Films and books
The many vegan recipe websites, blogs, and documentaries online include some great resources. Here are some of our favourites.
Documentaries – animals
Peaceable Kingdom : The Journey Home – explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
The Emotional World of Farm Animals – a delightful documentary for viewers all ages about the thinking and feeling side of animals that are all too often just viewed as food.
Earthlings – a documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes. presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research). Warning, contains graphic images.
Speciesism – 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. You’ll never look at animals in the same away again.
Documentaries – environment
Cowspiracy : The Sustainability Secret – a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, and is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry.
Meat The Truth – demonstrates that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together, which is so often ignored by other climate change documentaries.
Documentaries – health
Forks over knives – 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.
A Diet For All Reasons – Dr. Michael Klaper, M.D. explores and explains the relationship between diet and health. From the benefits of plant-based foods to the deleterious effects of meat and dairy-laden diets and their relation to disease, his down-to-earth approach makes the subject very accessible and interesting.
H.O.P.E What You Eat Matters – is an award-winning documentary that looks at the effects of the typical Western diet on our health, the environment and animals, it features experts including Jane Goodall, T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn and has been endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney. The film shows how we can improve our health, the health of the planet, and reduce industrialised cruelty to animals by embracing a plant-based diet. It has a clear message: by changing our eating habits, we can change the world.
The Face On Your Plate – Jeffrey M. Masson
Masson investigates how denial keeps us from recognizing the animal at the end of our fork and urges readers to consciously make decisions about food.
The Pig Who Sang to the Moon – Jeffrey M. Masson
Jeffrey Masson reveals startling evidence that farm animals have feelings, even consciousness – and bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable barnyard creatures, each unique with distinct qualities.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows – Melanie Joy
Dr. Melanie Joy explores carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat, eggs, and dairy we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why.
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Dealing with the topics of factory farming and commercial fisheries. A committed vegetarian, Foer speaks out against these things whilst also providing what he believes are human alternatives
Living Among Meat Eaters – Carol J. Adams
An invisible meat eater/vegetarian dynamic exists. Left unacknowledged it traps both groups in social interactions that can be painful and upsetting: conversations that become arguments; interactions that become confrontations; meals that exclude vegetarians; friends who sabotage them; nonvegetarian lovers who alienate them. Living Among Meat Eaters guides vegetarians through these sticky situations with friends, relatives, co-workers, waitstaff, and partners. Whereas meat eaters may be surprised that such a book is necessary, vegetarians will understand immediately.
Never Too Late To Go Vegan – Carol J. Adams
The over-50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet.
Animal Liberation – Peter Singer
Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of concerned men and women to the shocking abuse of animals everywhere — inspiring a worldwide movement to eliminate much of the cruel and unnecessary laboratory animal experimentation of years past.
Dominion – Matthew Scully
The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”–Genesis 1:24-26. In this crucial passage from the Old Testament, God grants mankind power over animals. But with this privilege comes the grave responsibility to respect life, to treat animals with simple dignity and compassion. Somewhere along the way, something has gone wrong.
Animal Equality – Joan Dunayer
The first book on language and nonhuman oppression, Animal Equality shows that deceptive, biased words sustain injustice toward nonhuman animals. Speciesism, the failure to accord other animals equal consideration and respect, survives through misunderstanding and ignorance.
The Animal Rights Debate – Carl Cohen & Tom Regan
Do all animals have rights? Is it morally wrong to use mice or dogs in medical research, or rabbits and cows as food? How ought we resolve conflicts between the interests of humans and those of other animals? Philosophical inquiry is essential in addressing such questions; the answers given must have enormous practical importance. Here for the first time in the same volume, the animal rights debate is argued deeply and fully by the two most articulate and influential philosophers representing the opposing camps. Each makes his case in turn to the opposing case. The arguments meet head on: Are we humans morally justified in using animals as we do? A vexed and enduring controversy here receives its deepest and most eloquent exposition.
Vegan Freak – Bob & Jenna Torres
Curious about veganism? Want to be a vegan? Already a vegan? Just wondering how to be vegan without going insane? In this informative and practical guide on veganism, team Torres helps you love your inner vegan freak. Loaded with tips, advice, stories, and comprehensive lists of resources that no vegan should live without, this book is key to helping you thrive as a happy, healthy, and sane vegan in a decidedly non-vegan world. Witty, opinionated, and eminently useful.
The China Study – T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M Campbell
In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists.
Veganomicon – Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry H. Romero
Over 250 of our favoritest vegan recipes. Many of the recipes were written for every day meals, in hopes that you won’t even need to look at the recipe after making it a few times.