Animal Liberation is Human Liberation

Welcome to Peace to All Beings. Until we liberate animals from human exploitation and violence, we cannot expect to have true freedom and peace for ourselves. We human beings can awaken to our higher consciousness and embrace a new paradigm of living in harmony, rather than in fear and domination. We can become "Homo Ahimsa," my term for a new nonviolent and kind human, but we must make that choice together. There is hope for our species--hope that we will not continue this war against animals and the earth. Together let us co-create a new culture and heal the wounds humanity has caused to the earth, to each other, and to the animals who share this world with us.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Homo Ahimsa: Who We Really Are and How We’re Going to Save the World is here

Homo Ahimsa: Who We Really Are and How We’re Going to Save the World is here



These are troubled times. Everything we do now matters. But our dreams of peace on earth are closer than they have ever been. Right now we are immersed in the sixth extinction, environmental destruction, pandemics, corruption and relentless violence against animals, nature, and people. These ecological, spiritual and social justice crises were not caused by alligators or bears or dogs. It was Homo Sapiens alone.

We are being called to save the world from our old selves. It is time, and yes, there is still time. Governments and mega-corporations cannot stop the madness, because they are not powered by love. But we are, and we can. We have a chance right now to discover and Be who we Really are--Homo Ahimsa, the kind, nonviolent creatures that we were always meant to be. Ahimsa, in Sanskrit, literally means non-harm. More broadly, it means non-killing, lovingkindness, and reverence for all life.

We are, within our true hearts, compassionate and loving partners with each other and all life. While the world’s life support systems are in free-fall, we are heading for a massive paradigm shift in human consciousness that can bring us out of these dark times and into a new way of living that works for all. This time of chaos, uncertainty and fear is our window of opportunity. Together we can cocreate the loving and liberated world of peace and partnership with all life and end domination and violence. We can start today to heal the damage Homo Sapiens has done. May this book, Homo Ahimsa, be your companion guide on this important, exciting and sacred journey.

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“Homo Ahimsa has the potential to have the kind of transformative impact that Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Frances Moore Lappe’s Diet For a Small Planet had. I very strongly recommend it.” Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., author of Judaism and Global Survival.

“Homo Ahimsa, is a guide toward the road affirming life; it extends the holy messages of different traditions with the force and enlightenment of a New New Testament, of a deeply informed New Scripture: it is that important! It is must reading for anyone interested in human enlightenment and survival.” Lee Slonimsky, Poet and Manager of the Animal Rights hedge fund. 

"Carman's luminous book opened my heart again to believe that, given the extreme moment in which we find ourselves, humans' path to becoming Homo Ahimsa could actually happen.” Kate Lawrence, author of The Practical Peacemaker and Denver Vegans Organizer 

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Judy McCoy Carman, M.A., earth, peace, and animal activist, is the author of Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul and co-author of The Missing Peace. In addition to animal rescue work, some current projects include Vegan Spirituality interviews, co-founding the Animal Peace Prayer Flag Project, Animal Outreach of Kansas, Circle of Compassion, Prayer Circle for Animals and Interfaith Vegan Coalition. She is on the board of Shy38 Animal Sanctuary, appears in the film, “A Prayer for Compassion,” and received the Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award in 2014. Her website is peacetoallbeings.com

Thursday, December 5, 2019

THE WORLD EDUCATION SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION INVITED US TO SPEAK AND SHARE INFORMATION


VEGANISM: THE KEY TO TRANSFORMING AND HEALING THE WORLD

Lisa Levinson, Jane Velez-Mitchell of Jane Unchained, and I attended The World Education Summit in Las Vegas November 22 and 23rd.  We hosted an In Defense of Animals information table loaded with vegan starter kits, books, prayer flags, Vegan World 2026 information, Go Vegan IDA pins, t-shirts and mugs, along with brochures about Vegan Spirituality, Circle of Compassion, the Interfaith Vegan Coalition, and other important information. We also handed out Sailesh Rao’s “White Paper” on the devastating effects of animal agriculture.


Most spectacularly, we also set up the beautiful traveling museum exhibit, curated by Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, titled “Animals and World Religions.”  This is the same exhibit that we took to the Parliament of World Religions event in Toronto last year. 



The morning was filled with talks by the founder of InterEdx Center for Advanced Research on Energy and Sustainability (ICARES), Dr. Lee Dedicatoria; James Campbell, motivational speaker and founder of Divine Intervention helping at risk youth; Romel Pascual, Executive Director of CicLAVia and former Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for Los Angeles,; Robert Pauley, inventor of a smart recycling bin that pays kids to recycle; Pablito Villegas, an international consultant on sustainability and manager of organic demonstration farms in the Philippines; and several other brilliant and influential environmentalists.     



The morning talks addressed many crucial aspects of sustainability and healing ourselves and the earth. But the devastating impact of animal agriculture that increases human hunger and disease, wildlife extinction, pollution and unbearable suffering for farmed animals was discussed more in the afternoon talks. As important as they are, biking, recycling, shorter showers, eco-tourism, etc. will not, by themselves, reverse the devastation caused by humanity if we do not eliminate animal agriculture and transition to vegan values.  Jane got that essential conversation started in a big way with her talk “The Biggest Climate Threat that Everyone is Afraid to Discuss.”   She showed her film “Countdown to Year Zero,” in which she and Dr. Sailesh Rao make it very clear that we have to end animal agriculture and rewild the earth if there is to be any hope for earth’s creatures, including us.  Jane hosted Q & A following the film and helped a lot of pre-vegans make the connection. One woman in the audience was particularly disturbed by the information and claimed that God wanted us to dominate and eat animals.  Jane handled the situation with grace and respect for the woman who, after all, had the courage to speak her mind. 



Lisa Levinson, co-founder with me of the Interfaith Vegan Coalition, then spoke on “Vegan Spirituality and Earth Caretaking.” She was beautifully able to weave together some of the graphs and information from Climate Healers.org, along with the moral, spiritual, and ethical aspects of creating a vegan world in which all beings can thrive.





Saturday evening we were treated to a most amazing Eco-Fashion show featuring a well known Philippino designer, who specializes in using materials that are sustainable, such as coconut husks, bamboo, tree nuts and other sources of fabric and decorations.  Unfortunately, he uses feathers, but Lisa did point out to him that feathers come at a terrible cost to the birds.  So hopefully, a seed was planted there. 

It was a seed planting venture for us all, and we are thrilled and grateful that we had this opportunity to speak to these influential people who have many followers of their own.  Several told us directly that they are now going to go plant-based, and we will be following up with this group so that veganism, the beautiful key to healing the world, shines bright in their future work. 


Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Please click here to check out and register for this upcoming online event.  I am one of the speakers and humbled to be among so many visionary vegan women who have done so much to create a vegan world of peace for all beings. 
Vegan Blessings to you all, Judy 

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Interfaith Vegan Coalition Shares Joyous News at the Unity People's Convention


The Interfaith Vegan Coalition (IVC) spoke up for the animals of the world at the Unity People’s Convention in Overland Park, Kansas, from June 17 to the 21st.   Thanks to vegan minister Reverend Carol Saunders (check our her beautiful "Unity for All" banner behind the table), we were not only able to have an information table at the Convention, but also to show Thomas Jackson’s new film, “A Prayer for Compassion,” on the evening of the 18th.  The attendees of this annual convention include Unity ministers and teachers as well as lay people who love Unity and its principles.  Interestingly, Unity’s founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, considered abstaining from animal flesh a key to one’s spiritual growth as well as to world peace.  Yet that part of their teachings has been ignored for many years.  IVC was there to invite these spiritual leaders to embrace the absolute necessity of bringing this teaching of truth back into Unity.  Imagine how quickly veganism would grow within Unity if the ministers would see and teach the true teachings of the Fillmores which made it clear that our own inner peace, peace for the animals and world peace can only be obtained when we stop our violence toward animals.
 



Our table was a busy gathering place.  We had books and prayer flags from Will Tuttle, Gracia Fay Ellwood, Sailesh Rao, Victoria Moran, and Judy Carman to sell, beautiful shirts designed by Carol for sale,  and many free brochures and flyers.  Reverend Saunders sold a good number of her new “The Forgotten Teachings of Charles Fillmore: How our relationship with animals connects to Universal Love—Ethical Living—Spiritual Development—World Peace.”  We met a surprising number of vegan and vegetarian ministers and teachers.  We talked in depth with them about how to be respectful and inclusive of vegan church members and how to address the issues of violence toward animals in their sermons.  We had a special brochure for the vegetarians who visited the table titled “Are you vegetarian for spiritual reasons?” to help them take the next steps to veganism as a full and joyful spiritual path which helps us become completely aligned with our love for all beings and our desire to do no harm.



We will be following up with many of the Unity folks who visited us.  Many will be added to our lists of Vegan ministers and Vegan Friendly Churches at AllCreatures.org.  We could not have done this without the wonderful help of Thomas Jackson who came with his adorable daughter, Melody, all the way from Florida to field questions after the two film showings.  (The second showing to a full house was at Unity on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.)  Victoria Moran flew in from New York and helped immeasurably with many aspects of this event and was also on hand for Q and A after the films.  Dianne Waltner and Damaris Hubbell drove all the way from Wichita, KS, to table, film, and encourage the visitors to our table to embrace the beautiful Fillmore teachings.  They have organized a showing of “A Prayer for Compassion” in Wichita on July 28, 2019.  
Carol, Damaris, and Dianne--sharing the beautiful truth



IVC is not stopping here, of course.  We are on a Divine Mission to “wake the sleeping giant of religion.”  An estimated 80% of the world’s people believe in God.  And most see the Golden Rule as the ideal for which we all are striving.  If we can get enough faith leaders to help their members connect the dots and see that in order to align our highest values with our daily actions, we must live vegan and help to create a vegan world.    


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

INTERFAITH VEGAN COALITION IN ACTION AT THE PARLIAMENT


THE INTERFAITH VEGAN COALITION

SHINES A LIGHT ON AHIMSA AND VEGANISM

AT THE PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

Thanks to the hard work and donations of many people, In Defense of Animals’ Interfaith Vegan Coalition, co-founded by Lisa Levinson and Judy Carman, had a well-received presence at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions.  The theme of the Parliament was “The power of love and the promise of inclusion.”  Eight thousand people from around the world attended this historic event.  Plenaries, talks, and panels went on all day and into the evenings from November 1 to the 7th in Toronto, Canada.  We felt it was essential for the animals and the vegan message to be represented there and to reach as many people as we could. 

We reached out and spoke out for a Vegan World in six ways: The Interfaith Vegan Coalition (IVC), Good Dot, and Vegan World 2026 booth; networking with attendees; a vegan banquet for the Charter for Compassion; several vegan talks and panels; two showings of the Thomas Jackson’s new film, “A Prayer for Compassion; and a traveling art exhibit entitled “Animals and World Religions,” curated by Dr. Lisa Kemmerer. 

The Booth: IVC shared a 20 x 20 foot booth with Abhishek Sinha and Deepak Parihar, co-founders of Good Dot (www.GoodDot.in); with Dr. Sailesh Rao’s Climate Healers’ Vegan World 2026; and with Dr. Lisa Kemmerer’s brand new traveling museum exhibit, “Animals and World Religions.”   Good Dot offered samples of their plant-based meats to their visitors on one side of the booth. Good Dot’s mission is “to bring high quality, affordable plant-based meat substitutes all over the world.  We want to save lives, both human and animal, by providing tasty, healthy and environment friendly alternatives to meat.” 

On the other side of the booth, IVC displayed our Vegan Advocacy Kits for various religions (accessible online at www.interfaithvegancoalition.org) and shared handouts from coalition members such as Vegan Spirituality, Circle of Compassion, Vegetarian Friends, and Christian Vegetarian Association.  We also had recipes from Madeleine Tuttle and others, several books and prayer flags to sell, invitations to the film screenings of “A Prayer for Compassion,” etc.  Along each side of the booth, Lisa Kemmerer’s “Animals and World Religions” panels were displayed.  Sailesh Rao’s Climate Healers’ Vegan World 2026 banner and science-based poster brought attention to the urgency we are facing.  By the year 2026, if we do nothing to change the current trajectory of extinction, all wild vertebrates will become extinct.  We must create a vegan world soon in order to eliminate animal agriculture, the leading cause of extinction and so many other world crises.  The dialogues with visitors to the booth went on steadily throughout each day.  We were so encouraged by the many vegans who visited as well as those who were not vegan, but who were very open and interested in the spiritual, environmental, health, and animal connections.
 The Interfaith Vegan Coalition side of the booth.  The panels on the sides
are the Animals and World Religions traveling art exhibit.
 The Good Dot display on the other side of the booth.  Delicious samples
were offered to booth visitors.  People loved them all.  
 Lots of interest, many great discussions, new hope for the animals.

Networking: Some of the religions represented at the Parliament indicated a definite leaning toward veganism as part of their spiritual work.  Among them were the Tzu Chi Buddhists (www.tzuchi.us), Aumism (www.aumisme.org); and Caodaism (PortlandCaodaiTemple@yahoo.com). Zoroastrians are asked to be vegetarian one month out of each year; The Sufi Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship recommends vegetarianism.  The Urantia Foundation members are approximately half vegetarian or vegan.  Many in the Share International group (www.share-international.us) are veg, and they serve vegetarian food at events.  The founder of World Clergy (www.worldclergy.org) is vegan.  We met several animal ministers.  Of course, many of the Jains, Hindus, and Sikhs were veg or vegan.  At the Hindu American Foundation (www.HAFsite.org) one third of the meals served are vegan. The Brahma Kumaris group includes a growing minority of vegans.  The Ontario Sikhs and the Sikh Gurdwara Council served a free vegan lunch (although the desserts were not vegan) to thousands of people every day.  The people in the world who have aligned veganism with their spiritual values is increasing exponentially.  It was very encouraging.  
                 The loving, generous Sikhs serving thousands of people vegan lunches every day.


The Charter for Compassion Vegan Banquet: The organizers of this banquet for 300 people were very open to IVC’s suggestion to make the banquet vegan.  Good Dot provided much of the food, and Chef Sandra Sellani, The 40 Year Old Vegan cookbook author, supplied the recipes and helped the chefs with preparation.  The end result was truly delicious.  The Banquet took place on November 2 and featured awards, speakers, and music.  Although we were not able to offer a meal blessing orally, we were given permission to write a vegan meal blessing.  This was printed on beautiful cards and placed at each attendee’s place setting.  Abhishek was also given the opportunity to speak about the Good Dot food and why the vegan meal was in perfect alignment with the high aspirations of compassion.  IVC plans to follow up with the Charter, as well as its partner, the Golden Rule Project, to create more vegan meals at their future events.  
This is the Vegan Meal Blessing that was placed at each person's place setting at the Charter for Compassion Banquet.  Many seeds of lovingkindness for animals were planted at the Banquet and all through the week.  May they bear beautiful fruit and bring a final end to the killing, domination, ownership, and exploitation of our animal cousins.  

Vegan Talks and Panels: Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, author of Animals and World Religions, gave a talk on “Integrated Justice,” showing how nonviolence to animals is critical to justice for all.  She also was on the ”Justice for Just Us?” panel, along with Candace Laughinghouse, Charlotte Cressey, and Dr. Alka Arora.  Rabbi David Rosen also gave a talk on veganism, as did Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine.  There may have been more vegan talks of which we were not aware, as there were many hundreds of talks and panels.  At the closing plenary, Swami Chidanand Saraswati stated that he believed the next Parliament should be totally vegan.



Two Showings of Thomas Jackson’s new film, “A Prayer for Compassion”:  Dr. Sailesh Rao, producer of the film, hosted two showings during the Parliament, bringing more vegan enlightenment to all attendees. Thomas interviewed many spiritual leaders who are vegan to show how veganism is in perfect alignment with one’s highest spiritual ideals. Please go here to see the trailer and share it.    



The traveling art exhibit entitled “Animals and World Religions,” curated by Dr. Lisa Kemmerer and Carolyn Mullin:  Each beautiful panel represented various world religions and included statements made by some of their leaders that align the values of those faiths to veganism. Contact Carolyn Mullin at mullin.c@gmail.com to display this traveling exhibit at your local organization, University, or place of worship. The exhibit will have an online component soon.  


Heartfelt thanks to the many folks who helped make this happen: Abhishek Sinha, Deepak Parihar, Frank Lane, Dr. Sailesh Rao, Carolyn Mullin, Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, Marilyn Turkovich, Sandra Sellani, Thomas Jackson, Ray Kowalchuk, Steve Kaufman, Reverend Carol Saunders, April Willson, Raquel Fronte, Charlotte Cressey, Dr. Alka Arora, Candace Laughinghouse, Dr. Neal Barnard, Rabbi David Rosen, Beth Redwood, In Defense of Animals, and many more.






Monday, October 22, 2018

Veganism is the"Golden Rule" in Action


Our world is in a spiritual, moral, and physical crisis.  The hope for humanity and for all life on earth is simply this:  Human beings have to wake up very soon and stop dominating and destroying the planet and the lives of all the others who live here under our thumbs.  It is time to choose to love, cherish, and heal all whom we have harmed and all we have destroyed.  We are talking about a massive spiritual awakening.  Why do we say “spiritual?”  Isn’t this a simple logical understanding.  It’s in everyone’s face—we are nearing annihilation caused by our own actions and inactions.  But no—that is not enough.  Logic alone will not get us there.  Clearly.  There is plenty of scientific evidence, news reports backed up with facts, overwhelming data to show us every day what new reef has died, how many whales have beached and died from sonar testing and ingesting plastic, how many acres of rainforest have been cut down for the cattle industry.  The facts are there.  Our egos know.  But it is in our hearts and souls that the passion and love to stop the violence resides.  The cries of the animals, all nature, and our own spirits are calling us to bring healing now and reverse the damage we have done.    

We know now that the best healing for an individual is holistic.  It needs to address the physical, mental and spiritual life of the suffering one.  Without the body, mind, and spirit being nourished and cared for, the healing will not be complete.  This is just as true for the healing of the world which we must undertake as a species.  When we engage in healing at the level of spirit, we enter the mystical realm.  There we find ourselves nurtured and strengthened by the Divine Love that animates and breathes life into all beings.  Passion and faith begin to do their work in us so that we enter into partnership with the Divine and discover what is ours to do in this healing and transformative work. 

Our true nature, in a word is love.  We are meant to be creatures who love and care for creation.  Some say we had to go through a self-centered, fearful period of development that led to all of our violent ways.  Perhaps so.  But that time is past.  We cannot remain there any longer and hope to survive as a species.  This is our big chance to become the nonviolent, compassionate, peaceful creatures we are destined to be.  Nearly all religions promote The Golden Rule in one form or another.  We have been told to “Do unto others as you would have others do unto You.”  But we have never fully understood it until now.  The “others” in this rule includes all life, all sacred creation.     

Veganism is the Golden Rule in perfect action.  It is the pinnacle of living a life of nonviolence, caring for all others, and having reverence and compassion for all life.  The vegan life is life giving, not life taking.  When we become ethically vegan, we come home to our spiritual and heart essence at last. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

THE TUTTLES 'ROUND THE WORLD VEGAN TOUR AND PRAYER FLAGS PRESENTED


AROUND THE WORLD WITH COMPASSION AND LOVE:  Will and Madeleine Tuttle have now completed their vegan world tour, literally “encircling the earth for all beings everywhere” with compassion.  They reached thousands, perhaps, millions, of people in many countries with the vegan message of compassion, nonviolence, and lovingkindness for all living beings.  As a special holiday gift to all of you, here are two videos of their tours in India and China.  Please enjoy and share them.  The world is awakening.   

Video of Will & Madeleine’s Tour to India:
Video of Will & Madeleine’s Tour to China
ANIMAL PRAYER FLAGS THEY PRESENTED IN CHINA
Will and Madeleine presented this prayer flag to the Abbott of 
the Pure Land Buddhist Temple in Xiucheng, China. 

They presented this flag to the Three Harmonic Temple 
in Kunmiing, China where they have a vegan school
and an animal sanctuary.  

Many thanks to Will and Madeleine and all the heroes enlightening the world about the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life.