GreatNonProfits 2010 Animal Welfare Campaign

We all have our own reasons for choosing to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.  For some, the decision is based entirely on perceived health benefits, not the least of which is improved performance in endurance sports.

I think it’s pretty frickin’ cool that an animal-free diet is starting to be viewed as an advantage, not a hindrance, for endurance athletes.  Perhaps one day we’ll even be able to stop coming up with answers to “Where do you get your protein?”

I was only able to succeed in adopting a vegetarian diet once I became convinced that it would make me stronger, not weaker.  In the back of mind, though, and the driving force behind my earlier attempts at limiting meat in my diet, was a compassion for animals.

Having succeeded in going vegetarian and being plugged into the vegetarian community for over a year now, that compassion has only grown.  And I’d be willing to be that others who go vegetarian primarily for health reasons experience the same (perhaps surprising) increase in concern for the well-being of animals.  Is this how it went for you?

What’s Your Favorite Animal Welfare Nonprofit?

It’s for the above reasons that I’m very proud that No Meat Athlete has become a medium for helping others see the benefits of cutting meat from their diets.  And I’m especially proud, today, to announce that No Meat Athlete has partnered with and eight other organizations that love animals (American Humane Association, Animal Legal Defense Fund,, the Humane Society of the United States, I Love Rescue Animals, K9 Magazine, the Pet Museum and Wildlife Forever), to help identify the most outstanding nonprofit organizations working to protect the welfare of animals, both wild and domestic, in the U.S. and around the world.

As part of the campaign, I’m asking you to participate by heading to GreatNonProfits’ Animal Welfare Campaign page and writing a review of an animal welfare nonprofit that you’ve dealt with.  By doing so, you’ll be letting others know which nonprofits are doing the most to help animals, and which ones need to make improvements to make what they do more effective.  Every organization that gets 10 or more positive reviews during the month of July will make the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Animal Welfare Nonprofits List.

The campaign runs through the end of July, and you can find more details here.  Thanks for taking the time to share the experiences you’ve had with animal welfare nonprofits.  (And thanks even more for having had an experience with an animal welfare nonprofit in the first place!)

More Reading for a Lazy Sunday…

I did an interview over at Running Somewhere last week.  David had some fun questions for me, and his site is worth exploring if you’ve never been there.  Lots of good running info.  And my friend Brett from Step 1 Runner is a frequent contributor too, so check it out and say hi to David and Brett.



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    1. VERY cool partnership. Definitely going to check it out (and your interview). I went Veg for a number of reasons, including my passion/love for animals. Since going veg, my passion has grown considerably.

    2. Definitely sounds familiar. Health reasons made me start eating fruits and veggies. I had never imagined I’d eliminate animal products, though.

      Looking forward to the day that I get a permanent job in these times. I’m itching to make donations to the organizations that worked to obtain undercover footages of factory farms & slaughterhouses. Without witnessing the barbarism that remind me of the Middle Passage scene in the movie Amistad, I’d still be inhaling steak, pizza, and buffalo wings on the weekends.

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