About Me

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The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals or animal products for any purpose. That pretty much sums up who I am.

I get really angry and sad about the way we abuse, neglect, and use animals for our own selfish purposes, like for food our bodies don’t need, or for fur and jewelry. I have decided to take a stand for Animal Rights. And for me, those rights extend to all animals we share this planet with. I have a special passion for factory farmed animals, and “pets” who sometimes are treated well and as members of our families, until they are no longer “convenient” to us. Until we tire of them or until they become sick or old. I truly despise anyone who will turn a domesticated animal out of their home and then expect them to survive in a strange, often harsh world they have never known before.

There is a huge place in my heart reserved for all animals, and it would be hard for me to pick a favorite. I suppose if I was forced to choose, then a majority of my compassion would be reserved for cows, pigs, and cats. (Especially black cats who are often left to die in shelters because ignorant people deem them unadoptable or “evil” simply because of their color.)

Do I think I can change the world? YES! If people like me, who have a deep and abiding passion for ALL animals, don’t fight to make things better, who will? We can all sit back and hide and hope someone will stop the senseless killing of both farmed and domesticated animals, but if we don’t actively contribute to stopping the cruelty, then who will?

111 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I totally agree, Greg. Every cause that alleviates the suffering of vulnerable creatures is worth fighting for.

    Best wishes, Emy

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  6. IF YOU DON’T MIND, then I’ll add here also the word “wild animals”:

    “Do I think I can change the world? YES! If people like me, who have a deep and abiding passion for ALL animals, don’t fight to make things better, who will? We can all sit back and hide and hope someone will stop the senseless killing of both farmed and domesticated animals, but if we don’t actively contribute to stopping the cruelty, then who will?”.

    Thanks in advance!
    Arlen

  7. I admire you, and what you stand for. I am a veggie, hope one day to be a full on vegan, and I love animals of all kinds, and thoroughly support your cause. Rock on, sistah!!

  8. Well I’ll be dog. πŸ™‚ I think I read that you are in Texas and so am I. A very nice blog here. I’m with you 100% on all of the issues that you promote.

    Only thing is that I must eat fish for I have several health issues and can not get enough protein. I eat talapia which is the only fresh fish that I can afford. I have numerous allergies which includes gluten, most nuts, citrus and the list goes on. I do not consume anything dairy at all and cook all food fresh for each meal.

    I became a vegan many years ago for ethical and moral reasons. People that know me think my beliefs are “weird.” I don’t try to convert anyone.

    I have a self supported dog/cat rescue sanctuary and three of my cats that I adore are black. I love black cats and these happened my way as did all of my animals.

    Regards,
    ~yvonne

  9. Greg, thanks so much for the follow. I have been told that when I was young the dog probably helped me to keep my vague bits of sanity, so yes animals are kind of special and we should respect them. MM πŸ‘

  10. Sorry for bombarding you with so many “likes” and comments. I’ve been reading your blog for the past 45 minutes and it’s the BEST blog on WordPress. I’ve been vegetarian since 1986, and cruelty free since mid-1990s (no leather, no make-up that tests on animals, etc.) Your blog has a beautiful touch, as it speaks volumes without being preachy. Definitely brought a few tears to my eyes. Keep up the good work!

    • Wow! Thanks, Maryanne for the kind words. I am very happy that you found some good stuff on my blog. And the “likes” are always a good thing, so never a need to apologize. Welcome!

  11. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated (M.Gandhi). Looks like we have a long way to go, but people like you take us one step closer πŸ™‚

  12. Hello. I am very happy for getting the chance to explore your blog for it is truly amazing, one of the best I have seen. I appreciate your serious concern for the animals and putting up such a strong fight against the harm that we are providing to animals. I cant believe that so many people in the world think that animals are a danger to them, when we are their greatest cause of unhappiness and death. I am also taken by surprise that used to be one of these people but your blog has assured me for that to never happen again. I have always still been slightly afraid of animals, but now I am opening up and trying to help as much as I can. As I am just 9 nine years old I am not allowed to do much like going to shelters and all that, but I sometimes put out bowls of water, food (vegetarian only), one time a handmade birdfeeder for the stray dogs and cats and birds. The place where I live does not have any black cats so I dont really know much about them but even then they also have a place in my heart now seeing how people misunderstands them. I try and spread the word of helping animals at school and some of my friends help me. I have reccomended your blog to them and they hope to visit yours soon. Once again, thanks for making this great blog for the hundreds who come here for the protectionof animals. Keep up the good work! β™₯ your blog.

  13. Hi, Greg. Thanks for visiting our little start-up blog re: Cats et cetera. Where is your general location? We are on the western end of the Canadian prairie where cattle ranching and Big Oil are king. Yeesh….

  14. Hi Greg! Hey, I’ve successfully transitioned my dog to a vegan diet using the recipes and supplements from Vegepet. It’s a company that several people recommended to me. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that they sent me literature about how you can healthfully transition a cat to a vegan diet. Despite the fact that cats are true carnivores, they say that they can be successfully transitioned if you supplement their diet with certain nutrients. I don’t know if you’re interested in finding out more about this, but I just wanted to let you know. Here is a link in case you want to check them out: http://vegepet.com/ Celeste:)

  15. So great to see another vegan, especially a man! Thanks for following my blog, and thanks for having the courage and integrity to be vegan.

      • Because, unfortunately, we live in a world where men are considered “weak” and “feminine” if they have any feelings other than anger (and apparently the worst thing a guy can be is “feminine”). Compassion is definitely seen as weakness in our macho culture. ( Just today, I had to correct the stereotype of the “skinny vegan man”….skinny implying weak and not masculine).
        Also, given that men are the ones with all the power in the patriarchal hierarchy, they have an interest in maintaining the status quo. It takes men of exceptional character and integrity to speak out on behalf of the voiceless and try to stop injustice.

  16. I am honored that you are following my blog and have lots of respect and gratitude for yours. I am so glad you are fighting for the animals. I do what I can though I am not a full vegetarian yet and not a vegan. I still fight for the animals online every day. Our last dog was my teacher.

  17. Good evening, Greg. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Your blog inspires compassion toward all creatures and blows the whistle on misinformation. Thank you for sharing and educating your audience! Details about the Versatile Blogger Award can be found on my blog.

  18. Thank you for this interesting and informative site. I am currently reading Peter Singer’s ‘Animal Liberation’ and starting to *wake up* as to what is going on in the world and the way that humans treat animals. Please keep up this good and necessary work. Peace, DD.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, DD! I appreciate knowing that my site may be helping people. And Animal Liberation is the book that led me towards becoming a Vegan. The movie Earthlings, available to view for free online at earthlings.com, in case you haven’t already seen it, was my tipping point towards full ethical Veganism.

      • Hi Greg. I have started watching ‘Eartlings’ but am struggling to continue it. Too brutal. Too sad. Too much suffering. I will try and grit my teeth and work through it though.

        Cheers, DD

        • Hey, DD. I remember I literally cried through almost the entire movie because I realized that for so many years, I directly contributed to so much to the pain and the horror animals go through, by consuming animal products. It is a very tough film to get through, but I think it best describes why we all must be Vegan. Horrible, but necessary.

  19. Yeah they always seemed to use me as target practice. No matter where I was. At petting zoos, at horse barn etc… One butted me in the gut so hard that he knocked the wind out of me. Lol
    I wish no ill will on them. I respect their lives as much as all others. Guess we just don’t mesh well together. πŸ˜›

  20. Hi Greg.
    I love your site.
    I also am an ethical Vegan.
    Thank you for putting this site together.

  21. I also love all animals! Yes, even goats who tend to creep me out and have given me many head butts. If I had to choose favorites I would have to say, cats, dogs, manatees and orangutans. Anyway, good job on all your good work! And thanks for checking out my page! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for visiting as well! But one question, why do goats creep you out? Because of the heat butts? πŸ™‚

  22. Hi Greg! Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. What a brilliant work you’ve got here mate! There should be no tolerance for harming animals at all. Can’t believe we still live in the world where people give no sh**t and let all that massacre happen. Keep up a good work! I will definitely keep coming back here.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! And welcome! Those of us that believe in the rights of animals have to stick together and get the message out daily.

  23. Came here as a result of you subscribing to Learning from Dogs, for which I thank you. My dear, sweet wife has been an ethical vegan for many years. Plus of the 20 animals that we have here in Oregon, 15 of them are rescues. So a fabulous connection with you. Paul

    • Thanks for visiting, Paul! I appreciate what you are doing for animals and what your wife does as well. And btw, 20 dogs! Yikes! And thanks for saving them and giving them the love and good home they deserve.

    • Paul, again, welcome. I thought at first when I read this that your 20 animals were all dogs. But after reading this again, I began to wonder what mixture of beings you and your wife are actually guardians for?

  24. Thank you Greg for dropping by and for the follow. I can see we have similar passions, keep up the good fight, we have to win eventually else the earth will cease.

  25. Hi Greg!
    I found you via Celeste’s blog.
    I am an ethical vegan too – of 17 years.
    I am glad I found your blog πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ally! So glad you found me. I hope you like what you find here. Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi too!

    • And you have me by about 15 years on the ethical Veganism, but I always hope to learn just as much from my blogging friends so again THANKS for finding me!

  26. Thank you for visiting my blog site. After reading Veganist by Kathy Freston and watching Glass Walls by Sir Paul McCartney, I went from being a vegan for health reasons to an ethical vegan. This is my way of demonstrating my opposition to the cruel and inhumane treatment of domesticated animals for the production of food.

  27. Hi Greg! Just wanted to let you know that I finally accepted the Liebster award you nominated me for. Thanks again for the nomination! The post is ‘Who Lies the Best’ if you want to check it out.

  28. Thanks for following Ladyinthehouse. I just had the pleasure of visiting your site, and I am so touched by what you do here. I too have launched a major shift in our home, and though we are not completely vegetarian, we are absolutely conscious. I spend more money on my groceries than I ever have, but knowing that animals are treated better and there are no chemicals in the foods we eat, I am proud to do so. I hope and pray that sites like yours make a larger, more definite impact. Keep up the honest work, and change the hearts of many. I shall visit here often, as I hope you do the same for me:) God bless you!!!!

    • I certainly will. And thank you so much for the kind words and joint in the crusade to live more passionately and cruelty-free.

  29. Hey Greg, I really like your blog and what you stand for. Change would never happen if people like you choose to sit in their chairs closing their eyes and shutting their ears to cruelty. Thankfully the animals have got you as a fighting warrior on their side. Lets face it they need it, increasingly everyday I hear more and more sick things happening and I see nothing being done. Of course things are being done all the time, just not enough. I was one of those people sitting down and after hearing myself moan too many times I decided to write a poem which is entitled open your eyes. I intend to continue to stand up for animals using my voice and anything else that I can do to help. Birds of a feather really do need to flock together. x

    • Thank you for your kind words, Allie! You are right that there really aren’t enough of us around to give a voice to those without one, and I am very, very glad you have joined in the battle. If we can convince e ought other people to become warriors too, we will have more victories for animals as the days and years pass. And that ultimately is the goal. Thanks for all you do.

  30. Hey Greg I enjoyed reading your about me. You dont mention that you are vegan, however looking through many posts you seem to be like me an ethical vegan who believes in Animal Rights taking the abolitionist approach. Am I correct ?

    • Wow, Thomas you are correct in your assumptions, but I cannot believe I actually didn’t put the word “Vegan” in my About Me section. I am very much like you in that I too am an ethical Vegan. Isn’t that funny that I wouldn’t say that? I will fix it ASAP. Thanks so much for pointing this out to me!

      • No worries. I just thought that you were however I have found some ethical vegans don’t like saying they are for fear of something. Not too sure why… I will put that I am an ethical vegan in people’s face so they may provoke a discussion. I am a non violent person so I let spoken and written words be my weapon for education and being a voice for those who cannot talk.. Nice to meet you πŸ˜‰

        • Thanks, and I fully agree. I have absolutely no qualms bout telling anyone I am an ethical vegan except at work where 7 of the 11 people I work with are the complete opposite in that they are extreme gun enthusiasts, hunters, and ultra conservative. I have only faced derision and ridicule when I have broached any related issue, especially since I am the complete opposite of them. Sometimes it is easier to get along if I keep to myself and try to influence them in more subtle ways.

    • WOW! Thanks, Lyndsay! I have never been nominated for anything like that before. But quick clarification, I need to nominate 11 other bloggers to be considered for the award? And then come up with 11 questions for those 11, plus answer the eleven questions from you? All in a blog posted on my site? (I think I have all of that right!)

  31. I’m glad I found you while reading Celeste’s blog–in this world, where cruelty runs rampant and I hear shuddering stories and I am totally shocked by a myriad of gruesome images, horrific videos that break my heart, I need encouragement to find people like you and other compassionate people.

    I am ashamed of those who call themselves “humans”. To deserve that name should mean we are humane, and as the most intelligent of all creation, we should have the most compassion for fellow earthlings.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog–it’s important, it’s urgent, it matters!!!

    With love and compassion,
    ❀ carmen

    • Thank you for your kind words, Carmen. I sometimes feel I am fighting such a lonely battle as there are so many more people who just don’t care one iota about animal welfare. I too find it almost shameful to call myself a human when the majority of them treat animals as mere things for their amusement, food, or punching bag. But then I get an email like yours, and I see some hope! So thank you for joining me in this battle!

  32. Hey Greg! I’m with you – animals deserve to be treated with respect. Thank you for standing up on their behalf! And thanks for following me:-).

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