How You Can Help: Plant Based Eating and Animal Advocacy
There are so many reasons to transition to veganism. Some choose plant-based diets because they want to help save animals, others do it to protect our planet or to avoid the health risks associated with consuming animal products.
What Do the Terms Mean?
You may have heard the words vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, and whole-food plant-based. What does it all mean?
A person who does not eat any food derived from animals and who typically does not use other animal products out of compassion for animals.
A person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral or health reasons.
A food or diet consisting largely or solely of vegetables, grains, pulses, or other foods derived from plants rather than animal products.
A diet prioritizing plant foods and minimizing the consumption of processed ingredients and animal products is often pursued to improve one's health.
There is overlap among these diet choices, and all of the options can reduce animal suffering, slow climate change, and improve your health.
Whatever your reason is as you explore a vegan diet and how to become active in animal advocacy, these resources can help you get started today.
- Track the impact of your choices by using the Vegan Calculator. See how you are making a difference.
- Alexa Fueled Naturally
- Brand New Vegan
- Chocolate Covered Katie
- HealthyGirl Kitchen
- Minimalist Baker
- Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
- Nora Cooks
- Plant-Based on a Budget
- Plantifully Based
- Post Punk Kitchen
- Shane and Simple
- Sweet Greens Vegan
- Sweet Potato Soul
- The Korean Vegan
Vegan Beginner’s Guides
- 21-Day Vegan Kickstart (PCRM)
- African American Vegan Starter Guide (Tracye McQuirter & Farm Sanctuary)
- The Beginner’s Guide to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet (Forks Over Knives)
- Vegan Starter Guide (TryVeg)
- Vegan Starter Kit (PETA)
Raising Plan Based Kids
Documentaries & Movies
- Animal Liberation (Peter Singer)
- By Any Greens Necessary (Tracye McQuirter)
- Hidden: Animals in the Anthropocene (We Animals Media)
- Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (Mark Hawthorne)
- The Emotional Lives of Animals (Marc Bekoff)
- The Encompass Essays: Antiracism in Animal Advocacy (Editor: Jasmin Singer)
- The Sexual Politics of Meat (Carol J. Adams)
- We Animals (Jo-Anne McArthur)
- Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows (Melanie Joy)
Books for Kids
- The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig
- Piney the Goat Nanny
- V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind
- That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things
Advocating for Animals
In addition to Rosie’s, there are a number of organizations advocating for animals. We encourage you to get involved with these lifesaving efforts.
- Farm Animal Rights Organization (FARM)
- Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
- Mercy for Animals
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
- Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
- The Humane League
Are you looking for more information on how to make a positive impact? Faunalytics is a great place to find research into effective animal advocacy.
VegFund may be able to help you go one step further. If you plan to host a vegan advocacy event, this organization may be able to provide a grant to help fund it.
As you take these steps for animals, your health, and our environment, please consider making a donation to Rosie’s Farm Sanctuary as we continue in our efforts to rescue, educate, and advocate. Thank you for creating a kinder future for animals!