I chose to put together a list of vegan and vegetarian websites and organisations that can help us eat veg, shop veg, do veg activism, and generally live veg. Hope it helps everyone - it sure helped me. I was searching mainly for international information, but since I didn't find that much that was without borders, I added those that I believe have a widespread influence.
2- Happy Cow
This is the go-to website when looking for restaurants and eateries anywhere in the world. From my personal experience, it is the most comprehensive listing of restaurants I've seen on the web. Feel free to comment if you've found a better one.
Based in the UK, this organisation is one to promote if you are looking for people who are hardcore vegan activists and that encompass all reasons and forms of veganism - that is, not just the food, and not just for karma or for animal rights. They are also a great source of information about how veganism came about and for those seeking specific details on how to live, breathe and radiate veganism.
Although the main purpose of this organisation is for environmental protection, Greenpeace has a history of protecting wildlife that just can't be ignored by vegans, especially in the oceans. Marine animals, from seals to whales and dolphins to tuna, without forgetting about sharks, are of a major importance to this famous green and peaceful NGO created in Canada.
This famous and controversial organisation has some of us wondering if vegans could, perhaps, be better without it. This may stem from the issues raised by actions that received a very widely negative response, such as when those who had paint thrown at them, and I can definitely understand them. However, this is definitely an organisation that has put vegans out there much more prominently, and has surely made more than just a few chose to change their lifestyle. They are a great source of information to rely on.
This is another great source of information for anything vegan, from our lifestyles to our shopping, without, of course, forgetting about recipes and vegan alternatives! Hey, maybe some of you wonder-cooks can use their cooking database?
This website focuses on health, recipes and environment. They also cater to those who are not yet vegetarians and looking to learn how to cook meatless meals.
This site is very similar to PETA, but for youth and with a bit more humour. Perhaps adults can also appreciate the less-serious side of animal activism as well!
EarthSave is almost exclusively focused on a plant-based diet for health reasons. They advocate boycotting animal by-products by hosting Taste of Health weekends with workshops, cooking classes and by inviting companies to offer taste tests (free!) to anyone who wishes to try before buying. I've personally been to several of their Vancouver weekends and always came out of there learning something new.
I remember reading about how some strong Christian followers on this site feel that they are misunderstood in their religious communities because others don't agree with their choices. The confusing choice of 'loving all of God's creatures' doesn't fit with a meat-eating diet, and this organisation got the message! To feel less left out, browse this site and learn about Christ's compassion.
11- Veggie Lawyers
I was surprised to find this, and although they are based in Georgia and probably not international, it's great to know that there are lawyers specializing in animal rights. Of course, they are also divorce lawyers, so not just animal-rights based, but still... This is great!
This is the link that Happy Cow has for different organizations. Most are US or UK based.
Have you heard of this woman? She is a spiritual, vegan psychic that promotes meditation and compassion as the best way to live. She advocates by informing the general public on the environmental and health benefits of a vegan diet, and adds the spiritual side to it. She is not christian; I believe she is Buddhist. There are flyers and videos you can download from her site, and use them to help you promote a vegan diet if you have that in mind and wish to do it with a whole different approach than mainstream activism.
14- Veggie Jews
Yes, this religion has its vegetarian website as well to support those who wish to find themselves with others like them. They advocate to Jews by incorporating vegetarianism into the Jewish identity.
VUNA is the North American branch of International Vegetarian Union and has similar goals and missions. Just an FYI - for those of you who can, they are looking for volunteer Spanish and French translators for the site.
Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)