A person seeking a lifestyle that does "the least harm and the most good" (Also known as ahimsa). This lifestyle is free from animal products
for the benefit of people, animals and the environment.
An army composed of ordinary citizens rather
than professional soldiers.
A large group of people organized for a specific cause.
The dictionary has eloquently stated
the premises of my hopes here. I'm an unrepentant
idealist, and I hope that never changes. All I want
from my life is to know that I've done all I can to
make a positive difference for the things I believe
in. I'm still figuring out exactly where I fit in
the grand scheme of things, but I know I am called
to promote veganism/animal rights. This website encompasses
my continually growing knowledge, a desire to affect
change, and a media I work well with. It's a good
By definition, vegans are an
army of citizens organized to work towards a lifestyle
that will benefit everyone. The purpose of this site
is to spread the ideals of veganism and to grow
loose militia. There's a wealth of misinformation
circulating, and maybe even more unfortunately,
lot of nonspecific anger towards vegans. I've read
some of the most ridiculous and totally groundless
accusations hurled at vegans, and I know it comes
from ignorance. When the only exposure a person
to veganism is reading about the tragedy of the negligent
vegan parents who nearly starved their child,
it's no wonder omnivores use anger as a way to
off veganism. That horrible news story alone may
enough in someone's mind to decide that all vegans
are stupid, malnourished, and fanatical. That's
no excuse to write off a million humans without trying
to learn about their beliefs, but I can understand
the shock and anger some anti-vegans feel. If
you don't know both sides to the story, you can't
make an informed opinion.
When someone unfamiliar with veganism does a Google
search for information, I have my fingers crossed
that they will end up here and I'll have covered enough
information to at least lead them in the right direction.
Ditto for aspiring and even old skool vegans.
A note on my writing style... It's
greatly toned down from the last
version of the site, but my beliefs are uncompromising
and that often leads to me sounding like a big old
jerk. In my search for information I was disappointed
to see a lot of very calm vegans. It's a bit of a
joke that you can tell the newbie vegans from the
ones who have been at it for a while by the amount
of 'vegan rage' they display. The
newbies being more angry and militant, and the
veterans having cooled down after time. I find that
as I learn more I become more appalled and my sense
of urgency increases. Knowing that 25 billion lives
a year (just in the US) are snuffed out by omnivores
gets me riled up. I don't want to be placating or
"catch more flies with honey", I want to
tell it like it is. I want to
get everyone out of their comfort zone and up making
a change. My intent is never to alienate or
anger anyone, but instead to motivate change and a
search for more knowledge.
On a quick technical note I get all of my information
from various publications and websites. Throughout
the site I often times provide a link to my source,
or name the book(s) that will provide more information.
The facts are staggering, aren't they? I sometimes
wonder if I could write a sci-fi novel with figures
like these and not make it sound ridiculous and apocalyptic.
Personal information is located here,
and anything not covered can be asked.
I hope you enjoy your stay, and more importantly I
hope it motivates you to make a positive change!