Aminals and "Aminals"
For the Times; they are a
and Elevating our Veganism
What I'm Thankful For
To Be A Feminist Is To Be A Vegan
Virgil Butler - Bio
of a Vegan World
You Are Not
At a Hunter's Hang-Out
A Baby's Story
Dark and Evil Days
"Do they care?"
Eyes Of An Elephant
The Fawn Story
and its Vanity
In The Name Of Tradition
Letter To My Unborn
Little Red Riding Hood
Man May be Mad
My Love should be
To My Daughter
The Happy Child
and A Wolf
Fight We Shall
The Greatest Gift
How Can We Do It?
I'm an Animal,
Please Don't Eat Me
The Last Slaughterhouse
Listen to Chief Seattle
My God Says
Eat The Animals
and Elevating our Veganism
I imagine that there were people who understood the ‘vegan concept’ long before
the actual word was invented in 1944 by Donald Watson of The Vegan Society. My
1988, fattest dictionary known to man, does not include the definition of the
word at all. My 1987 Webster’s dictionary defines the word vegan like this:
‘(1944) a strict vegetarian: one that consumes no animal food or dairy
products.’ The World Net Dictionary on-line defines the word like this: ‘A
strict vegetarian; someone who eats no animal or dairy products at all’. The
1999 Random House Webster’s College dictionary defined the word as ‘A vegetarian
that omits all animal products from the diet’.
the year 2004 and veganism is more alive than ever before and spreading
internationally. For a quarter of a century, I’ve been a proud and committed
vegan and have literally watched the growth and blossoming of the inspired vegan
message. I believe we should now update the meaning and raise the standard of
the word in dictionaries (as well as in our lives) to: (Vee-gun) 1. One who does
not eat animals or animal by-products, wear items made of animal skins or use
any products that contain animal ingredients or that were tested on animals 2.
Does not support industries that exploit animals 3. Does not profit or benefit
from cruelty to animals.
virtually impossible to be completely vegan in this ‘non-vegan world’, with
animal derivatives in many practices and products of our everyday lives. For
example, animal products may be found in: glues used for making furniture and
binding books, plastics, rubber, cellophane, wax paper, ink, plywood, drywall,
insulation for walls, ceramic tiles, foam rubber, laundry detergents and fabric
softeners, refrigerators and air conditioners using freon; a cooling agent that
reportedly contains a derivative from animal fat, disinfectants, household
cleaners, and polishes, asphalt, concrete blocks, the steel in trains and
planes, fire extinguishers, brake fluid, anti-freeze, tires, all sorts of
mechanical machinery, and clothing dye. Most contraceptives are not vegan.
Animal ingredients may be used to make computers and photocopiers work. Also
they are used in making the electrical circuitry and in the ink toners to print.
Steel ball bearings and lubricants contain animal products that help machines
run smoothly. This overwhelming list is information gathered from the internet
(meaning it may or may not be true) but here is a realistic list of things we
CAN do that will bring us closer to the vegan ideal.
1.) Elevate our understanding of ‘Veganism’ to embrace a compassion for ALL who
live; knowing it to be ‘A Great Truth’ that can heal our ailing planet and set
the whole world free.
2.) Be a guardian and protector of animals. Gently escort insects and birds out
of dwellings, find homes for abandoned dogs, protect animals from hunters, help
a turtle cross the road by carrying him (in the direction he’s headed) out of
3.) Feed pet dogs a balanced vegan diet, which they thrive on. Replace a bone
for chewing with a safe hard stick or synthetic /plant-based dental chew.
4.) Avoid giving animal products to pet cats. If you let a cat outside, it will
instinctively hunt. Cats can, reportedly, when kept indoors, be fed a vegan
diet. A considerable amount of care and caution is involved. Cats are
metabolically carnivores, whereas a dog is metabolically omnivore. Some vegans
choose not to live with cats in order to avoid feeding them animal products. For
instructions on feeding cats a balanced vegan diet supplemented with taurine and
other nutrients that they must get when being fed a vegan diet, see the
following web sites: Vegepet,
5.) Don’t feed pet rabbits (or other natural vegan animals) store-bought pellet
mixes that contain animal derived vitamins, whey, etc. Instead, feed them the
green vegetables, hay, vegan kibble, sprouts, and other foods they need.
6.) Read labels. Make phone calls or send an e-mail to companies to verify the
source of ingredients they use in their products. For example: a label may say
calcium carbonate listed as an ingredient. The company would need a phone call
or e-mail asking for verification of the source of the calcium carbonate in this
product, because, in some instances, it is from ground oyster shells collected
from restaurants. Another example: If a label reads vitamin D3, it is almost
definitely from a non-vegan source. There are pet food products claiming to be
vegan while using animal derived vitamin D. Vitamin D2 is the plant-based source
of vitamin D. To summarize; read labels and question the source of ingredients
in order to support truly cruelty-free products.
7.) Use ‘Have-Heart-traps’ (purchased on-line by mail order catalogs) to catch
unwanted rodents and relocate them to an appropriate location.
8.) Use synthetic art brushes to replace sable bristles. Alter drums and other
musical instruments to free them of leather, catgut and other animal
by-products. Don’t use sporting goods made with leather.
9.) Eliminate white refined sugar that has been processed through bone charcoal,
as well as honey that has been taken from bees. There are many plant-based
alternative sweeteners, such as organic evaporated can juice, which is much more
10.) The new paradigm vegan may even attempt growing his/her own food,
‘veganically’; without blood and bone, fishmeal, animal sludge or manure sourced
from the exploitation of animals. Instead he/she will use plant-based compost
and mulch, rock dusts, crop rotation, nitrogen-fixing cover crops, and other
non-animal based and chemical-free fertilizers to replenish the soil;
a more sustainable, compassionate and healthier method of growing.
11.) Bury old leather shoes.
12.) Use digital photography rather film made of gelatin.
13.) Purchase supplements in vege-caps, rather than the more widely used gelatin
capsules, and verify the source of all ingredients or look for the ‘vegan
approved’ label. Support companies that sell only vegan products. There is an
ever growing list of such companies. See
Gentle World web site
for a listing of vegan products.
14.) Say NO when relatives pass around a pastry made with animal products. It’s
no temptation at all to the vegan who really understands.
15.) The new paradigm vegan will not claim to be vegan while having a fur coat
(bought in the past) in the closet. Instead, he/she will come out of the closet,
and donate the coat to P.E.T.A. or other animal rights organization for use in
an anti-fur campaign.
16.) When ordering a sandwich in a restaurant, ask the ingredients of the bread.
The new paradigm vegan may not care to dine in establishments where animal
products are sold.
17.) Order a vegan meal on airlines just to make a statement, even if the fruit
plate is preferred. Pack your own meals.
18.) Refrain from saying ‘go fish’ when playing the child’s card game, but
change the words to “go jump in the pond.” The evolved vegan won’t use
derogatory phrases towards animals (or anyone for that matter!)
19.) Don’t choose books for young children that express cruelty or apathy
towards animals. Be sure to put gentle and kind vegan thoughts into the minds of
children via words, books, visits to Gentle Barn or other rescued animal
sanctuaries. Children will meet and naturally learn to love animals this way.
20.) Don’t give support to circus animal act shows, zoos with cages, horse/dog
races, marine parks, Las Vegas animal act shows, horses pulling carriages of
people, etc. Never give monetary support to ANY business that is involved with
animal exploitation or imprisoning innocent beings, including pet stores that
support puppy mills.
21.) The new paradigm vegan will rescue a dog from the pound or elsewhere when
seeking a pet.
22.) Don’t purchase bone china, ivory products, silk products (derived from
boiling silk worms) medicines (like Premarin or shark cartilage) made from
animal secretions or parts. The new paradigm vegan will know that true health
and beauty couldn’t possibly come from wearing cosmetics with animal ingredients
or that have been tested on animals.
23.) Convey the vegan message with Love, always having in mind to SAVE THE
ANIMALS, first and foremost.
Veganism brings with it FRIENDSHIP WITH ANIMALS. Recently, a dream came true; I
pet a wild deer of a national forest. I pet her from head to behind! This was
not a national park where deer have no fear of the hunter, but in a forest where
deer are, in fact, hunted. As the years go on and the more vegan I become, the
closer to animals I get. There are many other species to love beside humans!
vegan does not ever cheat !! The vegan diet is not like a raw food diet that you
can cheat with. Being a vegan is a way of life. It’s a character-defining
quality. It’s a solution to world hunger. It’s a health plan. It’s a panacea;
that even encompasses our spiritual health.
Let’s keep the word ‘vegan’ alive with this, updated, more real definition! I
implore all vegans (including myself) to raise their standard of veganism. If we
are ‘all one’ and all connected, then elevating our veganism is perhaps a way we
can elevate the whole world. The desire not to cause suffering to other living
beings is a soulful endeavor that should forever be nurture.
Incredibly Delicious contains tips on: feeding pets vegan, on vegan-organic gardening, and healthy hints. It includes quotes from the great timeless
thinkers as well as modern-day authorities, a resource section containing plant-based alternative products and cruelty-free
companies, in addition to more than 500 incredibly delicious, cholesterol-free plant-based recipes
from beginner to gourmet international cuisine!