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The Full Journey: Excerpts from The Vegan News (November 1944)

September 9, 2013 ethics
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The following is an abridged version of vegan pioneer Donald Watson‘s writing in the very first newsletter of the UK Vegan Society in 1944, long before factory farming became commonplace. Watson, who passed away at age 95 in 2005, would have celebrated his 103rd birthday on September 2nd.   The recent articles and letters in “The […]

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Veganism Defined (written by Leslie Cross, 1951)

August 7, 2013 ethics
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Recently the Vegan Society adopted revised and extended rules which among other things clarify the goal towards which the movement aspires. The Society’s object and meaning of the word “veganism”, which have until now been matters of inference and personal predilection, are now defined as follows: “The object of the Society shall be to end the […]

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The Spirit of Ahimsa

July 17, 2013 ethics
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written by Jay Dinshah, Out Of The Jungle “As I have implied, veganism involves no animal-source foods or products. We do not use animal flesh, of course, because of the killing, but also because of the terrible cruelties and abnormal conditions involved in all the stages of the life of the animal in captivity, from the moment […]

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Love Is The Only Reality

May 1, 2013 Gentle World
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Love is the only reality It’s the feeling we naturally feel All the rest is derived from a world we’ve contrived that pretends there are some things more real Love is the only reality Human hearts feel at home intertwined Life’s illusions are borne behind masks that are worn The truth is, we’re all gentle […]

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Aiming for Freedom

October 30, 2012 ethics
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~ from Out of the Jungle, by H. Jay Dinshah “Vegan aims are much more than just ‘animal welfare’, with a bit more feed for the slaves, cleaner cages for the vivisected, or another box of bandages to plaster over the terminal cancer that is animal slavery and exploitation. In short we are abolitionists, though non-violent ones, […]

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A Foundation for Inner Security

May 23, 2012 ethics
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  “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us […]

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I No Longer Steal from Nature

January 26, 2012 ethics
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written by Al-Ma’arri, blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer born AD 973, died AD 1058. … You are diseased in understanding and religion. Come to me, that you may hear something of sound truth. Do not unjustly eat fish the water has given up, And do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals, […]

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How could his eyes endure the slaughter?

October 20, 2010 ethics
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From the pen of Plutarch, Eminent Greek moral philosopher and biographer. A.D 46- 120. “Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and […]

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The World’s Need

August 25, 2010 ethics
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written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) American Poet So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind Is all the sad world needs. I am the voice of the voiceless: Through me, their hearts shall speak; Till the deaf world’s ear be made to […]

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