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Vegan Entanglements


Scholarly and personal essays on the intersections of the prison-industrial complex, industrial animal agriculture, and capitalism.

Vegan Entanglements: Dismantling Racial and Carceral Capitalism invites over 15 activists, scholars, and journalists to grapple with some of the most topical issues facing the animal protection movement, specifically its historical dependence on the prison- and immigration- industrial complexes and the carceral logics that inform and normalize the violence of incarceration and deportation. The contributors to this collection not only dissect and interrogate this relationship between the animal welfare movement and carcerality, surveillance, white supremacy, and capitalism, but offer concrete tactics for activists, non-profits, and other stakeholders to create a more equitable animal welfare movement based upon abolition and collective liberation. 


“An innovative, powerful, and timely collection. . . . It is a must-read for scholars and activists interested in social justice, environmental justice, animal rights, and total liberation.”—S. Marek Muller, author, Impersonating Animals: Rhetoric, Ecofeminism, and Animal Rights Law

“For those seeking an end to the interlocking systems of oppression, the anti-carceral perspectives in this collection offer insights into emptying all cages and keeping them empty for generations to come.”—Amber E. George, Editor, Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS)

“This essential collection poignantly highlights the necessity for everyone involved in the struggle for justice for other animals to look beyond carceral solutions and to recognize, and work against, the social structural forces that bind and drive all forms of oppression.”—David Nibert, Professor of Sociology, Wittenberg University

“Scholar-activism at its best. . . . Read this book closely and with an open mind, and check your own privilege and assumptions concerning effective vegan activism.”—Nathan Poirier, M.S, Co-director of Students for Critical Animal Studies

“A powerful, intersectional, radical text that moves social justice, critical animal studies, inclusion, and total liberation forward.”—Anthony J. Nocella II, co-editor, Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?

Gabriel

The first in a trilogy of children’s books telling heartwarming, age-appropriate, stories with captivating illustrations, about a young girl Claire, a veal calf Gabriel she rescues, and their journey to change the world we live in.

Gabriel is a beautifully illustrated and engaging story of a young girl named Claire and her rescued veal calf named Gabriel. Claire grew up in a time when people turned off their feelings toward animals and ignored the damage being done to our planet. Mother Nature sent a warning to the adults as the climate changed and a deadly virus engulfed humankind. Our young protagonist Claire takes matters into her own hands rescuing a veal calf from certain death. Through Claire’s journey to save her beloved Gabriel and the planet, our young readers learn about love, compassion, and making good choices. Claire’s brave and bold decision teaches and inspires her parents and humanity—captivating young readers and everyone that reads Gabriel.


“With powerful and engaging illustrations and easy-to- understand language, Gabriel offers children a window into the world of animal farming and teaches them about where their food comes from. Now more than ever, it is imperative to educate young people about the connection between meat, dairy, and eggs and a warming planet, pandemics and disease, and the tragedy of mass cruelty to animals in farming. This sweet story of rescue gently educates in an easily understandable way as we are taken on a journey of love and compassion. Through the awakening of the main character, Claire, and her rescue of the calf, Gabriel, we see the possibility of a transformation to a brighter future for animals, for the planet, and for us all.”—Hope Bohanec, Executive Director, Compassionate Living, author of the forthcoming Humane Hoax Anthology

Gabriel is a story of hope and inspiration. My own children’s drive to make the world a better place is what inspires me to work every day toward a future where no animal is exploited for food. Their passion fuels mine. I look forward to a future where the world’s children will look at cows, and all animals, as beautiful, smart creatures, worthy of respect, protection, and freedom.”—Leah Garcés, President, Mercy For Animals

Gabriel: How Saving One Calf Changed an Entire Community is a book I wish I was given to read as a child. Cheryl Moss has written a story that allows children to learn about the harsh realities of our food system in a gentle, but honest way. At the same time, children are empowered to follow their hearts, be courageous, and solve problems that will make this world better. The artwork by Irene Blasco enhances this truthful narrative. The colorful illustrations reveal the life in the animals’ eyes— eyes that are full of feeling, be it fear, sadness, or joy. Knowing the reality of where food comes from, children will be motivated to find solutions that are kind, just, and sustainable for people, animals, and the environment.”—Caryn Hartglass, Co-Founder and President, Responsible Eating And Living

“This is a beautiful book by Cheryl Moss, with its wonderful message to young people that they can make a difference. The story of Gabriel unfolds concisely and directly, yet at the same time draws the reader into a deeper awareness of the power of compassion and empathy. The illustrations by Irene Blasco are a perfect fit, filled with sensitivity and warm colors that enhance the impact of the book.”—Dr. Joanne Kong, editor of Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers

“Congratulations. This is an absolutely fantastic book that I wish all youth would read. I love this story of awakening, a bold first animal rescue by a young teenage girl, and how it brings together compassion for animals and a concern for the climate and water crises. It’s poignantly illustrated in both realist and expressionist styles.”—Anita Krajnc, PhD

Gabriel offers a glimpse of a world where love and connection to all sentient beings is the norm. An eye-opening, thought provoking, deeply moving and timely book,

Gabriel ‘wakes up’ and inspires young and adult readers to create positive change for all animals, the earth, and as a result, humankind.”—Camille Licate, speaker, author, creator of Kids for Positive Change & Wake Up with Bree (the Rescue Rooster) www.WakeUpwithBree.com

“I react viscerally to artist Irene Blasco’s rendering of this story of Gabriel and the other animals. One can’t help but see these paintings and become immersed. Thus gripped, I wanted to see more, and know more. The images are beautiful, highly emotionally intelligent, and succeed in their goal: they also made me want to do more.”—Jo-Anne McArthur, photojournalist, Founder of We Animals Media

“Bravo that this team came together to tell the children the truth! The honest portrayal of what animals endure at our hands and Irene’s rich illustrations in Gabriel bring home the message that children can understand, that peace really does begin on your plate.”—Jodi Paige, Virgin Cheese

“If you want to raise kind and compassionate children, this is the book you are looking for. With gorgeous illustrations and objective yet graceful language, Gabriel depicts the philosophy of veganism through a carefully constructed story on the ramifications of raising animals for food. I love how the author uses a child-friendly narrative that also inspires adults to make higher choices.”—Dr. Camila Perussello, Food Engineer, Gaia Vida Consciente

“Annika, our 9-year-old, and I fell in love with Gabriel’s touching story. These issues impact everyone on the planet and, now more than ever, we need to open up our kids’ eyes and hearts to what is going on in a compassionate way. That is exactly what this book does.”—Mikael Roldsgaard, Director of Leadership Giving, Mercy For Animals

“There has never been more of a need for books like Gabriel. With Irene Blasco’s vibrant illustrations, Cheryl Moss’s narrative comes alive as we follow the ripple of change created by Claire, a young girl who performs one courageous and compassionate act. Young readers who hold this book in their hands will recognize in themselves the innate compassion that Claire embodies, for she demonstrates how caring about the well-being of other animals is truly an instinctual response. By describing a systemic transition away from the consumption of animal products, and the exploitation of animals becoming something of the past, Gabriel helps bring us closer to making this a reality.”—Linnea Ryshke, visual artist and author of Kindling

Karavan Kitchen


A beautifully illustrated Middle Eastern vegan cookbook, an introduction to the cultures of the region, and an examination of the ongoing refugee crises.

Karavan Kitchen is a beautifully illustrated cookbook packed with delicious recipes for a wide range of vegan dishes throughout the Middle East—whether salads, mezze plates, main courses, the enormous variety of grains, sweet desserts, or beverages. Karavan Kitchen is also an evocative introduction to the many diverse cultures of the region and an eye-opening and compelling examination of the refugee crises caused by the conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. Soraya Beheshti demonstrates how food is often the central connection many refugees have to their native countries and a means of creating community even when forced to live in difficult conditions many miles from home.

Vegan Geographies


Fourteen chapters from international geographers and cultural analysts, academic and otherwise, on veganism as a conceptual and physical space.

Veganism as an ethics and a practice has a recorded history dating back to Antiquity. Yet, it is only recently that researchers have begun the process of formalizing the study of veganism. Whereas occasional publications have recently emerged from sociology, history, philosophy, cultural studies, or critical animal studies, a comprehensive geographical analysis is missing. Until now. In fourteen chapters from a diverse group of scholars and living practitioners, Vegan Geographies looks across space and scale, exploring the appropriateness of vegan ethics among diverse social and cultural groups, and within the midst of broader neoliberal economic and political frameworks that seek to commodify and marketize the movement. Vegan Geographies fundamentally challenges outdated but still dominant human–nature dualisms that underpin widespread suffering and ecological degradation, providing practical and accessible pathways for people interested in challenging contemporary systems and working collectively toward less destructive worlds.

Do Childfree People Have Better Sex?

The latest book by well-known, progressive activist Verena Brunschweiger on the growing childfree movement, its many positive benefits, and the conventional resistance to adopting this lifestyle.

Verena Brunschweiger is no stranger to controversy. In her latest book, Do Childfree People Have Better Sex?, our provocateur tackles this increasingly popular topic and its many ramifications, head-on. After conveying her own personal story, Brunschweiger expounds with data in hand on the implications of having children: the ecological and environmental consequences, feminism, politics, and philosophical disputation. She explores current issues including over-population and the environment, animal welfare, abortion and reproductive rights, politics, and anti-natalism. Brunschweiger posits women have the right to be happy and, if they choose to, feel comfortable rejecting the societal conventional pressure of having children. Our author suggests that women and their partners will have more freedom and enjoyment if they are childfree. Brunschweiger doesn’t want humanity to go extinct as some may suggest; rather, she wants the earth and its inhabitants to have an enjoyable and sustainable future.


“Brunschweiger’s feminist engagement is as instructive as it’s entertaining.”—Susanne Baller, Journalist, Stern

“The book Kinderfrei statt kinderlos. Ein Manifest by the medievalist Verena Brunschweiger is one of the most important publications criticizing society. Reading it is an enjoyment. It brings radical feminism back to the standard of the 1970s and shows who is most interested in pro-natalism: the state and capitalism.”—Dr. Clemens Heni, Director, Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

“Brunschweiger’s theses are important and worth pondering. They hurt, because they show that having kids is not only an individual decision, but has influence on the fate of every living creature.” —Marlen Hobrack, Journalist, Der Freitag

“What if instead of giving birth to children, more women chose to give birth to important ideas and projects, revolutionary inventions, inspiring art, or simply a fulfilling existence? Verena Brunschweiger passionately challenges patriarchal norms, discussing that there is obviously a wider range of roles women can play other than motherhood. But that’s not all—she explains how lower birth rates can better the world.”—Dr. Camila Perussello, Author of Food for Thought

“Verena Brunschweiger doesn’t want mankind to go extinct. On the contrary, she wants to make sure that there is a future, for people and in general. She tackles a taboo many environmentalists shy away from: the fact that reducing plastic doesn’t suffice if the population growth continues like this. It’s her merit to have brought this emotionally and politically difficult topic to everyone’s attention. The voluntary renunciation to procreate she propagates is based on ecological reasons. She presents these convincingly in the first part of her book, adding ethical and feminist points.”—Sacha Rufer, Book Reviewer, Umweltnetz-Schweiz

“I reviewed this delightfully thorough manuscript on the week in which results from a Pew Research Center survey were published, making the front pages of top US newspapers. The survey revealed that the number of US adults of childbearing age saying they are ‘not too likely’ to have children is on the rise and is now at 21% as compared to 16% in 2018. The more surprising result was the most common reason given: They just don’t want them.

“Ms. Brunschweiger’s new book pushes back on the concept that not wanting to be a parent is somehow a character flaw, a psychological disorder that can often be cured by having a ‘childless’ individual spend time around adoring little ones. Her frequent use of the term ‘childfree’ provides a refreshing read for non-parents, especially given the media’s continued insistence on referring to us as ‘childless.’ Ms. Brunschweiger argues that not only do we have better things to do, we also can feel good about not contributing to an overpopulated planet.

“The book is a must-read for childfree adults from all over the world, a comforting reminder that we share so many experiences, including: a) Being misunderstood, shunned, and demeaned for our choice; b) the vital experiences that result in having more time for living our lives, time for pleasure as well as for giving to our communities; c) being able to take comfort in the fact that we are contributing to saving the world in the only way that might truly make a difference.”—Ellen L. Walker, PhD, Author of Complete Without Kids

“Apart from the philosophical approach of anti-natalism she explains the advantages of a childfree relationship, in which other aspects than organizational ones are in the focus.”—Claudia Wangerin, Journalist, junge Welt

No Easy Answers

On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history. 

Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebold’s darkest fantasies and most troubling revelations After the shootings, Brown was even accused by the police of having been in on the massacre—simply because he had been friends with the killers. 

Brown with journalist Rob Merritt tells his full version of the story. He describes the warning signs that were missed or ignored, and the evidence that was kept hidden from the public after the murders. He takes on those who say that rock music or video games caused Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it might have been that pushed these two young men, from supposedly stable families, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams. 

Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. As the title suggests, the book offers no easy answers, but instead presents the unvarnished facts about growing up as an alienated teenager in America today.

This edition contains a new afterword that describes what has happened in the United States since Columbine, and provides updates on the aftermath of the massacre.

Food for Thought

An empowering and inspiring book for readers to make informed decisions and create a better world—for themselves and our planet—written by an international award-winning food engineer.

Food for Thought seeks to make you aware of your power to shape industry and society. Noted Food Engineer Camila Perussello, PhD invites you to question who really benefits from our current food system through a detailed, science-based analysis of food production and consumption. Perussello discusses how this industry goes well beyond the blatant violence against non-human animals. The author posits that animal agriculture is creating a world of disease, suffering and despair, injustice, and environmental depletion. She provides an accessible, science-based analysis of animal food production from the perspective of a Food Process Engineer, as well as insightful discussions on the many implications of our diet. Each section is supported by powerful photographs taken by acclaimed Animal Equality undercover investigators in animal farms worldwide. She elaborates on the relationship between microbial pathogens (including COVID-19), antibiotic resistance, and the consumption of animal products. Food for Thought is ultimately an invitation to change society making it an essential and timely resource for everyone.


“Camila brings all the arguments for not eating animals and animal products together in one interconnected story, much like the issues are themselves. Her words call on our compassion but also our ability to connect hard facts to action. She makes the reader question their ideas about oppression and how it shows up in our lives, both among human and non-human animals. She challenges you to question the status quo in our beliefs, as well as the often misplaced trust we have for industries to do the right thing. You’ll walk away educated with real life examples and empowered to share and utilize that information in your own life.” —Tessa Graham, Director of Compassion Innovation at The Pollination Project

Food for Thought could not have come at a more critical time. Humankind has reached its point of greatest damage to the planet and our kindred beings, and a sustainable future will not be possible without a major transformation of our global food systems. With impeccable detail, Dr. Camila Perussello presents comprehensive evidence of the impacts of animal exploitation on health and the environment, and effectively links it to a broad range of issues, including cultural identity, politics and governance, economics, supremacy and racism, human rights, and social justice. The graphic photographs, from undercover investigations by Animal Equality, drive home the point that commodifying animals is above all an act of unspeakable cruelty. It’s difficult to imagine how any reader would come away from this book and not be compelled to go vegan. To that end, the last chapter of the book contains practical advice and tips for making the transition, and offers hope that the possibilities for a more compassionate world do indeed begin with the food we choose to put on our plates.”—Dr. Joanne Kong, editor of Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers

Food for Thought is a well-researched wake up call to the issues related to the food we eat. Its message is as eloquent as it is empowering: in the fight for your planet and its denizens, you too can—and should—play a role!”—Tobias Leenaert, Author of How to Create a Vegan World and Co-Founder at Proveg International

“Dr. Camila Perussello’s Food for Thought is an eye-opener, her careful research effectively dispelling any doubts or complacency over the devastating impact—on our health, animal lives, and the Earth—of the meat and dairy industries. Perussello goes further, providing useful resources for anyone interested in learning how to take action to save themselves, other forms of life on the planet, and even the planet itself.”—Ingrid Newkirk, author, Free the Animals

“At a time when animal-based diets are contributing very significantly to a potential climate catastrophe and other environmental threats, an epidemic of life-threatening diseases, risks of future pandemics, the very wasteful use of increasingly scarce land, water, energy, and other resources, and the massive mistreatment of farmed animals, Dr. Camila Perussello’s wonderful book, Food for Thought, is a very welcome addition to the literature on vegetarian and vegan diets. Her passion, compassion, and concern for a decent world for future generations are evident throughout the book. It is extremely comprehensive and well-documented. I have been reading books and articles on plant-based diets for over 40 years, but still learned many new things. I heartily recommend the book. It has the potential to help many people switch to healthier diets and to help shift our very imperiled planet onto a sustainable path.”—Richard H. Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, College of Staten Island

“A meticulously researched tome that illuminates production methods used for animal foods and their associated moral, ethical, and environmental concerns. Using passionate and lucid prose, Perussello offers compelling arguments to persuade readers to consider a vegan diet as an alternative.”—Paul Singh, Distinguished Professor of Food Engineering, University of California, Davis

Free the Animals

Told as a thriller, Free the Animals is a classic work of radical popular storytelling. A classic in the mold of Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang.

First published in 1992, this thirtieth-anniversary edition by animal rights icon Ingrid Newkirk has been revised and updated with a new foreword by academy award-winning actor Joaquin Pheonix, and an afterword by PETA’s renowned senior scientist Dr. Emily Trunnell, who describes whether and how the experiments you read about in this book have changed (or have not) over the last three decades.

Free the Animals is the story of Valerie, a twenty-three-year-old police officer in Montgomery County, Maryland, whose world is turned upside down when she learns about the abuses of animals in laboratories. The book describes how this law-abiding woman comes to challenge the system by taking direct action and examines why ordinary people are moved to do extraordinary things on behalf of animals. Full of fascinating characters, vivid descriptions, and thrilling incidents, and rich with details on what it means to live life on the run from the law (and agents provocateurs), Free the Animals is not only a classic for our times but a compellingly relevant examination of our cruelty to other animals.


“A moving story about extreme cruelty and extreme courage and an inspirational and practical guide for anyone bent on challenging the system.”—Oliver Stone

“I cried and I cheered.”—Rue McClanahan

Free the Animals . . . takes us to the front lines of the movement for the nineties and give us insight into what makes the world’s newest freedom fighters tick.”—Chrissie Hynde

Vegan Voices


A collection of informative, diverse, evocative, and inspiring essays from over 50 vegan activists, educators, artists, and changemakers on the whys and wherefores of the vegan diet and lifestyle.

Why should one go vegan? Is veganism the positive change the world needs? Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers is a comprehensive collection of compelling testimonials of how our food choices are deeply connected to the pressing challenges and issues of our time. Areas covered include: personal and global health; the devastation of animal agriculture to the environment; society’s collective loss of compassion and connection to our kindred animals; and the desire for a world of greater peace, harmony, and inclusivity. The book points to the need for a cultural and spiritual transformation in which we embrace the commonalities between all living beings as a source of positive change and healing.

Author and editor Joanne Kong has brought together the most inspiring and influential changemakers from around the world at the forefront of the vegan movement. They represent the great diversity of roles through which veganism has moved into the mainstream: activists, authors, speakers, athletes, entrepreneurs, community and event organizers, advocates for social and food justice, artists, filmmakers, medical and health professionals, environmental advocates, sanctuary owners, and more. The essays are organized into six sections: “Our Kindred Animals,” “Around the Globe,” “Activism,” “Body and Spirit,” “The Arts,” and “A New Future.”

Vegan Voices fills the needs of a wide range of readers, from those new to exploring the plant-based lifestyle to longtime vegans and advocates. Many essays are deeply personal reflections that attest to how veganism has the power to touch our lives on many levels. The book can be a source of continuing inspiration and motivation for those desiring to create a world of greater compassion and equality.


Vegan Voices brings you the thoughts and experiences of the visionaries who have built this powerful movement. From ethics and activism to aesthetics and economics, it looks at all sides, charting an optimistic way forward for humans and for all the other animals with whom we share the planet.”—Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC

“As a vegan for forty-seven years, I appreciate Vegan Voices as a delightful and well-rounded holistic approach to Veganism as a way of life as well as eating. I fully recommend this book to all levels of vegan readers. It points to Veganism as a way to sanctify our eating. In each generation, we are given the medicine for healing that generation. Veganism is the medicine for healing this generation and also future generations. Vegan Voices gives a wonderful understanding of the vegan approach and understanding of life.”—Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H)

“There are as many reasons to be vegan as there are vegans, as this lovely anthology makes clear. So many of my heroes in one place—what a treat. Read it and be inspired.”—Bruce Friedrich, Co-founder & Executive Director, The Good Food Institute

“If we are to have any hope of healing our damaged planet, it is clear that we must first rethink our relationship with animals. As Vegan Voices eloquently describes, for too long we’ve regarded the sentient beings with whom we share the world as mere things—commodities to be used for food, clothing, research, and entertainment. This is an important book that will serve as a call to action for every consumer to seriously consider the consequences of their dietary choices. Vegan Voices demonstrates that being vegan truly is a matter of life and death, and each one of us can make a difference.”—Mark Hawthorne, author of A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Kindness Toward All

“Reading Vegan Voices, I found it fascinating to discover how others became enlightened, whether through their own observation, being taught by others, or through our subconscious with our “mirror neurons” allowing empathy to not judge and misjudge other species. The variety of backgrounds presented here illustrates how we all can come together regardless of where we start. From philosophy professors to bodybuilders, it works for all! A ‘Must Read!’”—Ruth E. Heidrich, PhD, author of A Race for Life and Senior Fitness

Vegan Voices is a wonderful testament to the inspiring individuals around the world who are part of a growing paradigm shift towards more compassionate living.”—Sebastian Joy, Founding President of ProVeg International

“This inspiring collection of essays presents the plight of animals and the activism in many forms meant to redeem our species by following an approach of live and let live. The volume seeks all attention from the ideal reader who with open heart and mind listens to the reasonable and passionate narrative experience of writers trying to convey the songs, the cries, and interests of our fellow animal friends from all different species.”—Anita Krajnc, Founder, Animal Save Movement

“The beauty of this book is the self-realization that we ALL are inspiring changemakers!”—Keegan Kuhn, Co-director of What The Health and Cowspiracy

“Would you like to be radiant and vibrantly healthy? Do you want to experience vitality and joy throughout all your years? Would it matter to you if the most important steps you can take towards a long and healthy life, also brought more compassion into the world, and also helped preserve our endangered ecosystems? That may sound fanciful, like it’s too good to be true. But it isn’t. It’s the literal truth, as the essays in this book will show you with crystal clarity.”—John Robbins, best-selling author, and President of Food Revolution Network

“Animals have voices, but humans don’t speak their languages—so vegan voices speak for them. And this book allows everyone to tune in.” —Ingrid Newkirk, President and Founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

“A beautifully inspiring and informative read for everyone who cares about animals. Dr. Joanne Kong has compiled an invaluable resource with unique experiences and wisdom from advocates across the globe, tapping into a broad range of topics. This just may be the inspiration that will spark your life’s passion and ignite your sense of purpose in changing the world for the better.”—Jen Riley, Director of Operations at Our Hen House

“Being vegan goes beyond what is at the end of your fork. As the accomplished authors of these inspiring essays illuminate, it also encompasses health, spirituality, environmentalism, compassion, kindness, and activism, coupled with a vital sense of unity, purpose, and consistency.”—Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, author of numerous groundbreaking books on vegan cuisine, health, and compassionate living

“This book offers inspiring insights into how animal activists became who they are. Discerning the most successful strategies for their vegan advocacy, the individuals in this book show that through a redirection of our personal and professional lives, we can create a world that works for all beings!”—Veda Stram, All-Creatures.org

Confessions of an Animal Rights Terrorist

A searing memoir of an animal rights campaigner’s effort to stop Canada’s seal hunt, while handling domestic abuse and her partner’s long-term illness.

When Karen Levenson drove to a coffee shop in November 2009, she expected to meet a whistleblower with animal cruelty evidence. Instead, two government agents interrogated her about her connection to terrorists. She had none. Her campaign to end the commercial seal hunt involved nothing illegal. Neither did her deep-dive investigation to expose the government’s commercial sealing agenda. So why was the government harassing her? And if she couldn’t save Canada’s iconic seals, whom could she save? Could she save her husband from a deadly illness? Could she save herself from an abusive marriage? And how did she—a feminist—get into this mess to begin with?

Confessions of an Animal Rights Terrorist is at once an insider’s account of the decades-long attempt to end the commercial seal hunt, and a searingly honest memoir of domestic violence, caregiving, and following one’s life purpose. Infuriating, funny, and deeply moving, Confessions of an Animal Rights Terrorist reveals the extraordinary journey of an ordinary woman who comes face to face with breathtaking cruelty and does what she can to stop it.


“The moving, sometimes harrowing, and often very funny story of a life, a marriage, and a passionate commitment to ending the atrocity of hunting seals for fur. If you’ve ever found yourself speaking up for animals in the face of personal and professional adversity, Confessions will resonate.”—Ingrid Newkirk, author, Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion

Read an excerpt on our blog.