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A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion Toward All

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  20 reviews
If veganism is about doing your best to not harm any sentient life, we must logically extend that circle of compassion to human animals as well," writes Mark Hawthorne in this practical, engaging guide to veganism and animal rights. Along with proven advice for going and staying vegan, an overview of animal exploitation, and answers to common questions about ethical eating ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 29th 2016 by Changemakers Books
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Lisa Vegan
I was fortunate to read a fully finished paperback edition in advance of the official publication date. The author is an online acquaintance of mine and I basically asked for a copy. He obliged, in exchange for an honest review. And unlike some authors who put on some pressure, however slight, Mark made clear all he asked for was an honest review.

Darn it! Yet another vegan book I wish I’d written! I think that it’s a brilliant and important book.

Because I loved this book so much it is very hard
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting book about how we would benefit by being more tolerant and compassionate to all. I don’t agree with everything that Hawthorne says, but his argument is valid and I like to read books that challenge me. I enjoyed the sections on transitioning to veganism, as I think that would help new vegans, and I really enjoyed the appendix where he uses quotes from famous people in history, and explains them in more detail. It’s worth a read but I’d not say it was an easy read. Good if you want to ...more
✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
5 Stars ★★★★★

If I could give everyone a copy of this book to read, I would. Whether you are vegan, vegan curious, vegetarian or omni, this book is a must read. It just might change your life and also save many others.

A person's "right" to eat whatever they want ends where another's life begins.


I'm currently going through some lifestyle changes which include removing meat from my diet and reducing the amount of diary I consume considerably. My reasons for doing this is (1) for the animals and (2)
Tim Ward
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for three groups: First, for vegans who are interested in a thoughtful and coherent view of what makes Veganism a path to compassion. Second, for a group I will call 'friends of vegans," or the vegan-curious." These people have vegans in their life, or know something about it, and would like to learn more. Frankly, this is the book vegans should place in the hands of these friends. It's not only clear and easy to read, but you also feel the author's genuine compassion for bo ...more
Sally Bennett
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a long time ethical vegan like me, the first few chapters were torture and more than once I was tempted to pass this book along to someone else. Someone who isn't already truly aware of the horrors inflicted on animals by humans. Those first few chapters were depressing, to say the least.
After a few days of consideration, I picked the book up again and decided to read the rest of the story.
And I'm so glad that I did.
This book brought to light so much of what I hadn't considered. The intercon
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A passionate and an ambitious book by vegan activist, Mark Hawthorn. As Joyce Tischler said "A Vegan Ethic" is food for the soul!
Definitely a well written book, a well researched topics on veganism, animal rights, human rights and on a better and more compassionate world.
Loved this book. The chapters "On human rights" and "On a more compassionate world" are excellent.
And on the subject of pets, apparently there are 85 million dogs and 93 million cats in United States. Other developed countries
Charles Franklin
I decided to review this book during my second "vegetarian" phase, which lasted close to 3 weeks. (My previous streak lasted 1 day.). While I'm not vegetarian at the moment, this book was a pleasure to read because it went beyond the overly simplistic "Just don't eat animals" message and delved into the world of social justice, especially oppression. The book graphically goes into the horrible and unsustainable ways that we currently treat animals but also addresses the reality of living as a ve ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book for new vegans or for vegan curious. Loved the intersectional approach.
mad mags
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Concise and Compelling Introduction to Veganism and Intersectionality

(Full disclosure: Changemakers Books sent me a free book in exchange for an honest review. I also downloaded an electronic ARC through NetGalley.)

If, as the animal rights movement argues, there is no moral distinction between human and nonhuman animals—if animal rights are human rights—then it makes sense that we should be working for the liberation of all species.


In introducing the topic of intersectionality, pattrice [j
Jude Hardman
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unbiased, unprovocative and thoughtful account of the vegan lifestyle. One that considers all aspects, from its impact on the environment, one’s health and other beings, both human and non-human.

It is a book that does not seek to preach, instead expressing the thoughts of a man who remained a meat eater until an experience at an animal sanctuary opened up a repressed void of guilt that saw them transition to a vegetarian diet. It took them 10 years from that moment to make the next change to
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Animal sentience is the most inconvenient truth of all. p10

"One struggle, one fight! Human Freedom, Animal Rights!" p52

"If we ever hope to unlock the interlocking systems of oppression, acknowledging that we can't effectively address one social justice issues without considering others is the key. ... The key to granting that liberation lies in the system of domination that oppressed animals as well as humans. In other words, speciesism is intrinsically linked to racism, sexism, heterosexism, ag
Joanne Kong
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mark Hawthorne’s A VEGAN ETHIC is a must-read for anyone who is curious and wants to learn about the benefits of going vegan. The author touches upon the many ways in which veganism intersects with so many aspects of our lives and identity – not only health and sustainability, but broader aspects of culture, compassion for our kindred animals, social identity and human rights. The book is highly informative, concise and readable, and motivates readers to realize how their compassionate lifestyle ...more
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yüzeysel, özet niteliğinde bir kitap. Beslenmeden, çocuk işçiliğine kadar bir çok konuya değinmeye çalışıldığı için kısa kısa bahsedilmiş. Hayvan haklarının ve insan haklarının savunucusuysanız ve neden vegan olmam gerekli diye düşünüyorsanız, kendimiz ve çevremiz için şefkatli bir yaşama adım atmak istiyorsanız kitaba göz atmanızı öneririm. Türcülük, kesişimsellik, ekofeminizm gibi konulara da minik minik değinmiş fakat derin eleştiri isteyenleri tatmin edecek bir kitap değil. Arkasında veganlı ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Every human should read this book and stop eating animals :)
Mete Aksan
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vegan yaşamın sadece bitki temelli beslenmekten ibaret olmadığını, bunun çok daha ötesinde olduğu gayet sade ve anlaşılır bir dille anlatılıyor. Herkes okumalı ve yaşadığı hayat tarzını sorgulamalı.
E.D.E. Bell
Here’s the bottom line: if you’re a vegan, share some vegan viewpoints, are curious about veganism, want to understand veganism better for any reason, or are looking for a game of dare to prove you could never be sold, I think you should read this book. It covers a diverse range of complex topics in a stunningly concise form, seamlessly flipping from one to the next, really by the page.

I found that the media for this book called it a must-read, but I was still a little unsure on the intended aud
This book and I did not see eye to eye exactly. There was too much of an undercurrent of what I'll call kumbaya-ness for my tastes. I think it is safe to say that I am not going to agree with everything anyone says, but especially not someone who says I should have compassion for a slaughterhouse worker...even those caught on tape abusing animals.

Honestly there was nothing new here, just old info and elements of veganism repackaged without much depth at all. Anyone who has done exten
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a short, concise book about veganism and the reasons and ethics behind it. From animal rights and how animals are cruelly mistreated to human rights and how the ways we treat animals and the ways we treat one another are related to the environment and more, this book covers the topic well. I think that people who are vegans will enjoy this book and find it useful in helping them to be able to more fully explain to others why they are vegan. I think that for those of us who are not vegan, ...more
Marieluise Niehus
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not a completely new concept to me, but good to have it explained so clearly in this book. Being vegan, do I stop there? I think not. A more holistic view is required, and what is called Ahimsa. It is about ethics and integrity. Being vegan, but polluting the planet with plastics and other chemicals, and driving an SUV, eating processed (junk) vegan food? The author asks that very question at some point in the book. Also, he points out the connection between all forms of exploitation, be it the ...more
Emre Güneş
Tesadüf.olarak vejeteryan olmaya karar verdiğim (denediğim) bir zamanda okumuş oldum kitabı. Kitap çok kaba bir özet gibi. Dili de kuvvetli değil. Ama okunmasında gerçeklere gözümüzü açmak için yine de fayda var.
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I am the author of A Vegan Ethic: Embracing A Life Of Compassion Toward All, Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering, and The Way of the Rabbit (all from Changemakers Books). I stopped eating meat after an encounter with one of India’s many cows in 1992, then went vegan a decade later.

Beginning in 2004, I served as a contri

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