GlobalBird.Net: Resources on Animal Ethics and the All Plant Diet


A Vindication of Natural Diet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1813.  Metaphysical poet and egalitarian activist  (son-in-law of feminist founder Mary Wollstonecraft) argues that moral depravity and physical disease are inevitable consequences of man's barbaric treatment and eating of domestic animals. ("He slays the lamb that looks him in the face/ And horribly devours his mangled flesh" - from Queen Mab, Canto VIII).

Cosmic Memory by Rudolf Steiner, 1904. Collection of essays, including thoughts on the energetics of manifestation of consciousness into mineral and plant realms and into animal and human forms. Steiner's concepts provide a visionary basis for today's movement toward animal empathy and an end to violence against animals.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, 1968. A prophetic work in which a love for animals is the only way to distinguish the robotic from the real. (Available in various editions, including Library of America, 2007).

The Ethics of Diet: A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-Eating/Howard Williams (University of Illinois Press), 2003. Reprint of the 1883 classic study on the ethics of  exploitation of animals, from the 8th century BCE to the 19th century CE. Includes early vegetarian religious communities ("no streams of blood are among them"--St. John Chrysostom). 

Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust/Charles Patterson (Lantern Books), 2002. A study of the enslavement and slaughter of nonhuman animals, parallels with Nazism, and profiles of animal advocates; title from a story by Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Animal Equality: Language and Liberation/Joan Dunayer (Ryce Publishing), 2001. Ways in which words and expressions found throughout the English language contribute to maintaining a mentality of contempt and justification of violence towards animals [Also, Speciesism by the same author, Ryce Publishing, 2004].

Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer/Kerry S. Walters and Lisa Portmess (State University of New York Press), 1999. Fascinating collection of historical and modern writings addressing "human nature, human violence, and the human relationship to other animals."

The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery/Marjorie Spiegel (Mirror Books), 1996. A powerful examination of violence in the enslavement of black people in America and present-day exploitation of nonhuman animals.

Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat/Howard F. Lyman with Glen Mertzer (Scribner), 1998. Practices in the U.S. beef-dairy industry, "Mad Cow" and other diseases, and the American export of industrial animal production to the world. Also, Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry/Gail A. Eisnitz (Prometheus Books), 1997.

Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry/Karen Davis, Ph.D. (Book Publishing Co.), 2009.. Cruelty and disease in a multibillion dollar industry marketing the flesh and reproductive products of birds. [Also, The Holocaust & the Henmaid's Tale by the same author, Lantern Books, 2005].

Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs/No Voice Unheard, Editor and Publisher, 2010. A beautiful volume of animal empathy. Information at DerekGoodwin.com and other sites.

Transitioning to the All Plant (Vegan) Diet

[There are many excellent books on vegan food preparation today, as well as recipes on the Internet. The magazine VegNews is a good source of recipes and  information on new publications.]

Incredibly Delicious: The Vegan Paradigm Cookbook (Gentle World Publishing), 2000. Includes sprouting, veganic gardening, and much information on the vegan lifestyle along with a wide selection of cooked and uncooked recipes.

The Vegan Sourcebook/
Joanne Stepaniak (Lowell House), 1998. Issues in animal ethics plus information on plant-based nutrition and recipes.

Conveniently Vegan/Debra Wasserman (Vegetarian Resource Group), 1999. Guide to what to buy for the plant-based diet, menus and 150 quick and easy recipes. [From the same publisher : Vegan Meals for One or Two, Vegan Menu for People with Diabetes, and other works].

The Peaceful Palate: Fine Vegetarian Cuisine/Jennifer Raymond (Heart & Soul Publications), rev. ed., 1996. Nutrition, kitchen tools, what to stock in your pantry and vegan recipes.

Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World/Robin Robertson (The Harvard Common Press), 2003. 

Vegan with a Vengeance: 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock/Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Da Capo Press), 2005.

I Am Grateful: Recipes & Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude/Terces Engelhart with Orchid (North Atlantic Books), 2007. Raw vegan recipes with info on ingredients, equipment, preparation methods, and links.

Vegan A Go-Go: A Cookbook and Survival Manual for Vegans on the Road/ Sarah Kramer (Arsenal Pulp Press), 2008. A favorite of my good friend Aram at the VINE Sanctuary in Vermont.

The Natural Vegan Kitchen: Recipes from the Natural Kitchen Cooking School/ Christine Waltermyer (Book Publishing Co.), 2011. Vegan and macrobiotic both - can one ask for more?


Inspirational Writings

The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony/Will Tuttle, Ph.D. (Lantern Press), 2005. Examining human dependency on animal exploitation and killing, its consequences, and thoughts on how to move into a different consciousness.

Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul/
Judy Carman (Lantern Books), 2003. A book of inspiration and information "for those who wish to help free the chickens from the soup pots, the cows from the slaughterhouses....and, in so doing, to help free humanity from its bondage to violence."

Animal Grace: Entering a Spiritual Relationship with Our Fellow Creatures/Mary Lou Randour (New World Library, Novato, CA), 2000. Account of the author's personal journey of discovery and "progressive revelation" concerning the "kindom" of animal beings: "I was blind and now I see."

Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions/Rynn Berry (Pythagorean Publishers), 1998. Essays and conversations with vegetarian religious thinkers of East and West; recipes.

Judaism and Vegetarianism/Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. (Lantern Books), 2001. A "vegetarian view of the Bible" with sections on health, ecology, peace, and things to do. 

Boston Vegetarian Society
Evelyn B. Kimber
P. O. Box 38-1071
Cambridge, MA 02238

VINE Sanctuary 
158 Massey Road
Springfield, Vermont 05156
802-885-4017

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