Joanne Stepaniak

American writer

Joanne "Jo" Stepaniak (born 1954) is an American writer specializing in veganism and nutrition.



Being Vegan (2000)

Being Vegan: Living with Conscience, Conviction, and Compassion, Los Angeles: Lowell House, 2000. ISBN 0-7373-0323-9
  • In the final analysis, despite our diversity, there is only one type of vegan — a person who is committed to and practices reverence and respect for all life.
    • p. 5
  • There is no logical basis to support the theory that plants feel pain. The dubious possibility that they might, however, is no justification for killing obviously sentient beings. Any rational person understands the striking difference between slitting the throat of a sentient animal and plucking a fruit or vegetable.
    • p. 43
  • Vegans and vegetarians are commonly baited by nonvegetarians with “what if” scenarios that typically have no relevance to or bearing on most people's real-life situations.
    • p. 44
  • Implementing a compassionate perspective that embraces all life is at the heart of being vegan.
    • p. 52
  • To become wholly compassionate requires us to open our eyes and hearts, to behold the pain and exploitation our culture obscures, to arouse deadened emotions, and to rise above our egos.
    • p. 52
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