The Vegan Connection and Resources

Why Vegan? Why do we choose to be vegan?

Whether or not you choose to use or identify with the term “vegan,” the decision to be cruelty-free goes far beyond dietary choices. It’s a lifestyle.

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In this seeming age of self-absorption and self-indulgence, there is an awakening consciousness and a growing concern for the choices we make, the effects they have, and the legacy we are leaving to those who will come after us.

Whether your initial motivation for going vegan or plant-based was to stop the suffering of countless animals in factory farms or in animal testing facilities; in order to decrease the detrimental effects on the environment; for your own health; or any number of other reasons, the underlying commonality is often the same: to take responsibility for our own actions and the effects they have. It is the element that connects us all.

Regardless of when or why your journey began down this path, you are making a difference. And together, our voice and actions can have an even greater impact.

Building a sense of community and getting more informed can help us to be a stronger voice for the future we want to make a reality.

Through social media, and great online communities and forums such as VegsourceVeggieBoards and VeganWALL we can grow and strengthen this community. Through community we can realise that we are not one solitary voice, but we are a community of voices. A community of people who act out of compassion, taking responsibility for our own actions, and recognising the effects our lives have on the lives of others as well as this beautiful home we call Earth.

And now there are an ever increasing number of great resources available, so whether you’re just beginning your journey or are looking to broaden or deepen your understanding of a vegan or plant-based lifestyle, there are plenty of resources to help you along your way.

Here are a few good ones to get you started:

For info about veganism: ADAPTTYour Vegan Fallacy Is, Bite Size Vegan

For info about plant-based living: Forks Over Knives, PCRMDr. Esselstyn, Dr. McDougallCentre for Nutrition Studies

For plant-based recipes: Engine 2 Diet, Forks Over Knives, Fat Free Vegan

Organisations for the environment and the animals: The Ocean CleanUp, RainForest Trust, Sea Shepherd, Mercy for Animals

Films to watch: Earthlings, Forks Over Knives, Blue Gold: World Water Wars, Fuel

Info and community for vegan athletes: Vegan Fitness & Bodybuilding, Organic AthleteVegan Fitness

You can find more great vegan and plant-based resources on the Resources Page, as well as numerous recommended books, films and cruelty-free products in TVJ Store. Or, just take a look around the site to find more info and links that spark your interest.

More articles, resources and links are constantly being added, so be sure to check back!

The Vegan Junction

Where healthy, active, and ethical living meet.

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