1. Read a book or watch a video listed on our Resources page that describes what happens to animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses on their way to our plates.
2. Read the book The Great Compassion: Buddhism & Animal Rights by Norm Phelps on the Dharma’s message of compassion and non-harming to all beings.
3. Avoid wearing animal products, and avoid using personal care and household items that are tested on animals or contain animal products.
4. Join a vegan or vegetarian organization.
5. Request that your Sangha follow our DVA Cruelty-Free Sangha Guidelines.
6. Request that the retreat center you go to follow our DVA Cruelty-Free Retreat Center Guidelines.
7. Join DVA as a Member.
8. Sign our current Petitions.
9. Comment on our Blog posts.
10. Start the transition to a vegetarian diet that does not contribute to the suffering of animals. Many people find it easiest to start slowly, eliminating one food item, such as chicken, and gradually phasing out other items. Another approach is to set aside one day a week as completely vegetarian, then gradually increase the number of days. After becoming vegetarian, consider a similar approach to a vegan diet that does not rely on any animal products.
11. For those transitioning to a vegetarian and/or vegan diet, read about nutrition to ensure that you are eating a balanced, healthy diet. A good initial resource for this practice of conscientious compassion is the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Cruelty-Free Retreat Centers
DVA Recommended Guidelines for Retreat Centers. Read More
Cruelty-Free SanghasDVA Recommended Guidelines for Sanghas. Read More
Teaching Cruelty-Free Discussion Template. Read More
DVA Resources and Recommendations for a Cruelty-Free Lifestyle. Read More
PETA Ad approved by Thich Nhat Hanh. Enlarge