Why Vegan?

Why Vegan?

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates

Highlights for the impatient:

Earthlings ? 101 – Reasons to go vegan ? Kalel ? Gary Yourofsky ? Philip Wollen

This document is organised into three sections:

  1. Talk Vegan. Go here for information (ethics, environment, nutrition, etc.), if you’re confused or if you’re wondering why anyone would be vegan.

  2. Live Vegan. For help going, staying and living vegan.

  3. Think Vegan. For some quotes that embody how a vegan thinks

This is a work in progress, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Special thanks to The Vegan Activist for providing the inspiration for all this. And thanks to you for taking the time to read it!

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TALK VEGAN

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          Websites           Youtube videos        Youtube playlists 

        Infographics      Youtube channels        Documentaries

WEBSITES:

Introduction websites:

howdoigovegan.com

vegan101.info

vegankit.com

Resources:

vegankit.com

vegan.com

adaptt.org

skoolofvegan.com

FAQs:

veganfaq.net

vegansidekick.com/guide

Nutrition & Medicine:

nutritionfacts.org. Specifically, nutritionfacts.org/topics/vegans

pcrm.org

theveganrd.com

veganhealth.org

Humans as adapted for a plant-based diet: michaelbluejay.com/v…

More rigorous: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1312295/

Blog/News:

rvgn.org

mfablog.org

animaljustice.ca/blog

whychoosevegan.com

vegan.com

hvrights.org

Environment:

cowspiracy.com/facts

onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facts…

Full Environment Document (work in progress):

docs.google.com/document/d/1zf…

Activism:

Cruelty Free International: crueltyfreeinternational.org

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: seashepherd.org

Hunt Saboteurs Association: huntsabs.org.uk

Other:

humanefacts.org

YOUTUBE VIDEOS:

(Full playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJf–hGowURhUMj6SL7h16_xTkf1ZdZD7)

Overviews & Introductions:

101 – Reasons to go Vegan:

youtube.com/watch?v=W4HJcq8qHAY

With Translations: youtube.com/watch?v=9TlHcEcUWUE

Why I’m Vegan (Kalel) (removed):

youtube.com/watch?v=gZG6oclJJnY

Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCX0lLUgD8kvt0IWwQZI35yw

How to go Vegan overnight:

youtube.com/watch?v=8o9uzH_vrXA

Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCE0yGL4Bgs2QNomOrslyLtw

What is Veganism?: (removed)

youtube.com/watch?v=sepObR6pL1Y

Channel: youtube.com/channel/UClDFyunx_AJOzKr7fsuGSJw

5 Things for the Vegan Curious: (removed)

youtube.com/watch?v=oY0ZTCUgYhE

Channel: youtube.com/channel/UClDFyunx_AJOzKr7fsuGSJw

Speeches & Debates:

Gary Yourofsky’s speech:

youtube.com/watch?v=U5hGQDLprA8

adaptt.org

Philip Wollen's speech:

youtube.com/watch?v=uQCe4qEexjc

kindnesstrust.com

Full debate: youtube.com/watch?v=mNED7GJLY7I

James Aspey:

youtube.com/watch?v=_s6-NLxvKl0

Richard Oppenlander to the EU:

youtube.com/watch?v=z2JytUitqB0

Melanie Joy – Beyond Carnism:

youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg

Animated version: youtube.com/watch?v=ao2GL3NAWQU

carnism.org

Health:

Uprooting the leading causes of death:

youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ

Channel: youtube.com/user/NutritionFactsOrg/featured

nutritionfacts.org

The Environment:

Seaspiracy:

youtube.com/watch?v=MLgkrQSRy9E

Richard Oppenlander to the EU:

youtube.com/watch?v=z2JytUitqB0

Sailesh Rao:

youtube.com/watch?v=-PgMETKrQD4

The Industry:

Meet your meat:

youtube.com/watch?v=ykTH_b-cXyE

Farm to Fridge:

youtube.com/watch?v=tzrRmB40l00

Why vegetarians should go Vegan:

youtube.com/watch?v=3f5uUsoq12k

Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCE0yGL4Bgs2QNomOrslyLtw

The Movement:

Make History:

youtube.com/watch?v=E6ehL18rqlM

vegansociety.com

What is a Vegan?:

youtube.com/watch?v=TYEOdpH1ulk

vegansociety.com

Vegan 2015:

youtube.com/watch?v=BYzlfPdpAeY

Philosophy:

Short and sweet: How to Get People to Think about Veganism:

youtube.com/watch?v=OOixcIf zB7qRg

Peter Singer and Richard Dawkins on animal ethics:

youtube.com/watch?v=ti-WcnqUwLM

Moral Status:

youtube.com/watch?v=smuhAjyRbw0

What is Evil? (surprisingly relevant):

youtube.com/watch?v=dLUHlVLyRxA

Animals:

Are animals sentient?:

youtube.com/watch?v=9WW8JdCLngI

Intelligence of chickens:

youtube.com/watch?v=25RcDO2RdZQ

Dairy cows are mothers:

youtube.com/watch?v=wV92bw6Np24&feature=youtu.be

Cows just want to have fun:

youtube.com/watch?v=GUaAUS4EXxY

Confused chimpanzee mother:

youtube.com/watch?v=lcJPaHFbsc0

Other:

Why Good People Eat Bad Things:

youtube.com/watch?v=_0_BrHNH9g0

Do plants feel pain?:

Shorter: youtube.com/watch?v=K3nZIpFGgZg

Longer: youtube.com/watch?v=bRfX4X0V54A

Why do people hate Vegans?:

youtube.com/watch?v=dMvU6oBtw4c

Through Vegan Eyes:

youtube.com/watch?v=hbwhS7HSOAw&nohtml5=False

PLAYLISTS:

Dairy and Egg (The Vegan Activist):

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSkXouG7wzQmkVIzZFBreR0Bu77m5QlZ2

INFOGRAPHICS:

Dairy:

http://i.imgur.com/PoxqpDN.jpg

Eggs:

http://i.imgur.com/kUh981m.jpg

Protein sources:

mikimottes.com/download/vegan_protein_eng.pdf

YOUTUBE CHANNELS:

Medical:

John McDougall:

youtube.com/channel/UCjtpP3jb9LOpbGxdNQhk3Qg

NutritionFacts:

youtube.com/channel/UCddn8dUxYdgJz3Qr5mjADtA

VegSource:

youtube.com/channel/UClEsPxvotpTJ1Z8eu2Y97rg

Activism:

Plant Based News:

youtube.com/channel/UCJRjK20fHylJyf-HiBtqI2w

The Vegan Activist:

youtube.com/channel/UCE0yGL4Bgs2QNomOrslyLtw

The Friendly Activist:

youtube.com/user/TheFriendlyActivist

Gary Yourofsky:

youtube.com/channel/UCLW0TEV3YEt-J56pYZm-TgA

Vegan Revolution:

youtube.com/channel/UCYxaGj0gradnkJkwpKN1_SQ

Kerry McCarpet:

youtube.com/channel/UCD2-weSAzPkHxH4bZW_SxRA

Compassionate Living:

youtube.com/channel/UCQ6I2FmF5DuWYEgfjwm905Q

Information:

BiteSizeVegan:

youtube.com/user/BiteSizeVegan

Mic. the Vegan:

youtube.com/channel/UCGJq0eQZoFSwgcqgxIE9MHw

Other:

Rich Roll:

youtube.com/channel/UCpjlh0e319ksmoOD7bQFSiw

Sustainably Vegan:

youtube.com/channel/UCkq2gEWE-i647M71bh7zDxA

That Vegan Couple:

youtube.com/channel/UCV8d4At_1yUUgpsnqyDchrw

DOCUMENTARIES:

Ethics:

Earthlings:

youtube.com/watch?v=zG2-_MQP5CQ&app=desktop

earthlings.com

Unity (from the makers of Earthlings):

unitythemovement.com

Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=Sz7ZtMr5VoA

Speciesism:

kat.cr/speciesism-the-movie-avi-t8734753.html 

Speciesismthemovie.com

Fowl Play:

fowlplaymovie.com

The Ghosts in our Machine:

youtube.com/watch?v=aS2bIj1XLuA

theghostsinourmachine.com

Live and Let Live:

letlivefilm.com

Environment:

Cowspiracy:

Available on Netflix

putlocker.tn/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret/

cowspiracy.com

The Superior Human?:

youtube.com/watch?v=mqT82oGeax0

Peaceable Kingdom:

peaceablekingdomfilm.org

Health:

Forks over Knives:

Available on Netflix

putlocker.tn/forks-over-knives

forksoverknives.com

What the Health (from the makers of Cowspiracy):

indiegogo.com/projects/what-the-health–4#/

Whatthehealthfilm.com

Got the facts on milk?:

youtube.com/watch?v=WgzYXUMd04A (dead link)

PlantPure Nation (The Forks Over Knives of 2015):

plantpurenation.com

Other:

Vegucated: 

Available on Netflix

youtube.com/watch?v=19qSsUI79Ro

getvegucated.com

Racing Extinction:

racingextinction.com

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LIVE VEGAN

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Going Vegan / Practical Guides to Going Vegan:

Take a pledge:

howdoigovegan.com

vegansociety.com

veganuary.com

7dayvegan.com

How to Go Vegan in 10 easy Steps:

youtube.com/watch?v=OyR-W_XkUlk

5 Tips for Going Vegan and Staying Vegan:

youtube.com/watch?v=jVG61nON0Bg

Staying Vegan:

youtube.com/watch?v=7A3m8o6QUiQ

Vegan Starter Kit:

youtube.com/watch?v=tRnucA9sZVs

If you're struggling to make the switch my personal advice would be to vegan for just one day a week (preferably Monday). Then you can add more days whenever you're comfortable.

People:

Unsupportive parents:

youtube.com/watch?v=7Glf0FnYHhI

How to explain why you’re vegan:

youtube.com/watch?v=923eVlu6IgU

Eating Vegan:

Complete Food Guide (PDF):

dropbox.com/s/ehftxjlz0a5p4bi/Complete%20Guide%20To%20V…

Top Recipe Channels: 

Mary's Test Kitchen: youtube.com/user/marystestkitchen

The Vegan Corner: youtube.com/user/thevegancorner

Cooking With Plants: youtube.com/user/cookingwithplants

Sim's Kitchenette: youtube.com/user/simskitchenette

Hot For Food: youtube.com/user/hotforfoodblog

Recipe Websites:

mouthwateringvegan.com

theveganstoner.blogspot.co.uk

theppk.com

minimalistbaker.com

Restaurant Guides:

Happy Cow: happycow.net

CRON-O-Meter (nutrition tracking):

cronometer.com

Eat This Much (meal planning):

eatthismuch.com

Shopping, food, etc:

Vegan dives:

vegandives.com

Wearing Vegan:

Complete Clothing Guide:

youtube.com/watch?v=MQXWa99Q3q0

PDF: dropbox.com/s/828fitr…

Connect:

Facebook groups:

facebook.com/VeganDotCom?ref=br_rs

facebook.com/pages/Vegucated/146947672024544?fref=nf

facebook.com/groups/rvegan/ 

facebook.com/groups/vegansunited.bevegan

Twitter:

@VeganRevolution

@VeganActivist1

Reddit:

reddit.com/r/vegan

For help arguing:

http://yourveganfallacyis.com

Become an activist:

“Do what you can, with what you have, and do it now.”

Tips for attracting interest in Veganism:

Viral videos/articles

Controversy

Culture jamming

Leaflets/articles

Everyday conversations

Vegan T-shirts

YouTube comment activism

Encourage Veganism for health benefits

Encourage animal lovers, vegetarians, feminists and environmentalists

Twitter activism:

follow Vegan Assistant (@vegassist)

The Vegan Activist:

youtube.com/watch?v=_-IHy2K5Mt0&feature=youtu.be

The Debunking Handbook:

skepticalscience.com/docs/Debunking_Handbook.pdf

The Vegan Strategist

veganstrategist.org

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THINK VEGAN

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“When you’ve researched and connected with Veganism properly any subsequent ‘inconvenience’ is insignificant when compared to the suffering and destruction you would otherwise cause through your indifference.”

~ The Vegan Activist

“I admit it as an axiom: that every animal has more right to the use of its own body than others have to use it.”

~ Lewis Gompertz

“150 years ago, they would’ve thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would’ve laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would’ve objected to the idea of african americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago, they would’ve called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Someday they won’t be laughing.”

~ Gary Smith

“Animals are my friends. And I don’t eat my friends.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

“When you realise that animal agriculture is responsible for up to 51% of all global carbon emissions compared to the 13% of all global transportation. When you realise that it uses a third of the Earth’s fresh water, up to 45% of the Earth’s land, is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon rainforest destruction, with one to two acres being cleared every second. When you realise that it’s also the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones and habitat destruction, it makes sense to go Vegan immediately.”

~ The Vegan Activist

“Save the animals. Save the planet. Save yourself.”

“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

“Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife – birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes – by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year, sends out cards praying for Peace on Earth.”

~ David Coats

“It’s about not supporting an industry that needlessly kills more animals in just three weeks than the number of seconds in your entire lifetime”

~ Anon.

“Other animals, which, on account of their interests having been neglected by the insensibility of the ancient jurists, stand degraded into the class of things. The day has been, I grieve it to say in many places it is not yet past, in which the greater part of the species, under the denomination of slaves, have been treated upon the same footing as animals are still.

“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 one day come to be recognised 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 they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?”

~ Jeremy Bentham

"We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

~ Henry Beston

"Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable.”

~ Gary L. Francione

"Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan.”

~ Gary L. Francione

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

~ Edmund Burke

Easter egg (another work in progress): https://docs.google.com/document/d/…

Bonus clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLkC7ralR30

Hey there, if you found this guide useful why not leave me a comment? (or email me at luke.gompz@gmail.com). Any feedback is greatly appreciated. In particular, if you can think of a better title I’d love to know. Again, thanks for taking the time to read any of my stuff!

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