What we're about
"Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."
-Donald Watson's definition of "vegan" coined in 1944.
Are you the kind of person who likes to…
• extend your values of nonviolence to all animals?
• make changes to help make the world a more peaceful place?
• make decisions based not on what is generally accepted as normal, but what is just?
If so, we encourage you to join High Country Vegans! If you’re not yet vegan that’s perfectly fine; we only ask that you come with an open mind, willingness to learn, and of course, respect for others.
Please consider that…
• change happens from the bottom up.
• relatively small personal changes can have a profound effect.
• we are all connected.
• we can’t expect to grow a more peaceful world if we ignore violence done to animals for food, products, entertainment, etc.
• “The value of a sentient life is not measured in its utility to others but in the immense, irreplaceable value to the one whose life it is.”
. -Joanna Lucas of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
Past meetup events have included:
• Vegan potlucks
. -located at the Watauga Public Library and Valle Crucis Community Park
• Dinners around town
. -at restaurants including Mint Indian Cusine, Hob Knob Farm Cafe and Cha Da Thai
• Documentary screenings
. -such as “COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret”
• Special guest speakers
. -including psychologist Melanie Joy, author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and
. Wear Cows”
• Outreach tables
. -at the Howard Street Exchange, Cyclo.Via, and Earth Fare
• Vegan 101 class presentation
The organizers are ethical vegans who advocate a philosophy of nonviolence that includes all animals. High Country Vegans* is a resource for vegans and those who are curious about or already working towards, being vegan. We hope you will join us to make new friends and share information, recipes, support and encouragement.
Veganism is a healthy, compassionate and sustainable way of life. What’s not to love?