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Greetings and thanks for stopping by. I’m Carl, a VeganDude. I’m 70 years-young and VeganVoices is my blog. I went vegan after my near-fatal car crash in 1993. I was forty at the time. The crash happened while I was going to work. It changed my life forever. Among other things, my near-death experience gave me a new appreciation of life, both human and nonhuman. I believe that all sentient beings have equal value and should be respected. Killing animals for food or any reason is not respecting life. VeganVoices for the animals. VeganVoices for the planet. VeganVoices for your health: mind, body, soul. ~CarlVeganDude70

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***VeganVoices Book Suggestion***

This Is Vegan Propaganda: (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You) by Ed Winters. Click or tap the book cover pic above or follow this link to learn more at Amazon.

Face Food

Don’t eat food with a face.

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Why I Don’t Eat Faces: A Neurophilosophical Argument for Veganism by David Christopher Lane. Imagine the pain of an animal and then to ask yourself one straightforward question: Do I need to kill it in order to live? And, if you do not need to eat animals to live a good life, then ask yourself the following, and perhaps more pertinent, questions: Is slaughtering a cow, beheading a chicken, or hooking a fish necessary? Is my palate the driving force behind my ethical values?

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Farms

Urban Farms
Not Factory Farms

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The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through Growing Your Own Food by Justin Rhodes is a permaculture expert and popular YouTube Homesteader. He shares the skills and the delights of becoming a part of your own food story in this inspiring, accessible, and beautiful invitation to a more abundant, healthy, and connected life.

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Bred To Be Butchered

Breeding animals for the sole purpose of killing them for food is brutal and barbaric.

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The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System by Jacy Reese offers a bold yet realistic vision of how technology and social change are creating an animal-free food system in which we no longer use animals to produce meat, dairy, or eggs and make slaughterhouses obsolete.

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Don’t Be Cruel

Stop Eating Animals

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Stop Eating the Animals: An Appeal on Behalf of The Voiceless to Adopt a Meat-Free Foodstyle by Jerry H. Parisella employs reason, emotions, and beliefs to advance a unique argument from the dual perspectives of human health and animal welfare, enabling readers to see how the two issues are inextricably linked. Follow Jerry H. Parisella’s transition away from animal flesh. 

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Humane Meat Myth

Adding humane before slaughter doesn’t cancel the slaughter, it cancels the guilt.

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Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home by Steve Jenkins & Derek Walter

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter had their lives turned upside down when they adopted their pig-daughter Esther–the so-called micro pig who turned out to be a full-sized commercial pig growing to a whopping 600 pounds–as they describe in their bestselling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig. The book ends with them moving to a new farm, and starting a new wonderful life where they will live on the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary to care for other animals and just live happily ever after… Or so they thought.

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Eating Meat

Eating animal flesh is a barbaric ritual.

VeganVoices Book Suggestion

What in the World Are We Eating?: The Physical, Mental, and Social Effects of Eating Animals by Temitope Sonuyi. By exploring the physical, mental, and social repercussions of eating animals vs. plants, the author draws a distinct line in the sand that cuts across our economy, biology, health, gender, love, war, religion, and consciousness.

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Weather Matters

We need to change before the climate does.

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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer writes that we have turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.

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Do You Care?

Vegans don’t care WHAT you eat.
Vegans care WHO you eat.

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Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals by Gary Francione and Anna Charlton puts the issue of eating animals squarely on the table. How can we justify the fact that we kill many billions of land animals and fish every year for food? However “humanely” we treat and kill these animals, the amount of animal suffering we cause is staggering. Yet no one maintains that animal foods are necessary for optimal health. Indeed, mounting empirical evidence points to animal foods being detrimental for human health. But however you evaluate that evidence, there can be no serious doubt that we can have excellent health with a vegan diet.

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KFC

Kentucky Fried Cruelty
Finger Lickin’ Cruel

***VeganVoices Book Suggestion***

Diet for a New America 25th Anniversary Edition: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Your Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth by John Robbins presents both a disturbing portrait of our current food system and a vision for the future that will educate and empower readers to change.

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Climate Emergency

🌎Mother Earth is one hot momma.🌇

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The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency by Shantigarbha asks how we can wake up and respond to the climate crisis from a Buddhist perspective. It will be of interest to Buddhists concerned about the climate and to eco-activisms wishing to ground their work in a spiritual context.

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Animals Are Not Food

Veganism is not just a lifestyle or a diet.
It’s resistance against the most accepted injustice.

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Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time by Carol J. Adams is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time. Protest Kitchen is the first book to explore the ways in which a more plant-based diet challenges regressive politics and fuels the resistance.

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Being Not Beef

Marked For Slaughter

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The Vegan “Beef” Guide: All the Answers to Win Every Argument About Veganism You Will Ever Need by Lyanna K. Peterson will help you get through it and communicate your point effectively, giving others a chance to choose veganism. No beef at all — just natural goodness.

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All Beings Matter

The Earth was made for all beings,
not just human beings.

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A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion by Matthieu Ricard writes that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or “entertainment,” and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny. What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion.

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Vegan Is Good

Vegan is good for animals.
Vegan is good for the planet.
Vegan is good for your mind/body/soul.

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Veganism, Sex and Politics: Tales of Danger and Pleasure by C. Lou Hamilton. Veganism is so much more than what we eat. It’s about striving to live an ethical life in a profoundly unethical world.

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Garden of Eden

According to the Bible, all creation would still be vegan as God had intended if it had not been for original sin. God’s first choice, Her greatest wish, Her ideal diet for the pinnacle of Her creation was a vegan lifestyle.

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Garden of Vegan: Examining Meat Eating in the Bible: Should Christians Eat Meat? by James Peter Jandu examine the subject of veganism from a historical Biblical context. You would be surprised how vegan the Bible is.

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Vegan Peace Diet

Peace begins on your plate.

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World Peace Diet (Tenth Anniversary Edition): Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle includes a new preface, new resources, and a study guide. The book presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on the comprehending the far-reaching implications of our food choices. Tuttle offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience that show how we as a species can move our consciousness forward.

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Animal Suffering

Vegans eat food that doesn’t scream.

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A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion by Matthieu Ricard chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or “entertainment,” and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny. What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion.

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Don’t Have a Cow

Go Vegan Instead

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Don’t have a Cow! for lunch.: A book about why cows want us all to be vegan by Wendi Tooth is the perfect conversation starter. This picture book discusses the impact of factory farming on the environment and a brief look at what the cows are forced to endure so we can have dairy and processed beef.

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Climate Activism

Fight climate change with diet change.

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The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock by Tony Weis provides a rigorous and eye-opening way of understanding what this system means for the health of the planet, how it contributes to worsening human inequality, and how it constitutes a profound but invisible aspect of the violence of everyday life.

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Grow A Garden

Eat from a garden, not from a grave.

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The Garden of Vegan: How Plants Can Save the Animals, the Planet and Our Health by Cleve West thought making a garden was a frivolous pursuit for the privileged. Two things changed his mind: designing a garden for a hospital and adopting a vegan lifestyle. Cleve’s transition to veganism was a profound and varied learning experience. 

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Health Foods

If there’s a health foods section in your grocery store,
what does that say about the rest of it?

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Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World by Victoria Moran offers a complete guide to making this dietary and lifestyle shift.

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Got Milked?

Milk Does a Body Bad

12 Reasons to Stop Drinking Cow’s Milk – PETA

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Got Milked?: The Great Dairy Deception and Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk by Alissa Hamilton proves why we don’t need dairy in our daily diets, how our dependence on it is actually making many people sick, and what we can do to change it.

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Cuts Of Meat

Know your cuts of cruelty.

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The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals by James McWilliams is a riveting expose of an industry that has typically hidden behind a veil of morality, and a compelling account of how to live a more economical, environmental, and ethical life.

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Born To Be Wild

Not Caged

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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs by Richard Louv “is a remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals.” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter.

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Barbaric Ritual

Eating flesh from animals who were born and bred to be slaughtered is cruel and barbaric.

***VeganVoices Book Suggestion***

What in the World Are We Eating?: The Physical, Mental, and Social Effects of Eating Animals by Temitope Sonuyi explores the physical, mental, and social repercussions of eating animals vs. plants. The author draws a distinct line in the sand that cuts across our economy, biology, health, gender, love, war, religion, and consciousness.

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Crazy Vegans

Flesh-eaters who think vegans are crazy are the same people who eat dead body parts.

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This Crazy Vegan Life: A Prescription for an Endangered Species by Christina Pirello not only advocates the development of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment, but also promotes their impact on wellness.

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Meat Is Murder

The meat industry is a murder machine.

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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat  by Howard F, Lyman is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet—for the good of the planet and the health of us all.

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Compassion

Listen to your heart, not your stomach.

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Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice is a series of essays by internationally recognized authors and activists, Edited by Dr. Will Tuttle. The essays focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected.

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Free The Animals


This is the face of captivity.
There’s no beauty in stolen freedom.

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Free the Animals: The Amazing True Story of the Animal Liberation Front in North America by Ingrid Newkirk is a shattering account of one woman’s struggle against the forces supporting the abuse of animals. Free the Animals is the best-selling and action-packed story of underground adventure, as well as an eloquent plea for the rights of nonhuman animals. The book describes how this law-abiding woman came to challenge the system by taking direct action and examines why ordinary people are moved to do extraordinary things on behalf of animals.

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Factory Farmed

All farmed animals deserve to be treated with compassion; not tortured, slaughtered, and butchered for human consumption.

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Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy including Paul Shapiro, Peter Singer, and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau offer their hard-won insights on effective farm animal advocacy. Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned activist, “Uncaged” provides an abundance of wisdom and inspiration that will help you have a big impact for farm animals.

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Love & Compassion

A vegan atheist has more love and compassion for God’s creatures than a Christian who eats animal flesh.

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Why Every Christian Should Be A Vegan by Ryan Hicks takes a Scriptural approach to the subject of humanity’s treatment of animals, what God desires from us, and what the Bible says about it all. If you have been raised thinking that animals are here to be food or for our entertainment, then by reading this book you will discover many edifying truths.

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Body Parts

Eating dead body parts is gross.

***VeganVoices Book Suggestion***

What in the World Are We Eating?: The Physical, Mental, and Social Effects of Eating Animals by Temitope Sonuyi. By exploring the physical, mental, and social repercussions of eating animals vs. plants, the author draws a distinct line in the sand that cuts across our economy, biology, health, gender, love, war, religion, and consciousness.

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Meat = Animal Cruelty

If you don’t like cruelty,
stop buying it.

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The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals by James McWilliams pushes back against the questionable moral standards of a largely omnivorous world and explores the “alternative to the alternative”-not eating domesticated animals at all. McWilliams reveals the scope of the cruelty that takes place even on the smallest and-supposedly-most humane animal farms. In a world increasingly aware of animals’ intelligence and the range of their emotions, McWilliams advocates for the only truly moral, sustainable choice-a diet without meat, dairy, or other animal products.

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Hell On Earth

If they could speak, what would they say?

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A Vegan Planet: Your guide to a life transforming journey by Jeff Letendre is a guide providing clear and scientific answers to your questions debunking the many myths surrounding veganism. Diet, essential nutrients, meal planning, industrial farming, environmental issues, health, the economy, vegan athletes, vivisection, and frequently asked questions are some of the many topics covered in this book.

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