Being Vegan, Vegan Being – Tyler Whitney – Know Better, Do Better, Feel Better.

I live in Portland Oregon. I live primarily without money in order to focus on activism and service. Some of the areas that I focus on are kaleidoscope yoga, nonviolent communication and vegan Outreach and education. My blog is wisdom practitioner at Blogspot.

What lead you to veganism? How long ago?

I first became vegan in 2012 for about 6 months, I was inspired by a co-worker and I watched Forks Over Knives. I fell away from veganism for a couple years but was really inspired in summer of 2014 to get back on the path. This was in large part due to my Buddhist Sangha who are a bunch of hardcore moneyless renunciates.

When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?

I think I donated most of my food and still to this day. I actually have some Animal product clothing just because I live primarily without money.

Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism?

Rarely, I will “freegan” things like honey or something like a pastry with egg/dairy. At family gatherings, I really steer clear of animal products.

Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?


What does being vegan mean to you? For example, does it extend to not killing bugs and bees? Does it include not patronizing vegan companies owned by non-vegan parent companies? Does it affect the way you treat other humans?

I prescribe to a deeper level of veganism, one that is holistic and pro-intersectional; seeing how all suffering and oppression are linked.

Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?

I would hope so, we are already so fringe, we need everyone who is willing.

How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?

I practice NVC and have a lot of heart-centered training, so I don’t view them as monsters like some, but they are uninformed people just like I was.

Any recommended Vegan books?

World Peace Diet
How Not To Die

Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?

Collectively Free
James Aspey

Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?

Forks over Knives for starting it all for me.

What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?

I don’t really eat out much at all, but I do like the all vegan pizza joint here called Virtuous Pie.

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

Know better, do better, feel better. Health is wealth.

What is the vegan scene like in your city?

Hopping, though gentrification has brought a gluten of foodie/consumerist vegans in, as opposed to the more radical types from old Portland.

What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?

Do activism! 🙂

What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?

Of course! Veganism is also not cruelty-free, but it strives to reduce our harm footprint.

Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?

Feeling frustrated by lack of pro-intersectional and holistic vegans; the myopic single issue focus some well meaning folks have proves challenging for me to be on sane page. I’m working on patience and understanding for where they are at. 🙂


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