Words have been used for centuries to motivate people, whether they are used verbally or through the written word. I’ve always had a personal relationship with books, reading being one of my biggest hobbies. Everyone always told me that in order to be a decent writer, I would have to be willing to read a lot. Reading is one of my primary ways of educating myself, (of course I am aware that not everything you read online or in print is true, but I am one that checks out the source of the information). Reading often inspires me to delve deeper into a topic of interest for me. This is how I came across issues involving animal rights.
A friend had introduced me to a compassionate diet and the book, The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. That book changed me forever and helped me make the switch to a kinder diet. Yes, it has a lot of delicious, compassionate recipes, but it also had information regarding the health benefits of eating compassionately, as well as brought up animal rights. Growing up eating meat, I never before put it together. I loved animals: I had been working with animals as a dog trainer for years professionally and voluntarily, as well as a humane educator, community outreach coordinator, and volunteer coordinator for a tristate humane society. I loved all animals, not just certain ones, and was constantly advocating for people to be kind to the environment. I started listening to a podcast, (Our Hen House), which inspired me to not only change my own way of living, but want to inspire others to do the same.
Soon, I was reading more and more books that delved into the world of animal rights. They all inspired me to do all that I could for animals. All animals are sentient beings, and the farm animals at Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary are no different, (just ask any volunteer who has visited)!
Interested in what books inspired me to stand up for all animals? Check out the list below and visit your local library or book store, (even ask a friend), and snag a copy to read!
- Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
- Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
- Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon
- Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
- Free the Animals by Ingrid Newkirk
- Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
- What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary by Stephanie Marohn
- My Gentle Barn by Ellie Laks
- The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals by Jenny Brown
- Vegan’s Daily Companion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
- Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy, PhD
- The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More by Melisser Elliot
- Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran
- Kind by Gretchen Primack
- Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
- The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, and Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle
- Dave Loves Chickens by Carlos Patino
- Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action by Ruby Roth
- The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
- The Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone
- That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things by Ruby Roth
- The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell
- In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave by Peter Singer
Oh, did I mention one of the most inspiring acts you could do is actually visit animals in person? Visit Cotton Branch and get to meet these magnificent animals in person!
**Also published on Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary‘s blog, The Branch. Visit, volunteer, donate today!