I have found a way of life that admits animal loving while promoting health for myself, for other creatures, and for the environment. I have found daily practices that do not exploit other living beings. I no longer eat animals, nor drink their milk, nor eat their eggs. I celebrate eating the bounty of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds that I have access to in California. I love knowing that I am not taking part in many of the major causes of suffering, deforestation, and pollution.
I want to plant food forests to promote community, autonomy, and lasting harmony. Food forests will aide in creating relationships that do not exploit. In this zine I share information that I have learned over the last eight years while learning to embrace more compassion, which has also proved to be interconnected to making use of awareness for change. This change is to be created more fully for more than non-human animals. Choosing kindness and foresight will help to heal and to restore the environment as well as each individual’s well being.
In seeking to live simply with foresight and kindness I continue to learn more and more. I want to help to create overflowing beauty in human relationships with the world. To do so, I have looked to empower myself. The far-reaching consequences of my daily choices motivate me to live a more gentle life. I have found much guidance and solidarity in integrating vegan practices daily; I will now share why:
There is an abundance of food to live healthfully without killing animals, without separating mothers and babies to take their milk, and without taking their eggs created to be life.
<<<—-Summer 2015 garden plots. Jamshed and I tended to corn, zucchini,
tomatoes, melons, basil, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, tomatillos,
calendula, broccoli, spaghetti squash, cucs, and mustard greens.
People are starving and thousands of acres of land are watered and harvested to feed animals that are cruel-fully kept and unnecessarily killed for humans to eat as well as to wear their skins, to use their bones, and more. The biggest cause of rainforest deforestation is growing soy to feed these animals. Pollution in enormous amounts is attributed to so called animal farming. These are animals that are slaves of human apathy or dormant love, desire, and addiction.
Female animals are artificially inseminated/routinely raped and forced to give birth over and over for both their milk and for the flesh of their babies. Animal babies are taken from their mothers and are destined for death, whether immediately as is the case for male chicks, or they are fed water intensive crops sprayed with loads of chemicals so that they grow faster younger for those that choose death and slaughter for food. Most cows are fed foods that are genetically modified (GM) like GM corn, GM soy, GM grains, and GM alfalfa. Cows have a rumen which digests grass not corn, soy, or grains and they get sick and gassy from such and are forced to take antibiotics, when all that they need is their freedom and land to eat grass or even wild alfalfa!
GM crops are fed to more than cows, in fact mostly all animals enslaved in farms are fed GM crops, and this even includes fish. Shockingly, herbivore animals are even fed fish to be “fattened” up faster for humans that choose slaughtering creatures over a diet from plants. Additionally, fish meal is added to soil for supposedly better fruit and veggie crop yields too! Massive amounts of land are being used to enslave animals and to grow monocrops when such land could become food forests and/or rotated and cultivated plant crops and/or restored habitats.
No animal wants to be killed. No animal wants to be isolated from the beauty on earth. No animal wants to be enslaved. No animal wants to be separated from his or her herd or flock. No animal wants to be sexually abused. No animal wants to have his or her babies taken away to be murdered. No animal wants to have their milk forcefully taken for humans, whom cannot even properly assimilate what is commonly known to be healthful about milk because adults are no longer meant to have milk, let alone to take that milk from another species. Weaning happens long before teens in humans, at least from their own kind! Every animal wants love. Slavery, sexual abuse, rape, murder, cruelty, pollution, and more are all supported and condoned by eating animals enslaved in farms or by stealing their milk or by eating their eggs.
<<<—-Tomatoes and zucchini from the garden!
J and I harvested well over 200 pounds!
More tree crops with ground cover will help to restore the soil, air, and water–which has been depleted and polluted by monocrops, chemicals, and “animal farming” or rather the enslavement of animals. Eating from trees is the most earth friendly and kind way, second to that is eating plants, and simultaneously can provide acres of land for creatures (humans included) to live on with freedom. For the size of the population a diet from plants is the sustainable way. In addition, restoration of land and habitats is the beginning to inviting creatures to be free while rebuilding the soil, water, and air. Envision and create food forests to end the enslaving and murdering of animals! I believe that autonomy is sown; tend to the earth and your soul by choosing to sow kindness and food forests.
Now to address briefly honey bees; beings that pollinate and thus we get to eat! Humans take too much when eating honey, which bees store for food, in addition to the crops bees pollinate. Bees work for their food and help us in the process! Gratitude for what could be a mutualistic symbiotic relationship would be to help bees in return by not stealing their food! Additionally, honey bees are genetically deteriorating from being fed sugar water in place of their honey. Choosing fruit as your sweetness instead of honey can keep bees from dying.
Many people seem to think a solution to animal cruelty is “grass fed”; but, even if all humans decided to eat cows that get to eat what they can digest, that is that which does not make them sick and thus forced to take antibiotics, which is grass, there is not enough space to enslave animals in such a way. The estimate to do such, to feed the entire human population, would take the space of several earths! The most kind diet happens to be the most practical solution to feeding the expanding population. Compassion and love value life. Eating animals that have been given a better life does not change that they are enslaved and murdered.
<<<—-A calendula harvest, October 2015.
The main animals that are eaten in the USA are goats, pigs, lambs, cows, ducks, turkeys, chickens, geese, and bison. These animals, from the day of their mother’s, most likely forced, impregnation, are allotted to be killed. There is no freedom in a life that is planned unto death in captivity, before one is even conceived, by those that pay for that murder.
In the wilderness is a place where animals have the chance at life or death well into adulthood unlike animals on farms that are killed as youths. Animals in the wilderness also have the freedom to eat foods that grow in their surrounding environment rather than food that is grown for them hundreds of miles away, females and males have the chance to procreate with another of their own species rather than to be forced to make babies in captivity through rape/artificial insemination/semen collection done by human hands and human derived instruments. Animals in the wilderness get to give their milk to their own offspring, which is a bond that is broken when milk is stolen for humans. In the wilderness animal families stay together hence being able to nurture their babies. Lastly, in the wilderness there is space to run and play, beauty to see, fellow creatures of their own species to explore with and to keep warm with, freedom to die of old age or alas, yes, even to perhaps be captured by a predator but after living a free life!
The worst, the supposedly moderately terrible, and the so-called humane ways of enslaving animals are all slavery that ends in murder and their lives are devoid of the beauty and bonds I have mentioned above!
<<<—-Animals want beauty and space to share in life amidst too.
Some of the practices forced on animals in farms are: being kept in a building with circulated air and no exposure to sunshine, wind, moonlight, or starlight, packed living conditions, caged, sawed off teeth if a piglet, ripped off (by hand) testicles if a male piglet, cut off beak if a female chick, ground up/macerated or gassed alive if a male chick, many female animals are raped/forcefully impregnated over and over, to produce babies and to produce milk, until too ravaged to give birth anymore (at which time these female animals are seen as unprofitable and are sent to be slaughtered), very heavy uncomfortably filled udders as a cow, male animals are abused; not only through castration, but also when forced to supply the ‘artificial insemination’ industry with their sperm which is then taken and used in the forced artificial insemination of females (this is known as sexual abuse and rape if done to humans; why not animals? These practices sound perverse because they are!), baby animals are stolen from their mothers to be murdered, many ducks are force fed, animals are given little to no space to move about, and life ends in a bloody slaughter while still in the years of youth. All of this is not even glimpsing at the suffering and exploitation of animals in experimentation.
Above I alluded to the atrocities of experimentation, which many claim is the way to curing diseases. I do not agree and I want to make known the irrationality of causing suffering to cure suffering. Did you know many diseases can be cured by having a diet from plants? Eating animal parts and drinking another species milk are both acid forming in the human body, which is known to cause all sorts of diseases! A diet from plants has been studied and has proved to heal diseases such as colon cancer and heart disease, to name a few.
Did you know bestiality, sex and anal intercourse with non-human animals, remains legally practiced in Denmark, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Belgium, Russia, and the USA (in: Alabama, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming)? Did you know that bestiality was made illegal only recently in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland, and France? Laws and common practices do not make inflicting suffering, such as practices of sexual abuse, kind or just! I seek to inspire questioning of laws and common practices. You may wonder how bestiality is legal at all but have you wondered how your choices daily either support or cease to support: slavery, murder, mutilation, and manual and mechanized sexual abuse of other creatures?
<<<—-A yellow watermelon from this year’s summer garden, 2015.
Slavery in all forms as well as vivisection of any being must end!
I made this Zine to address a portion of the broad scope of human inflicted suffering upon other beings, however harsh and terrible you feel these truths are remember to keep in mind that it is your daily actions that either support or cease to support such cruel and sad realities. It is simply not true that you have to enslave and murder another being for food. Cognitive dissonance must be addressed.
Now I will share a bit about ecosystems. An ecosystem is defined as a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. Humans are a part of a world that has a myriad of intricate ecosystems with relationships that are shared with all animals (humans included) as well as plants, water, earth, sky, insects, and more! When humans enslave animals they try to defy what an ecosystem needs by forcing an unnatural life upon billions of animals. This abuse of life is forced upon outrageous numbers of creatures, which ultimately destroys the balance of ecosystems.
The environment is being manipulated and polluted and animals are suffering. Farms that enslave animals, to be murdered, destroy ecosystems. Monocrops and cities of humans also destroy ecosystems, which I will not go into further detail about in this zine. However, a farm to grow plants can in fact model after nature while sustaining and promoting a harmonious ecosystem. Keep in mind that most of the animals eaten in the United States are enslaved on farms that destroy ecosystems by manipulating the environment and creatures in both cruel and unsustainable ways. Such information helps me to make kinder more informed choices in regard to animal welfare and for the well being of the environment. Direct action creates change.
<<<—-A turkey that jumped in my, now retired, car!
Nowadays, I wish a turkey would jump in my bicycle basket!
If people running GM companies truly wanted to feed the world the acres and acres of land used to grow GM crops would not be harvested for mostly non-human animals enslaved on farms but rather to feed humans directly! All humans on the entire earth would be fed that way; should we all want to be fed GM crops! I certainly do not want such. Nor do I want animals to be enslaved and forced to eat GM crops! GM foods keep dissociation in actions thriving which means animals keep suffering as the earth gets more and more polluted all while the human animal tries to fill a spiritual and emotional void by feeding on and killing other creatures, drinking their milk, and/or taking their eggs—which is done in ignorance or as a learned cultural belief. I believe that eating animals or from them does not give an emotional and spiritual fullness but rather feeds a hedonistic harmful addiction!
Enslaving and murdering animals is not only unnecessary for a healthy diet, such actions are also infallibly causing suffering when love and kindness are near at hand to light a different way.
<<<—-A citrus harvest.
Now fish must not be forgotten. Although a lot of fish still get to swim freely in rivers, lakes, and oceans, many fish are enslaved in crowded, sickness, and pollution inducing farms. Fish wish to live too and swim their very fastest or suffocate their very longest outside of water once caught in attempts to keep living! Also, the oceans are being depleted of life at alarming rates because of over fishing and pollution. Another sad reality is that all sorts of other sea life often get caught in the fishing nets and many are thrown back dead because they are not what was being sought. When there is plant food in abundance to eat without killing other beings why kill a creature? Desire will not suffice as an answer.
All creatures wish to live. The world is maintained as a beautiful place for more beings when a diet from plants is chosen.
Ending your part in the suffering of animals or continuing to be a part of making animals suffer is done daily through personal choices.
is a beautiful way to live.
causes less suffering in the world.
shares in the plant abundance that exists for health.
creates more love.
works toward freedom; no more abuse of and enslavement of sentient creatures.
is less violent.
is less harmful to the environment.
means you are setting the captives of your unlearned desire for flesh free.
means living in communion with creatures instead of by killing them or by paying someone else to murder for you.
means animals are recognized as brethren.
means you are finally weaned from stealing milk meant for a baby of another species.
again, means you are working toward abolishing slavery of other creatures.
means your choices will not pay for the raping of female animals.
means your choices will not break the bond between a mother and her child.
means you may be on your way to being a feminist, by no longer supporting the exploitation of the female reproductive system.
means you no longer support the exploitation of the male reproductive system.
means you are not being so blatantly hypocritical when you say you love animals.
means you believe in community, and in the bonds in packs, herds, flocks, tribes, and family.
means you are that much closer to being an environmentalist.
means more kindness and compassion on earth.
Enslaving animals is gluttonous and does not keep the well being of each animal in mind nor that of the environment.
The Reality of Enslaving Animals to Eat Them:
Eating fruits and veggies can be a beautiful process while murdering animals is always cruel and violent and attributes to more suffering on earth.
Furthermore, enslaving animals is unsustainable.
I choose to think about how my choices and desires can change so that I am not living in a way that keeps other beings in torment. Additionally, you may have not thought of, for more than the animals that are killed, just how violent and disturbing slaughter houses are, think of the humans killing day after day! There is another way to live; we can stop eating (from) animals!
No creature wants to die,
Humane slaughter is a lie.
<<<—-Harvesting morel mushrooms!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about books and websites that share about being vegan (such as b12, calcium, etc.), also, for links to recipe and video recommendations too! Furthermore, email me, write to me, and/or talk to me about any questions—-as to dialogue about animal liberation (humans included), the marriage of food justice with animal rights, food forests, humanure, and living simply (I am a novice but I am learning!). In case you do not know, the Food Justice movement is about “working toward a food system that is inclusive, community-led and participatory, without the exploitation of people, land, or the environment.“ -Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council. I am adding not exploiting any being to the food justice definition!
Dr. Will Tuttle (author of the world peace diet) and Dr. Neal Barnard (of the physicians committee for responsible medicine) are great people to start to learn more from about why to eat a diet from plants rather than to eat animals or from animals.
Let’s celebrate the joy of widening our circle of compassion by allowing animals to live healthy, full, and free lives, as we wish to. Not eating animals or from them will help beauty to flourish in humans, in other animals, and on the whole of the earth!
I have intentionally compiled photos to share of animals that celebrate their beauty; many photos can be found online if you are in doubt about the cruelty and suffering that animals are experiencing. To see the photos I compiled look up the Pinterest page I created while collecting the photos:
Kindness rather than speciesism is promoted in both of the boards, which are: “for the love of animals” and “celebrating a diet from plants.”
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Truly man is the king of beast for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.
Leonardo Da Vinci
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
St Francis of Assisi
Veganism is simply the acknowledgement that a replaceable and fleeting pleasure isn’t more valuable than someone else’s entire life and liberty.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
As long as men massacre animals they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of life.
To shut your mind, heart and imagination to the suffering of others, is to begin slowly but inexorably to die. It is to cease by inches from being human.
Bishop of Salisbury
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
A human body in no ways resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. … But if you will contend that yourself was born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe—as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou hadst rather stay until what thou eatest is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against Nature eat an animate thing? Nay, there is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing as it is; but they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.
Plutarch of Chaeronea, ca. 100 CE
<<<<—-Found a fig tree, yum! Summer 2015
:: Eat from plants! ::
:: Calligraphy on front cover and back cover, as well as this page, by my talented little sister, Nikki Stout.
::Zine content by Britta Morgan.
:: Created during the winter of 2014 while in Bolsena, Italy. The cold winter in Bolsena provided ample time indoors for writing this zine. Printed on 100% recycled paper.
:: The photo on the front cover I took in Bolsena of Tonja: the most attentive and affectionate creature I have ever known. I did more play, with Tonja, than work of the work trade with Jamshed while in Bolsena.
:: Earth with Animals image from gentleworld.org
:: Eat More Plants poster by Brainstorm.
:: Portraits of figs photo and the yellow watermelon photo taken by Jamshed.
:: Photo of me harvesting morel mushrooms taken by Tara.
:: Photo of Jamshed with an avocado tree by Vittorio.
:: Top photo on back cover by me, summer 2015, of Jamshed, in the tippy top of Ashland’s community fig tree, harvesting figs! I chose the photo to celebrate the beauty of the plant kingdom while wishing to share how a more loving way of life can be created by choosing to eat fruits and veggies.
:: All other photos were taken by me.
:: A thank you to both my lovely sister Bethany and to wonderful Jamshed for helping me to edit and to reshape this Zine!