For a great list of veg and veg-friendly restaurants and stores, visit

National Organizations:

Several large national organizations devote either all or part of their efforts to educating the public about farmed animals and animal agriculture. Some have materials for ordering or downloading. They include:

Farm Sanctuary
Compassion Over Killing
Mercy for Animals
Farm Animal Rights Movement
Vegan Outreach
American Vegan Society
North American Vegetarian Society
Vegetarian Resource Group
Christian Vegetarian Association
Jewish Veg
Animal Place


There are many books about vegetarianism and veganism (not to mention cookbooks galore), but we recommend the following for a comprehensive look at factory farming and the history, ethics and benefits of meat-free living:

Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, by Melanie Joy
Harvest of Hope, by Jane Goodall
Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, by Gene Baur
Veganist, by Kathy Freston
The Inner World of Farm Animals, by Amy Hatkoff
Mad Cowboy, by Howard Lyman
Diet for a New America, by John Robbins
Slaughterhouse, by Gail Eisnitz
Every Twelve Seconds, Timothy Pachirat

We also recommend the VegNews magazine and website ( for news, recipes, advice and event information.