Realising that our use of animals is needless, and then doing something about it is the first step. The moral baseline if you like. It's easy to pick up non-animal foods in the supermarket, or buy shoes that aren't made from leather, etc, and after a couple of months you'll wonder why you didn't go vegan before.


If you want to do more, there's plenty to be done. The next step is educating yourself. Just have a read through the ethics, environmental and health reasons why veganism is important:


Online 


Literature

Much of the theory regarding veganism, and the rights of other animals that you can find on this site, is adapted from the work of the pioneering Gary L. Francione. A good start would be 'Introduction to Animal Rights' as mentioned below.

Francione, G. L. (1995) Animals, Property and the Law 

Francione, G. L. (1996) Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement.

Francione, G. L. (2000)  Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or Your Dog

Francione, G. L. (2008) Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation

Francione, G. L. and R. Garner (2010) The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?

Steiner, G. (2005) Anthropocentrism and its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals in the History of Western Philosophy

Steiner, G. (2008) Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

Torres, B. (2007) Making a Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights


If you need more resources in your efforts, use our growing Downloads page, or alternatively try the following sites:

GrampianARA Resources

Animal Emancipation Resources

Peaceful Prairie Resources (please beware we do not endorse all views linked to from Peaceful Prairie website - just their excellent resources)

Or, if you have a good idea, make your own. Websites, blogs, social networking and other on-line advocacy is a fantastic way to get involved - and through doing so you can often set up local groups in your community. Currently there are few groups who advocate a vegan lifestyle as the baseline in their campaigning, or even who do it at all, but if you find none in your area, form your own. The UK is catching up in effective abolitionist vegan campaigning.


More selected sources of vegan related information on-line (and there are thousands more waiting to be found):

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