Friends of Animals opposes the use of animals for human consumption for moral and ecological reasons.
Advertising campaigns that try to make the public believe that the grisly business of turning fish, birds and mammals into food can be done in a “humane” fashion send the wrong message. Whether nonhuman animals are reared intensively or “free-range,” their lives are completely controlled, and profit is what matters most to those who own them.
Incremental improvements pushed by some welfare-oriented animal advocacy groups do not alleviate animals’ suffering; they are geared to assuage our own consciences so that people continue to eat animals, thinking that somebody else has addressed the morality issue.
Being vegan also goes beyond what is on your plate. Respect for animals factors into clothing decisions and other consumer items, such as “cruelty-free” make up, cleaners and toiletries.
Being vegan is not only good for animals, it also benefits the environment. Livestock supply chains account for 14.5% of all human-induced greenhouse emissions each year. That’s about the same amount of emissions from all airplanes, ships, trucks and cars combined.
You might wonder why people become vegans, why FoA considers the commitment so important and what the decision means in everyday terms. So, we created a Vegan Starter Guide, which explores some of the many reasons people decide to live vegan and it also offers recipes and resources.
Friends of Animals has also published three vegan cookbooks: The Best of Vegan Cooking, Dining with Friends, and For the Love of Dog Biscuits.
Dining with Friends equips readers with an impressive repertoire of delicious recipes and many of the book’s recipes can be on the table in less than an hour.
The Best of Vegan Cooking provides meals for every occasion, from easy, everyday dishes to festive, elegant dining. It is a cornucopia for all seasons. Menu items featured include soups, salads, pastas, vegetables, breads and muffins, desserts as well as special sections on classic risottos and delicious ice creams and sorbets
For the Love of Dog Biscuits provides 12 seasonal recipes for healthy, all-natural and nutritional delicious dog treats that won’t break the bank. There are even gluten-free recipes as well as a recipe for Carrot Parsley biscuits that can help combat doggie breath.
Our quarterly magazine, Action Line, provides articles on vegan cooking, fashion, vacations, and more that you can read by becoming a member.