Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers Edited by Joanne Kong
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Editor: Dr. Joanne Kong

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Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media

Vegan Voices
Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers
Available at Lantern Publishing & Media
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59056-650-3
eBook ISBN: 978-1-59056-651-0


The contributors to this book are wide ranging both globally and as practitioners of vegan activism comprising vibrant and compelling forms of activism, including the arts. Contributors are not content to be vegan and stop there. Vegan Voices dispels the notion that being vegan is a merely passive, “personal” “lifestyle” choice. Once upon a time in recent memory, veganism and animal rights often seemed, and often were, separate categories. Even many animal rights advocates tended to shy away from suggesting that an ethical rejection of animal products was a political act, cautiously characterizing it as a personal choice only....
—Karen Davis, PhD, United Poultry Concerns [read her entire review HERE]

The French writer Victor Hugo famously wrote, “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers, through very insightful essays by dedicated vegan activists, provides many reasons why the time has come for a societal shift to veganism.
—Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. [read his entire review HERE]

Vegan Voices brings you the thoughts and experiences of the visionaries who have built this powerful movement. From ethics and activism to aesthetics and economics, it looks at all sides, charting an optimistic way forward for humans and for all the other animals with whom we share the planet.”
—Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC

“As a vegan for forty-seven years, I appreciate Vegan Voices as a delightful and well-rounded holistic approach to Veganism as a way of life as well as eating. I fully recommend this book to all levels of vegan readers. It points to Veganism as a way to sanctify our eating. In each generation, we are given the medicine for healing that generation. Veganism is the medicine for healing this generation and also future generations. Vegan Voices gives a wonderful understanding of the vegan approach and understanding of life.”
—Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H)

“There are as many reasons to be vegan as there are vegans, as this lovely anthology makes clear. So many of my heroes in one place—what a treat. Read it and be inspired.”
—Bruce Friedrich, Co-founder & Executive Director, The Good Food Institute

“If we are to have any hope of healing our damaged planet, it is clear that we must first rethink our relationship with animals. As Vegan Voices eloquently describes, for too long we’ve regarded the sentient beings with whom we share the world as mere things—commodities to be used for food, clothing, research, and entertainment. This is an important book that will serve as a call to action for every consumer to seriously consider the consequences of their dietary choices. Vegan Voices demonstrates that being vegan truly is a matter of life and death, and each one of us can make a difference.”
—Mark Hawthorne, author of A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Kindness Toward All

“Reading Vegan Voices, I found it fascinating to discover how others became enlightened, whether through their own observation, being taught by others, or through our subconscious with our “mirror neurons” allowing empathy to not judge and misjudge other species. The variety of backgrounds presented here illustrates how we all can come together regardless of where we start. From philosophy professors to bodybuilders, it works for all! A ‘Must Read!’”
—Ruth E. Heidrich, PhD, author of A Race for Life and Senior Fitness

Vegan Voices is a wonderful testament to the inspiring individuals around the world who are part of a growing paradigm shift towards more compassionate living.”
—Sebastian Joy, Founding President of ProVeg International

“This inspiring collection of essays presents the plight of animals and the activism in many forms meant to redeem our species by following an approach of live and let live. The volume seeks all attention from the ideal reader who with open heart and mind listens to the reasonable and passionate narrative experience of writers trying to convey the songs, the cries, and interests of our fellow animal friends from all different species.”
—Anita Krajnc, Founder, Animal Save Movement

“The beauty of this book is the self-realization that we ALL are inspiring changemakers!”
—Keegan Kuhn, Co-director of What The Health and Cowspiracy

“Would you like to be radiant and vibrantly healthy? Do you want to experience vitality and joy throughout all your years? Would it matter to you if the most important steps you can take towards a long and healthy life, also brought more compassion into the world, and also helped preserve our endangered ecosystems? That may sound fanciful, like it’s too good to be true. But it isn’t. It’s the literal truth, as the essays in this book will show you with crystal clarity.”
—John Robbins, best-selling author, and President of Food Revolution Network

“Animals have voices, but humans don’t speak their languages—so vegan voices speak for them. And this book allows everyone to tune in.”
—Ingrid Newkirk, President and Founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

“A beautifully inspiring and informative read for everyone who cares about animals. Dr. Joanne Kong has compiled an invaluable resource with unique experiences and wisdom from advocates across the globe, tapping into a broad range of topics. This just may be the inspiration that will spark your life’s passion and ignite your sense of purpose in changing the world for the better.”
—Jen Riley, Director of Operations at Our Hen House

“Being vegan goes beyond what is at the end of your fork. As the accomplished authors of these inspiring essays illuminate, it also encompasses health, spirituality, environmentalism, compassion, kindness, and activism, coupled with a vital sense of unity, purpose, and consistency.”
—Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, author of numerous groundbreaking books on vegan cuisine, health, and compassionate living

“This book offers inspiring insights into how animal activists became who they are. Discerning the most successful strategies for their vegan advocacy, the individuals in this book show that through a redirection of our personal and professional lives, we can create a world that works for all beings!”
—Veda Stram,

About the Author:

Dr. Joanne Kong has been recognized as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-sourced nutrition today. A frequent public speaker at universities, festivals, and conferences, her highly praised TEDx talk, “The Power of Plant-Based Eating,” is on numerous websites. She has toured extensively—in Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and a three-week, ten-city tour of India—speaking on veganism. She is the author of If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan (self-published), and is profiled in the book Legends of Change, about vegan women who are reshaping the world.

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