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HOW TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY


1. Watch the movies The Witness and Earthlings for free. You’ll see that animals aren’t food and clothing. Animals are individuals who share this world with us.


2. Enjoy the book Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat.


3. Replace dairy milk with soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk, multigrain milk, and hemp milk. Unless you’re a baby cow, you don’t need cow’s milk. Consumption of animal protein is linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and even acne. Think of cow’s milk as liquid meat. Treat yourself to nondairy Purely Decadent Ice Cream.


4. For a quick sandwich, try Hickory Smoked Tofurky Deli Slices. Add thin slices of red onion and Vegenaise mayo. Spike your mayo with curry powder or other favorite spices to give your tastebuds an extra kick. Maybe sprinkle on a bit of Daiya cheese. Vegan living isn’t about what you can’t eat—or actually, don’t want to eat. It’s about discovering the thousands of vegan foods you can eat. Add two new very tasty vegan foods for each food you no longer eat.


5. Practice cooking. There are no rules. Experiment with ingredients. To make it easy on yourself, you might begin with a classic cookbook such as Vive le Vegan!


6. Explore fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmers’ market. Visit food co-ops and international grocery stores. Browse all the aisles. Encourage your natural sense of wonder. Welcome adventure. Choose organic and GMO-free options whenever possible.


7. Free your home of products made from animals. This includes leather, wool, felt, beeswax, silk. To not use these things is to refuse to participate in animal misery and death.


8. There’s no excuse for animal use. Learn about animal liberation issues. Start projects with other activists or on your own to help animals. Keep your group small to stay effective and to avoid getting co-opted. Temporarily join forces with other social justice seekers for larger projects. Be humble, truthful, and fiercely imaginative. Guided by your deepest natural instincts, you will continue asking true questions—the only kind that’s worth asking—and you will travel your way into the answers.


9. Tribe of Heart deconstructs the most dangerous myth that animals can be exploited humanely. Study the humane myth. Share these outstanding resources with your community.


10. It’s necessary to not only not cause harm to animals but to actively protect them from harm.






VEGAN NUTRITION IS SIMPLE


Just eat a variety of goodies from the real Four Food Groups daily. That’s it.


Don’t fret about protein. There’s plenty in all the whole plant foods you eat every day.






AVAILABLE ON DVD





Visit the official site of one of the most powerful movies you can share with your community. After screening this award-winning film that has received standing ovations at packed film festivals across the country, use the resource guide Peaceable Journey to take action and help transform communities.


Donate copies to local public libraries. The handy 10-pack is half price.


See this calendar for upcoming community screenings near you.






RELY ON YOUR OWN VISION


Continue to discover what needs to be done on behalf of the animals and what your own strengths are. See where these two realms overlap. It is at this intersection—where your personal strengths converge with the animals’ struggle for freedom—that the path toward total liberation will emerge. Break the old agreement to accept a broken world, and create a new agreement to take right action to mend it—to even start from scratch whenever necessary. Trust in your own power to participate in making a world that has a place for everyone.






AN AMERICAN PIONEER





In 1888 John Muir wrote in a letter to his wife:
Only by going alone in silence, without baggage,
can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness.
All other travel is mere dust and hotels and
baggage and chatter.


The following mini profile is from the excellent book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts.


Widely regarded as America’s first true environmentalist, John Muir exemplified how travel is best approached with a vivid and passionate interest in one’s surroundings.


Born in Scotland in 1838 and raised in Wisconsin, Muir briefly lost his eyesight in a shop accident at age twenty-nine. When he regained his vision, a month later, he resolved to strike out and see the fabulous sights–forests, mountains, lakes–that he’d nearly been denied. Setting off on foot, he walked one thousand miles, from Indianapolis to the Gulf of Mexico. Eventually, he made his way to California, where he fell in love with Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. Ultimately, his peripatetic life took him to places as far as Alaska, South America, Australia, Africa, Japan, and China.


From the beginning, Muir’s travels were fueled by a passion for nature, and he always absorbed himself in studying the flora and geology of the places he visited. He was never in a hurry to reach his destination, and he once told a friend that “a delay of forty years or more” didn’t bother him as long as he could explore other wildernesses along the way.


Muir believed that the worst mistake you can make in life is to consider yourself separate from your destinations, experiences, and surroundings. “As soon as we take one thing by itself,” he wrote, “we find it hitched to everything in the universe.”






WALK OUT OF THE LAND OF THE DEAD


Begin to match actions to personal values. An absurd sense of social decorum and Pavlovian desire for hollow entertainment have etherized society to accept brutality as a norm, allowed corporations to poison and erode the natural world, compelled citizens to let unjust laws keep activists in prisons, and forced too many activists to abandon right action for false peace and convenience. Why eat up what corporate media presents as news, as the people’s consensus, and as reality? Screw the digital dungeon of the internet and the myth of its free frontier. For each one of us who participates in our local communities, a new truth emerges. The actual world is not reflected in the blogosphere, the carefully staged six o’clock news, or the pontification of self-absorbed wannabe leaders.


The actual world is a place where we can come together and reject the stupidity of profiteers and politicians by making the society we wish existed. How is this accomplished? Simply by meeting face-to-face and participating. Forget the illusory world of Facebook. It’s a more harmful than useful tool in most instances. Energy we don’t use in the actual world is wasted energy. Passion sapped by joining online “communities” that gripe, gossip, and shop for cute vegan t-shirts is passion diffused and lost.


Build a community garden. Offer free educational classes. Clean up the litter in the streams and woods. Deliver tasty, nutrient-dense vegan meals to seniors and homeless folks. Host a documentary screening at the public library. Get dogs off the chain. Rehab injured or orphaned wildlife. Go radically beyond these and hundreds of other simple starting points.


Remain unbowed to the threats of oppressors. Defy the smug cynicism of critics. Answer to nothing but your own heart.You can’t know the reality of your community and the strong allies in it until you show up in that community. Together, discover the power to break the old agreement to accept a broken world, and create a new agreement to take right action to mend it—to even start from scratch whenever necessary.






THE PROBLEM WITH DAIRY CHEESE



Photo from the site This Vegan Life


Lots of people love cheese. It’s time to love compassionate action more.


Here are just a couple of reasons to take cheese off the menu. From Tribe of Heart:


Half of all calves born are male. Of no use in milk production, they are sent to veal-producing operations or directly to auctions where they are sold and slaughtered when they are just a few days old. Male calves used for veal production suffer a crude castration process and are killed after 4 months spent in small crates or pens.


After just 4 to 6 years, dairy cows are “spent” from being forced to continuously produce milk. Often weak and ill, they endure transport to auction and slaughter, both of which are traumatic for these gentle animals.






A NATURAL LIFE DENIED



Lucky ones: Charlotte had cancer but escaped slaughter
by breaking out of a family farm to find refuge at
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary. One week later, she gave
birth to Beatrice.


From Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary’s slideshow called Humane Animal Farming?:


As a result of selective breeding, farmed animals live their lives trapped in genetically tampered bodies whose planned malfunctioning is designed to increase the producer’s profits while causing untold physical and psychological pain to the animals whose hearts fail and whose bones break under the morbid weight they are designed to gain at an abnormally fast rate, and whose systems are ravaged by the forced overproduction of babies, eggs or milk.


Isolated from the natural world to which they belonged for millennia, farmed animals are forced to live their short lives in severely degraded physical and psychological environments that are far different from the ecosystems and cultures from which they historically derive. Severed from the intricate social structures that governed and guided their free-living communities and confined without the possibility of escape, to a human world where they have no place in the present, no link to the past, and no possibility of a future, domesticated animals have no power whatsoever over the most important aspects of their lives.


Humans decide where they will live; if they will ever know their mother; if, and how long, they will nurse their babies; when, and if, they will be permitted to see or be with their families and friends; when, where, or if they will be allowed to socialize with members of their own species; when, how, and if, they are going to reproduce; what, when, and how much they will eat; how much space they will have, if any; if, and how far, they will be allowed to roam; what mutilations they will be subjected to; what, if any, veterinary care they will receive; when, where, and how they are going to die.


Worldwide, 56 billion land animals are massacred for human appetites every year. 56 billion young lives, mocked as “meat”, dismembered for an evening’s amusement, burned, bitten and flushed as sewage. Each, a daughter, a son, a sister, a brother, a mother, a friend. Each, an individual with a mind, a heart, a language, a memory, and a meaning to their life that they well understand. Each, a being who values his or her life as much as you and I do.






NO SURRENDER


The number of freedom fighters is not vital. The unflinching determination to end tyranny makes the real difference. And each hour new resisters join the fight to do right by this earth and all who dwell here.


Exploiters are no more capable of indefinitely suppressing the natural law of liberation than they are of controlling nature. If they are foolish enough to try to crush resisters, then it’s an eternal struggle.


Rajput warriors of India have said that it is better to lose your head than to bow it to a conqueror.






PAUL WATSON: THE FIERCE HEART OF A PROTECTOR



“A deep ecologist would clean up a pond because plants and animals deserve to be free of
pollution; a shallow ecologist would preserve the pond so that his grandchildren would have
a nice place to swim.”


The Three Basic Laws of Ecology (4 minutes)


Watson Interviewed on ABC 24 (5 minutes)






THE POETRY OF THE LIVES OF ANIMALS


Consider the endless debates over animals: what they feel, what they think, what their behaviors mean. Often myths and mere speculation serve as facts about animals until proven otherwise—decades or centuries later. All we know for certain is that their lives, like ours, remain a great mystery. And the more we experience, the more the wonder of that mystery grows.


Every life is fascinating. Every life travels a river of unrepeatable moments.
Every animal has a right to live out his or her own remarkable odyssey.






VIEW THE PORTFOLIOS OF NICK BRANDT



Parc des Volcans, 2008


“For me, every creature on this planet has an equal right to live. Whether human being, Serengeti elephant, or factory farm cow,” says Nick. “This is why I take these photographs. I hope that maybe you will see these animals, these non-humans, in the way that I do—as not so very different from us.”


His close-up wildlife portraits were taken without a telephoto lens.






OPPOSE HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING


Fracking 101






HOW MANY PLANETS ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT YOUR LIFESTYLE?


Animated Global Footprint Calculator


Ecological Footprint Quiz













ANSWER TO YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE


Research your own experiences for the truth….Absorb what is useful….Add what is specifically your own….The creating individual is more than any style or system.


—Bruce Lee




One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.


—Crazy Horse, 1875






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REMEMBER HOW PROGRESS HAPPENS


“However, history shows clearly that humanity is moved forward not by people who stop every little while to try to gauge the ultimate success or failure of their ventures, but by those who think deeply about what is right and then put all their energy into doing it,” writes Murray Gell-Mann, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.






WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHECKING PRODUCT LABELS


Animal Ingredients List


Believe it or not, you’ll soon learn to recognize these suckers and know them like the back of your paw.


Just getting started? Bring this handy helper to the grocery store.






WHO ARE THE ECO-TERRORISTS?


The U.S. federal government churns out eco-terrorist rhetoric to favor corporate interests and to stifle activists. Such rhetoric is used to cause fear of imprisonment—to prevent public dissent and direct action. It’s also used to fabricate a bogeyman in the collective mind of the people. This enables profiteers to hijack public opinion and gain support for laws that destroy civil liberties. Americans are misled to believe that the erosion of personal freedom is an acceptable trade-off for safety and peace.


Eco-terrorist rhetoric is about power, control, and maintaining the predominant deathwish perspective of capitalist culture: that everything and everyone is an expendable resource to be used. The animal liberation movement and environmental movement challenge this entire way of thinking and living. People begin to recognize that how humans exist on this earth in relation to the natural world is not sustainable, just, or peaceful. That awareness ignites a true desire for a shift in consciousness and action. That awareness demands a metamorphosis from society.


Of course, eco-terrorists are real. They do exist: BP, Exxon, Monsanto, Union Carbide, Life Sciences Research International (aka Huntingdon Life Sciences), and any other subjugator of the natural world.


Defy rhetoric. Defend the truth. Align your actions with your deepest values.






THEY SING FOR JOY LIKE WE DO



See how else they are similar to us. Send this beautiful slideshow or
an animal e-card by Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary to a friend.






VEG RESTAURANT FINDERS


Worldwide Guide to Veg Eating


HappyCow’s Compassionate Eating Guide


Most vegetarian places offer vegan options or will gladly whip up a vegan dish upon request.






A PEACEFUL WORLD IS POSSIBLE
ONLY WHEN THE LAST CAGE IS EMPTY










VEGAN BEER, WINE, & LIQUOR


Barnivore


Vegans are from Mars Wine Guide






VIDEO CLIP OF A 72-YEAR-OLD VEGAN BODYBUILDER FROM CALIFORNIA


Jim Morris






ADD: MURDER IS COMPASSION



From George Orwell’s classic novel 1984






WOULD YOU FEED THIS STUFF TO YOUR DOG BUDDY?


Non-vegan dog food contains harmful preservatives, spoiled oil and grains unfit for human consumption, fake coloring additives, toxic chemicals such as pesticides and sodium pentobarbital, roadkill, diseased slaughterhouse entrails, shelter dogs and cats (forcing your best friend to eat like a cannibal), sick zoo animals, and other waste.


VegeDog and VegeCat easily transform people food into vegan dog food and vegan cat food.






THE FORMER VP OF CITIBANK


Wollen at work


Australian philanthropist Philip Wollen has been living vegan since 2001. Wollen is a hardcore supporter of the work of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Tribe of Heart. He says, “Imagine another world: a clean, peaceful environment, healthy people, no cruelty, no killing, no screams. What type of person would come up and say, ‘Let’s capture, cage, impregnate, torture, and kill all the animals. Let’s eat their rotting corpses and make our bodies a graveyard for murder victims.’ What would you say to someone who came up with that brilliant idea? Well, if no one here would invent such an industry, what kind of person would defend it? I guess I know the answer. Upton Sinclair said, ‘It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.’ While we’ve been having this debate, 13 million animals have been murdered. I was a meat eater until I saw the atrocities committed against these powerless animals. Cruelty, if inflicted upon a puppy or a kitten, would have landed the offender in prison for a long time. But if it’s on a farm, it’s okay. As I traveled around the world many years ago, I realized there were hundreds of animals I didn’t eat: dogs or cats, bears or bats, horses or hamsters, rosellas (parrots) or rats. So I simply added five animals to the list: cows, sheep, pigs, chicken, and fish. I’ve never felt better. Feeding a child meat is tantamount to tossing him a pack of Marlboros…. Are we to live forever in a sick, cruel, and smug past? The brutes, the bullies have been Goliath, but David is coming. Maybe in this room, maybe he is one of you. And if not you, who? And if not now, when?”


When asked if there were no factory farming in the whole world, would it change his attitude toward the eating of meat, Wollen replied passionately, “It would not change my attitude in the slightest.”






FIND A HEALTH FOOD STORE, FOOD CO-OP, OR FARMERS’ MARKET IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS


GreenPeople


Food Co-op Directory


Farmers’ Market Directory


National Directory of Fruit Stands & Farmers’ Markets






WHEN A MONKEY ESCAPED IN A LAB,
THE FIRST THING THAT MONKEY DID
WAS FREE OTHER CAGED MONKEYS




Photo from the Animal Liberation Front






When society is orderly, you protect yourself with justice;
when society is confused, you protect justice by yourself.


—Taoist sages
from the book Huainanzi
second century B.C.E.






FREE THE ANIMALS, FREE YOURSELF









WHY SUPPORT ANIMAL LIBERATION


Animal welfare and animal rights have been co-opted by the meat industry and other exploiters. As long as nonhuman animals are seen as commodities to be legitimately used by humans, the issue will erroneously be about how animals are treated. Many activists are “deactivated” by animal-using industries when they accept a complicit role in the regulation of animal use and murder. Needless to say, an animal activist is an animal activist when he or she works on behalf of only the animals.


A mountain gorilla’s freedom is precious to herself. This is true for both wild and domesticated animals.






WHAT IS AN OPEN RESCUE?


E-mail Noah for your how-to guide.









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In the U.S., hundreds of millions of newly hatched male chicks are suffocated and discarded each year, or ground up alive to produce fertilizer or feed. Can any of this be fairly considered “respectful,” “compassionate” or “humane”?









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At slaughter, most cows and veal calves are stunned by having a metal bolt shot into their skulls. Next, they are raised up by shackles attached to a rear leg, and then their throats are slit while their hearts are still beating in order to push out the blood. Because the stunning process is designed to make sure that the animal’s heart remains beating, it is not uncommon for cows and calves to still be conscious while their throats are cut open.






“HUMANE SLAUGHTER” ACCORDING TO TEMPLE GRANDIN


How do you make sure an animal is really dead? Poke ’em in the eye. “You can use your finger in a big animal’s eyes,” Dr. Grandin says. “But not little animals. You poke those eyes with a pencil.”






EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA):
AN ANIMAL-FREE PRODUCE FARM IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA



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CREATE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY GARDEN


Free Start-Up Guide













FORGET THE 2006 UNITED NATIONS F.A.O. REPORT LIVESTOCK’S LONG SHADOW


That report stated animal agriculture causes 18% of greenhouse gases. By the way, that’s more than the combined total emissions from transportation vehicles around the entire world. Check out this more accurate 2009 report. Animal agriculture actually causes at least 51% of greenhouse gases.


Worldwatch Institute






HUMAN POPULATION WILL SURGE TO OVER 9 BILLION BY 2050


Meat, dairy, and egg consumption isn’t sustainable. By 2050 global food production must be increased by 70% to feed the growing population. The United Nations Environment Programme’s 2010 report urges adopting a vegan way of eating.






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ANIMALS TELL US WHAT THEY WANT BUT WE DON’T LISTEN


A cow’s brain has nearly the same number of convolutions as a human brain. And like us, cows dream.


Farmers shoot sheep who learn how to open the latch on the gate of the corral so they can’t teach other sheep to do the same and escape.


Chimpanzees learn American Sign Language, only to have their signed requests to their captors ignored or denied.


More than 60 billion land animals and countless fish worldwide are killed to be eaten every year. That they have to be confined, controlled, or captured against their will is proof of their lack of consent.






WHERE THE HECK ARE THE SLAUGHTERHOUSES AND FUR FARMS AND LABORATORY ANIMAL SUPPLIERS IN THE U.S.?


The Final Nail






GO INSIDE A LAB


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Antivivisectionist veterinary surgeon Dr. André Menache provides the commentary to this 3-minute video clip of monkey experiments in Israel. He has also said: “A significant proportion of the funds distributed for basic research is wasted on animal experiments. I use the word wasted because animal studies are not predictive of human outcome. This fact is supported by systematic reviews, complexity theory and evolutionary biology. In the era of the human genome, let us fund studies that rely on our DNA, human cell culture, microfluidics, non invasive imaging and the like. That is what good science is all about.”


Weizmann Institute






WHY DEBATES ABOUT VIVISECTION END UP NOWHERE DECADE AFTER DECADE


Noam Chomsky said it best: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”


Vivisectors deploy eco-terrorism rhetoric to distract attention away from the very origins of violence—their own labs. Chomsky also said, “Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”






THE KINDNESS OF RATS





When given the option of getting a food reward or taking altruistic action, many lab rats choose to push the lever that stops the torment of their fellow rat, especially when they know the other rat. Wish the same could be reported for human subjects in similar experiments.






ANIMAL AGRICULTURE CAUSES WORLD HUNGER AND UNNECESSARY MISERY


10 acres of healthy high-protein beans can easily feed 60 people. But use the same 10 acres for growing animal feed to make meat products, then the unhealthy yield feeds only 2 people.


More than 900 million people have little or nothing to eat. Every day over 38,000 children die terrible deaths from starvation. Imagine the despair of the mother or the father of such a child.


Not eating animals is the most sacred healing we have absolute power to successfully accomplish daily. What we choose gives us our power. When we choose against life and ourselves, we betray both. When we choose in favor of our tribe—the whole earth—we live right with ourselves and gather more strength to take another natural step toward creating the brilliant world we see in our collective vision.






FEED HUNGRY FOLKS AND END FAMINE WITHOUT EXPLOITING ANIMALS


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Live wild. Love nature. Protect the earth and all her children.
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Vegan Grub encourages ending all exploitation and murder of animals.
Needless to say, a little bit of exploitation or murder ain’t okay.




Every species born on this earth has an intrinsic right to live free. Rules and arguments designed by humans to justify exploitation, captivity, brute force, and killing are irrelevant.




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