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“We can see quite plainly that our present civilisation is built on the exploitation of animals, just as past civilisations were built on the exploitation of slaves”

Donald Watson, Vegan Society founder, The Vegan News, Nov 1944, No.1, p.1

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“Meat is murder. If an animal doesn't have the basic right to exist, any other rights become meaningless”

Harriet Schleifer, 1985, “Images of Death and Life: Food Animal Production and the Vegetarian Option”

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“The substantial power of institutionalized animal exploitation sustains ignorance, promotes fear, rewards cruelty, and punishes kindness.”

Brian Luke, 1992, “Justice, Caring and Animal Liberation”

Introduction

Vegatopia is dedicated to providing a comprehensive academic resource on all things vegan. If you are a student, researcher or teacher interested in any aspect of veganism this is the site for you. We aim to provide you with access to as wide a range of academic resources on veganism as possible and hope that through the inter- and multi- disciplinary sharing of ideas, this site will facilitate new areas of research into vegan-related issues. We want Vegatopia to be an interactive forum for dialogue, informing individual and collaborative research and teaching, as well as making a contribution to vegan activism and having a positive impact on veganism in a wider sense.

Vegatopia receives no financial assistance or administrative support of any kind from any external organization or individual. All of the material contained on this site, unless duly accredited, is the work of the Vegatopia founders in their spare time.

Volunteers Needed!

Vegatopia needs volunteers to help us expand and update the website. If you're vegan and have a little spare time, please contact us to find out how you can help. Please note that Vegatopia receives no funding from any source.

News

November 2014: New book launched! Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood, by Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart.

Focusing on the socialization of the human use of other animals as resources in contemporary Western society, this book explores the cultural reproduction of human-nonhuman animal relations in childhood. With close attention to the dominant practices through which children encounter animals and mainstream representations of animals in children's culture - whether in terms of the selective exposure of children to animals as ‘pets’ or as food in the home or in school, or the representation of animals in mass media and social media - Our Children and Other Animals reveals the interconnectedness of studies of childhood, culture and human-animal relations. In doing so it establishes the importance of human-animal relations in sociology, by describing the sociological importance of animals in children's lives and children in animals’ lives.

Presenting a new typology of the various kinds of human-animal relationship, this conceptually innovative book constitutes a clear demonstration of the relevance of sociology to the interdisciplinary field of human-animal relations and will appeal to readers across the social sciences with interests in sociology, childhood studies, cultural and media studies and human-animal interaction.


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  • A comprehensive and interdisciplinary bibliography. We have archived well over 1800 references relevant to the theory and practice of veganism. The bibliography is searchable according to keywords, such as 'activism' or 'philosophy' (you will also find a full description and rationale of our keywords on this page).
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  • A set of resources for research and teaching veganism in academia. This includes the text or notes of lectures and essays on veganism, conference papers, a list of relevant higher education courses, and our favourite vegan-related quotations.
  • A research forum, where we invite discussion of ideas for future academic work to research and promote ethical veganism. We ask that you contact us to request access to the research forum.
  • An archive of public statements on vegan matters, for instance responses to public consultations or letters to the editor in response to relevant media stories. We invite members of our research forum to prepare and post their own public statements to Vegatopia, either independently or in collaboration with us.
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We very much encourage active participation in Vegatopia, whether by contributing original material to the website, alerting us to information and events, joining our research forum, or just asking us a question. We look forward to receiving your feedback and suggestions.