About Justin Van Kleeck

Justin Van Kleeck I am an ethical vegan (since 1999), a writer, an educator, an activist, an organizer, and a vegan-of-all-trades. I have a PhD in English but then left academia to work on social change. I focus on veganism, animal rights, local foods, farming practices, environmentalism, and sustainability--starting from the position that humans are just one part of the biosphere, not the center of it.



Author Archives: Justin Van Kleeck

Why Vegan? Because Every Death Is a Tragedy

July 27th, 2013 | by Justin Van Kleeck

Despite the big numbers, the awfulness of statistics of farmed and slaughtered animals is a matter of flesh and blood—an inescapable onslaught of pain, suffering, and thoughtlessness. The statistics become terrible every single day, whether we are standing in the midst of a slaughterhouse, or walking down a grocery store aisle, or watching a fast-food commercial on television


Reflections of a Veganic Gardener

February 13th, 2013 | by Justin Van Kleeck

For my wife and I, an important aspect of taking veganism beyond diet (sort of) has been “veganic” gardening as a way to grow more and more of our own food. With a little mindfulness, anyone can make growing food a practice in compassionate, sustainable vegan living


Keep Sundays Free from Hunting

October 5th, 2011 | by Justin Van Kleeck

Would opening Sundays to hunting in the few states that still prohibit it really create more opportunity for hunters, and revenue for states



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