Note: If you haven't read the previous installments, you can find them here:
The Vegan Pagan: Introduction
The Vegan Pagan: Interstice the First
The Vegan Pagan: Interstice the Second
The Vegan Pagan: Your Health
The Vegan Pagan: The Case Against Animal Sacrifice
The Vegan Pagan: Climate Change and Food Equity
The Vegan Pagan: The Animals Themselves
When I conceived this project, I took for granted all of the information I had assimilated over the years about animal rights and the vegan lifestyle, believing I could offer a Pagan perspective on topics I later realized were wholly unfamiliar to many of you. Instead, I found myself researching, compiling and publishing primers on everything from diet to animal sacrifice, and somewhere along the way, the specific Pagan connections thinned a bit. I'm sorry about that, but at the same time, I think there's room for more discussion down the road. I also believed when I began that it was time a vegan Pagan addressed the community's discomfort with veganism by writing on the subject until a critical mass of reliable information was available. I hope I've managed to do that respectfully, and I hope I've also given you some things to consider that perhaps you hadn't thought about before.
With that in mind, and because I'm an optimist about these things, this last installment of The Vegan Pagan is for those of you who want to know more about the topics I didn't cover and perhaps begin a transition to veganism. But before I do that, I need to get a housekeeping matter out of the way. After this entry, the Gael Ùr blog will be going on hiatus for a time. I've been putting off hand surgery for over a year now, and I've been struggling to meet editorial deadlines and begin new projects in my fiction writing career, so I've decided to focus on those things for a season. If you'd like to follow my work in the meantime, you can find both my web site and personal blog at csmaccath.com. You might also want to sign up for email notifications at theveganpagan.com, where I will begin podcasting about intersections between veganism and Paganism later this year. Finally, you might be interested in the international, community-driven project I co-own and manage with my husband Sean, Your Vegan Fallacy Is, which is dedicated to correcting misconceptions about veganism in approachable and unambiguous ways.
PS: To all the vegan Pagans who spoke your truths in the Facebook comments on this series, thank you. It was a genuine pleasure to read them.
The 30-Day Vegan Challenge®: The 30-Day Vegan Challenge® is a multimedia online program, created by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, featuring outstanding written, audio, and video content to give you everything you need to support you on your journey towards optimal wellness and unconditional compassion. The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
Vegan Starter Kit: The Vegan Starter Kit is a comprehensive web site offering information and resources for people making the transition to veganism. Vegan Starter Kit
Bite Size Vegan: Bite size vegan is an ever-expanding video-based free educational resource for information on all aspects of veganism consisting of a youtube channel and accompanying website. Bite Size Vegan
Google+ Vegan Page and Vegan Community: A community of compassionate people, largely vegan and vegetarian of some stripe or another, inviting and supporting all persons of conscience. My husband Sean and I run this page and community together. Google+ Vegan Page | Google+ Vegan Community
Oh She Glows: Oh She Glows is an award-winning recipe blog featuring over 500 healthy recipes. Oh She Glows
One Ingredient Chef: The One Ingredient Diet is a simple answer to our world of out-of-control processed food. This common-sense guideline is easy enough for a first-grader to understand, but powerful enough to save lives – eat plant-based foods that start out as one whole ingredient. One Ingredient Chef
Thug Kitchen: Eat like you give a fuck. Thug Kitchen
These are media recommendations for topics I haven't covered in this series. Each one is a well-respected resource that discusses the vegan lifestyle and the abuses of animals in agriculture and other industries. They're meant to pique your interest and provide a starting point for further researches.
Animals for Clothing
APFA: The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) is one of the oldest animal protection groups in Canada. It works to end the commercial fur trade and provides practical assistance to Canadian municipalities seeking to minimize human-wildlife conflicts: APFA
Bite Size Vegan: Bite Size Vegan asks:
Animals for Entertainment
The abuse of animals in entertainment is widespread, and so the conversation around it is broad. These are just a few facets of that conversation.
Green is the New Red: Green is the New Red focuses on how fear of “terrorism” is being exploited to push a political and corporate agenda. Specifically, it focuses on how animal rights and environmental advocates are being branded “eco-terrorists” in what many are calling the Green Scare: Green is the New Red
Animals for Research
AAVS: Founded in 1883, the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education: AAVS
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry: Blackfish
Earthlings is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, Earthlings is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs: Earthlings
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods: Forks Over Knives
Speciesism: The Movie asserts that most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners: Speciesism: The Movie
The Ghosts in our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. From undercover investigations to joyful rescue missions, in North America and in Europe, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research: The Ghosts in our Machine