This organization neither asks for nor accepts monetary donations. The only reason this group and website exists is so there will be a location for people to come and learn, evolve, spread the word, encourage others to join in abolishing the oppression, breeding, exploitation and execution of other land and sea animals, which is happening on a scale of 1-2 trillion yearly.
what is vegan?
To quote EVOLVE! Campaigns, "Veganism is a way of life which recognises the right of all sentient animals to be treated with respect and justice. It's about doing the best we can to align our actions with these values. This means not consuming, wearing or using animals, nor taking part in activities of their exploitation." Here are some examples of items and activities vegans try their utmost to not purchase or be a part of because each involves exploiting, hurting and/or killing other animals:
— meat • fish • eggs • dairy • honey
— fur • leather • silk • skins • wool • down • feathers
— products containing ingredients tested on animals
— hunting • rodeos • animal races • animal fights • animal competitions
— zoos • marine parks • safari parks • aquariums
— circuses • elephant rides • animal-drawn carriage rides • animal performances
— breeder and pet store live animal buying and selling
— experimentation on animals
But I've been told... The vast majority of humans do not need to use other animals in any way in order to be healthy, happy, comfortable, productive, entertained, fashionable or masculine. There is not a biological, nutritional or survival need for humans to use animals. For most of us, it's only that we have been manipulated and indoctrinated by large industries, small businesses, culture, and media to think that using other animals is a normal and necessary human entitlement. These enterprises work very hard to hide from us that the only reason we use animals for all the purposes we do is for pleasure and profit, not need.
Opening Up, Not Giving Up. Paraphrasing from an interview with a vegan speaker, going vegan is about saying yes, not about saying no. For example, it's not about saying, "No, I'm not going to eat a steak anymore," but rather about saying, "Yes, I'm bringing that cow into my circle of compassion." Seeing the cow as an individual in his or her own right.
Learning. Obviously, as with anything new, there is a learning curve to going vegan. But it's not any more complicated or difficult than, for example, learning to drive, trying a new recipe, taking courses, hiking a new trail, travelilng to a new destination, learning the words to a song, etc. It's an adventure that will become second nature, a broadening of one's outlook on life and all the lives we share this planet with. Going vegan is joyous and eye-opening, a throwing off of the yoke of disconnect, violence, and apathy toward other animals that we've been brought up to deny. The meaning of ethics becomes one of inclusion, acknowlegeing the individuality, sensitivity and community of other animals, rather than dominating them for our own purposes.
Why? Because all beings, not just humans, deserve the peace, comfort, respect, liberty and life, with all its ups, downs and hazards, that we humans, for the most part, have the good fortune to be able to choose for ourselves. The land and sea animals we exploit are abducted, purpose-bred, enslaved, imprisoned, tortured, brutalized, abandoned, neglected, and executed by the billions every year. Animals as property have no choice and their voices fall on deaf ears. They are defenseless against the circumstances we place them in.
Resources. Going vegan is a door opening, not a door closing. This website will help in making the transition by providing information, guides and thoughts of many across the globe. Veganism is spreading faster then ever before. It's easier to do than ever before. The truth is getting out about what happens to other animals more universally than ever before. And the most powerful thing about going vegan is that we, as single individuals, can directly contribute to making the world a better place for other animals by withdrawing our support from that which involves their use, exploitation, and death!
Perfection. Going vegan can happen immediately for some, and can take longer for others. Don't give up. Keep trying. You'll get there! Think of the animals.