By continually breeding the companion animals whom we love the most, we literally love them to death
“Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.”~ Tom Regan, Empty Cages.
No one in this movement is challenging the love that sane people have for their companion animals. But this love has created a huge problem because we end up loving animals to death! I say “to death” because we continuously breed them until five to ten million UNLOVED, UNWANTED, HOMELESS dogs and cats are ANNUALLY murdered in dog and cat slaughterhouses that we euphemistically refer to as “shelters” and “humane societies.” Shelters and humane societies are supposed to be places of comfort and protection, not places of perpetual killings.
Therefore, breeding animals should be a CRIME. And a moratorium should be mandated immediately until all homeless animals, languishing in city slaughterhouses, have a home. In fact, human breeding should be illegal as well until all the UNLOVED, UNWANTED, HOMELESS children have been adopted into loving homes. Insisting that animals and children look a certain way— which is why we breed both—is selfish and unbecoming of a species that purports to understand right from wrong. Whatever happened to altruism?
Another problem with having companion animals is that dogs and cats are meat-eaters. This presents an unacceptable ethical dilemma because we end up raping, enslaving and killing even more cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and fish to feed the dogs and cats that we (claim to) care about more. Since people NEVER go into their backyards to kill squirrels or birds for their companions, why would it be okay to pay people at slaughterhouses to murder and dismember cows, pigs, chickens, etc. for dogs and cats?
Fortunately, in this day and age there are vegan dog, cat and ferret foods (see the video below this paragraph). Rex, my baby who passed away at the age of 15 on January 24, 2004, ate vegan dog food for the last nine years of his life. Doyle, who was 10 years old when I rescued him in 2012, has been thriving on a vegan diet for years! Millions of other dogs and cats worldwide live perfectly healthy lives as vegans, too. In fact, the Nyanyana crocodile farm in Zimbabwe has proven that even the utmost carnivore can live on plant-based foods by converting more than 150,000 crocs to veganism. Unfortunately, these vile slave-owners aren’t utilizing the vegan diet for ethical reasons as they are murdering the crocs and stealing their skin for the “clothing” industry. But having more than 150,000 stone cold carnivores thrive on a vegan diet proves that veganism is for everybody. And check out this story about Little Tyke, a lion who vehemently refused to eat her meals if meat was a part of them, or kill her lamb, chicken, cat and many other animal friends at a sanctuary in Washington in the late 1940s and early ’50s. There are three photographs of Tyke located in the section titled Are Nonhuman Carnivores Culpable Carnivores? of the Humans Are Herbivores page. And please read that section to understand why NO ONE, human or animal, has the right to kill and eat animals because animals and animal products are not food under any circumstance in the same way five-year-old kids aren’t fuckholes for disgusting old men and women aren’t punching bags for their husbands and boyfriends!
I wish I could take away the domestication of dogs and cats. It was a bad idea to take them out of their natural environments thousands of years ago. However, I am not an irrational absolutist. It is obvious that dogs and cats ENJOY living with us. They live in our homes and receive love, warmth, shelter, water and food. And as you can see by the photo of me and Doyle below, our homes are not prisons! Besides breeding and meat-based food issues, I don’t see much of an ethical dilemma with having dog and cat companions. However, there is one exception to the previous statement: Spaying and neutering. Taking away an animal’s right to procreate is the ONLY discrepancy in all animal rights philosophy. However, considering the alternative—murdering millions of LIVE dogs and cats in city slaughterhouses every year—I will GLADLY take away an animal’s right to procreate. If I could, I would take away every human’s make-believe right to procreate, too! For the record, since spaying or neutering an animal is a surgery performed with anesthetic, it cannot be labeled cruel even if it is a violation of their right to reproduce.
By the way, birds, fish, snakes—or other animals who have to be kept in cages—NEVER belong in our homes. Cages are prisons, and NO creature is happy living in a prison-cage.
I want to address one more issue because, in an endless attempt to catch vegans in a contradiction, many meat, dairy and egg-eaters claim that vegans are engaging in animal slavery because many of us have companion animals. This comment is as stupid and trite as the ‘vegans-are-murdering-plants’ quip because what these nitwits are failing to grasp is that all breeding industries, from puppy and kitten mills to high-end home-breeding establishments, are run by meat, dairy and egg-eaters, not vegans! And vegans, as always, are forever trying to clean up the blood trail that oppressors and murderers are constantly leaving in their paths! In fact, Doyle (pictured above) was rescued when he was 10 because his nonvegan family just brought a new human baby into their lives and then promptly decided that they didn’t want their 10-year-old friend anymore. Does anyone really wonder why I despise humans? Fortunately, I had just asked a friend who was associated with the Michigan Humane Society if there were any older dogs there that no one wanted. Was I supposed to let him be murdered at the shelter-slaughterhouse rather than give him a happy life at my place?
1 can pumpkin/pumpkin purée (can also use acorn squash – just peel, slice and cook covered until soft for around 45 minutes)
1/2-3/4 cup soaked oat groats (groats are unprocessed grains)
1/4 cup buckwheat groats
2 tbsp hempseed or ground flaxseed
Blend, process or mash the above ingredients to the consistency that your dog likes. Makes 1-2 servings.
1/2 clove mashed garlic
1 cup cooked grain (barley, brown rice, quinoa or millet)
2 tbsp of sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans, brazil, pecans or walnuts
1 cup cooked kale, spinach, squash, carrots or zucchini
1 tbsp fresh herbs (basil, oregano, dill or cilantro)
1 tbsp coconut or olive oil drizzled on top (optional – good for dry skin)
Blend, process or mash the above ingredients to the consistency that your dog likes. Makes 1-2 servings.
Doggie Stew #1
6 cups water (can add more for moister texture)
1 cup cooked grain (barley, brown rice, quinoa or millet)
1 cup cooked lentils
3 cooked, medium-sized, PEELED sweet potatoes (squash or zucchini can be substituted)
1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (optional – reduces intestinal distress, but some dogs have sensitivity to this, so look for changes in stool)
1 tbsp hemp or sunflower seeds
200 milligrams cranberry extract (optional – good for urinary pH balance)
Blend, process or mash the above ingredients to the consistency that your dog likes. Makes several servings, so freeze what you won’t use within 2-3 days.
Doggie Stew #2
6 cups water
1 cup brown rice
1 cup oats
1 cup barley
1 large PEELED, chopped sweet potato
4 medium peeled, chopped carrots
2-4 tbsp coconut or olive oil
2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
12 oz. mashed silken tofu
2 mashed bananas
1 can pumpkin purée
2 cups frozen peas
1/4-1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/8-1/4 cup peanut butter
Boil water, add grains, stir in sweet potato, carrots and oil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add rosemary, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and tofu. Stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for another 20 minutes. Mix in bananas, pumpkin purée, peas, nutritional yeast and peanut butter. Stir well and remove from heat. Makes around 7-9 servings. (Courtesy of TheVeganZombie.com)
15 oz. pumpkin purée
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 tbsp molasses
2 1/4 cups whole wheat, buckwheat or barley flour
Heat oven to 350°. Mix pumpkin purée, flaxseeds, oats, oil and molasses. Add flour, mix well (if dough is too wet, add another 1/4 cup). Sprinkle flour on cutting board and roll dough flat, about 1/4 inch thick. Using a dog bone cookie cutter, cut and arrange treats on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes. Makes 18 biscuits. (Courtesy of TheVeganZombie.com)
I am sure you will argee that this info was very insightful and helpful and as such I wish to encourage you to join me in thanking the www.adaptt.org team for putting this together.
Food for Life Global, the world’s largest feed-the-hungry organization, feeds millions of hungry people free vegan meals on a daily basis!
“We have enslaved the rest of animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”~ William Ralph Inge, Deacon and Professor of Divinity, Cambridge (1860-1954).
In the grand scheme of things, the vegan diet is the most inexpensive diet on this planet. Once animal products have been eliminated from the menu, virtually any chance of getting a disease has been eliminated as well. Our health is priceless. Yet meat, dairy and egg-eaters are rarely healthy and vibrant, especially in their golden years if they even make it that far. Add the cost of health care and insurance, prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, doctor visits and hospital stays, and you can easily see how meat, dairy and egg-eating is the most expensive lifestyle around!
When eating at fast food restaurants or other establishments, veganism is the cheapest way to go or, at worst, the exact same price as meat. For instance, one of the cheapest items at Taco Bell is the bean burrito without cheese (at 99 cents this means the McDonald’s dollar menu folks have NO excuse not to switch to Taco Bell). The cheapest item at Subway is the veggie sub. When eating at Asian establishments, tofu and veggies are no more expensive than the meat dishes. When ordering a cheeseless pizza, you’ll pay exactly the same price as a pizza with cheese. Specialty vegan restaurants might be pricey, but all specialty establishments cost more, and eating at vegan restaurants is not a requirement. Meat, dairy and egg-eaters love to ignore the fact that specialty places that serve filet mignon, lobster and fish are more expensive than a hot dog stand or a hamburger joint.
Some of the packaged soy/wheat meats might cost 50 cents or a dollar more than their meat counterparts. But processed items (meat or vegan) always cost more. One does not have to eat soy/wheat meat to be vegan. Many vegans don’t even want a meat taste, so they choose as staples of their diet items like rice, millet, beans, lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, carrots, tofu, peanut butter, pasta and noodles, which are always the cheapest items around. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is another way to reduce your grocery bill. Make smoothies with the frozen fruit using a combination of mangos, strawberries, kiwis, pears, bananas, blueberries, cherries, pineapples, peaches or raspberries. And don’t forget to shop at your local farmer’s market or dollar store for great discounts. Eating five bananas for breakfast is cheap and healthy, too. Grocers never charge more than about $1.15 for five bananas. You can also buy inexpensive textured vegetable protein [TVP] in bulk and make soy meat yourself. Check out the Vegan Recipes page of this site for plenty of free recipes. Or purchase Ellen Jaffe Jones’ book Eat Vegan on $4 a Day.
Ten times out of ten, poverty-stricken societies are vegetarian or vegan because rice, millet, beans, lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, carrots, tofu, peanut butter, noodles and other pastas are the cheapest items around. This is why the world’s largest feed-the-hungry organization—Food for Life Global—feeds millions of hungry people free vegan meals on a daily basis!
Finally, when I gave hundreds of lectures each year to poor college students nationwide, thousands ended up choosing veganism because it’s truly easy and inexpensive. In fact, in 2011 the University of Texas-El Paso chapter of ONE, an international group that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease (and has NO links to animal liberation), challenged 15 students to live on campus for one week on $1.50 per day! Guess what they ate?
More importantly, veganism is an ethical lifestyle decision. Just like people who have decided not to rape women, wantonly kill humans or molest children, vegans have expanded their circles of compassion and decided not to rape women, wantonly kill humans, molest children nor support the killing of animals. Once an ethical decision has been made, it will be done. Until you’ve made that decision, excuses will be plentiful. Once you choose veganism, all excuses—including the plea that “going vegan costs money”—fall by the wayside.
It’s vital to achieve total veganism as soon as possible. The animals—and the planet—are counting on you.
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”~ Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Many people find the transition to veganism easy, but some people have a hard time with it. A few make the transition overnight; for others, it will be a gradual process spanning weeks, months, even a year or more. Old habits are hard to break, and new habits can be hard to form. I went vegetarian for a year in 1995 before I went vegan on July 24, 1996. The only thing to keep in mind is to get to the state of total veganism sooner rather than later. The animals are counting on it, especially cows on dairy farms and hens on egg farms. As I’ve already said on countless occasions, and on this website, the beef and dairy industries are inextricably linked, as are the chicken and egg industries. Cows who can no longer produce milk profitably, and hens who can no longer lay eggs, are sent IMMEDIATELY to slaughter. And that’s not even to account for their misery while they’re imprisoned, tortured, inseminated, and forced to act as egg- and milk-producing machines. Therefore, even if you consume no meat, there is NO way you can cause little impact when consuming milk and eggs. Don’t be fooled by claims to the contrary.
Furthermore, don’t buy into the agriculture industries’ self-contradicting language suggesting that their products have been “farmed humanely.” Terms like free-range/freedom/organic/cage-free/antibiotic-free/hormone-free/grass-fed/buying local are slick advertising scams used to trick people into buying cruel, deadly products. These marketing ploys don’t benefit the animals; they simply make meat, dairy and egg-eaters feel better by convincing them that the animals enjoy being on the menu!
Start eating a variety of fruits for breakfast, such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, watermelon, cantaloupe and raspberries. Or blend a combination of two to four fruits into a smoothie. A bagel with Tofutti cream cheese, or peanut butter and jelly, makes a good snack, breakfast or lunch. Peanut isn’t the only nut butter, by the way. Try almond, cashew and macadamia butters. Nearly all the bagels at Bruegger’s and Tim Horton’s are vegan, and there are plenty of vegan bagels at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Sheetz (check out the Vegan Breads, Bagels, and Other Baked Goods page). Avoid eating inordinate amounts of white bread, white rice and pastas, as well as excessive amounts of sugar. Refined carbohydrates and sugars can lead to unexpected health problems. Bananas, peaches, kiwis, plums, carrots, cucumbers, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds or walnuts make great snacks throughout the day. Dip veggies in hummus for a great snack or meal.
For lunch or dinner, have a veggie burger instead of a hamburger. Cook vegan meats the same way you cook meat. Barbecue it, bake it, fry it or grill it, and use the same sauces, spices and toppings. Tomatoes, lettuce, sprouts, cucumbers, pickles, hot sauce, mustard, ketchup or MY FAVORITE—VEGENAISE—are a must! Vegenaise is a soy-based mayo and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Earth Balance also has a delicious soy-free, gluten-free mayo. When dining out, investigate some ethnic foods. Order Aloo Gobi (cauliflower), Aloo Palak (spinach) or Chana Masala (chick peas) at an Indian restaurant. Make sure these items are made without cheese, cream or ghee (butter). Get falafel, hummus, tabouli and fatoush at a Middle Eastern place. Eat the many egg-free pastas at Italian restaurants, and add lots of broccoli, mushrooms, garlic or other vegetables. Order a cheeseless pizza with extra sauce and veggies. Just make sure the dough and sauce are made without animal ingredients. Hit those Asian restaurants and substitute tofu for meat, or avoid the tofu altogether and have a vegetable stir-fry (order it without fish/oyster sauce). Finally, you can always eat broccoli, asparagus or eggplant for dinner. YES, vegetables are a meal in and of themselves. Have a look at the Restaurants and Grocers and Vegan Recipes pages for tons of great ideas.
Don’t forget about the veggie sub at Subway (order it on Italian bread); it’s the cheapest item on their menu. Order the bean burrito without cheese at Taco Bell, too. It is the cheapest fast-food item around, and it’s vegan. If you order a cheeseless pizza at Papa John’s (their sauce and dough are vegan), it is the same price as a pizza with cheese. When eating at ethnic restaurants, you’ll find that their vegan items are the same price or cheaper than the meat entrées. So there is no extra expense there.
Sometimes it takes extra effort to care, but I am always willing to put in extra effort to make sure OTHERS don’t suffer and die for me. If the cafeteria at your school isn’t offering enough veg food, get some students together and walk into the cafeteria office and ASK for more veg food. No need to scream or yell or protest, just peacefully demand that they cater to you and your fellow vegetarians/vegans. Rice and beans are super cheap, too, and easy to cook. And so are lentils. You might sometimes have to bring to school a lunch or dinner that you made at home, thereby consuming valuable time that you might have spent studying, or partying; but consider the victim’s point of view. If YOU were destined to be imprisoned, enslaved, tortured, and finally killed, wouldn’t you pray that somebody else would make that effort so you don’t have to suffer and die?
First and foremost, you MUST learn the facts about veganism. I recommend using this website to get all the information—and all the arguments—you will need to refute the lies that people will throw your way. Start with the articles in this section, All About Veganism. Then peruse the Other Animal Rights Issues section to learn more about all the other issues involving animals, beginning with the essay on Animal Intelligence.
Veganism is easy as pie once you get used to it. So keep thinking compassionately and logically about this issue and you will be vegan before you know it.
Dealing with Resistance from Friends, Family Members, and Strangers
For clarity’s sake, let me just add this about dealing with people who might give you a hard time with your new lifestyle. Unethical people—whether they are friends, family members, or strangers—should not be advising ethical people on how to live their lives. You need to do what you now know to be true. So don’t let others bring you down. Misery loves company; those who still eat meat, dairy and eggs are drowning in misery, and would love some company. So stay strong. The animals are counting on you to make compassionate decisions.
I do have some bad news, though. Friends and family ARE the toughest people to talk to about veganism. Naturally, this hurts the most because they are the closest to us. But there is hope. My father made the transition to veganism in 2002, almost five years after we stopped discussing the issue. So you never know when logic and evidence will break through. Unfortunately, our friends and parents—like most people on this planet—are completely full of shit because their parents lied to them, whose parents were lied to by their parents, who were lied to by their parents . . . you get the picture. But now you have the power to end this vicious cycle of lies. Don’t let people who refuse to protect the lives of innocent beings offer you advice, or run your life. Stand up, and be strong. Speak for the animals as YOU would want to be spoken for if you were in their position. Do what’s right instead of trying to please your parents and fit in with your friends. As French philosopher André Gide said, “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you’re not.”
Besides Darin, a dear friend of more than 35 years, I lost every other meat, dairy and egg-eating acquaintance along the way. You will find out quickly who your REAL friends are. They will either make the transition to veganism, or regurgitate lies and trite excuses such as “God says it’s okay.” Just so you know, some vegans allow others to eat meat, dairy and eggs in front of them. I choose not to. My table is always vegan. I, for the record, do not condemn fellow vegans who want to let others eat animal products in front of them because they want to show them how good vegan food truly is, and make them (subliminally) feel guilty about their meals. This will be your decision.
I do not have a magical remedy for making friends, strangers or family listen. But if you ALWAYS speak the truth, know your facts, and let your passion come out, people WILL listen. Please do NOT hide your passion, or your emotions. Passion and emotion get a bad rap, but that’s only because people respond to both, so the unethical people in our society are always trying to mock people for being passionate and emotional. Remember, Susan B. Anthony, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, and many, many others, were ALL passionate and emotional about the causes they embraced.
A website called VegFamily.com might offer some help with friends and family. But don’t drive yourself insane with people who refuse to change their violent lifestyles when the truth is presented to them. Positive change can only happen when people let go of barbaric habits and bloodthirsty rituals. Since religion, governments, schools and the media have been brainwashing people to act evilly to the animal kingdom, de-programming people and turning them into compassionate souls is a difficult task. Sympathize with these misinformed folks, try to enlighten them and give them a chance to comprehend. But if you see no progress at all, move on to someone else. I stopped talking about veganism with my dad years before he made the switch because he never listened (or he apparently wasn’t listening), and then one day it made sense to him. Plant the seed, and hope it grows.
As Gandhi once said, “Even if you are only one person, the TRUTH is still the truth.” The strongest people stand alone. And no matter how many others you convert, you HAVE made a difference by going vegan. You might want to memorize a few quotations of prominent vegans and social-justice activists, and use these quotes to introduce your new conversations.
A shopping guide to the best vegan food, clothing, body care and cosmetics.
“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”~ Theodor Adorno, German philosopher (1903-1969).
The Vegan Food Pyramid*, depicted in the image above, is a terrific resource for learning how to adopt a vegan diet in a balanced, wholesome and healthy way. (Click on that image to see a much larger version of the pyramid in a new tab.) With that being said, not everyone who is concerned about animal rights fancies him- or herself to be a natural-foods nut, or a “raw foodie” or suchlike. More to the point, even some of the most caring and careful vegans still profess a craving for meat, cheese, milk and eggs. It’s little wonder, since the craving for animal foods constitutes the most widespread addiction on the planet. There’s no doubt that people eat animal products because they’re tasty. But that tastiness comes from processing and preparation! Sugar, oils, sauces and spices (mainly salt) are added to make these disgusting items palatable. Then, of course, we have to bake it, fry it, grill it, barbeque it or sauté it—add onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, avocados or mushrooms—and put it between two slices of bread to make it even more appealing. If you could sink your jaws directly into a cow’s belly, do you really believe her flesh would taste like a hamburger?
Fortunately, companies like Gardein, Tofurky, Beyond Meat, So Delicious and many others, make delicious foods that are devoid of pain and suffering. With processing and preparation, chefs can easily mimic the taste of animal products! If you refuse to accept this fact, maybe this 2014 taste-test on The Today Show will convince you.
Bacon, ham, sausage, chicken, turkey, steak, tuna, hamburgers, hot dogs, milk and cheese can be made with soy, wheat, rice, hemp, beans, quinoa and other plant-based products (if you have a soy or gluten allergy, buy the soy-free or gluten-free products). Most grocery stores carry these products. If your local store isn’t stocked, just ask them to bring it in. Stores exist to make money. They sell meat, cheese, milk and eggs because people buy them. When people start buying the vegan versions of meat, cheese and milk, grocers will sell those instead.
Don’t forget about ethnic restaurants for great vegan selections as well. Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Ethiopian and Italian restaurants serve plenty of vegan food. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese places let you substitute tofu or mock meats for the meat in any of their dishes. Just make sure to order them without fish/oyster sauce. For a detailed list of animal ingredients to avoid, please check out “Animal Ingredient List A-Z” from the Happy Cow website. For the best in vegan dining out, be sure to visit our newly refurbished Restaurants and Grocers page for a list of the restaurants that serve the best vegan meal options in your area. Just remember that while mock vegan items are a treat for many, you do not need them and can always keep your diet simple by consuming fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.
For the record, some vegan foods can be very unhealthy when used to excess—especially oils, sugar, and salt. But if people want to harm THEMSELVES, I could care less because I am not the health police. I believe people have a right to kill themselves slowly with food (or drugs), but meat, dairy and egg addicts have no right to harm animals while they’re harming themselves! That’s not what “rights” are about. That’s injustice!
It’s Not Just about Your Diet
Shortly after former president Bill Clinton underwent quintuple bypass surgery to relieve massive obstructions in his coronary arteries, his physicians advised that he try a low-fat vegan diet. Clinton became widely touted by vegans for having adopted this diet, and for persevering with it (even though in recent years he has resumed eating turkey and fish on the advice of another physician). Yet even if he had avoided all animal-based foods from the get-go (can anyone really be certain that he did?), the vegans who had sung Clinton’s praises were completely misguided in their enthusiasm. Why? Because (1) Clinton adopted the diet entirely for self-interested reasons having to do with what is prudent for him to do, not for reasons having to do with morality (e.g., relieving the harm done to animals, other humans, and the natural environment); and (2) despite his dietary revisionism, Clinton continued to wear woolen suits and sweaters, silk neckties, leather shoes and belts—and for all we can determine, continued to use soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries that are laced with animal fats or urine, and probably drove cars with leather interiors and kept leather-upholstered furniture in his home.
In other words, even when he wasn’t eating turkey or fish, Bill Clinton was by no means a vegan in the proper sense of the term.
On the contrary, a proper vegan is one who renounces the use of all products containing traces of animal-based substances to the fullest extent possible for him or her, given the state of technology as it stands today (I’ll expand on this latter point momentarily). Proper vegans not only do not eat foods that have an animal source; they also do not use body care items sourced from animals, nor do they use perfumes and cosmetics made from such sources, nor do they purchase any product of any kind that has been tested on animals. Proper vegans neither wear nor use any article made from wool, fur, silk, or leather, including shoes, belts, wallets, eyeglass cases and watchbands; they do not use comforters stuffed with goose down or duck down; and they do not keep furniture in their homes that is upholstered in leather. Vegans even refuse to take vitamins and medications encased in gel capsules, which originate with the hooves of mammals such as cows and horses.
So how do vegans get by in the world without using articles made from animal-derived materials? The answer is simple: they use articles sourced from plants exclusively, and in some cases, minerals as well. Vegan clothing is usually manufactured from cotton fibers, hemp fibers, or synthetic materials that substitute for leather, animal fur, and silk. Vegan soaps, shampoos, deodorants, makeup and other bath-related items are made entirely from plants and minerals. The article below, titled Vegan Shoes, Clothing, Body Care, and Cosmetics, provides a helpful list of websites where you can purchase cruelty-free, 100-percent vegan nonedibles online.
Before I introduce the Vegan Shopping Guide, I want to clarify an important point about the outer limits of possibility for living as a proper vegan. Many people with a ravenous appetite for meat—and a snide, snotty attitude to match their appetites—will often attempt to bait and entrap vegans as follows:
Meat-eater: “Do you drive a car, or ride a bicycle?”
Vegan: “Sure, I have a car, a road bike and a mountain bike. Why?”
Meat-eater: “Did you know that the tires on your vehicles are manufactured from stearates, which are derived from the rendered fats of animals? If you weren’t aware of that before, you are now. So not only are you not a vegan; you’re also a flaming hypocrite!”
This argument would be vacuous and stupid as it is if the meat-eater weren’t also concerned to advance implicitly this even-more-vacuous-and-stupid argument: “Since no one in the world can completely avoid using traces of animals, we might as well go fuck-nuts, and murder, butcher and devour every cow, chicken, pig, deer and squirrel that crosses our path. Wherever we see a snake or alligator, we should kill it immediately, and make fancy cowboy boots from its skin. Shit, why not also go hunting for elephants and rhinoceros, and make aphrodisiacs, ivory statues, and piano keys from their tusks!”
Note how arguments such as this reflect the stupidity of those who, because they cannot afford to donate money to all the charities of their choice, refuse to donate to any of them. In the abstract, this reasoning is known as the fallacy of “You can’t do everything to help others, so you may as well do nothing to help them!” (It’s also interesting to note just how much this fuckwittery resembles the thinking of those who advance The Insipid “Killing Plants” Argument—one of the very worst defenses of meat-eating ever concocted by fools, and often repeated through ensuing generations by their foolish descendants.)
ADAPTT’s Shopping Guide to the Best Vegan Food, Clothing, Body Care and Cosmetics
Before I list the awesome products out there, please know that soy—unless you are allergic to it—can be a great addition to your diet as it contains ALL of the amino acids, protein, calcium, iron, B vitamins, folic acid and more! Additionally, the isoflavones and phytochemicals in soy can reduce, treat and prevent diseases. Don’t be fooled by all the negative publicity swirling around soy foods in recent years. This misinformation comes from the meat, egg, and dairy industries, doctors who are misguided about their food choices, and the snooty raw-food community that hypocritically consumes honey and bee pollen (see the Bees and Honey article to understand the evils of the honey industry). For a responsible analysis of the effects of soy foods on human health, read the article titled The Truth—and Falsehoods—About Soy. For a list of companies that do not use genetically modified soy and non-sustainable palm oil, see GMOs, Pesticides, and Palm Oil. If you want to add some handy vegan phone apps, get Happy Cow, VeganXpress, VeganSteven, Animal-Free (Apple devices) and Animal-Free (Android devices), or Cruelty-Free (Apple) and Cruelty-Free (Android).
Do your grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, Ralph’s, Kroger, Albertson’s, Acme, Publix, Giant, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and other national or local chains for great selections of vegan meats and vegan dairy products. If your favorite store doesn’t offer enough vegan products, don’t be afraid to speak up and request these products. By the way, the SOY Veggie Slices that seem to be in every grocery store nowadays are NOT vegan. They contain casein (dairy). In order to get vegan cheese at your favorite store, please tell the store manager to bring in FOLLOW YOUR HEART, CHAO, DAIYA, TOFUTTI, GO VEGGIE!, HEIDI HO and WAYFARE cheeses (described in the Vegan Dairy Substitutes section below).
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A compendium of important and relevant quotations of authors, activists, and others, from the 6th century B.C.E. to the present day.
“I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species. To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. The more helpless the creature, the more it is entitled to protection from humans from the cruelty of humans.”~ Mohandas K. Gandhi.
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“As long as humans continue to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, those who sow the seed of murder and pain will never reap joy or love.” Pythagoras of Samos, ca. 530 B.C.E.
“Men dig their graves with their own teeth, and die more by those instruments than by all weapons of their enemies.” Pythagoras
“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?” Prince Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha (563 to 483 B.C.E.)
“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun, and light, and of that proportion of life and time they had been born into the world to enjoy.” Plutarch of Chaeronea, Greek biographer ca. 100 C.E.
“A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe, as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against nature eat an animate thing? There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.” Plutarch
“Can you really ask for what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? I, for my part, marvel at which man was possessed, who was the first to pollute his mouth with gore, and to allow his lips to touch the flesh of murdered beings. How could his eyes endure the spectacle of the flayed and dismembered limbs? How was his taste not sickened by contact with festering wounds, with the pollution of corrupted blood and juices?” Plutarch
“It was the saying of Bion, that though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.” Plutarch
“Wherefore I say to all those who desire to be disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths, for the Lord is just and bountiful; who ordains that man shall live by the fruits and seeds of the earth alone.” Jesus, Gospel of the Nazirenes, Chapter 38, Verse 4
“There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, that does not form communities like you. They all shall be gathered to their Rabb (Lord) in the end.” Qur’an, Sura 6:38
“A disciple of the Buddha should have a mind of compassion and cultivate the practice of liberating sentient beings. He must reflect thus: throughout the eons of time, all male sentient beings have been my father, all female sentient beings my mother. I was born of them, if I slaughter them, I would be slaughtering my parents as well as eating flesh that was once my own. This is so because all elemental earth, water, fire and air—the four constituents of all life—have previously been part of my body, part of my substance. I must therefore always cultivate the practice of liberating sentient beings and enjoin others to do likewise—as sentient beings are forever reborn, again and again, lifetime after lifetime. If a Bodhisattva sees an animal on the verge of being killed, he must devise a way to rescue and protect her, helping her to escape suffering and death. The disciple should always teach the Bodhisattva precepts to rescue and deliver sentient beings.” From the Brahma Net Sutra
“Cow-killers and cow-eaters are condemned to rot in hell for as many thousands of years as there are for each hair on the body of every cow they eat from.” Sri Caitanya Caritamrita adi lila, Chapter 17, Verse 166
“When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles.” Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist, humanitarian, vegan
“If you had to kill your own calf before you ate him, most likely you would not be able to do it. To hear the calf scream, to see the blood spill, to see the baby being taken away from his momma, and to see the look of death in the animal’s eye would turn your stomach. So you get the man at the packing house to do the killing for you.” Dick Gregory, The Shadow That Scares Me
“Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life. We don’t have to be a part of it.” Dick Gregory
“Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.” Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)
“It is a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1811-1896)
“People ask me how I look so young; I tell them I look my age. It is other people who look older; what do you expect from people who eat corpses?” George Bernard Shaw, British playwright (1856-1950)
“Animals are my friends. And I do not eat my friends.” George Bernard Shaw
“If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth—beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals—would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?” George Bernard Shaw
“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity.” George Bernard Shaw
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire (1694–1778)
“People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines. …It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel.” Voltaire, Treatise on Tolerance
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
“It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.” Gandhi
“There is no religion higher than truth and righteousness. If we commit sins with the name of God on our lips, can we hope to win the grace of God? Suppose one man admits the existence of God, but lives a life of falsehood and immorality, while another knows not the name of God but lives a life of truth and virtue. Can there be any doubt as to which should be regarded as truly religious as well as moral?” Gandhi
“I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species. To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. The more helpless the creature, the more it is entitled to protection from humans from the cruelty of humans.” Gandhi
“The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may come one day to be recognized, that the number of the legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum, are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or, perhaps, the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month, old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer? ’ ” Jeremy Bentham, British philosopher (1748-1832)
“The position we hold is often said to be ‘extreme,’ and those of us who hold it are said to be ‘extremists.’ The unspoken suggestions are that extreme positions cannot be right, and that extremists must be wrong. But I am an extremist when it comes to rape—I am against it all the time. I am an extremist when it comes to child abuse—I am against it all the time. I am an extremist when it comes to sexual discrimination, racial discrimination—I am against it all the time. I am an extremist when it comes to abuse of the elderly—I am against it all the time. The plain fact is, moral truth often is extreme, and must be, for when the injustice is absolute, then one must oppose it—absolutely.” Tom Regan, philosopher, animal rights advocate
“It is not an act of kindness to treat animals respectfully. It is an act of justice. It is not ‘the sentimental interests’ of moral agents that grounds our duties of justice to children, the retarded, the senile, or other moral patients, including animals. It is respect for their inherent value. The myth of the privileged moral status of moral agents has no clothes.” Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights
“Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.” Tom Regan, Empty Cages
“Veganism acknowledges the intrinsic legitimacy of all life. It recognizes no hierarchy of acceptable suffering among sentient creatures. It is no more acceptable to kill creatures with primitive nervous systems than those with highly developed nervous systems. The value of life to its possessor is the same, whether it’s the life of a clam, a crayfish, a carp, a cow, a chicken, or a child.” Stanley Sapon, Ph.D.
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” Leo Tolstoy
“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places!” Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.” Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)
“People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“What do they know—all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.” Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Letter Writer
“In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“In their behavior towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why should man then expect mercy from God? It’s unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give. It is inconsistent. I can never accept inconsistency or injustice. Even if it comes from God. If there would come a voice from God saying, ‘I’m against vegetarianism!’ I would say, ‘Well, I am for it!’ This is how strongly I feel in this regard.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.” Theodor Adorno, German philosopher (1903-1969)
“Our grandchildren will ask us one day: ‘Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes?’ We won’t be able to offer the same excuse for the second time: that we didn’t know.” Dr. Helmut Kaplan (b. 1952)
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Albert Schweitzer
“What an amount of suffering and cruel punishment the poor creatures have to endure in order to give pleasure to men devoid of thought.” Albert Schweitzer, on the training and exhibition of animals in circus acts
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” Albert Schweitzer, on exploiting and slaughtering animals for food
“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.” St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer, philosopher (1803-1882)
“My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty (1820-1878)
“Dave Scott, considered the world’s greatest tri-athlete, holds a degree in exercise physiology. In his words, it’s a ‘ridiculous fallacy’ to think that athletes need animal protein. He is joined in his views by such Olympians as Edwin Moses, the gold medalist who went eight years without losing the 400-meter hurdle competition, and Murray Rose, who, at age 17, won three gold medals in the Olympic swim competition. This year, I was glad to see Olympic champion Carl Lewis crown his career with his best long jump in two years to win a record-tying ninth gold medal. Lewis, of course, is a longtime vegan whose dietary changes developed out of his moral and religious convictions. Several years ago Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis traded titles back and forth when they were being hailed as the fastest sprinters in the world—and both were vegetarians. Whether you are a world-class athlete, a weekend athlete, or simply a recreational exerciser, we know that you can meet your performance objectives, and improve your health by eating a plant-based diet that meets your energy needs. Even at my present age of 93, I found that switching to a plant-based diet improved my health dramatically.” Dr. Benjamin Spock, world’s foremost pediatrician; author of Baby and Child Care (1903-1998)
“Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God. There is something so very dreadful, so Satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.” Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
“We have enslaved the rest of animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” William Ralph Inge, Deacon and Professor of Divinity, Cambridge (1860-1954)
“…the very fact that an animal is going to be eaten seems to remove it from the category of intelligent beings, and causes it to be regarded as mere animated ‘meat.’ ” Henry Stephens Salt, British social reformer, animal rights activist (1851-1939)
“Take the case, as it stands, between the Philosopher and the Pig. Is it not adding insult to injury that this much-massacred animal should not only be eaten by the Philosopher, but should also be made the subject of a far from disinterested beatification—‘Blessed is the Pig, for the Philosopher is fond of bacon.’ We can imagine how the Philosopher, when he passes a butcher’s shop, which, according to his showing, is a very shrine and centre of humaneness, since without it there ‘would be no pigs at all,’ must pause in serene self-satisfaction to felicitate the pallid carcase laid out there, with the mockery of an ornamental orange in its mouth. ‘I have been a benefactor to this Pig,’ he must say, ‘inasmuch as I ate a portion of his predecessor; and now I will be a benefactor to some yet unborn pig, by eating a portion of this one.’
This, then, is the benign attitude of the Philosopher towards the Pig; and what shall be the reply of the Pig to the Philosopher? ‘Revered moralist,’ he might plead, ‘it were unseemly for me, who am to-day a pig, and to-morrow but ham and sausages, to dispute with a master of ethics, yet to my porcine intellect it appeareth that having first determined to kill and devour me, thou hast afterwards bestirred thee to find a moral reason. For mark, I pray thee, that in my entry into the world my own predilection was in no wise considered, nor did I purchase life on condition of my own butchery. If, then, thou art firm set on pork, so be it, for pork I am: but though thou hast not spared my life, at least spare me thy sophistry. It is not for his sake, but for thine, that in his life the Pig is filthily housed and fed, and at the end barbarously butchered.’ ” Henry Stephens Salt, “Logic of the Larder” (1914)
“Philosophers…have been emotionally stroked for their intellects. They often think that logical debate is the highest mode of living. It boils down to an ego problem. I’m so glad I no longer think that the intellect is what matters most. I’m very clear that compassion is a far better quality to cultivate than intellectual acumen. The latter can be used to make life, all life, worse for the entire planet. Compassion cannot be misused in such a harmful way.” Judy Barad, Professor of Philosophy, Indiana State U.
“The victim feels the suffering in his own mind and body, whereas the victimizer…can be quite unaware of that suffering. The sword does not feel the pain that it inflicts.” Philip Hallie, From Cruelty to Goodness
“Whenever people say ‘we mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘we must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” Brigid Brophy (1929-1995)
“One day, I reached out to eat something and he ran away. Obviously, he didn’t want to be eaten.” Dave Allen, musician
“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“Damn these human beings. If I had invented them, I would go hide my head in a bag.” Mark Twain, in an 1899 letter to W. D. Howells
“A missionary was walking in Africa when he heard the ominous padding of a lion behind him. ‘Oh Lord,’ prayed the missionary, ‘Grant in Thy goodness that the lion walking behind me is a good Christian lion.’ And then in the silence that followed, the missionary heard the lion praying too: ‘Oh Lord,’ he prayed. ‘We thank thee for the food which we are about to receive.’ ” Cleveland Amory
“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, German Romantic writer (1763-1825)
“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Arthur Schopenhauer
“To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all that humans may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God.” Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize-winning essayist, mystic (1866-1944)
“The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.” Axel Munthe, Swedish psychiatrist, animal rights activist (1857-1949)
“Those who won’t hesitate to vivisect, won’t hesitate to lie about it as well.” George Bernard Shaw
“Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called ‘medical research’.” George Bernard Shaw
“I would not want to promote research on animals. Fortunately, only my back is twisted, not my mind.” Linn Pulis, polio victim
“The reason why I am against animal research is because it doesn’t work. It has no scientific value. One cannot extrapolate the results of animal research to human beings, and every good scientist knows that.” Robert Mendelsohn, MD, late Professor of Pediatrics, U. of Illinois College of Medicine
“The cruel experimenter cannot be allowed to have it both ways. He cannot, in the same breath, defend the scientific validity of vivisection on the grounds of the physical similarities between man and the other animals, and then defend the morality of vivisection on the grounds that men and animals are physically different. The only logical alternatives for him are to admit he is either pre-Darwinian or immoral.” Richard Ryder, former vivisectionist
“It is difficult to entertain a warm feeling for a ‘medical man’ who straps dogs to a table, cuts their vocal cords, and spends an interesting day or week slowly vivisecting or dismembering them.” Clare Booth Luce, author, publisher, former Ambassador to Italy (1902-1987)
“My own conviction is that the study of human physiology by way of experiments on animals is the most grotesque and fantastic error ever committed in the whole range of human intellectual activity.” Dr. G. F. Walker, Medical World, Dec. 8, 1933
“The question was, can we give up animal experiments without halting medical progress? My answer is not only can one [give up vivisection] but that one must give up animal experiments not to halt medical progress. Today’s rebellion against vivisection is no longer based on animal welfare. We have to speak of a scientific rebellion out of consideration for human beings.” Pietro Croce, MD, College of American Pathologists
“There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning people at the stake in the name of religion.” Henry J. Bigelow, MD
“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race. The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit for their cruelty.” Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. The whole thing is evil.” Charles Mayo, MD, founder of Mayo Clinic (1865-1939)
“It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.” Eleanor Roosevelt, writer, diplomat, former First Lady (1884-1962)
“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.” Gandhi
About Law-Breaking and Radical, Revolutionary Activism
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein
“If we are trespassing, then so were the American soldiers who broke down the gates of Hitler’s death camps. If we are thieves, then so were the members of The Underground Railroad who freed the slaves from the South. And if we are vandals, then so were those who destroyed forever the gas chambers of Buchenwald and Auschwitz.” Animal Liberation Front
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.” Dante Alighieri, Italian author and poet (1265-1321)
“Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel, concentration camp survivor
“When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.” Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)
“Pacifism is generally considered to be a morally unassailable position to take with respect to human violence. …While it can seem noble enough when the stakes are low, pacifism is ultimately nothing more than a willingness to die, and to let others die, at the pleasure of the world’s thugs. It should be enough to note that a single sociopath, armed with nothing more than a knife, could exterminate a city full of pacifists. …Here we come upon a terrible facet of ethically asymmetric warfare: when your enemy has no scruples, your own scruples become another weapon in his hand.” Sam Harris, The End of Faith
“I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had—as I now think—vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.” John Brown’s statement before he was executed on December 2, 1859
“I never did give anybody hell. I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell.” President Harry Truman (1884-1972)
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy, in a speech at the White House, 1962
“I am anti evil, anti oppression, anti lynching. You can’t be anti those things unless you are also anti the oppressor and the lyncher. You can’t be anti slavery and pro slavemaster.” Malcolm X (1925-1965)
“Revolutions are never fought by turning the other cheek. Revolutions are never based upon love your enemy and pray for those who spitefully use you. And revolutions are never waged singing, ‘We Shall Overcome.’ Revolutions are based upon bloodshed. Revolutions are never compromising. Revolutions are never based upon negotiations. Revolutions are never based upon any kind of tokenism whatsoever.” Malcolm X
“Who ever heard of angry revolutionists all harmonizing ‘We Shall Overcome Some Day’ while tripping and swaying along arm-in-arm with the very people they were supposed to be angrily revolting against? Who ever heard of angry revolutionists swinging their bare feet together with their oppressor in lily pad park pools, with gospels and guitars and ‘I Have a Dream’ speeches?” Malcolm X
“I am only effective as long as there is a shadow on white America of the black man standing behind me with a Molotov cocktail.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to rouse the conscience of the community over its injustice is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they are worth dying for. And I submit to you if a person has not discovered something that he is willing to die for then that person isn’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it polite?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a point when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular, but one must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If he doesn’t put you in jail, wonderful, nobody within his sense likes to go to jail. But if he puts you in jail, you go in that jail and transform it from a dungeon of shame to a haven of freedom.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws and abide by the unjust system, because non cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as the truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think or speak or write with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her baby from the fire into which he has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present! I am in earnest. I will not equivocate. I will not excuse. I will not retreat a single inch. And I will be heard. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal to hasten the resurrection of the dead. It is pretended that I am retarding the cause of emancipation by the coarseness of my invective, and the precipitancy of my measures. The charge is not true. On this question, my influence, humble as it is, is felt at this moment to a considerable extent, and shall be felt in coming years—not perniciously, but beneficially—not as a curse, but as a blessing; and posterity will bear testimony that I was right!” William Lloyd Garrison, slave abolitionist and orator (1805-1879)
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. … Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist (1818-1895)
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” Frederick Douglass
“There can be no doubt as to which side is right and which side is wrong, for compassionate defense of life is a force of good and sadistic mass destruction of life is a force for evil.” Paul Watson, founder of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
“The victim is nothing to the vandal. The vandal doesn’t care what any ONE victim thinks, any more than what the next victim thinks. The victims are interchangeable.” Author unknown
“I’ll be the self-determined damned before the blessed lump of clay. I’ll be the self-reliant idiot before the learned led astray. I’ll be the unruly over-reactor before the smiling unaffected. I’ll be the laughing stock revolutionary before the dignified slave.” Culture (a vegan band)
“Night of justice, knight of justice. Liberation’s crusade has begun. Your laws will have no meaning past the setting of the sun. Demons feeding off of the innocents’ pain. Generations of oppression, one generation will break this chain.” Earth Crisis (a vegan band)
“What sick, ridiculous puppets we are. What a gross little stage we dance on. What fun we have. Dancing. Fucking. Not a care in the world. Not knowing that we are nothing. We are not what was intended.” Kevin Spacey as Jonathon Doe in the movie Seven
“You may torture my body, break my bones and even kill me. And then you can have my dead body. But not my obedience.” Gandhi
“This is the customary time when the defendant expresses regret for the crimes they committed, so let me do that because I am not without my regrets. I am here today to be sentenced for my participation in releasing mink from six fur farms. I regret it was only six. I’m also here today to be sentenced for my participation in the freeing of 8,000 mink from those farms. I regret it was only 8,000. It is my understanding that of those six farms, only two of them have since shut down. I regret it was only two. More than anything, I regret my restraint, because whatever damage we did to those businesses, if those farms were left standing, and if one animal was left behind, then it wasn’t enough. I don’t wish to validate this proceeding by begging for mercy or appealing to the conscience of the court, because I know that if this system had a conscience I would not be here, and in my place would be all the butchers, vivisectors, and fur farmers of the world. Just as I will remain unbowed before this court—who would see me imprisoned for an act of conscience—I will also deny the fur farmers in the room the pleasure of seeing me bow down before them. To those people here whose sheds I may have visited in 1997, let me tell you directly for the first time, it was a pleasure to raid your farms, and to free those animals you held captive. It is to those animals I answer to, not you or this court. I will forever mark those nights on your property as the most rewarding experiences of my life. And to those farmers or other savages who may read my words in the future and smile at my fate, just remember: We have put more of you in bankruptcy than you have put liberators in prison. Don’t forget that. Let me thank everyone in the courtroom who came to support me today. It is my last wish before prison that each of you drive to a nearby fur farm tonight, tear down its fence and open every cage. That’s all.” ALF liberator Peter Young’s speech to the judge before his November 8, 2005 sentencing (two years in prison). See his website, Animal Liberation Frontline
“I understand the serious nature of the offenses to which I have plead guilty. I accept responsibility for my actions. At the time, I feared there were dire and immediate threats to both human and non-human lives and that the health and safety of human communities, as well as the ecological integrity of the Earth, were in jeopardy. I care deeply about my fellow human being and the other living creatures with whom we share this planet. I felt responsible to take extreme action in the hope that it would save lives and halt deadly practices that directly threatened living beings and contributed to the degradation of the environment. I thought that what I was doing would shine a light on these dangerous policies so that an informed public dialogue would ensue and policies would be changed. For more than twenty years, I participated in every legal avenue open to me as a private citizen to educate and persuade government officials and corporate representatives to reconsider policies. I have also participated in civil disobedience in the style taught by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. I want to explain that the more I learned of the consequences of deforestation and genetic engineering, the more desperate I felt. I am not opposed to conducting research in the interests of expanding knowledge and bringing improvements to health and well being when it is conducted in a responsible and humane way. But genetic engineering research is often conducted in open-air situations that release contaminated pollen into the environment with devastating effects, as in the case of the terminator seed plants. Communities should have the right to choose or refuse the risks that come with GMOs. What I was more and more aware of in my research and in my dealings with indigenous activists’ work around the globe is that the use of GMOs forced on communities by collusion between banks, companies and governments was causing starvation, debt and environmental damage through contact with these GMOs. My actions were individual acts of conscience and I take sole responsibility for them. The property damage was intended to be symbolic and theatrical in nature, not dangerous or threatening to any individual. I hope to protect my community and the Earth, to respond in defense of the living systems of animals, land and water. I tried to preserve the natural world from destruction because it is all of our home, because its health is necessary for all of us to live well.” Excerpts from ELF/ALF liberator Marie Mason’s speech to the judge before her sentencing on February 5, 2009 (22 years in prison). Support Marie Mason
“I’m here today because of the arsons I committed at the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City and the Tiburon restaurant in Sandy, Utah, which sells the incredibly cruel product foie gras. The U.S. attorney wants to give me the maximum sentence and beyond not because of my “crimes” but because I am unrepentant and outspoken. My intuition tells me that this court is not going to show me mercy because I become suddenly sorry. So instead of lying to the court in a feeble attempt to save myself, as I’m certain many do when they face their sentencing day, allow me instead to tell you what I am sorry for. I am sorry that when I was 19 years old I built two slaughterhouses that are still killing animals even now as I speak. I am sorry that Tandy Leather sells skin that has been ripped from the dead, and often live bodies of such animals as cows, ostriches, rabbits, snakes and pigs. I am sorry that the leather tanneries that supply Tandy Leather Factory poison the earth with dangerous chemicals. I am sorry that the restaurant Tiburon profits from the force-feeding of geese and ducks until their livers explode so that rich people can then use that as a pate for crackers and bread. I am sorry that they make a living from the dead bodies of wild and exotic animals. I am sorry that we live in a day and age where you can rape a child or beat a woman unconscious and receive less prison time than an animal liberation activist who attacked property instead of people. I am sorry that my brother was so desperate to get out of debt that he flew from Iowa to Colorado just to get me in a taped and monitored conversation for reward money. I am sorry I am biologically related to such a worthless little snitch. I am sorry that I waited so long to become an Animal Liberation Front operative. For all of these things I will always have some regret. But as far as the arsons at the Leather Factory and Tiburon, I have no remorse. I realize that the laws of the land favor a business’ ability to make a profit over an animal’s right to life. It also used to favor white business owners’ ability to profit from a black persons’ slavery. It also used to favor a husband’s ability to viciously attack his wife and act on her as if she were an object. Those who broke the law and damaged property to stand against those oppressions were also called “terrorists” and “fanatics” in their time but that did not change the fact that society progressed and is still progressing along those lines. So today I’m the bad guy. That is just a matter of historical coincidence. Who knows, perhaps a less brutal and less violent society will one day exist that will understand that life and Earth are more important than products of death and cruelty. And if not, then to hell with it all anyway! Whether my supporters or detractors think I am a freedom-fighter or a lunatic with a gas can makes no difference to me. I have spent years verifiably promoting, supporting and fighting for Animal Liberation. I have seen the animal victims of human injustice, thousands of them with my own eyes, and what I saw was blood, guts and gore! I made a promise to those animals and to myself to fight for them in any way I could. I regret none of it, and I never will! You can take my freedom, but you can’t have my submission.” ALF liberator “Lone Wolf” Walter Bond’s speech to the judge before his sentencing on October 13, 2011 (12 years in prison). Support Walter Bond.
Again I would like to thank Gary Yoursfky for this well-researched piece that shows clearly how the wisest of minds are all in line with veganism. You Can find this and other articles on www.adaptt.org.
If people from all nationalities, races, religions, and creeds ever got together for a meal, only veganism could yield a meal that wouldn’t offend.
“Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.”~ Tom Regan, Empty Cages.
According to creation theory, humans were vegan long before we turned to a sinful diet of dead animals. Many religions unambiguously assert that harming an animal is never permissible, and to treat the body as a temple by ingesting healthy, non-animal based foods. If you are a follower of Judaism, Christianity or Islam, look no further than the Garden of Eden. It was a vegan haven, and Adam and Eve were the first vegans on this planet.
It’s very revealing to examine how each society, culture, race, religion and ethnicity justifies eating certain animals, denying them their inherent right to be happy and free, while attempting to never harm other animals that they’ve arbitrarily decided to protect. If people from all nationalities, races, religions, and creeds ever got together for a meal, only veganism could yield a meal that wouldn’t offend. At this table of peace, Americans would say, “We’re not eating dogs, cats and horses!” Muslims and Orthodox Jews would say, “You’re not feeding us pigs!” Buddhists, Seventh Day Adventists and Hindus would say, “We’re not eating cows, chickens, turkeys and goats!” Jains, Rastafarians and vegans, of course, would rule out all other animal products. And the only things left to eat—the things that everybody could agree upon—would be fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.
Veganism can resurrect Eden and create heaven on Earth. We can have a place where humans view animals in awe, and animals view humans with a curious aloofness. It’s time to reconnect to the natural world for the sake of the animals, the environment and humanity. Protecting the weak is the first step to enlightenment and being truly civilized. Without animal liberation, as author Milan Kundera explains, there can be no peace on Earth: “Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test which lies deeply buried from view, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
Thank you www.adaptt.org for this insightful piece.
“ . . . let no flesh meat enter your mouths . . . man shall live by the fruits and seeds of the earth alone.” • Jesus, Gospel of the Nazirenes 38:4
“Who ever heard of angry revolutionists all harmonizing ‘We Shall Overcome Some Day’ while tripping and swaying along arm-in-arm with the very people they were supposed to be angrily revolting against? Who ever heard of angry revolutionists swinging their bare feet together with their oppressor in lily pad park pools, with gospels and guitars and ‘I Have a Dream’ speeches?”~ Malcolm X (1925-1965).
NOTE: For a rabbinical view about why Jews should be living a vegan lifestyle, read this amazing 2010 essay from the late Rabbi Simchah Roth. For an amazing book comparing The Jewish Holocaust and The Animal Holocaust, check out Eternal Treblinka by Charles Patterson. When I mention God in the following piece, I am also referring to Jesus. And God did NOT create us in His image. Humans created God in their image. I believe in God, but I am not so arrogant and blind as to believe that God is human-like, or that God looks, thinks, or acts like us in any way. As a whole, humans are psychopathic, apathetic, and myopic. God is not! Furthermore, giving thanks, and/or praying to God, does NOT exonerate an animal-murderer from the crime. Author Cleveland Amory summed it up best when he wrote: “A missionary was walking in Africa when he heard the ominous padding of a lion behind him. ‘Oh Lord,’ prayed the missionary, ‘Grant in Thy goodness that the lion walking behind me is a good Christian lion.’ And then in the silence that followed, the missionary heard the lion praying too: ‘Oh Lord,’ he prayed. ‘We thank Thee for the food which we are about to receive.'”
Adam and Eve, the first vegans on this planet, resided in the Garden of Eden, the world’s first vegan paradise. They were living testaments to Genesis 1:29, God’s first dietary law: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Isaiah 11:7, God’s last dietary law, states, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the cow will feed with the bear, the lion will eat straw like the ox, and a little child will lead them. And neither will harm nor destroy on My Holy Mountain.” The beginning and the end are vegan because veganism is the only way to live without bloodshed and cruelty.
Many other scriptures profess God’s love for animals. “God tests them [humans] so that they may see they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals. The same fate awaits them both. As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath. Man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place. All come from dust and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth.” Ecclesiastes 3:19-21
“In that day I will make a covenant for them. With the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land so that all may lay down in safety. I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.” Hosea 2:18-19
“A righteous man cares for the needs of the animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” Proverbs 12:10
“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf filled with hate.” Proverbs 15:17
Dominion, Thou Shalt Not Kill, and the Lost Gospel
The dominion directive and THOU SHALT NOT KILL commandment hold the dubious distinction of being the most important, yet most misunderstood mandates. Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17 unambiguously state, “You shall not murder.” So, contrary to religious dogma, being merciful and compassionate to ALL of God’s creatures by NOT killing them is the only way to honor the THOU SHALT NOT KILL commandment. When meat, dairy and egg-eaters support, disobey or ignore this all-encompassing mandate, they are guilty of committing the ultimate sin.
Displaying the utmost arrogance, meat, dairy and egg-eaters also assume dominion gives them the right to enslave and torture animals with impunity. Dominion’s true calling, however, is for humans to protect and care for God’s most innocent creatures. The dominion humans have over animals is the same dominion parents have over their children.
The Gospel of the Nazirenes states, “It has been written, ‘Thou shalt not kill’, but I say to you, if any hate and desire to slay, they have broken the Law. If they cause hurt or torment to any creature, they are guilty. But if they kill to put an end to suffering which cannot be healed, they are not guilty, if they do it quickly and with much mercy.” 47:3
Church Fathers Papias, Hegesippus, Iranaeas, Clement, Origen, Basil, Epiphanius, Eusebius and St. Jerome wrote about The Gospel of the Nazirenes, which verifies its ancient existence. Penned sometime in the first century, it is now unjustly part of the Apocrypha, scriptures viewed as inauthentic by the Church.
The Gospel of the Nazirenes is only labeled as apocryphal because it forbids the killing of animals for sacrifice or sustenance. Shamefully, most Christians are more concerned with meaningless customs and the death of Jesus—while most Jews are selfishly obsessed about being God’s chosen people—instead of extending compassion to the most violated and abused group on this planet: the animals. Without question, God wants His followers to love, protect and defend His animals by living the vegan lifestyle of Eden.
Today’s bible is the Roman—not Judeo-Christian—version of biblical events. From the years 325-403, Emperor Constantine’s Council of Nicea re-wrote and re-edited most of the compassionate teachings of Jesus and other prophets to promote an agenda of hatred, from heterosexismand misogyny to slavery and speciesism.
Acts 15:20 states, “…abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.” Acts 15:29 adds, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.”
The aforementioned Acts verses are reiterated in chapter 7, verse 10 of The Gospel of the Nazirenes: “Keep yourselves from blood and things strangled and from dead bodies of birds and beasts, and from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten from wrong. Do you think that the blood of beasts and birds will wash away sin? I tell you, No! Speak the the truth, be just, and merciful to one another and to all creatures, and walk humbly with your Creator.”
Mercy or Cruelty
If cruelty is evil, and God is all-compassionate and all-merciful, then why do people believe God is an animal-killing, bloodthirsty, murderous devil? If slicing animals into pieces is permissible by God, then what horrible things could the Devil possibly do to animals? In other words, if you believe God condones the killing of animals, then the God you glorify is no better than the Devil you condemn.
Cruelty to animals is sacrilegious and desecrates the Good Lord’s name. In The Gospel of the Nazirenes, Jesus agrees, “This commandment have I given you, that you love one another and all the creatures of the earth. Love is the fulfilling of the Law. Love is of the Lord, and the Lord is love. Whoso loves not, knows not the Lord. …you are my disciples if you show mercy and love to all creatures, especially those that are weak and oppressed and suffer wrong. For the whole earth is filled with dark places of cruelty, with pain and sorrow, by the selfishness and ignorance of man.” 76:5-6
The Gospel of Jesus
Jesus belonged to the vegan sect of the Essenes known as the Nazirenes. With the compassionate ways of both branches documented by dozens of historians and theologians, it’s impossible to believe that Jesus consumed a violent diet of dismembered limbs and cut-up corpses. In his book The Origin of Christianity: The Pacifism, Communalism and Vegetarianism of Primitive Christianity, researcher Charles Vaclavik also establishes an undeniable link between the Nazirenes, the Essenes and the Pythagoreans. [Until the 19th century, vegans and vegetarians were called Pythagoreans.] This religious lineage negates any claim of a flesh-eating Jesus because all three groups refused to violate the THOU SHALT NOT KILL commandment by including animals in their circles of compassion. In The Gospel of the Nazirenes, Jesus states, “Wherefore those who want to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths for the Lord is just and bountiful who ordains that man shall live by the fruits and the seeds of the earth alone.” 38:1-6
In the book Famous Vegetarians & Their Favorite Recipes, historian Rynn Berry documents the veganism of Jesus, while theologians Dr. Hugh Schonfield and University of Paris Professor Ernest Renan verify His compassionate ways in The Passover Plot and Life of Jesus, respectively. Schonfield writes, “The old Nazirenes, like the Samaritans, were opposed to the Judean traditions, holding that the southerners had falsified the Law of Moses. They were vegetarians, and rejected animal sacrifices, but practiced circumcision and observed the Jewish Sabbath and festivals.”
Indirect references of a vegan Jesus appear in Dr. Thomas Walker’s What Jesus Read, Professor Robert Eisler’s The Messiah Jesus and Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History. Eusebius affirms that James, the brother of Jesus, was vegan from birth and directed the early spiritual community in Jerusalem after the Crucifixion. “Control of the Church passed to the apostles, together with the Lord’s brother James, whom everyone from the Lord’s time until our own has called the Righteous, for there were many Jameses, but this one was holy from his birth; he drank no wine or intoxicating liquor and ate no animal food; no razor came near his head; he did not smear himself with oil, and took no [public] baths. He alone was permitted to enter the Holy Place, for his garments were not of wool, but of linen. He used to enter the Sanctuary alone…because of his unsurpassable righteousness he was called the Righteous…Bulwark of the People.”
Since James harmed no animal in his daily sustenance, isn’t it logical to assume that Mary raised Jesus and James on the same diet, not one as a meat, dairy and egg-eater and the other as a vegan? The Gospel of the Nazirenes also proclaims that John the Baptist “… shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall neither eat flesh meats, nor drink strong drink …” Doesn’t logic tell us, again, that Jesus would have followed the same “great” diet of his compatriot John?
The Body Is a Temple
If fruits and vegetables do not cause disease, and animal products are responsible for all of our main diseases, why do people believe the Lord ordained pestilent food? Are we supposed to believe the Lord said, “I give you cows and pigs and chickens. Hang them upside down, cut their throats, dismember their bodies, cook their muscles and consume their flesh. Even if it clogs your arteries or gives you cancer or diabetes, be fruitful and multiply.” As you can see, rationalizing the consumption of animal products is preposterous. God admonishes us to treat the body like a temple by ingesting healthy, cruelty-free foods. Read the essay titled Humans Are Herbivores to discover how the human body is 100 percent herbivorous.
Daniel 1:8,11-16 clearly shows how well the human body responds to healthy, cruelty-free food: “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel then said to the guard … please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see. So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.”
Jesus and Fish
In Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17 Jesus says to Peter and Andrew, “Come and follow me. And I will make you fishers of men.” These verses, along with The Council of Nicea’s account of Jesus feeding fish to the multitudes, lead people to believe that Jesus was a fish-eating fisherman.
Jesus, however, never engaged in occupations that were harmful to animals. He was a rabbi, a teacher, an orator, a healer, a miracle worker and a savior. And He gave His life for all of creation!
As for feeding the multitudes, The Gospel of the Nazirenes states, “And it came to pass as Jesus had been teaching the multitudes, and they were hungry and faint from the heat of the day, then there passed…a woman on a camel laden with melons and other fruits. And He took five melons and divided them among the people, and they ate, and their thirst was quenched…none of them went home hungry or thirsty; and many that had fevers were healed.” 48:1-4
The MIRACLE is the point of the story. Whether fruit or fish, Jesus multiplied tiny rations to feed thousands. If He used fish, He certainly didn’t grab a net and a hook and dash feverishly to the Euphrates to kill them. He made them appear, thus bypassing the suffering and death fishermen are responsible for. Talk about cruelty-free eating!
Animal sacrifices displayed a primitive understanding of God’s mandates, and were as insane as the human sacrifices that preceded them. Humility and sincere contrition were the only penances for sin. Killing an innocent animal only increased the original sin. It never exonerated one from it. In the Gospel of the Nazirenes, Jesus agrees: “No blood offering of beast or bird, or man, can take away sin, for how can the conscience be purged from sin by the shedding of innocent blood? No, it will increase the condemnation. Is it not written in the Prophets, ‘Put away your blood sacrifices and your burnt offerings, and cease from the eating of flesh, for I spoke not to your fathers nor commanded them when I brought them out of Egypt concerning these things.’ And what does the eternal command you, but to be just, love, have mercy and walk humbly with the Law.” 33:2-8
Isaiah 1:15 states, “The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me,” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals. I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? Atop bringing meaningless offerings. Your incense is detestable to me. New moons, sabbaths and convocations—I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me. I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you. Even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing wrong, learn to do right.”
Isaiah 66:3 states, “Whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck.”
Hebrews 10:4 confirms Isaiah’s Old Testament wisdom: “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
Micah, Jeremiah, Amos, Daniel, Zechariah and other prophets also condemned sacrifices. In fact, the first recorded animal liberation happened when Jesus freed the animals from the altar when He dispersed the money-changers from the Temple (Matthew 21:12-13)!
Many people use the bible to justify hatred, discrimination, domination and murder. 1 Timothy 2:11-13 tells women to obey men: “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.” While other scriptures condemn homosexuals, Leviticus 25:44-45 even excuses racism: “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.” For centuries, white Christians used the bible to justify slavery in America, apartheid in South Africa and pogroms of witches, Native Americans and other non-Christians. Even Hitler, a staunch Christian, used the bible in a genocidal attempt to fulfill his mendacious prophesy of an all-white race. With such documented Christian-borne atrocities, today’s Christians should not be shocked when animal rights people explain how the bible is being used by meat, dairy and egg-eaters to perpetuate the murder of billions of animals every year!
Jesus Warns of Evildoers
Most religious leaders misguide people with cruel interpretations of Christianity and Judaism. Clergy who fail to condemn the mass murder of animals in slaughterhouses, the most evil and wicked places on this planet, are spiritual hypocrites because they promote iniquity. In The Gospel of the Nazirenes, Jesus agrees: “Verily I say unto you, for this end I have come into the world; that I may put away all blood offerings and the eating of the flesh of the beasts and the birds that are slain by men. In the beginning the Creator gave to all the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the earth and the herbs for food. But those who loved themselves more than the Lord or their fellows, corrupted their ways and brought diseases into their bodies and filled the earth with lust and violence.” 75:6-14
Jesus also says, “Speak the truth, be just and merciful to one another and to all creatures, and walk humbly with your Creator.” 7:9-10
Most importantly, Jesus warns, “The enemies of truth and righteousness shall rule in my name and set up a kingdom of this world, oppress the peoples…teaching in my name that which I have not taught and darkening much that I have taught BY THEIR TRADITIONS.” 95:3
Cain and Abel
Fred “Felice” Rizzo, Ph.D., contends that Cain killed Abel because Abel was a cattle-ranching animal-killer. When Abel violated the THOU SHALT NOT KILL commandment, Cain responded with the first justifiable homicide. Cain knew that using force to stop abuse or murder was a permissible act of vicarious self-defense.
Rizzo further explains the etymology of Abel’s name. It translates to anti-God. “Ab” is the prefix that negates, while “El” is an archaic word for God. The ancient storytellers passed down the Cain and Abel narrative and forever let it be known which brother was evil by labeling Abel as anti-God. According to Rizzo’s etymological research, all words derived from Abel pertain to something evil, while words from Cain are happy or peaceful. For instance, the Jewish holiday Chanukah is derived from Cain’s name.
The Bedrock of Religion
Today’s bible is ambiguous about Jesus’ diet because selling a vegan messiah to a Roman society hell-bent on enslaving and killing animals was no easy task. Convincing the meat, dairy and egg-eating masses to accept Jesus’ messianic status meant pushing aside His vegan lifestyle and labeling many of His peaceful teachings as unnecessary eccentricities.
Organized religion focuses too much on barbaric traditions and inane rituals, instead of peaceful living and compassionate duty. It sickens me that the most important aspect of religion is gathering together on the weekend watching someone in a suit—or a black, red, white or green robe with a green, white, red or black hat—performing hand-jive rituals of imaginary cross-signs and prayer-gestures. Imagine if churches and synagogues only demanded its followers to be good people rather than mean automatons! People need to stop worshiping MAN-MADE creations like The Wailing Wall, bibles and other religious books, houses of worship, and artifacts, such as the slab of granite that Jesus died on (located in The Holy Sepulcher). It’s time to truly respect and honor God by worshiping and protecting His creations: the animals, the oceans, the stars, the sun, the sky, the mountains and the forests. After all, if you are destroying and murdering God’s creations, then you are destroying and murdering God piece by piece!
As someone who believes in God, I do not reject the bedrock of Christianity and Judaism! I only reject stupid religious customs and attempts to justify malicious acts of cruelty in the name of God. If people looked into the eyes of an animal, they would SEE God in those wondrous creations. Job 7:8 states, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.” God is in no book. God is in no building. God is no priest or rabbi on a pulpit condemning animals to death. God is in the heart. God is compassion. I don’t believe in ink and paper, or people. I believe in compassion, and I believe in God.
Simplifying the Bible’s Message
If the bible contains contradictory scriptures about permissible food, why ignore the peaceful vegan ones and accept the violent meat, dairy and egg-eating ones? Peace should always trump violence. If I had the power to edit the bible, thus clarifying its message, I would use a four-word commandment and a two-word suggestion: THOU SHALT NOT KILL and BE NICE!
Many Scriptures from the Gospel of the Nazirenes
“Do violence to no living thing, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with sufficient wages. Keep yourselves from blood and things strangled and from dead bodies of birds and beasts, and from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten of wrong. Do you think that the blood of beasts and birds will wash away sin? I tell you, no! Speak the truth, be merciful to one another and to all creatures and walk humbly with your creator.” 7:9-10
“Thus it came to pass that he (Jesus) was born in the midst of the animals which, (through the redemption of man from ignorance and selfishness), he came to redeem from their sufferings by the manifestation of the Sons and Daughters of the Most High.” 4:5
“And Jesus was going with some of his disciples when he met with a certain man who trained dogs to hunt other creatures. And he said to the man, ‘Why do you do this?’ And the man said, ‘By this I live and what profit is there to any in these creatures?’ These creatures are weak, but the dogs they are strong. And Jesus said, ‘You lack wisdom and love. Every creature which has been made has its end, and purpose, and who can say what good there is in it? Or what profit to yourself, or mankind.’
And for your living, behold the fields yielding their increase, and the fruit-bearing trees and the herbs. What more do you need than these which the honest work of your hands will not give to you?
A grain of wheat will produce ten thousand heads, and every head will have ten thousand grains, and every grain will produce ten pounds of fine clean flour, and other seeds, fruits and grass will produce in corresponding proportion, and all the animals will use those foods that are products of the soil and become in turn peaceable and in harmony with one another, and with man. Woe to the crafty who hurt or abuse the creatures of the earth. Woe to the hunters for they shall be hunted. And the man marveled and stopped training the dogs to hunt, and taught them to save life rather than destroy it. And he learned of the doctrines The Way and became his disciple.” 14:6-9
“And it came to pass that Jesus…found men with a beast of burden. But the horse had fallen down, for it was over-laden, and he (the man) struck it until blood flowed. And Jesus went to him and said, ‘Son of cruelty! Why do you strike this defenseless animal? Do you not see that it is too weak for its burden and that it is suffering greatly?’ And then Jesus said again, ‘Do you not see how it bleeds, can you not hear also how it wails and laments?’
And Jesus was sorrowful and said, ‘Woe to you because of the dullness of your hearts, you hear not how it laments and cries to the Lord Creator for mercy. And Jesus went forward and touched it and the horse stood up, and its wounds were healed. Jesus said unto his disciples, ‘Because of the sick, I am sick; because of the hungry, I am hungry; because of the thirsty I am athirst.’
Jesus also said, ‘I have come to do away with the sacrifices and feasts of blood, and if you cease not sacrificing and eating of flesh and blood, the wrath of the Lord shall not cease from you; even as it came to your fathers in the wilderness, who lusted for flesh, and they ate to their content, and were filled with rottenness and the plagues that consumed them.” 21:2-8 (FYI, this part appears VERBATIM in the Panarion from Epiphanius’ writings as he discusses The Gospel of the Ebionites.)
“It came to pass one day as Jesus had finished his discourse, in a place near Tiberias where there were seven wells, a certain young man brought live rabbits and pigeons, that he might have them to eat with his disciples. And Jesus looked on the young man with compassion and said to him, ‘You have a good heart and the Lord shall give you light; but do you not know that the Lord Creator in the beginning gave to man the fruits of the earth for food, and did not make him lower than the ape, or the ox, or the horse, or the sheep, that he should kill and eat the flesh and blood of his fellow creatures?
Indeed, the Pharisees believe that Moses commanded such creatures to be slain and offered in sacrifice and eaten, and so do you in your temple, but behold, I have come to light the Way back to the Law, even the true Law of Moses; and to put away the bloody sacrifice as in the beginning, even the sacrifice of grains and fruits of the earth.’ For the hour approaches when your sacrifices and feasts of blood shall cease and you shall worship in holiness with a pure Oblation.” 28:1-4
“Then Jesus said, ‘Do you think that I speak of the eating of flesh, which you ignorantly do in your temples?’ Not as your ancestors, who craved for flesh and taking of it, ate of corruption till it stank in their nostrils, and their carcasses fell by the thousands in the wilderness by reason of the plagues.” 31:2-3
“For the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the herbs alone do I partake, and these are changed by the Spirit into my flesh and my blood. Of these alone and their like shall you eat who believe, and are my disciples, for of these in the Spirit come life and health and healing to man.” 32:4
“‘Can the blood offerings of the law take away sin?’ And Jesus answered: ‘No blood offering of beast or bird, or man, can take away sin, for how can the conscience be purged from sin by the shedding of innocent blood? No, it will increase the condemnation. Is it not written in the Prophets, ‘Put away your blood sacrifices and your burnt offerings, and cease from the eating of flesh, for I spoke not to your fathers nor commanded them when I brought them out of Egypt concerning these things.’ And what does the eternal command you, but to be just, love, have mercy and walk humbly with the Law.
Is it not written that in the beginning the Lord ordained the fruits of the trees and the seeds and the herbs to be food for all flesh? But they have made the House of Prayer a den of thieves, and for the pure oblation with incense, they have polluted my altars with blood, and eaten of the flesh of the slain. But I say to you: Shed no innocent blood nor eat the flesh of the slain, and your days shall be long in the land.” 33:2-9
“And some of his disciples came and told him of a certain Egyptian, a son of Belial, who taught that it was lawful to torment animals if their sufferings brought any profit to men. And Jesus said to them, ‘They who partake of the benefits which are gotten by wronging one of the Creator’s creatures cannot be righteous; nor can they touch or teach holy things, or speak of the mysteries of the Kingdom whose hands are stained with blood, or whose mouths are defiled with flesh.’ The Lord gives the grains and the fruits of the earth for food; and for righteous man there is truly no other lawful substance for the body. Wherefore I say to all those who desire to be disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths; for the Lord is just and bountiful; who ordains that man shall live by the fruits and seeds of the earth alone. I am in all creatures and all creatures are in me. In all their joys, I rejoice. In all their afflictions, I am afflicted.” 38:1-6
The original interpretation of the Ten Commandments: “1) Ye shall worship the one eternal unbegotten Lord Creator, of whom all things are made; 2) Ye shall not take away the life of any creature, nor yet torment it; 3) Ye shall cherish and protect the weak, the oppressed, and all creatures that suffer wrong. 4) Ye shall not eat the flesh, nor drink the blood of any slaughtered creature, nor yet anything which brings disorder to your health or senses; 5) Ye shall eat the fruits and herbs of the earth, and working in the law, live long in the land; 6) Ye shall not make impure marriages where love and health are not, nor yet corrupt yourselves, or any creature; 7) Ye shall revere your fathers and mothers and all the teachers of righteousness; 8) Ye shall not bear false witness against, nor willfully deceive any, nor yet covet or steal their goods; 9) Ye shall purify yourselves daily and rest the seventh day; 10) Ye shall not do unto others, as ye would that others should not do unto you.” 46:11-19
“And some of the scribes, hearing him, sought to entangle him in this talk and said, ‘If you would put away the sacrifices of sheep and oxen and birds, to what purpose was this temple built for the Lord by Solomon, which has been now forty and six years in restoring?’ And Jesus answered and said, ‘It is written in the Prophets, My House shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, for the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. But you have made it a house of slaughter and filled it with abominations. Again it is written, ‘From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, my Name shall be great among the multitudes, and incense with a pure Offering shall be offered unto me.’ But you have made it a desolation with your offerings of blood and used the sweet incense only to cover the ill savor thereof. I am come not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it.
Do you know what is written? ‘Obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken better than the fat of rams. I, the Lord, am weary of your burnt offerings, and vain oblations, your hands are full of blood.'” 49:5-8
“And certain of the Elders and scribes form the Temple came to Jesus saying, ‘Why do your disciples teach men that it is unlawful to eat the flesh of beasts though they be offered in sacrifice as Moses ordained?’ For it is written, the Lord said to Noah, ‘The fear and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the field and every bird of the air and every fish of the sea, unto your hand they are delivered.’
And Jesus said to them, ‘You hypocrites, well did Isaiah speak of you and your forefathers saying, ‘These people draw near to me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; for in vain do they worship Me believing and teaching for divine doctrines the commandments of men in my name, but to satisfy their own lusts.’
As also Jeremiah bore witness when he said concerning blood offerings, and sacrifices: ‘I, the Lord, commanded none of these things in the day that you came out of Egypt, but only this I commanded you: to do righteousness, walk in the ancient paths, be just, love, have mercy, and walk humbly with your creator.
But you did not hearken to me, Who in the beginning gave you all manner of seed and fruit of the trees, having been for the food and healing of man and beast.
And they said, ‘You (Jesus) speak against the law.’
And he (Jesus) said, ‘Concerning Moses, indeed I do not speak against the Law, but against those who corrupted the Law, which was tolerated because of the hardness of their hearts.'” 51:12-17
“And in those days, those that have the power shall gather to themselves the lands and riches of the earth for their own lusts and shall oppress the many who lack, and hold them in bondage, and use them to increase their riches, and they shall oppress even the beasts of the field, setting up the abominable thing. But the Lord shall send them His messenger and they shall proclaim the Law, which men have hidden by their traditions, and those that transgress shall reap the harvest of their deeds.” 61:3
“Now, Joseph and Mary, Jesus’ parents, went up to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of Passover and they observed the feast after the manner of their brethren, who abstained from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink.” 6:1
“Now Judas Iscariot had gone to the house of Caiaphas and said to him, ‘Behold he has celebrated the Passover within the gates with the mazza in place of the lamb. I indeed bought a lamb, but he forbade that it should be killed. The man of whom I bought it is witness. And Caiaphas rent his clothes and said, ‘Truly he (Jesus) has done a deed which is worthy of death, for it is a weighty transgression of the Law.” 76:27
“And they asked him further saying, ‘Do you abolish the sacrifices of the law, and the eating of flesh as Moses commanded?’ And Jesus answered, ‘Behold, a greater Law than that which you made of Moses’ law is restored to you.'” 79:9
The Last Paschal Supper
“And Iscariot said to him, ‘Jesus, behold the unleavened bread, the mingled wine and the oil and the herbs, but where is the lamb that Moses commanded?’ (for Judas had bought the lamb, but Jesus had forbidden that it should be killed).
But again Judas said, ‘Jesus, is it not written in the law that a lamb must be slain for the Passover within the gates?’
Verily I say unto you, for this end have I come into the world: that I may put away all blood offerings and the eating of the flesh of the beasts and the birds that are slain by men. In the beginning the Creator gave to all the fruits of the trees, and the seeds and the herbs for food; but those who loved themselves more than the Lord or their fellows, corrupted their ways and brought diseases into their bodies, and filled the earth with lust and violence. Not by the shedding of innocent blood, therefore, but by living a righteous life shall you find peace.
Blessed are they who keep this Law, for the Creator is manifest in all creatures and all creatures live in the Creator.” 75:6-14
“This commandment have I given you, that you love one another and all the creatures of the earth. Love is the fulfilling of the Law. Love is of the Lord, and the Lord is love. Whoso loves not, knows not the Lord. Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you. By this shall all know that you are my disciples: if you show mercy and love to all creatures, especially those that are weak and oppressed and suffer wrong. For the whole earth is filled with dark places of cruelty, with pain and sorrow, by the selfishness and ignorance of man.” 76:5-6
“And one asked him saying, ‘Jesus shall infants be received into the Congregation in like manner as Moses commanded by circumcision?’ And Jesus answered, ‘For those who are in the Law there is no cutting of the flesh, nor shedding of blood.’ Let the infant…and let the parents see to it that the infant is brought up by Nazirite tradition in the Way of the Law, neither eating flesh nor drinking strong drink, nor touching things impure, nor hurting the creatures given by the Creator into the hands of man to protect.’
Again one said to Jesus, ‘Jesus, how will it be when they grow up?’ And Jesus said, ‘After seven years, or when they begin to know the evil from the good, and learn to choose good, let them come in Spirit and receive the blessing at the hands of the Priest or the Angel of the Congregation with prayer and Thanksgiving, and let them be admonished to keep from flesh-eating and strong drink, and from hunting the innocent creatures of the earth.” 91:6-7
Mary Magdalene, the Vegan
“Wherefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, not only man but also beast and birds of the air, yea, even the fishes of the sea; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” 11:8
“It has been written, ‘Thou shall not kill’, but I say to you, if any hate and desire to slay, they have broken the Law, yea, if they cause hurt or torment to any creature they are guilty. But if they kill to put an end to suffering which cannot be healed, they are not guilty, if they do it quickly and with much mercy.” 47:3
“And again I say to you, if any desire and seek to possess the body of any creature for food, or for pleasure, or for profit, they defile themselves thereby.” 47:6
Jesus Feeds Fruit to the Multitudes
“And it came to pass as Jesus had been teaching the multitudes, and they were hungry and faint from the heat of the day, that there passed by that was a woman on a camel laden with melons and other fruits. And he took five melons and divided them among the people, and they ate, and their thirst was quenched. And he said to them, ‘If the Lord Creator makes the Sun to shine, and the water to fill out these fruits of the earth, shall not the Same be the Sun of your Souls, and fill you with the Water of Life?’ None of them went home hungry or thirsty; and many that had fevers were healed.” 48:1-4
“And as Jesus was going to Jericho he met there a man with a cage full of birds which he had caught and some young doves. And he saw how they were in misery having lost their liberty, and moreover being tormented by hunger and thirst. And he said to the man, ‘What will you do with these?’ And the man answered, ‘I go to make my living by selling these birds which I have taken.’
And Jesus said, ‘What would you think, if another stronger than you, or with greater craft, were to catch you and bind you, or your wife, or your children, and cast you into a prison, in order to sell you into captivity for his own profit, and make a living?
Are not these your fellow creatures, only weaker than you? And does not the same Creator care for us all? Let these your little brethren go forth into freedom, and see that you do this no more, but provide honestly for your living.’
And the man marveled at these words and at his authority, and he let the birds go free. So when the birds came forth they flew to Jesus and stood on his shoulder and sang to him. And the man inquired further of his doctrine, and he went his way, and learned the craft of making baskets, and by this craft he earned his bread, and afterwards he broke his cages and his traps, and became a disciple of Jesus.” 41:1-6
“And Jesus came to a certain tree and abode beneath it many days. Mary Magdalene came there with other women and they ministered to him of their substance, and he taught daily to all that came. And the birds gathered around Jesus, and welcomed him with their song, and other living creatures came to his feet, and Jesus fed them, and they ate out of his hands. And when he departed [from under the fig tree] he blessed the women who showed love to him, and turning to the fig tree, he blessed it also, saying, ‘You have given me shelter and shade from the burning heat, and given me food also.
Blessed are you, increase and be fruitful, and let all who come to you find rest and shade and food, and let the birds of the air rejoice in your branches.’ And behold the tree grew and flourished exceedingly, and its branches took root downward and sent shoots upward, and it spread mightily so that no tree was like it for its size and beauty, and the abundance and goodness of its fruit. And as Jesus entered into a certain village he saw a young cat which had none to care for her, and she was hungry and cried to him, and he took her up and put her inside his garment, and she lay in his bosom.
And when he came into the village he set food and drink before the cat, and she ate and drank, and showed thanks to him. And he gave her to one of his disciples, who was a widow, whose name was Lorenza, and she took care of her. And some of the people said, ‘This man cares for all creatures. Are they his brothers and sisters that he should love them?’ And he said to them, ‘Verily these are your fellow creatures of the great Household of the Lord Creator, yea, they are your brethren and sisters, having the same breath of life in the Eternal.
And whoever cares for one of the least of these, and gives it food and drink in its need, the same does it to me. And whoso willingly suffers one of these to be in want and defends it not when cruelly treated, suffers the evil as done unto me. For as you have done in this life, so shall it be done to you in the life to come.’ ” 34:1-10
“And Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom is at hand.’ And he was walking by the sea and saw Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother casting a net in the sea; for they were fishers. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they straightway left their nets and followed him.” 14:2
(The linked thumbnail image is excerpted from a painting by Johann Wenzel Peter (1745-1829), The Earthly Paradise (Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden), date unknown.)
Adopting a plant-based diet is the easiest, most consistent way to live in accord with the ethical, environmental, and health precepts of Islam.
“When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles.”~ Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist, humanitarian, vegan.
NOTE: The following information—compiled by several vegan Muslims—was arranged, edited and clarified by me. I believe in God, but I am not so arrogant and blind as to believe that God is human-like, or that God looks, thinks, or acts like us in any way. As a whole, humans are psychopathic, apathetic, and myopic. God is not! Furthermore, giving thanks, and/or praying to God, does NOT exonerate an animal-murderer from the crime. Author Cleveland Amory summed it up best when he wrote (just replace the word “Christian” with “Muslim”): “A missionary was walking in Africa when he heard the ominous padding of a lion behind him. ‘Oh Lord,’ prayed the missionary, ‘Grant in Thy goodness that the lion walking behind me is a good Christian lion.’ And then in the silence that followed, the missionary heard the lion praying too: ‘Oh Lord,’ he prayed. ‘We thank Thee for the food which we are about to receive.'”
“In Hell there is a huge roller, like the ones used to flatten stones on paved roads. This roller is two hundred and fifty miles long and the beam by which it is dragged is also the same length. Someone stands next to the beam with a fairly long whip in his hand and forces the people to lie on the ground, like stones on a path. Two hundred to two hundred and fifty other people are chained to the beam and are forced to pull the roller over the people lying on the ground. As they pull, they are whipped. They are screaming, and the people being crushed are also howling and wailing. Blood flows everywhere. This goes on from morning until night. Then all those who were crushed take form again and are made to lie down and be crushed once more. Then they are heaped onto a fire burning as high as a mountain. I have seen this. I saw different people there: a man who butchered goats, a man who butchered cattle, and a man who weighed and sold the flesh of animals. I asked them what they had done and they told me. I saw all of this with my own eyes.” M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, the late vegan Muslim spiritual teacher and renowned Sufi Shaykh
“All creatures are like a family of Allah. And Allah loves most, those who are the most compassionate to His family.” The Holy Prophet Muhammad
“All creations are given freedom and a place to live. They are all given water, air, fire, and a connection to earth and ether. But man grabs for himself what Allah has created as common to all. He snatches the homes of others for himself. He claims the water as his own. He claims the air as his own. He makes the sun his own. He makes the earth his own. He claims the moon is his. He attempts to make what was common to all, his own. All are members of the same body. Created from one essence. If fate brings suffering to one member, the others cannot stay at rest. You who remain indifferent to the burden of pain of others do not deserve to be called human.” Sa’di, the late vegan Muslim spiritual teacher
Pure Islam has always been very concerned with the suffering of any sentient life form. Ahadith (the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad) abound regarding compassion for humans and nonhuman animals alike. The great Sufi Rabi’ah al-`Adawiyah of Basrah was an early Muslim vegetarian. In recent times, M.R. Bawa Muhaiyadeen was very vehement and outspoken about “the true meaning of the first Kalimah” in relation to plant-based eating and compassion for all.
The Qur’an states that animals are individuals, communities and nations in their own right, not mere resources.
“There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, that doesn’t form communities like you. They ALL shall be gathered to their Rabb (Lord) in the end.” Qur’an, Sura 6:38 The essence of Islamic teachings on the rights and liberties of nonhuman animals is that depriving animals of their fair share in the resources of nature is so serious a sin in the eyes of Allah that it is punishable by punitive retribution. The Qur’an describes how the people of Thamud demanded that the Prophet Saleh show them some sign to prove he was a Prophet of Allah. At the time of this incident, the tribe was experiencing a lack of food and water, and was, as a result, neglecting its animals. It was revealed to Prophet Saleh to single out a she-camel as a symbol and ask the people of Thamud to give her a fair portion of food and water. The people of Thamud promised to do that but later killed the camel. As retribution, the tribe was annihilated. This incident has been mentioned in the Qur’an many times (7:73, 11:64, 26:155, 156; 54:27-31).
Understand, once it has been established that each species of animal is a ‘community’, then it only stands to reason that each and every creature has the right to life and a share in all the natural resources. If an animal is not posing a direct threat to the life of an individual (self-defense or vicarious self-defense justification), then the suffering one inflicts on any animal is excessive, cruel and contrary to the teachings of Islam. In other words, halaal (permitted) killing has NOTHING to do with keeping the animal completely conscious when slicing the animal’s throat, looking directly into the animal’s eyes when slicing the throat, watching the fear on the animal’s face when slicing the throat and watching the tears stream down the animal’s face when slicing the throat. It also has nothing to do with reciting Allah’s name and/or saying a prayer when slicing the animal’s throat. Halaal, without question, is for survival only in a true life-or-death situation. This means that if a Muslim is eating meat, cheese, milk, eggs and other animal products, then that Muslim is eating haraam (unacceptable) food which is a complete sin in the eyes of Allah.
M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen explained how the Qurban (the commandment of reciting the third Kalimah when ritually slaughtering animals) was supposed to destroy the evil that exists in our hearts, our minds and souls so we would stop raping, enslaving, and murdering animals, and stealing their babies! All of the prophets came to edify people in order to eliminate this devilish behavior because the global atrocity of eating animals kills more innocent beings in one year than all human atrocities combined!
This passage alone reveals why veganism is the most important aspect of animal rights: almost every animal who is abused and killed on this planet is abused and killed by the meat, dairy, egg and honey industries, despite the fact that humans have no right to commodify animal bodies and turn them into sandwiches and shoes! Sadly and truthfully, humans possess the dubious distinction of being the only expendable creatures on this planet besides fleas and ticks. We bring nothing positive to the table as we are destroyers, attackers and takers. Our extinction would benefit the air, the water, the forests and the animals. And all the excuses people use for exploiting animals—especially habit, convenience, taste, tradition and profit—are invalid, vacuous and barbaric reasons for causing intentional harm to them.
M.R. Bawa further states, “There are some learned people who only have a few levels of consciousness. They have studied the religious texts, and they have Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. But even though they have studied so much, they cannot discriminate between what is wrong and what is right. They do not distinguish between what is good and evil. They have not learned to treat other lives as their own. Nor have they understood through their awareness that all lives are one life, that all lives belong to one family, and that all beings are of the same family.”
Of the 114 chapters in the Qur’an, 113 begin with the phrase “In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.” All Muslims accept that showing compassion and charity is a service to Allah. Yet, the many cruel things humans do to animals—especially the cruelest of them all which is to kill them, dismember them and eat their flesh—is anything but compassionate, merciful and charitable. Accordingly, the Holy Prophet Muhammad stated, “No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother [human and nonhuman] that which he desires for himself. Allah will not be affectionate to a man who is not affectionate to Allah’s creatures. Whoever is kind to the creatures of Allah is kind to himself. A good deed done to an animal is as good as doing good to a human being while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.” The Holy Prophet Muhammad was once asked: “Oh Prophet, are we rewarded for kindness to animals?” Muhammad replied, “There is a reward for kindness to every living thing.”
The Qur’an states that man has “dominion” over animals. However, it is clear that this is not a license for enslavement and murder, but rather humankind’s responsibility towards all of Allah’s creation. In the beginning (Genesis), we are told that Allah created a perfect garden where we were given ONLY vegetation to eat. Allah commanded humans to eat of that vegetation alone to nourish the body. Yet, most religious leaders continue to misguide people with cruel interpretations of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. Clergy who fail to condemn the mass murder of animals in slaughterhouses, the most evil and wicked places on this planet, are spiritual hypocrites because they promote iniquity and bathe in evil daily. In The Gospel of the Nazirenes, Jesus agrees: “Verily I say unto you, for this end I have come into the world; that I may put away all blood offerings and the eating of the flesh of the beasts and the birds that are slain by men. In the beginning the Creator gave to all the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the earth and the herbs for food. But those who loved themselves more than the Lord or their fellows, corrupted their ways and brought diseases into their bodies and filled the earth with lust and violence (75:6-14).” If cruelty is evil, and God is all-compassionate and all-merciful, then why do people believe God is an animal-killing, bloodthirsty, murderous devil? If slicing animals into pieces is permissible by God, then what horrible things could the Devil possibly do to animals? In other words, if you believe God condones the killing of animals, then the God you glorify is no better than the Devil you condemn. Cruelty to animals is sacrilegious and desecrates Allah’s name.
“Every creature that lives and moves shall be food for you; I give you them all, as once I gave you all green plants. But now you must not eat the flesh with the life, which is the blood, still in it. For the blood is the life.” Genesis 9:3-4
Many cite the above passage in Genesis as their “Divine Permission” to exploit nonhuman animals for whatever means they might happen to contrive. But they are unequivocally wrong. After the flood, it is said that Noah had taken every non-aquatic animal indigenous to his region aboard an ark. So allow us to visualize this for a moment. After the deluge had subsided, Noah could now kill and eat those that Allah had just told him to save? Are we to believe that it was important to save these animals from the flood, but now that everything was said and done, Allah—all of a sudden—decided it was okay for Noah to eat the animals he just saved? Moreover, if one of these animals were killed, then reproduction would have been impossible because there were only two of each.
After the revolutionary movement of Judah Maccabee, Nabi `Isa al-Masih (Jesus) wanted to abolish the enslavement and murder of animals altogether. In Al-Injil (the original, unaltered Aramaic Gospel) we are told that `Isa absolutely opposed flesh consumption when it was not necessary for survival. He went so far as to physically restrain those who abused and killed animals needlessly. And there is prophecy after prophecy in the Nevi’im (the writings of the prophets) of the Old Testament that speaks of the Messiah being vegan. Even ancient portions of the Book of the Dead allude to the Messiah being vegan. This is not at all something that one can make up as they go along. The divine message is a fundamental reality of oneness and compassion and peace. And becoming one with the animals of the earth and freeing them from their bondage is the final truth and final step for global salvation. Spiritually, we have been given higher wisdom to realize that meat, dairy and egg consumption is not necessary as it causes gratuitous pain and suffering to others who are a part of the oneness of Allah. Allah told the first Prophet Adam to eat a strict vegan diet. And many prophets after Adam prophesied that Eden standard once again.
The Historical Question of Sacrifice
“The first cases to be adjudicated on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed.” The Holy Prophet Muhammad
Allah clearly spoke out against animal sacrifice (and flesh-eating) through his prophets. Pythagoras (570 B.C), Mahavira (599 B.C. and founder of Jain religion) and Buddha (563 B.C.) condemned the sacrifice and eating of animals. The three aforementioned prophets were among the 124,000 Prophets of Islam. We—as Allah states in the Qur’an—make no difference between any of them. It is furthermore alluded to in the Torah that the advent of ritualistic slaughter itself was descended from the days of more primitive spiritual misunderstanding. There are numerous passages in the Bible, Injil and Qur’an which downgrade in importance, or completely reject, animal sacrifice altogether.
“You believe that Moshe (Teacher of the Torah and Master of the Prophets) indeed commanded such creatures to be slain and offered in sacrifice and eaten, and so you do in the Temple, but behold one greater than Moshe is herein and he comes to put away the bloody sacrifices performed in the name of the Law, and the feasts on them, and to restore to you the pure oblation and un-bloody sacrifice of grains and fruits as in the beginning. For the hour is coming when your sacrifices and feasts of blood shall cease, and you shall worship a holy worship and pure oblation. Let these creatures therefore go free, that they may rejoice and bring no guilt to man.” Al-Injil 28:3-5
“God was displeased with the slaughtering of animals, not wishing them to be slain. He did not ordain sacrifices or desire them, nor from the beginning did He require them.” The Apostle Peter in the Clementine Homilies “`Isa (Jesus) said, ‘I came to destroy the sacrifices, and if ye cease not from sacrificing, the Wrath of YHVH (God) will not cease from you.’ ” Al-Injil (Aramaic Matthew)
“I hate, I spurn your pilgrim feasts. I will not delight in your sacred ceremonies. When you present your sacrifices and offerings, I will not accept them.” Amos 5:21-23
“For I desire mercy not sacrifices, and acknowledgment of YHVH rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6-7
The prophets of the Tanukh (ancient group of various southern Arabian tribes and clans that first moved into central Arabia) often spoke of sacrifices as an abomination to YHVH. After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis stated that sacrifices should be replaced by prayer and good deeds. Similarly, such strong language can be found in Isaiah 1:11-16 and verses such as Hosea 6:6, Isaiah 66:3 and Micah 6:6-8 state that sacrifices are definitely unnecessary. Of course it will be the first pre-programmed, knee-jerk reaction of any devout flesh eater to suppose that such verses are subject to interpretation. Were the Prophets attacking the practice of sacrifice itself, or were they simply opposing the behavior of the people of their culture stating that their sacrifices were hypocritical or null and void due to their contrary lifestyles? To one who is insistent upon exploiting religion to condone their cruel desires, this will be a difficult case to prove. However, the rage of the notorious vegetarian Isaiah, must prove at least partially convincing that it was the practice of animal sacrifice itself that was being assaulted. “The reek of sacrifice is abhorrent to me” (Isaiah 1:13) and “There is blood on your hands; wash yourselves and be clean.” Isaiah 1:15-16
The Sunnah (example) of `Isa and Other Vegetarian Prophets While many Anbiya (Prophets) were vegetarian, the one that Muslims should most closely be aware of is Nabi `Isa al-Masih (Jesus). For unlike the other Anbiya, it is `Isa who is said to return with Imam Al-Mahdi. Ahadith bears witness that `Isa will prostrate in Salat (prayer) behind the Imam al-Mahdi. So without delving into what literally dozens of Christian and pre-Christian Gospel accounts of `Isa say about him abstaining from flesh consumption, allow us to view several of the Islamic Ahadith that record the dietary habits of `Isa, the one who will Return and slay Al-Masih ad-Dajjal (anti Christ) according to the beliefs of all Muslims across the globe. `Isa told his followers, “Eat from the plants of the wilderness and escape from this world in Peace.” Notes: Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (d. 181/797), al-Zuhd, p. 198 (no. 563). Cf. Ibn Abd Rabbihi, al-`Iqd, 3:143; Ibn Asakir, Sirat, p. 138, no. 128 (Asin, p. 541, no. 111; Mansur, no 9; Robson, p. 73). “`Isa was a constant traveler in the land, never abiding in a house or a village. Whenever night fell, his lamp was the moonlight, his shade the blackness of night, his bed the earth, his pillow a stone, his food the plants of the fields. At times, he spent whole days and nights without food.” Notes: Abu Rifa’a al-Fasawi (d. 289/902), Kitab Bad’ al-Khalq, p. 333. Cf. Ibn `Asakir, Sirat, p. 133, no. 120.
“Masih said, ‘Flesh eating flesh? How offensive an act!'” Notes: Al-Raghib al-Isfahani (early fifth/early eleventh century), Mahadarat al-Udaba’, 1:610.
“`Isa Ibn Maryam, used to say: The produce of the earth is my food and fruit. I retire for the night with nothing to my name and awake in the morning with nothing to my name. And there is no one on earth richer than me.” Notes: Abu Nu`aym al-Isbahani (d. 430/1038), Hilyat al-Awliya’, 6:314 (Asin, pp. 374-375, no. 44; Mansur, no. 80; Robson, pp. 67-68.
The Qur’an tells us that `Isa told people what to eat, and these Ahadith tell us that he ate plant-based food alone and told others to eat plant-based food alone. As well, if Prophet `Isa al-Masih ate no flesh or animal products 2,000 years ago, then why do so many imagine that he would be ANY different when he returns with the Holy Imam al-Mahdi? And with that in mind, it would serve to reason that the Imam will abstain from flesh foods if `Isa, his closest companion, is a strict vegetarian.
Following the vegetarian diet (an Ital, “Vital” or “Total” diet) that Allah predestined humanity to eat is the only way to avoid complicity in the inherent cruelties of animal agriculture. Some, shamefully, misinterpret empathy for animals as a weakness. Antithetically though, standing up against cruelty is an act of strength, especially when most people merely follow the crowd. Being in a majority is not an indication of the truth. The Most High says, “If you obey most of those who are on earth, they will mislead you from the path of God” (6:116).
Furthermore, since humankind was not designed to consume animal products, it should come as no surprise that when we eat meat, cheese, milk, eggs and other animal products that we also will reap the destructive harvest of our actions, whether this is a harvest of environmental destruction or detriment to human health and soul. Allah created humans in a state of Eden as herbivores, not as omnivores, and certainly not as carnivores. Adopting a diet free of meat, cheese, milk, eggs and other animal products is the easiest and most consistent way for Muslims to live in accordance with the ethical, environmental, and health precepts of Islam.
(The linked thumbnail image is excerpted from an engraving by Gustave Doré (1832-1883), Canto VII: Hoarders and Wasters (1857), one of many of Doré’s illustrations of Dante’s Inferno.)
“False friends are worse than open enemies.” • Proverb
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
Over the years, many people have asked me which groups and individuals genuinely support animal liberation.
Sadly, most of the world’s popular “animal” groups, such as the ASPCA and World Wildlife Fund, are nothing but money-hungry corporations that expertly create an animal-friendly image. In reality, they have nothing to do with animal rights as they proudly condone the meat, dairy, egg, hunting, vivisection, animal-skin (clothing), companion-animal breeding, zoo, circus and rodeo industries.
Meanwhile, many animal rights groups and so-called “activists,” such as Mercy For Animals and John Robbins, are now promoting the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign, even though slavery and slaughterhouses cannot co-exist with animal liberation. Remember, there is no such thing as humane slavery and slaughter just as there is no such thing as humane rape and child molestation.
After penning the PETA and Homeless Animals essay in March of 2013, I realized that it was high time to expose the other poseurs. I was especially keen on exposing VegFund for refusing to give me a $10,000 grant to run some vegan print advertisements, even though I needed the money ONLY to help the animals. In their attempt to justify their refusal, they regurgitated the trite excuse that I openly advocate violent action in my essays Empathy, Education, and Violence and More Problems with Pacifism. (You can view the print ad on the About Gary Yourofsky page, and read their email, along with my detailed response, in the VegFund segment below. You can also watch me explain the insanity of pure pacifism during this 2012 interview.) Many other self- indulgent politician-activists have shunned me for the same reason, even though NOT supporting me means they unwittingly support violence! That’s because thousands of meat, dairy and egg-eaters who would see the advertisements and listen to my speech are now continuing along their violent paths unchallenged.
If these narcissists weren’t so obsessed with public relations marketing schemes [see the video just above], they would realize that my tactical opinions on violence and pacifism are irrelevant, especially in the classroom where veganism is my sole message. I never lectured about anything else! And my genuineness was always appreciated by tens of thousands of students, and dozens of professors who continually invited me into their ethics, philosophy, composition, women’s studies, nutrition, public speaking and sociology classes. Professors told me I converted 15 to 20 percent of their classes each time I spoke, while 50 percent of the non-converts drastically reduced their animal-product intake! It’s important to note that I never charged any school, professor or student for a lecture because people should never have to pay to learn the truth. Basically, my tour is a money-taker and not a money-maker, which is why the corporate, fundraising-focused, animal rights community avoids me like the plague.
The following groups and individuals support several forms of animal abuse, especially the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign—or they refuse to help me help the animals. ALWAYS avoid working with them, praising them and financially supporting them at all costs. Instead, work with, praise and support the grassroots groups and activists—such as SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary [see the video at the top of this page]—who bust their asses for peanuts and never violate an animal’s right to be free!
American Humane Association (AHA)
They have nothing to do with animal rights and unequivocally support the meat, dairy, egg, hunting, vivisection, animal-skin (clothing), zoo, circus and rodeo industries. They are expert manipulators who deceive people with their “no animals were harmed” during the filming of this movie tagline. Whether or not AHA is on the set, animals are constantly harmed and killed during filming. The following examples represent a truncated list of injuries and deaths that have recently occurred. In the 2011 movie Water for Elephants, Tai was beaten with a bull hook and shocked with electricity to make her perform. Two horses died during filming of the remake of My Friend Flicka in 2006. A giraffe named Tweet died in 2011 on the set of Zookeeper. And 27 animals died on the set of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in 2012. Contary to AHA’s claims, they are not policing movie sets, and arresting, fining or even chastising abusers for cruelty to animals. Movie companies simply pay a fee to AHA to use their famous tagline.
Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF)
They proudly support PETA’s execution of homeless dogs and cats, and the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. Additionally, when I gave my first-ever speech to 30 kids at Pulaski Elementary School in Detroit in 1997, ARFF founder Nanci Alexander refused to donate Houston Rockets “All Animals Have Rights” shirts to the kids in the class. These kids would have happily worn the shirts around their neighborhood, thus spreading the message of compassion to a brand new group of kids. (Alexander’s now ex-husband still owns the NBA team.)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Many people adore this How to Cook Everything author even though he eats meat, dairy and eggs, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. He is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and continually blames animal feed and not animal products (unless it comes from a fast-food establishment) as the main cause of all major diseases! Whether animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass, or in overcrowded warehouses swallowing genetically-engineered corn and soy feed, your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco!
Compassion Over Killing (COK)
They are owned and operated by the $155-million-dollar-a-year HSUS corporation. COK used to be a hardcore, effective and fabulous group before HSUS stepped in.
This listing hurts the most because Rod used to be my animal rights hero back in the ’90s when I began. I used to carry a newspaper article about him in my wallet that discussed his imprisonment for burning down a mink research laboratory at Michigan State University. To give credit where credit is due, Rod is literally responsible for almost every piece of undercover footage concerning the fur industry. He used to be a vegan warrior for ALL animals, and was endlessly harassed by our government and imprisoned countless times for his fearless, unwavering activism.
Sadly, Rod is NO longer vegan, and admits this fact OPENLY to anyone who hangs out with him. A professor friend of mine who brought me into his classes 45 times since ‘03 recently invited Rod to his class for a discussion on activism, and Rod confirmed that he was not vegan! I know at least 5 other people who can attest to Rod’s meat, dairy and egg-eating ways. Sadly, Rod is now a typical hypocritical asshole who only cares about SOME animals (he adores cougars, mountain lions and other big cats) while he dines on the murdered corpses of cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, fish and the disgusting things that come out of their bodies. But NO one gets a free pass to harm and kill animals no matter what good they’ve done in the past. Think of it this way: If some guy was loyal to his wife for 20 years, and then had 3 affairs, should his wife look the other way because of 20 years of fidelity?
Rod even takes part in Native hunts as a spiritual guide as he feels closer to his Native heritage than to the oppressed animals who are being murdered by his clan. Meat, dairy and egg-eating Native Americans who hunt and eat animals have as much harmony with nature as pedophile Jerry Sandusky does with kids. Horrifying stories of Lame Deer or Chief Seattle praying over murdered animals displays a primitive and psychotic understanding of compassion and decency. Sadly, Rod and many other Natives refuse to accept this fact because they would rather blindly defend THEIR people/heritage instead of acknowledging the wrongful acts of their ancestors and contemporaries. There is no honor in defending cruelty. I was born Jewish and won’t hesitate to condemn rich, pretentious Jewish women who own fur coats because they stupidly believe it’s a status symbol. Compassion and decency are far more valuable than heritage. The animals and I appreciate Rod’s PRIOR activism but now despise him for his hypocrisy. He has lost his conscience. Fuck him, and his meat, dairy and egg-eating Native friends.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Many people adore this Eating Animals author even though he continues to eat meat, dairy and eggs, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. I appreciate that his book influences others to embrace veganism but am left to conclude that he only wrote it to make money off of people who are becoming more concerned about the evil treatment that animals endure. Sadly, he’s just another opportunistic prick who—as a typical meat, dairy and egg-eater—has yet to locate his conscience.
This pacifist bully threatens to ostracize people if they support any law-breaking form of activism, or the work of anyone who doesn’t promote pure pacifism. He even de-friends people on Facebook if they post a link to my speech or website. Oddly, Francione claims to support education-based activism first and foremost, which is the only activism I’ve engaged in since the turn of the century. Sadly, he’s just another pathetic pacifist who’s more in love with his “image” than actual activism!
Gentle World / Butterflies Katz
In 2009, Katz contacted me because she wanted to post information about my activism on her site so the message of compassion could be spread further. But a few days after posting it, she deleted it, claiming to be unaware of my positions on violence and pacifism. However, like most politician-activists, she says one thing when people are listening, but states the opposite when no one is watching. On July 31, 2009, at 8:53 p.m., she sent me the following email: “I read your essay on violence having its place. I almost agree with you, but would never publicly ever say what you said about killing a vivisectionist. I ‘secretly’ wish people will get what they deserve like ‘mad cow disease’, etc., but would never put that out for all to see online.” I told her that one day I would expose her deceit.
She’s a typical, closed-minded, dairy-addicted vegetarian who even mocked veganism during an interview on The Daily Show in 2009.
I am not sure why people worship this meat, dairy and egg-eating slaughterhouse designer! She is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and claims to build compassionate slaughterhouses (huh?) where the cows can’t see the other cows in front of them being stabbed, decapitated and sliced into pieces. What a sweetheart! Maybe after she’s done helping animals in slaughterhouses, she can help produce compassionate child pornography films by having pedophiles wear masks so the kids can’t see who’s fondling and fucking them!
This $350-million-dollar-a year fundraising corporation may be one of the biggest poseurs of all. They wholeheartedly condemn animal rights, and unequivocally support the meat, dairy, egg and hunting industries. They aren’t even opposed to whaling, which was the main reason they were formed decades ago.
Many people have come to adore this zoologist largely due to his numerous appearances on late-night TV talk shows. But he’s never stemmed his appetite for meat, dairy and eggs, and he unequivocally supports the vivisection, animal-skin (clothing), companion-animal breeding, circus and rodeo industries. Hanna is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and is both a paid and unpaid spokesperson for Sea World and Ringling Brothers.
Using the deceitfully clever public relations gimmick of trying to help hungry people survive, this $115 million-dollar-a-year corporation places a halo around themselves even though they are nothing but modern day slave-traders. They not only condemn animal rights by unequivocally supporting the meat, dairy, egg, hunting, vivisection, animal-skin (clothing), companion-animal breeding, zoo and rodeo industries, they literally “sell” animals to people who want to eat meat, dairy and eggs. This makes them no different than scumbags who abduct women and children and “sell” them to people who enjoy rape. If Heifer truly wants to help hungry people, it is far more peaceful and efficient to feed them beans or grains, which is why the world’s largest feed-the-hungry organization, Food For Life-Global, only uses vegan food!
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) / Wayne Pacelle
This chef, author and ex-wife of documentarian Morgan Spurlock (see his listing below) used to live ethically and peacefully as a vegan for 13 years until she succumbed to the world’s oldest and most powerful addictions: meat, dairy and eggs. She now unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign, and recently made the following outrageous statement: “I believe you can love and care about animal welfare and still consume them.” If meat, dairy and egg-eaters can love and care about the animals they enslave, kill and consume, then pedophiles can certainly love and care about the children they rape, while domestic-abusers can undoubtedly love and care about the women they punch. Continuing with Jamieson’s perverted thought-process, isn’t it true that white male slave-owners showed oodles of love to the female slaves, especially at night when no one else was around? And how about the Nazis’ love and concern for the Jews they killed? After all, millions of Jews were sheltered in those lovely camp-settings, and were given expert medical care by the loving Dr. Josef Mengele. If you ever wonder why I am a proud misanthrope, and why animals remain oppressed by the billions, look no further than Jamieson and the people who think like her.
Many people adore this Endgame author even though he eats meat, dairy and eggs, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. He is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights.
This prevaricating author of The Vegetarian Myth claims she was vegan for 20 years. But she’s a liar and an obvious shill for the meat, dairy and egg industries. During an interview on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, California, she stated, “I certainly binged on eggs and dairy every chance I got.” You can hear this admission at the 5:34 mark of Australian activist Durian Rider’s exposé of her. She loves to challenge the healthfulness of the vegan diet even though broccoli and bananas have never caused any disease, while animal foods have been indicted as the main cause of every major disease (see the dozens of medical links posted throughout the All About Veganism section). Keith says she never felt right during her on-again off-again experimentation with the veg lifestyle. But weekly binges consisting of dairy and eggs can do that to a person. She also blames plant-based agriculture for being the most destructive environmental practice around. However, addicts who eat animal products love living in a fantasyland and remain oblivious to the fact that half of the world’s crops are set aside annually to feed 60 billion land animals in the meat, dairy and egg industries, and tens of billions of marine animals on fish farms (see the Animal Agriculture and Environmental Destruction webpage). When rainforest destruction, air pollution, water pollution and deforestation are added to the mix, animal agriculture is without a doubt the most evil and environmentally-unfriendly industry that has ever existed.
Many people adore this Animal Factories author who used to be an effective activist until he chose to support the meat, dairy and egg industries deceitful humane slaughter and slavery campaign, and became obsessed with slaughterhouse designer Temple Grandin (see her listing above). He, along with former hardcore activist Peter Singer, wrote about Grandin in their 2007 book The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. They told readers that as long they purchased meat, dairy and eggs from “humane” farms, becoming vegan wasn’t necessary. For the record, the ONLY humane farms that exist are ones that grow fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. I wonder whether these two idiots are going to collaborate on a book asking the child porn industry to rape kids “humanely” using condoms and lubricants, and provide more play time between rapes, and encourage people to support only these “humane” child porn companies!
Many people adore this shyster doctor whose only goal in life is to sell you shit from air purifiers to vitamins! He eats animal products, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. Mercola is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and continually blames soy, gluten, portion sizes, and animal-feed as the main cause of all major diseases! However, even if you avoid soy and gluten, and never over-eat, but still consume animal products – or if animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass rather than over-crowded warehouses eating genetically-engineered corn and soy feed – your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco! If people, especially doctors, recommend a diet that contains animal products, run from them as quickly as you would run from a swarm of killer bees! If you’re looking for a lifestyle that can benefit your body and conscience, there is ONLY one: VEGANISM! Peruse the Vegan Living section of this site for tips on becoming vegan, and see the All About Veganism section for dozens of medical studies that unequivocally prove that meat, dairy and eggs are the main cause of every major disease.
Mercy For Animals (MFA)
I cannot deny that this group does amazing undercover work. In fact, I used their Conklin Dairy footage at the one hour mark of my 70-minute YouTube speech. However, at that time, I was unaware that they supported the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. MFA also has a bizarre fetish for slaughterhouse-designer Temple Grandin. They also bring in millions of dollars a year in donations. Since millionaires don’t need financial support, refrain from sponsoring them in any way.
Many people adore this simple-minded TV doctor even though he eats animal products, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. He is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and continually blames soy, gluten, portion sizes, and animal-feed as the main cause of all major diseases! However, even if you avoid soy and gluten, and never over-eat, but still consume animal products – or if animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass rather than over-crowded warehouses eating genetically-engineered corn and soy feed – your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco! If people, especially doctors, recommend a diet that contains animal products, run from them as quickly as you would run from a swarm of killer bees! If you’re looking for a lifestyle that can benefit your body and conscience, there is ONLY one: VEGANISM! Peruse the Vegan Living section of this site for tips on becoming vegan, and see the All About Veganism section for dozens of medical studies that unequivocally prove that meat, dairy and eggs are the main cause of every major disease.
PETA / Ingrid Newkirk
Many people cling to the misconception that this group is a paragon of animal rights. Yet this $25-million-dollar-a-year fundraising corporation once proclaimed that slaughterhouse designer Temple Grandin has done more for animals than any other person who has ever lived. Too bad they didn’t mean “more harm”! Newkirk is also a serial killer of dogs and cats (see the PETA and Homeless Animals essay). Moreover, PETA has given the animal rights movement a black eye with its ceaselessly inane, stupid campaigns. One of their recent ones, transparently aimed at pre- and post-pubescent males, was severely taken to task by women’s rights advocates because it depicted a disheveled young woman who had been repeatedly and sexually accosted by her vegan boyfriend, who “has lots of sexual stamina due to his vegan diet”! Moreover, PETA once declared it was a victory for animals when it convinced KFC in Canada to kill chickens in a gas chamber rather than dipping them in an electrified pool of water! “With friends like PETA,” the animals must be screaming, “who needs enemies!”
The animal rights movement continues to fawn over the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma (I didn’t realize that choosing kindness over cruelty was a dilemma) even though he eats meat, dairy and eggs and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. Pollan is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and also appeared in the anti-animal rights documentary Food Inc., where he blamed animal feed and not animal-based foods (unless they come from fast-food establishments) as the main cause of all major diseases! Whether animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass, or in overcrowded warehouses swallowing genetically-engineered corn and soy feed, your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco!
After losing his money in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, John Robbins lost his mind, too. That’s when this author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution changed his tune about veganism. He now unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ humane slavery and slaughter campaign. Many people, including the awesome activist/author Ruby Roth, heard him promote this “humane” bullshit during a few of his speeches in 2012-13.
Much like Michael Pollan, the animal rights movement can’t seem to get enough of this Fast Food Nation author, even though he eats meat, dairy and eggs, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. He is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and continually blames animal feed and not animal-based foods (unless they come from fast-food establishments) as the main cause of all major diseases! Whether animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass, or in overcrowded warehouses swallowing genetically-engineered corn and soy feed, your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco!
Like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club has, over the years, become quite a poster child for the environment. But while they talk a good game about preserving natural ecosystems and preventing environmental devastation, this $60-million-dollar-a-year fundraising corporation turns a blind eye to the meat, dairy, and egg industries as being the number-one cause of environmental destruction (see the page titled Animal Agriculture and Environmental Destruction). Even worse, they continue to turn a blind eye even as they are being called out for their hypocrisy! Prior to 2014, the ADAPTT website published in this section a link to a page on the Sierra Club website showing clearly that the Sierra Club condones meat production and grazing of cows. That page has since been taken down. Why? Because in 2014 the movie Cowspiracy showed a segment in which the club’s Deputy Executive Director, Bruce Hamilton, “fumbled, mumbled and, well, choked in response to a question about the huge impact of animal agriculture on the environment.”
In response to this obvious public-relations disaster, the Sierra Club tried to walk back its position on animal agriculture, and even admitted that Cowspiracy was a fiasco for them. Curiously, they replaced the page that they took down with this PDF document that they’ve buried deep within their website, presumably so that no one could find it easily. The new position paper reveals that the Sierra Club STILL does not object in any way to raising animals for food; their position appears to be “just do a little less of it, and do it ‘more sustainably.’ ” (See especially the sections titled Climate Change and Agriculture on page 2, and Livestock Production and Grazing on pages 4 and 5.)
Make no mistake—in addition to condoning the imprisoning, enslaving and murdering of animals for food, the Sierra Club also supports the vivisection, animal-skin (clothing), zoo, circus and rodeo industries, and actively recruits hunters to fill its ranks. So the next time this organization sends you another money-grubbing email, or drops some paper junk in your snail-mail box (because isn’t grubbing for money what ANY of these big corporations does nowadays?), just tell them that until they issue a position paper in which they renounce ALL use, misuse and abuse of animals for ANY reason, it’s “no dice!”
Many people adore this Animal Liberation author who used to be an effective activist until he chose to support the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slaughter and slavery campaign, and became obsessed with slaughterhouse designer Temple Grandin (see her listing above). He, along with former hardcore activist Jim Mason, wrote about Grandin in their 2007 book The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. They told readers that as long they purchased meat, dairy and eggs from “humane” farms, becoming vegan isn’t necessary. For the record, the ONLY humane farms that exist are ones that grow fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. I wonder whether these two idiots are going to collaborate on a book asking the child porn industry to rape kids “humanely” using condoms and lubricants, and provide more play time between rapes, and encourage people to support only these “humane” child porn companies!
Many people worship this Super Size Me documentarian even though he eats meat, dairy and eggs, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. Spurlock is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and continually blames animal feed and not animal-based foods (unless they come from fast-food establishments) as the main cause of all major diseases! Whether animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass, or in overcrowded warehouses swallowing genetically-engineered corn and soy feed, your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco!
This vegetarian outreach group (see the Hitler and Vegetarianism essay to understand why vegetarianism is just as evil as meat-eating) stopped promoting veganism in the mid ‘00s when it basically created the “bee-gan” movement by proudly endorsing the exploitation of bees and the consumption of honey! Its president, Jack Norris, doesn’t even mind if “vegans” want to eat cheese! Both positions are the antitheses of veganism, and do nothing to alleviate the massive amounts of suffering that humans intentionally inflict on bees and cows! I am not sure why the countless groups/people listed on this page do whatever they can to comfort the victimizer, worship at the altar of HUMANS and make excuses to exploit certain animals. If they branched out into other social justice arenas, such as trying to stop domestic abuse, I wonder: Would they tell guys that it’s okay to slap their wives once a week instead of punching them every other day? Please read the Bees and Honey and Dairy essays on this site for infallible information on how bees and cows, along with their offspring, are abused and killed by the honey and dairy industries. The word “vegan” needs to be removed from this group’s name immediately!
The Vegan Society
This group should have its name revoked as it continually condemns my VEGAN activism and defames me by spreading the outrageous lie that I condone rape. It even harasses people and organizations who share my speeches, interviews and essays even though those people and organizations are ONLY trying to help the animals, not make me famous or rich. The Society also scares the living daylights out of anyone interested in veganism with false claims about B12 deficiencies in vegans. (If 39 percent of Americans have a B12 deficiency yet only one percent of the population is vegan, how can this be a vegan issue?) You should avoid this group at all costs.
On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. I received the following email from email@example.com after applying for a $10,000 grant to run vegan print advertisements: “Thank you for all the work that you do to promote veganism. The impact that you’ve had in Israel and on college campuses around the nation is truly phenomenal, and we appreciate all the time and energy you put into your activism. Unfortunately, we are unable to grant this funding request. Our guidelines prohibit us from financially supporting projects that condone or encourage violence. There is messaging which crosses that line on some pages of the adaptt.org website to which the radio and print ads direct listeners and readers. While we find occasion to regret not being able to fund all of the hundreds of requests that come our way, we wish you all success in your efforts to promote ethical veganism.”
Here’s my reply: “I am curious, did you see the story about the 2-year-old girl who was taken hostage at a Walmart in Oklahoma the other day (http://www.today.com/news/mom-tot-taken-hostage-wal-mart-i-begged-her-life-6C10523331)? The lunatic was holding a blade to her neck when one of the cops shot him in the face to end the standoff. Am I to understand that VegFund did NOT support the retaliatory violence that saved that little girl’s life? I’ll be using this case as an example of how retaliatory violence—in some cases—can be the only way to stop evil in its tracks. What you’ve just done is place yourself between the proverbial rock-and-a-hard-place because if you tell me that you did NOT support the cop’s response, I will be alerting 1000s of activists around the world that you wanted that little girl to die. However, if you respond that you were in favor of the cop’s response, I will be letting those 1000s of people know that you are hypocrites and speciesists because you do NOT support me, someone who stops violence against animals, but you support violence as long as the people committing the violence are saving human lives.
In other words, you psychotically believe it’s okay to kill a human to save a 2-year-old girl, but it’s not okay to kill a human to save a cow, pig, chicken, turkey or fish. Exactly who’s the perpetrator of violence? Me or you? And just think, to avoid this hassle, all you had to do was agree to help me expose violence against animals by giving me a measly 10K grant. It would have been the CORRECT thing to do. It’s funny how everyone claims to despise politicians but then all they ever do is imitate them, and want me to imitate them, too. By the way, I know for a fact that you support PETA, even though they murder 1000s of homeless dogs and cats each year. You also support HSUS, even though they support the murderous vivisection industry. PETA and HSUS also support the violent HUMANE SLAVERY & SLAUGHTER movement, which is the epitome of cruelty, oppression and commodification, and always results in the murder of innocent beings. So exactly who is the perpetrator of violence? Me or you?
Here’s what you fail to grasp: NOT supporting me means you are supporting and condoning violence because you are allowing the true perpetrators of violence—meat, dairy and egg-eaters—to continue along their violent paths unchallenged. My speech converts most people to the veg lifestyle in 70 minutes, plain and simple. But you obviously you don’t give a shit about results, do you? You are only concerned with p.r., politics and ineffective marketing schemes to try and trick people into understanding animal rights. It’s amazing that 99 percent of AR folks embrace slaughterhouse architect Temple Grandin, and her meat, dairy and egg-eating compatriots Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Morgan Spurlock, even though they’re responsible for harming animals on a daily basis. Yet, whenever I show up, everyone runs for cover, even though I am responsible for saving the lives of millions of animals by converting tens of thousands of people to the veg lifestyle. You should learn the truth about the evils of pacifist politics before shunning those who actually do something, by reading my WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIOLENCE [now retitled Empathy, Education, and Violence: A Time for Everything] and MORE PROBLEMS WITH PACIFISM essays with an open mind.”
The Venus Project
The Venus Project is a project of hate, discrimination and deceit. They are simple-minded, liberal speciesists who refuse to open up their circle of compassion to the animal kingdom as they unequivocally support the meat, dairy, egg, hunting, vivisection, animal-skin (clothing), zoo, circus and rodeo industries. They talk ad nauseam about sustainability but continue to embrace animal agriculture even though it’s the number-one cause of environmental destruction. They oppose war but are the main soldiers in the world’s bloodiest and deadliest offensive: The Animal Holocaust. They claim to care about hunger but would rather feed 50 percent of the world’s crops to the 60 billion land animals and tens of billions of marine animals on fish farms killed annually instead of using those crops to feed 7.5 billion people. Every two to three seconds some human dies from starvation, but chickens and pigs never miss a meal. Meat, dairy and egg-eating is the worst form of human AND animal abuse.
Since this author of The Color Purple champions civil and women’s rights issues, one would assume she has a clear understanding of right and wrong, and would condemn the world’s cruelest -ism: SPECIESISM! However, in the January 1, 2008 edition of The Vegetarian Times, Walker told reporter Nicole Gregory: “I do eat fish and eggs . . . I love a light heart. And when I know I’m causing suffering, I feel the heaviness of it. It’s a physical pain. So it’s self-interest that I don’t want to cause harm. If I’m eating food I know was a creature in a cage, it brings up memories of segregation and the stories from my ancestors, of being in captivity and denied their personalities, their true beings. Animals were not made for us, or our use. They have their own use, which is just being who they are.” Earth to Alice, are you fucking cognizant? Whether animals live in a grassy field or a filthy cage, commodifying animals for their body parts—and the things that come out of their bodies—and murdering animals in a slaughterhouse IS THE CAUSE of THEIR suffering. Furthermore, animals are NOT food. Maybe Walker could locate her conscience if she’d stop referring to animals as “food.” And maybe one day, when she applies the same logic she uses to condemn sexism and racism, she can be consistent with her values, and live ethically, and peacefully, as a vegan.
Many people adore this simple-minded TV doctor even though he eats animal products, and unequivocally supports the meat, dairy and egg industries’ deceitful humane slavery and slaughter campaign. He is wholeheartedly opposed to animal rights, and continually blames soy, gluten, portion sizes, and animal-feed as the main cause of all major diseases! However, even if you avoid soy and gluten, and never over-eat, but still consume animal products – or if animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass rather than over-crowded warehouses eating genetically-engineered corn and soy feed – your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco! If people, especially doctors, recommend a diet that contains animal products, run from them as quickly as you would run from a swarm of killer bees! If you’re looking for a lifestyle that can benefit your body and conscience, there is ONLY one: VEGANISM! Peruse the Vegan Living section of this site for tips on becoming vegan, and see the All About Veganism section for dozens of medical studies that unequivocally prove that meat, dairy and eggs are the main cause of every major disease.
Weston Price Foundation
This is just another group of simple-minded meat, dairy and egg addicts who want to blame animal feed and not animal products (unless it comes from a fast-food establishment) as the main cause of all major diseases! Whether animals reside on spacious meadows eating pesticide-free grass, or in overcrowded warehouses swallowing genetically-engineered corn and soy feed, your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney ailments, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses remains the same. There’s no such thing as healthy meat, dairy and eggs, just as there’s no such thing as healthy cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco! And besides portion sizes, the Paleo Diet is no different from Atkins, Jenny Craig, and The Zone Diet, which are all versions of the standard meat, dairy or egg-based diets of nearly every person on this planet. If it contains animal products, then the diet is essentially the same as any other animal-based diet! If you’re looking for something different, and ethical, and that can benefit your health for your entire life, you might want to peruse this website for some information on veganism.
This former Citibank executive from Australia sent me an email in late 2010 telling me how much he loved my vegan lecture. He even attached a news article about being a billionaire philanthropist which claimed he was giving away his fortune to help animals! Coincidentally, my sponsor from 2008-10 (a meat, dairy and egg-eater from California) had just informed me that he was ending his financial support so I was in desperate need of someone to cover my traveling expenses (airfare, hotels, rental cars, gas, tolls, food, etc.), as well as my personal living expenses (I rent a meager but lovely 830 square-foot home near the Detroit border for $850 a month). Since the Universe has always provided for me, I thought Philip would save the day. But he shockingly refused.
I pleaded with him a few more times and explained that I only needed around $15,000 to keep the tour going without interruption, and $64,000 for the entire year. He claimed that all of his money was tied up. The man is a billionaire! All of his money, especially a measly 64K, couldn’t be tied up under any circumstance. Wollen’s refusal to help forced me to cancel the first THREE weeks of the 2011 tour, meaning hundreds of students didn’t hear the vegan message because of WOLLEN’s sissified political fear of being associated with me, even though not supporting me when you HAVE the financial capability to do so, means you are supporting the abusers as thousands of meat, dairy and egg-eaters—who would’ve seen my speech—now continue along their violent paths unchallenged.
I begged and pleaded for help a few more times but he wouldn’t budge, and even had his attorney send me an email saying that Philip was in a coma after a horrible car accident! I was shocked, sent my condolences and—after a wonderful activist from Minnesota found me a new sponsor—I moved on.
However, a few months later I saw Wollen in an interview and realized that this prick and his shyster lawyer pulled a fast one on me. Since I’m involved in enough battles already, I let it go and simply cursed his existence. Then, on June 1, 2013, at 6:14 a.m., after three years of silence, I received another email from Wollen saying how proud he was of the vegan revolution that I sparked in Israel. He said, “You are a man of rare gifts, and I know that when the book of compassion to all living beings is finally written, your fingerprints will be on every page.” I inquired whether he would assist me in the future as I never know when current sponsors will pull funding, but he still refused to help. I was running radio advertisements that year and could’ve aired many more with a generous contribution from him, too. I then asked him to at least make a donation to the grassroots SASHA Farm animal sanctuary, for which I’ve been volunteering since 1996.
He refused, so I decided to research his Kindness Trust foundation and discovered that they present an annual $25,000 award to effective activists. Surely, I should’ve been up for that award. However, the 2012 winner was millionaire, non-activist David Attenborough, a staunch meat, dairy and egg-eater who doesn’t speak for the animals at all. He simply narrates nature shows which have NOTHING to do with animal rights. Why would Wollen give an award to an outspoken abuser of animals who also happens to be worth a cool $35 million? The 2009 award recipient was millionaire primatologist Jane Goodall, who is definitely a friend to primates but couldn’t give a shit about the majority of other animals (see the Goodall “mocked veganism” link above). Two other millionaires also received the award: Dr. Ian Gawler and T. Colin Campbell. Why does Wollen insist on giving millionaires financial support when financially-crippled grass-roots activists are struggling to get by? “With friends like Wollen,” the animals must be screaming, “who needs enemies!”
For the record, no one is ever REQUIRED to donate funds, but when you flaunt your wealth in my face, as many have done, imply that you would support my activism if it weren’t for my position on violence, and force me to cancel three weeks of lectures because of this political bullshit, then you are a SUPREME DICKHEAD who is WORSE than any animal abuser! If I am indeed in the “book of compassion” as Wollen claims, I hope this section condemning and exposing him appears next to an asterisk underneath my bio!
Michael Vick, Frederick Douglass, John Africa, and the Systemic Nature of Exploitation.
“There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, that does not form communities like you. They all shall be gathered to their Rabb (Lord) in the end.”~ Qur’an, Sura 6:38
There remains a good deal of speculation surrounding the events that occurred on the 13th of September 1916. What we know for sure is that a 30 year old circus performer named Mary was lynched in front of a large crowd in Erwin, TN. Apparently, “Murderous Mary,” as she was subsequently deemed, had killed a local handler the day before, and a mob of county residents demanded that the owner of Sparks Brothers Circus turn over the elephant for immediate execution. He concurred and discussions began. Death by poisoning? Maybe electrocution? Perhaps, dismemberment by two train engines? Ultimately, they decided upon hanging via chains and a steam-powered industrial crane.
Following the matinee performance on the 13th, the attendants were directed into the nearby rail yards. Two thousand strong, the crowd might have been. Folklorists recorded two versions of that afternoon’s events. Some county residents said that Mary was hung alone. While others were quite confident that she was not unaccompanied that day, as a “negro” or two was hung by her side. The little evidence available suggests the former: the lynching was singular. Yet, the latter memories remain more significant—as these witnesses (subconsciously, at least) blurred the distinction between species, as well as demonstrated the systemic nature of oppression. Hmm. . . . I can already see some readers becoming uncomfortable, and others angry, at such a provocative suggestion. In truth, comparing humans to other animals, in any manner, can certainly be dangerous business. Consider, for instance, the Michael Vick dog-fighting case.
Early on, there was a general feeling of outrage towards Vick and sympathy for the dogs. This exposé of dog-fighting shook people up. But just as quickly, much of the commentary—especially from the Left—turned reactionary in its tone. There were those who argued that this whole issue really boiled down to nothing more than a matter of race. In other words, the outraged expressed towards Vick was simply displaced racism. Some explained that this was a cultural issue: Southerners apparently enjoy blood-sports, and thus the general public needs be more considerate and accepting of such customs. And others played the game of tit-for-tat: humans are worst off—in terms of need and want—than other creatures. Seriously, they contended, who has time to think about dog-fighting, when we have humans being killed in a war?
It is significant to note, that while each of the above commentaries seem to be taking a different approach, there is an underlying thread that connects all three: fear. What do I mean? Well, in almost every reaction that I have over-heard or read about the Vick case, a similarly phrased disclaimer has been used: ‘I like dogs, but this is going too far.’ This is talk about other animals and about their place in society. This is thinking about social and economic relationships, about hierarchy, and about equality and rights. This talk and thinking is a challenge to anthroarchy: a challenge to the human domination of our fellow creatures. Thus the fear, to which I spoke of above, is one of losing status, power, and profit as humans. It is of little wonder then that most of (if not all) the reactionary essays written about dog-fighting contain no discussion of dogs. For this omission distracts us from the fundamental issue at hand: dogs, humans, and the nature of exploitation. Luckily, however, there are two key historical figures in the African-American freedom struggle who would have neither been offended nor afraid to think about such issues and what they might mean. Perhaps, then, Frederick Douglass and John Africa can help us continue our dialogue.
In Douglass’s descriptions about his days trapped in slavery, he often made direct comparisons between the treatment and use of other animals and that of himself. When purchased, my old master “probably thought as little of my advent, as he would have thought of the addition of a single pig to his stock!” “. . . Like a wild young working animal, I am to be broken to the yoke of a bitter and life-long bondage.” Indeed, “I now saw, in my situation, several points of similarity with that of the oxen. They were property, so was I; they were to be broken, so was I; Convey was to break me, I was to break them; break and be broken—such is life.” But Douglass was not alone in making these recognitions of commonality, as such thinking was routine among African-American slaves.
Mary Prince, James Roberts, Henry Box Brown, William W. Brown, Martha Browne, William Hayden, Aaron, Leonard Black, Moses Grandy, Henry Bibb, Thomas L. Johnson, Harriet Jacobs, Josiah Henson, John P. Parker, Henry Williamson, and the list goes on. The African-American slave narratives are full of such direct and keen comparisons.
The above narrators spoke about being treated in the same manner that mules were treated—as a form of property, as a stock, as a machine. They wrote about being thought of in the same manner that oxen were thought of—as inferior, unintelligent, and soulless. They complained about having to work in the same manner as horses had to work—without recognition, without adequate food and water, without breaks, without wages. As Thomas L. Johnson was taught early on, “You must understand you are just the same as the ox, horse, or mule, made for the use of the Whiteman [the owner] and for no other purpose.”
The above narrators described being transported alongside sheep—on ships, boats, wagons, and chain-droves. They described being auctioned alongside cows—displayed, examined, sold, and separated from their families. “The cattle,” Moses Grandy recalled, “were lowing for their calves, and the men and women were crying for their husbands, wives, or children.” Grandy would lose four of her children in a similar fashion. The narrators described being housed with pigs—in barns, shacks, or sheds. They described being controlled and punished like dogs—with the tail of a whip, the point of a rod, or the end of a rope.
When William W. Brown wrote that “at these auction-stands, bones, muscles, sinews, blood and nerves, of human beings, are sold with as much indifference as a farmer in the north sells a horse or sheep,” was he analogizing flippantly? When Harriet Jacobs said that women “are put on a par with animals” for “they are considered of no value unless they continually increase their owner’s stock,” was she playing loose with her comparisons? No. Rather, Brown and Jacobs were describing an actual historical reality: their experiences. Josiah Henson acknowledged that once “I was sent on some hasty errand that they might see how I could run; my points were canvassed as those of a horse would have been; and, doubtless, some account of my various faculties entered into the discussion of the bargain, that my value as a domestic animal might be enhanced.” William Hayden recognized that slavery turned him “into a beast of burden—racked with toil, persecuted with stripes.” Leonard Black knew that society had “prostituted them to the base purpose of his cupidity, and his baser beastly passions, reducing them to mere things, mere chattels, to be bought and sold like hogs and sheep!” John P. Parker understood that African-Americans “. . . were sold south like their [master’s] mules to clear away their forests” and that he himself was “an animal worth $2000.”
At this point, some readers may be wondering if these descriptions might have been written on behalf of other animals. But such an inference would be incorrect. For while Douglass, Johnson, and Grandy may have felt empathy for the ox or cow, none of them challenged the system in regards to the treatment and use of the “brute creation.” Rather these narrations were written on behalf of African-Americans, and they made a basic argument. Slavery is an instrument and institution by which other animals are socially oppressed and economically exploited. In other words, cows are slaves. Pigs are slaves. Horses are slaves. Humans should not be.
When Vincent Leaphart changed his name to John Africa, the transformation had been completed. He had become a revolutionary, and the world around him now turned upside down. Beyond race, beyond gender, beyond species, class became the key element in the struggle. His reasoning for this was straight-forward. All living beings come from the same source, and each is interconnected to and interdependent upon one other. Thus, only through cooperation—a cooperation that broke down the barriers of ethnocentrism, of patriarchy, of anthroarchy—could true social change and movement be achieved. This was the origin of MOVE.
From the beginning, MOVE fought against the system through a broad-based approach. For instance, they organized constant protests against prisons and zoos. Why both? Their answer was simple: these two institutions are essentially the same. Each functioned in the service of the state or empire. Each imprisoned fellow creatures against their will. Each should be abolished. Some readers may decry that such thinking is anthropomorphic. But as I have explained before, anthropomorphism is a fundamentally unempirical but highly political term. It is a vacuous label wheeled as a blunt cudgel. This weapon seeks to retard critical thought, to create fear, and to prevent unity among fellow creatures. But John Africa was never easily intimidated.
The MOVE community itself had always been an extended one. It included men, women, and children. It included people with black skin, brown skin, and white skin. It included cats and dogs. These relations were familial. Indeed, on that May day in 1985, when police and the FBI dropped a bomb on their house, it was not just six adults and five children that were killed. It was six adults, five children, a large number of dogs and cats, and countless other creatures that were killed.
Before his death, John Africa was widely known as “the dog man.” This was not a title of derision. Nor was it some sort of satirical statement. Rather, the title signified a true camaraderie, for Africa had a particular love of dogs and hatred of dog-fighting. Whether on the tough streets of Rochester, NY or Philadelphia, PA, he would seek out fights and put a stop to them. Africa would get right into people’s faces and explain that slave-masters once organized fights for their pleasure and profit. Therein, it was the African-American slave who was forced to brawl, bloody, and kill each other. Now, we have African-Americans doing the same thing to another animal. Are these actions not full of hypocrisy? Are they not unjust and immoral? Is dog-fighting, in fact, not perpetuating the same system that oppresses and exploits ourselves? Shouldn’t the cycle of violence be stopped where it first begins? Well, John Africa believed so, and he could not have been more correct.
There are two primary purposes to the blood-sports of dog-fighting, bull-baiting, and cock-fighting. The first was defined succinctly by the past British War Minister, William Windham: “When the spirit of a proud people is aroused by a call upon their honor, or even by a favorite war-cry, it is not difficult to bring them en masse in action; but no such armies could have been raised in such a space of time, had not the arts of military life been much cultivated throughout the land.” Blood-sports, Windham defended and endorsed, functioned as to promote killing in the service of the state. Themistocles, the Greek politician, once staged a cock-fight on the eve of war with Xerxes as a direct means to instill a sanguinary thirst among his troops. In the film documentary, Winter Soldier, a Vietnam combat veteran described to the audience the final act of basic training. The commander appeared before his squad with a bunny, and proceeded to tear off the rabbit’s head and gut the creature. Indeed, the dog-fighter Michael Vick was not so much a victim of societal violence, as the cause of it. Blood-sports lead to war—not the other way around.
The second purpose of blood-sports is money. Dog-fighting, for example, is big business and part of the vast gambling industry. It is an egregious mistake to see these fights as anything but highly organized, strongly funded, and very lucrative. People of different ranks may participate (and lose their cash), just like in any other gambling activity. But big money is always somewhere in the background. Millions of dollars are pumped into the planning, promotion, and operational facilities of this industry. There are international, national, state, and local organizations that provide logistical and monetary support. As for the dogs, they are the workers: employed to fight in order to produce a profit for their owners. The multi-millionaire Michael Vick invested heavily into starting and operating a dog-fighting business—the Bad Newz Kennels. And it was from the dogs that his business made its money. This is a class relationship: with Vick on one side and his dogs on the other.
There is a growing consensus among the scholars of slave-studies that the origins of human slavery itself can be traced to the domestication of cattle, pigs, and horses. In other words, the enslavement of humans first appeared in those ancient societies where other animals had recently been domesticated. Slavery begets slavery. Would have either Frederick Douglass or John Africa been surprised or offended to learn of this? No. Nor would they have been shocked or angered to learn that the first modern abolitionist movement was led by Pythagoreans.
The 17th century Philadelphian Quakers—Benjamin Lay, Anthony Benezet, John Woolman, and Joshua Evans—were not just radicals who advocated for the abolition of slavery. They were not just the ones who influenced Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, and John Wesley. Rather they were the radicals who advocated against the oppression and exploitation of all animals: human, pig, horse, and dog. Their actions took the form of writing pamphlets, preaching in the Southern States, schooling African-American children, using means of civil disobedience, boycotting of products, campaigning for the poor wage-laborer, refusing to eat the flesh of another creature, and refusing to ride in a horse-operated carriage. Indeed, named after the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, these Pythagorean Quakers were part of a larger movement, one that stretched from the English Revolution through the French Revolution. Although small in number, this movement was nonetheless powerful in voice—for its struggle to turn the world upside down was one based upon a broad class vision. Thus, in addition to helping bring an eventual end to slavery, as well as leading the way in a myriad of other human causes, the modern Pythagoreans also forced mainstream society to deal with their treatment and use of other animals. These dealings took shape in two 19th century reforms: animal rights and vegetarianism.
But to return to Douglass and Africa, their status as humans would not have been threatened after the discovery of this history. Nor would have either of them been shocked or frightened to learn that the industrialist Henry Ford obtained the idea of the assembly line (as applied in the manufacture of automobiles) from studying the operations of the slaughter-house. Or that the first business schools at American universities and colleges were the Agricultural Departments. Or that the economist R.H. Coase himself—long before he developed his infamous neo-liberal theorem and accepted the Nobel Prize—sharpen his teeth in the 1930s by studying the labor-power of pigs and bacon production. Or that, in my parent’s home county of Stephenson, IL, the old industrial factories have been all but replaced by new neo-liberal ones: Wal-Mart, a prison, and a gigantic pig-processing facility. Or that standing behind the current expropriation and genocide occurring in Darfur, as the sociologist David Nibert has described, is the cattle industry—as it wants the land for beef production.
Neither Frederick Douglass nor John Africa would have been afraid of the above information. They would not have ignored or denied such comparisons between species and recognitions of commonalities. They would not have tried to intimidate others from thinking about such issues. They would not have attempted to prohibit discussion about such issues. Douglass and Africa did not fear an animal planet, for both fully understood the systemic nature of social oppression and economic exploitation. And, in the case of John Africa, one of them did something about it. These are lessons to be learned.
In a strong tone, www.adaptt.org produced this wonderful piece once again.