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


Farmed Animals Are “Animals” Too

October 13th, 2010 | by Justin Van Kleeck

Ask nearly any school-aged child if cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and other common farm critters are “animals,” and that child [&hellip



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