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Vegan Ethics: AMORE—Five Reasons to Choose Vegan By Dr. Lisa Kemmerer

Publisher: Independently published August 2022

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Vegan Ethics: AMORE—Five Reasons to Choose Vegan
Available from Lisa Kemmerer, Publications
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BBQ74CF9
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8848018714


We eat every day, yet most of us do not understand the moral weight of what we put on the table. Vegan Ethics explores the many reasons why, as word gets out, people choose vegan—animal well-being, human health, human oppressions (such as world hunger, sexism, and homophobia), religious commitments, and the health of the planet.

With clear and simple prose and an abundance of enlightening and inspiring quotes, Vegan Ethics is a must-read for anyone interested in animal-studies, environmental philosophy, intersectionality, social justice, religious studies, animal activism, and ethics in general. The author, Professor Emeritus Dr. Kemmerer, is known internationally for her extensive work in the field of ethics and animals.

The acronym AMORE (“love” in Italian) reminds of five moral concerns that point to a vegan diet:

  1. Anymals
  2. Medical
  3. Oppression
  4. Religion
  5. Environment

About the Author

Internationally known for her work in animal ethics, Dr. Lisa Kemmerer is the founder of the educational, vegan umbrella organization, Tapestry. With a Master of Theological Studies in Comparative Religions (Harvard) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (specializing in animal ethics at Glasgow University, in Scotland), Kemmerer taught for 20 years at the university level. She has written more than 100 articles/anthology chapters and 10 books, including In Search of Consistency, Animals and World Religions, Sister Species, and Eating Earth. Dr. K retired in July of 2020 to become a full-time social justice activist with Tapestry.

Dr. Kemmerer’s sense of wonder in nature, smallness of self, and simplicity of lifestyle were enhanced by climbing and backpacking, month-long kayak trips, a bicycle trip from Washington to Alaska, and a number of close brushes with an early end. Travel abroad also shaped her worldview. She worked as a forest fire fighter and nurse’s aide in a nursing home to buy a ticket to the South Pacific, where she hitchhiked aournd, listening to the views of hundreds of diverse locals. She also traveled parts of Asia, where her understanding of time, “necessities,” and community were altered by rural Burma and Bangladesh and in little villages on the high ridges of Nepal.

She earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies at Reed College, where she founded her first anymal activist organization and earned a competitive Watson Fellowship that took her on a two-year journey to explore the place of women and anymals in religions. She ventured to remote monasteries and temples in northern China, spent a month at the Dalai Lama’s school in north India, visited holy sites in Israel, stayed with Palestinians and visited patients at a West Bank hospital, and traveled to remote hermitages in mountain ranges of Egypt and Turkey.

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