Being part of Otero Veg is an excellent way to network with other like minded individuals who live in Otero County and surrounding areas! Currently there is no fee to join.   We will inform you of local meetings, potlucks and other member planned events.  Even if you are not sure wether you are deciding to go only vegetarian or want more info on being a vegan, we suggest you let us help!  With close to 8 million vegans and 16 million vegetarians in the United States, we are not alone in a matter that should be common sense to all of us. Being informed is the key. Send us an email to cloudcroftvegan@gmail.com with your full name, address and phone number and we will be in contact! 

Below are a few quotes from some people you might have heard of:

Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
--Steven Spielberg

I think there's something odd about eating another living anything.
--Shania Twain

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.
--John Denver

I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
-Carl Lewis

People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.
--Richard Gere

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
-Charles Darwin, English naturalist (1809-1882)

I'm a level 5 vegan, I don't eat anything that casts a shadow.
--Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons)

It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.
-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

It was like, the penny dropped. The light bulb lit up. We thought, we might just give this up.
--Paul McCartney

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
-Mark Twain, American author (1835-1910)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

What would we do if we didn't try? We have to try.
-Lyle Lovett

That's something I've noticed in my work with kids. When they first discover the connection between meat and animals, many children get very concerned about it.
--Fred Rogers (AKA Mr. Rogers)

Some people think the plant-based, whole-foods diet is extreme. Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme
--Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

I gave up meat when I was twelve. & One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumor with the knife. There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me.
--Josh Hartnett

Our daughter Maggie is our all-natural girl. Anything to do with nature and anything that breathes and walks and moves, she wants it. And she informed us the other day that she's gonna be a vegetarian. She just woke up one morning and said, 'I'm gonna be a vegetarian,' and she has been one ever since.
--Faith Hill

My wife actually got worried about my drinking so much regular milk, you know, so she got me into rice milk and now soy milk, which I greatly enjoy. A soy mocha's a fine thing.
--Willie Nelson

I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.
--Clint Eastwood

I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.
--Al Gore

I realized meat's become a poison for me now.
--Mike Tyson

We don't live the lives of Eskimos. We don't need to kill animals for fashion.
--Charlize Theron

Cows' milk protein may be the single most significant chemical carcinogen to which humans are exposed.
--Dr. T. Colin Campbell

When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.
--River Phoenix

You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, that of your family and your country.
--Bill Clinton

The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.
--Bryan Adams

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.
--Linda McCartney

When people ask me why I don't eat meat or any other animal products, I say, 'Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.
--Casey Affleck

My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconveniency, and I have been frequently chided for my singularity. But my light repast allows for greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension.
--Benjamin Franklin

I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
--Cesar Chavez

One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.

The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.
--Leonardo Da Vinci

An animal may kill to live but an animal never lives to kill. Humans have to earn the right to be called animals again.
--David Duchovny

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages
--Thomas Edison

We all love animals. Why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner?
--K.D. Lang

Men hunt I think maybe because they have something wrong with their own equipment and they need something else to shoot.
--Pamela Anderson

Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.
--Ingrid Newkirk

The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.

If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn't done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit's eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson's eyes and ask him if it hurts.
--Ellen DeGeneres

I wouldn't touch a hot dog unless you put a condom on it! You realize that the job of a hot dog is to use parts of the animal that the Chinese can't figure out how to make into a belt?
--Bill Maher

Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan? It's because they know what it's like to be treated like an animal.
--Chuck Palahniuk

Nobody can possibly be so hungry that they need to take a life in order to feel satisfied - they don't after all, take a human life, so why take the life of an animal? Both are conscious beings with the same determination to survive. It is habit, and laziness and nothing else.

It's my firm intention to whop cancer into submission and I truly believe I've given myself the best start possible by radically overhauling my diet and by staying true to my motto, which is: Don't worry, be happy, feel good. The first thing I did when I was diagnosed was to turn vegan.
--Larry Hagman (TV Show Dallas)

Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.
--Anthony Bourdain

I'm killing two birds at once, so to speak. Animal-based food kills people. This way, by going vegan... we get healthy and save animals. I'm being selfish, too, because if I can get my employees healthier, we cut down on sick days and gain more productivity.
--Steve Wynn (Casino Developer/Hotel Magnate)

Being vegan just gives you such great karma.
--Alicia Silverstone

I mostly eat healthy. I just do. I'm not a vegan for health reasons - although obviously I'm 20 pounds lighter than when I started. I stayed 20 pounds lighter. I feel better. My friends say I look better. All that's true. But I'm a vegan for compassionate reasons.
-Russell Simmons

I became a vegetarian out of concern for animals, but I wasn't a vegetarian long before I realized there's something to that. I don't think I would have worked for the past five years probably were it not for my vegetarian diet.
-Bob Barker

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