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Friday, September 30, 2011

Resources for new vegan/vegetarians

Here are some of my favorite vegan/vegetarian websites, books, and videos.

Note about the PETA links: I am not now nor have I ever been a member of PETA. While I agree with their philosophy, I feel that some of their methods do more harm to the cause of veganism than good. That being said, they have many valuable resources that can help vegans, especially new ones. That's why I have included those links.

Also note that I am NOT responsible for the content of the resources listed and I do not necessarily agree with all of the opinions expressed in them.


PETA's Accidentally Vegan List : A list of common brand name foods and snacks that are vegan

PETA's Cruelty Free Companies list : a searchable list of companies that do NOT test on animals. There is also a list of companies that do conduct animal tests. Makes shopping a lot easier!

PETA's Vegan/Vegetarian Starter Kit : A great resource for new veggies! It includes info on vegetarianism, tips eating out, and recipes. You can order a printed copy or view the online version and best of all it's FREE!

Happy Cow : One of the BEST sites out there! It has a a database of veggie friendly restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and natural food stores (all searchable by location). It also has a ton of general info on vegetarianism and animal rights. Best of all, they have a app for some smart phones so you can access this info on the go!

The Post Punk Kitchen : Has a ton of vegan recipes, including baked goods. Contains general info on veganism, recipes and videos

American Vegan Society : Founded in 1960, this is the main organization for vegans in the USA. Has a lot of GREAT info. If you are considering veganism, you should definitely visit this site!

The Vegan Society : Founded in Great Britain in 1944, this is the worlds oldest vegan organization. You should also place this site on your must visit list.

Christian Vegetarian Association : Great info for Christian veggies!

Hippy Land : While this site is not vegetarian specific, it does contain a section on vegetarianism. The site contains a lot of info on the hippie culture ( warning: some content may not be appropriate for children).


Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian's Survival Handbook by Carol J. Adams. This book is great. I read it when I first became a vegetarian and I've decided to re-read it now that I'm becoming a vegan. This book discusses ways to live, work, and eat in peace with meat eaters. It talks about how to deal with people who oppose your choice without losing your head. A definite must read!

Being Vegan by Joanne Stepaniak: This book is a collection of answers to questions that people have sent to the author about the vegan lifestyle. It has a lot of good info about vegan food, dealing with hostile non-vegans, traveling as a vegan, and more. I liked it so much I bought another book by the same author called "The Vegan Sourcebook". It just arrived today and I can't wait to read it.

Another book that I just started reading today is Vegan Freak by Bob and Jenna Torres. So far I really like it, and I'll review it when I finish it.

Videos (warning: may contain graphic images of animal cruelty):

PETA's Meet Your Meat: A video showing the horrible conditions on factory farms.

Land 'O Lakes Supplier Undercover video : Shows conditions on a dairy farm

Vegan friendly stores:

Nature's Muse:
Vegan friendly soaps and body care items. I love her Patchouli soap and perfume and have ordered them several times.

Pangea Vegan store Your One Stop Activist Shop!

Has a selection of veggie themed buttons.

Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe

Herbivore Clothing

I hope that these resources help and encourage you on your vegan journey!

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