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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.






MYTH: FISH ARE A HEALTHY SOURCE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS





What are you really getting when you eat fish? PCBs, dioxin, mercury, radioactive waste, DDT, aluminum, lead, feces, and arsenic.


Fish and other marine animals considered seafood—shrimp, crab, lobster—are loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat. Ounce for ounce, shrimp has more cholesterol than meat from a cow.


Omega-3 oils are pressed from the liver of fish. And where do toxins get concentrated in the body of a fish? The liver.


Some excellent non-toxic sources of omega-3 fats are ground flaxseeds, leafy greens, hemp oil, canola oil, walnuts, tofu, soybeans, almonds, pine nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, lemons, limes, melons, and cherries.


Try mock “fried calamari,” shrimp, and fish for supper. Feeling more ambitious in the kitchen? Give these Chesapeake blue crab-inspired cakes a go.






LINDA HOGAN ON SPECIESISM


One of these events, one that haunts us like a shadow from the dark periphery of our lives, is the research where apes were taught American sign language. Through that language of the hands, a dialogue began between signing chimpanzees and human beings, a dialogue that bridged the species barrier. Within a relatively short time, the chimps learned to communicate with humans and with one another. They asked questions, expressed abstract thought, and combined signs and symbols to create new words they had not been taught by their human teachers. With their hands, they spoke a world of emotion, of feelings similar to our own. One angry chimp called his handler, “dirty.” Another one, Ally, developed hysterical paralysis when separated from his mother. Later, one of the subjects [chimpanzee prisoners] had to be tranquilized as he was taken away, distraught and protesting, and sold into scientific research [vivisection].


From these studies, we learned that [nonhuman] primates have a capacity for love and resistance, that they not only have a rich emotional life, but that they are also able to express their pain and anguish. This is an event whose repercussions astonish us with their meaning, whose presence throws us into an identity crisis equal to that of Galileo’s time when the fabric of belief was split wide open to reveal that Earth was not the center of the universe. This event bespeaks our responsibility to treat with care and tenderness all the other lives that share our small world. Yet the significance of this research has gone largely unheeded. [Not to mention, it destroyed chimpanzee lives.] Many members of the scientific community played down the similarities between apes and humans, ignoring the comfort of such connections. They searched instead for new definitions of language and intelligence, ones that would exclude apes from our own ways of speaking and thinking. They searched for a new division, another wall between life and life. In itself, this search sheds light on us, and in that light, we seem to have had a failure of heart.


But perhaps this armor of defense comes from another failure, from the downfall of our beliefs of who and what we are as human beings. One by one, in our lifetimes, our convictions about ourselves and our place within the world have been overturned. Once the use of tools was considered to be strictly a human ability. Then it was found that [nonhuman] primates and other species [including fish] make use of tools. Then altruism was said to be what distinguished us from other species, until it was learned that elephants try to help their sick, staying the long hours beside their own dying ones, caressing and comforting them. [Rats have also shown an altruistic cooperation with each other, especially if they know one another.] And we can’t even say that art is an activity that sets us apart, since those same compassionate elephants also make art. In fact, when the artist de Kooning was shown anonymous paintings by elephants, he thought the artist to be a most talented individual, one who knew how to “finish” and compose a drawing.






HOW TO USE THIS SITE


Your quest is like your thumbprint. It’s an original. Nobody knows the way but you. Vegan Grub is maintained for the sole purpose of providing information to help ignite new ideas as you’re making your own path. Use whatever is useful, chuck the rest. No strings attached. Not gonna sell you one damn thing.


This site will exist only as long as it’s of service. The perspective is not objective: there is no justification for the continued use of animals and for the destruction of the earth in exchange for human gain, financial or otherwise. When oppression and injustice exist, you must choose a side. Neutrality leads to complicity. Animal exploiters can thrive only when the majority remains neutral and does not participate to oppose the annihilation of animal lives. Slay the unjust laws and traditions of tyrants. Humankind is waist-deep in the quicksand and it’s more essential than ever to be no-compromise protectors of the natural world, the animals, the people, and the truth.






A TRUE ANIMAL FREEDOM MOVEMENT IS EMERGING


Individual no-compromise grassroots activists consistently make headway with justice for animals in their communities every day. But as a movement, as a surging collective force, we linger at the threshold of change. Believe it or not, this is the most difficult part of any journey. But if we, as a movement, do not want more sorrow and the extinction of the natural world, we must make the crossing together.


Let our hearts make new laws, according to the wisdom of nature. Wait for no huge gathering of allies; they’re never gonna show. When we can accept this, we’re finally free from self-destructive rage, frustration, debilitating fear, and wishful thinking. Make the most of the allies you already have. Rely on yourself. This is what works. There is no one-size-fits-all guide. Each of us must dig deeper than before, come to know our unexplored strengths, and carry out ever-evolving actions toward liberation based on that extraordinary power.


These words are not for the domesticated and hopelessly civilized—who will read, rant to the choir until spent, then slouch back to the vegan buffet at Whole Foods, the Xbox, booze, the mega mall, or whichever dope of the day numbs them quickest. These words are for the wild women and men who love the great trees, the rivers, the mountains, the wide open sky, the fox, the raven, the turtle, and all our animal kin. For the warriors who break to become new and wake to grow true. You’re not alone. Seek counsel in the woods, on the shoreline, atop the mountains. Right vision will come. Right action will naturally follow.






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



Serengeti, 2007


“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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