definition of veganism and he suggested '[t]he principle of the emancipation of animals from exploitation by man'.This is later clarified as 'to seek an end to the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection, and by all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man'."

Read the entire post at: We’ve come a long way!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hinduism Regarding a Veg*n Diet

*This is regarding the "diet part" of a veg*n life:

Lesson 28 from the book: Living with Siva

Reasons for Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism has for thousands of years been a principle of health and environmental ethics throughout India. Though Muslim and Christian colonization radically undermined and eroded this ideal, it remains to this day a cardinal ethic of Hindu thought and practice. A subtle sense of guilt persists among Hindus who eat meat, and there exists an ongoing controversy on this issue. The Sanskrit for vegetarianism is shakahara, and one following a vegetarian diet is a shakahari. The term for meat-eating is mansahara, and the meat-eater is called mansahari. Ahara means "food" or "diet," shaka means "vegetable," and mansa means "meat" or "flesh." 

Amazingly, I have heard people define vegetarian as a diet which excludes the meat of animals but does permit fish and eggs. But what really is vegetarianism? It is living only on foods produced by plants, with the addition of dairy products. Vegetarian foods include grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, milk, yogurt, cheese and butter. The strictest vegetarians, known as vegans, exclude all dairy products. Natural, fresh foods, locally grown without insecticides or chemical fertilizers are preferred. A vegetarian diet does not include meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. For good health, even certain vegetarian foods are minimized: frozen and canned foods, highly processed foods, such as white rice, white sugar and white flour; and "junk" foods and beverages--those with abundant chemical additives, such as artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings and preservatives. 

In the past fifty years millions of meat-eaters have made the decision to stop eating the flesh of other creatures. There are five major motivations for such a decision. 1) Many become vegetarian purely to uphold dharma, as the first duty to God and God's creation as defined by Vedic scripture. 2) Some abjure meat-eating because of the karmic consequences, knowing that by involving oneself, even indirectly, in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused. 3) Spiritual consciousness is another reason. Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousness, emotions and experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, fear, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of death, all of which are locked into the flesh of butchered creatures. 4) Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider range of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune system is stronger, their bodies purer and more refined, and their skin clearer, more supple and smooth. 5) Finally, there is the ecological reason. Planet Earth is suffering. In large measure, the escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient rainforests to create pasture lands for livestock, loss of topsoil and the consequent increase of water impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the single fact of meat in the human diet. No single decision that we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary ecology as the decision to not eat meat. Many conscious of the need to save the planet for future generations have made this decision for this reason and this reason alone. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6 Tips for Losing Weight on a Vegan Diet

"Anyone looking to lose weight, conversion to a plant-based regimen and weight loss are not always synonymous. Many who switch to a vegan diet for weight-loss reasons often find themselves filling the meatless void with an array of plant-based processed food. Luckily, a veg diet is so much more than packaged food that just happens to be animal-free, especially for those looking to lose weight."

Check out some tips for losing weight on a vegan diet here:

*Please see your physician first before starting any weight-loss program.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Vegan Wines

While most beers are vegan-friendly, a lot of wines are not.
Read more: 

Buying vegan wine is as easy as checking for ‘unfiltered’ on the label
You can also check out this blog, V-EGANISM, at the bottom of the home page for links to lists of vegan wines.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Chicago Makes History with First Vegetarian Museum

Chicago resident Kay Stepkin, president of Go Veggie!®, has created what is believed to be the first National Vegetarian Museum in the U.S.

Read more about it here:

Chicago makes history with first vegetarian museum

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cities for Vegan Travelers

Planning on doing some world traveling this summer?

Here are 10 cities that make traveling cruelty-free more delicious and satisfying:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pro-Vegan Stickers on Meat

"A customer says she was shocked and felt "emotionally blackmailed" after finding an anti-meat sticker on a packet of spaghetti bolognaise.

Leah Mallett bought the ready meal at a Morrisons supermarket in Leeds.

Marc Gurney, who runs a vegan campaign in Brighton, says he wants people to think about what they're eating."

Read more here at:

'Why I stick pro-vegan stickers on meat in supermarkets'

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Your Home and Companion Animal

"Whether you become a vegan for health reasons or due to ethical values and beliefs, you may want to look into making your entire home vegan. This can be a segmented process that requires some consideration, since most people do not realize how many of the products and materials in their homes come from animals. It may be a long, and at first expensive, process, but if you are committed to the cause it will be worth it in the end."
Here are some tips:

Here are more ideas for creating a animal-friendly, stylish and comfortable home for you and your dog:
Is your home 'best friend' proof?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Who Were The World's Earliest Vegans?

"Archaeologist Dr. Richard Leakey says our prehistoric ancestors started off on a plant based diet. 'You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal with the food sources that required those large canines'."

Read more here:


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vegan Weddings

I know this is short notice tips for planning any wedding for this year but if you want to change a thing or two, here are some great ideas (or ideas for a next year wedding):

"Once considered a fringe movement, veganism is now mainstream and options are more available than ever before.
Beyond food, couples can now opt for non-animal product versions of nearly anything you'd find at a wedding."

To read more: 10 tips for planning a vegan wedding

"There are so many easy ways to “veganize” your nuptials—whether you want an intimate indie love fest or a royal-level extravaganza, planning a vegan wedding has never been so fun and easy."

"Wedding planning is inherently stressful, so planning a vegan wedding may seem completely overwhelming, since nearly every element of the wedding requires extra consideration—dress, cake, caterer, wedding favors and so forth. But don’t despair, it’s easier than you think! In this guide we’ve broken down everything to show that veganizing your special day is not only possible but easier than you may imagine."

To read more: Vegan Wedding Guide

And one more thing: CONGRATULATIONS! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Holiday: 40+ Vegan Easter Recipes for Everyone to Love!

Below is a link to fantastic vegan recipes for you and your friends/family during Easter--or at any time.

P.S. I plan to post more often here (at least once a week), so stay tuned for more soon!