May all that have life be delivered from suffering. (Buddha)
The word “veganism” denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude – as far as is possible and practical – all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals. (Donald Watson)
The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates. (The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, July 7, 2012)
Nonviolent struggle is the most powerful means available to those struggling for freedom. (Gene Sharp)
Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.
(George Bernard Shaw)
The only ‘person’ who looks good wearing fur or animal skin…is the animal itself that it was ripped away from. Animals are our friends – not a fashionable coat or a trendy pair of shoes.
(The Peaceful Planet)
Vegans DO NOT wear any animal derived clothing, shoes or jewelry whatsoever, whether derived from slaughter, exploitation or abuse, including:
The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer? (Jeremy Bentham)
Vegans DO NOT use any products if knowingly they contain any animal products or animal by-products, whether derived from slaughter, exploitation, abuse, or research testing, including: