Vegan & ethical living

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“…there is no morally relevant difference between shooting a lion for fun or eating a steak because you enjoy it. In both cases, we have taken a life for no good reason.”     ~Gary L. Francione, Animal Rights: Abolitionist Approach

WHAT’S NEW? Added 3/18/14: Additional faith links (Buddhist & Mormon)

Here at Other Nations, we don’t hammer on veganism as the only thing one can do to effectively end massive amounts of animal suffering…even though (let’s face it) it’s darn effective. Folks need to arrive at the place where they’re comfortable with their food choices on their own terms and in their own time.  But still, according to Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” So we do advocate that food choices be made consciously, with full and honest information about farmed animals’ lives and deaths. You can find much of that info on the “Factory farming/CAFOs” page of our website (under “Issues” in the menu bar).

If you love animals but feel that you just can’t go vegan, then go vegetarian. If  you aren’t ready to go vegetarian (yet), go meatless one or two days a week. Or eliminate fast food that includes meat. Start somewhere, do something…and animal suffering will be reduced. It really IS that easy!

The term “vegan” was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson, co-founder of the British Vegan Society, to mean “non-dairy vegetarian”; the society also opposed the consumption of eggs. In 1951, the society extended the definition of “veganism” to mean “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals,” and in 1960 H. Jay Dinshah started the American Vegan Society, linking veganism to the Jain concept of ahimsa, the avoidance of violence against living things.  ~Wikipedia

First, a few resources for Montanans…
*Western Montana Vegetarian Society (sponsors potlucks in Missoula) - here & here
*Garden City Vegans – here
*Vegans Rock Montana — a cool website
*Missoula vegan friendly restaurants – here
*UM Kaimin article: “Vegans have options at UM” (no longer available online)
*Tandem Doughnuts – vegan and gluten free here & Clark Fork River Market, Missoula
*Peter the Pie Guy – Traditional, Gluten-free and Vegan. Website; Facebook; backstory. 
*Goodie Ville Bakery, Missoula; gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan offerings – Facebook
* for Montana here
*Bitterroot Forks Over Knives Meet-up Group – here
*Live and Let Livingston vegan food potluck – here
*Bozeman Veg Facebook page – here   *Helena Vegan Potluck Facebook page – here

*Lisa Kemmerer, philosopher-activist (MT State U-Billings) has written three books on religion/ethics and animals; find them here. Find a review of her book, Sister Species at our Other Nations blog.


Make Your Own Vegan Cleaning, Makeup, and other Household Productshere (Many thanks to vegan friend Elena–you rock!)

The top 10 best vegan recipe websites -  This Dish is Veg

“The inconvenience of being vegan” popular Huff Post piece

Violet’s veg’n e-comics for kidshere


Evolve! Campaigns

Vegan Resources (a few of many)
* For the animals, for our earth, for your health here
*Vegan Outreach here
*Vegan Action here
*Vegan Peace: Striving towards peacefully sharing our Earth here (great e-cards!)
* “Cutting through the BS” here
*The Vegan Society (U.K.) here
*North American Vegetarian Society here
*Vegan Zombie here
*Best vegan blogs-food-recipes here
*Chic Vegan: food, beauty, health, earth, fashion, etc. here
*Carnism Awareness & Action Network (CAAN) offers a page of support links for vegans
*Vegan Cookbooks Illustrated (check out the centerfolds!) (just kidding) here
*A Well-Fed World: feeding families/saving animals. It’s a great resource.
* here; check vegan-friendly establishments in your area.
*Evolve! Campaigns here
*Vegan Mexican Food – Muy bien, gracias! Click here.
*Healthy. Happy. Life. 100% vegan here
*Our Hen House: Change the world for animals, here
*NEW: The Sistah Vegan Project here      *Vegans of Color blog here
*Portland Vegans of Color on Facebook    *Vegans of color on tumblr.

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Faith Resources - a disorderly, incomplete list 
*All Animals-Tradition, Philosophy, Religion
*Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (interfaith)
*Religion and Vegetarianism (interfaith)
*Jews for animal rights (Facebook)
*Jewish Vegetarians of North America; *Judaism and Vegetarianism (blog post)
*Our Heritage: Judaism and Animals
*Animal Rights – Torah (awesome video!)
*Choose veganism, honor Judaism, and kvell
*Christian Vegetarian Association;
*Would Jesus Eat Meat Today?
*Vegetarian Muslim;    *Islamic Concern
*Catholic Concern for Animals (no policy on vegetarianism, tho recommended)
*United Church of Christ official statements on animals
*Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry; *UU’s Ethical Eating
*Vegan 2000: Religious reasons for veganism
*The concepts of ahimsa or nonviolence: Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism
*Buddhism and Vegetarianism by Norm Phelps at Advocacy for Animals
*Buddhist resources on vegetarianism and animal welfare
*Dharma Voices for Animals;  *Buddhist teachings on animals; *
NEW: Triratna Journal: Buddhism on a plate
*Baha’ i “Kindness to Animals; Baha’i Treatment of Animals, Warwick leaflet
*One Voice: Ministry in Motion; Ministry in Motion proclamation
*Seventh-Day Adventist (HSUS); *Ellen White quotes (a founder of S-DA)
*Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians: a great “links” page; also, “what’s new” for articles like How to Encourage Christians to Become Vegan and Does God Support Factory Farms?
*Episcopalian Church; *Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare; *Faithful Vegan (a blog)
*Not one sparrow: a Christian voice for animals
*Lutheran (ELCA) official statements on animals
*Quaker concern for animals – an interview with UK founder
*Humane Society of the U.S. Faith Outreach
NEW: Kindness to animals and caring for the earth: selections from the sermons and writings of Latter-day Saint church leaders, here; What does Mormonism say about animal rights? blog post; Can Mormons be vegan? blogspot; Mormon vegetarian group on Facebook (sidebar also shows link to vegan Mormons; must be logged in to FB).

“Scholars explore Christian perspectives on animal rights” New York Times
* “Scientists claim kosher and halal animal slaughter is ‘inhumane and cruel’” A letter from 90 Polish scientists concerned about ritual slaughter; find it here.
*Lisa Kemmerer, philosopher-activist (MT State U-Billings) has written three books on religion/ethics and animals; find them here.

*Montana-made animal-friendly & vegan jewelry
*Vegan Junk Food cookbook: 225 sinful snacks here
*VegNews Magazine: Vegan news, food, planet, travel, buzz. A subscription makes a great gift for a vegan!
*No Meat Athlete: Runs on plants (vegetarian/vegan) here
*Vegan Pizza dot com here
*New York City Vegan Weekend (on a budget!) from Our Hen House; watch it here
*“How to go vegan” from the New York Times  1/14/13
*Real vegan children – vegan from birth and thriving! Find it here.
*Why vegans real labels, from Gentle World
*VegNet: An intentional communities network – looking for an intentional community? Looking to start one? Look here.

hellovegan“Mind if I order the cheeseburger and other questions people ask vegans” – a book review. Find it here

Frequently Asked Questions: A philosopher and animal rights theorist answers frequently asked questions about the abolition of animal exploitation. These are the questions often asked by status quo defenders (but not exclusively) attempting to prove that perceived inconsistencies in the vegan approach vindicate the cruelty of meat production.  You’ll find the questions and answers at the Abolitionist Approach website, whose mission follows:

The mission of this website is to provide a clear statement of an approach to animal rights that (1) requires the abolition of animal exploitation and rejects the regulation of animal exploitation; (2) is based only on animal sentience and no other cognitive characteristic, (3) regards veganism as the moral baseline of the animal rights position; and (4) rejects all violence and promotes activism in the form of creative, non-violent vegan education. 

Vegans are label-readers–and that’s a fact. But analyzing ingredients and ferreting out trace amounts of this or that animal-related substance should not be seen as an obstacle to (nor an excuse for not) becoming vegan. But for those who want to make food and other product decisions that cause the least animal suffering, ingredients do matter. Check out this handy animal-derived ingredient list.

Bill Gates says future of meat is vegan – source: Daily Kos

Going vegan, family style: from the Denver
Excerpt from the article: “It wasn’t long ago that vegan meant brown rice, lentils, salads and noodles. Vegan was like vegetarian without the dollops of fun — the cheese, the cream, the butter.

“It’s different now. The supermarket aisle for vegan products is growing, and offerings taste better than ever. Publishers release new vegan cookbooks every week, containing thousands of recipes for things that require quotation marks: macaroni and “cheese,” pulled “pork” sandwiches, “chicken” pot pie.”

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MUTILATED FOR EGG PRODUCTION–Even cage-free chickens are debeaked to prevent stress pecking in severely crowded conditions. Check out this awesome video–Baking Without Eggs. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Sinfully good and cruelty-free: Vegan recipes for Valentine’s Day–here

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