Helping Animals

Two Trick Pony Help AnimalsDo you love animals? We do too! We donate time and a portion of our profits to various animal rescue and vegan advocacy organizations. Some of the groups we have worked with and have supported include Our Hen House, VegWorcester, Maple Farm Sanctuary, Institute for Humane Education and Greyhound Rescue of New England.

How can you help? We’re so glad you asked. The number one thing you can do to help animals is to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

  • If you believe that doing unnecessary harm to animals is wrong, then you already agree with the idea of veganism.
  • If you think animals are sentient beings with emotional lives, not inanimate objects, you already agree with veganism.
  • If you think animals should be treated as individuals and not as profit making machines, you already agree with veganism.

All you need to do now is to put your beliefs into action!

What exactly is veganism? Donald Watson coined the term in 1944 and defined it like this:

“Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.”

If you think becoming a vegan (not to be confused with a Vulcan or a Suzanne Vega super fan) is difficult, think again! Once you learn why you should be a vegan, you won’t want to contribute to the suffering that animal use causes and avoiding animal products will be something you will want to do.

Adopting a vegan lifestyle is about rejecting violence and exploitation, not about deprivation and restriction. There are so many great resources for learning about veganism and we have categorized a whole bunch into the handy list below. Please reach out to us if you have any questions at all and we will do our best to answer them or point you in the right direction.

Animal Sanctuaries
Catskill Animal Sanctuary - Saugerties, NY
Farm Sanctuary - Watkins Glen, NY, Orland, CA and Acton, CA
Maple Farm Sanctuary - Mendon, MA
Sasha Farm - Manchester, MI
Vine Sanctuary - Springfield, VT
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary - High Falls, NY

Books
Pleasurable Kingdom by Jonathan BalcombeBeg
Eating Animals

Eat Like You Care
Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day
Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook
Main Street Vegan
Meatonomics

Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?
Pleasurable Kingdom
The China Study
The Ultimate Betrayal
The Emotional Lives of Animals
Vegan for Life
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Documentaries
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey HomeCowspiracy
Earthlings
Forks Over Knives
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
The Witness
Vegucated


Health Professionals
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: PCRM
Brenda Davis, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist
Ginny Messina, MPH, RD
Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD

Recipes & Chefs
Vegan food may not be what you think, especially if you are picturing a diet of wheatgrass, bark and purified air. There are as many (or more!) types of vegan food as there are non-vegan food — Mexican, Indian, Ethiopian, “burgers” & fries, donuts (yes donuts!), “meat” loaf, non dairy cheeses — vegans are not deprived in the least. Here are some great sites with recipes of varying degrees of complexity.

Chocolate Covered Katie
ChooseVeg
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
FatFree Vegan
Happy Herbivore
Healthy. Happy. Life.
Keepin' It Kind
Maple Spice

Oh She Glows
Plant Based On a Budget
Post Punk Kitchen
VeganYumYum