Veganism is more than just a dietary choice.

It transcends passing trends—

it is a powerful social justice movement.

Environmental justice is a social movement that sheds light on and tackles the disproportionate impact of environmental damage on marginalized communities. These communities often bear the brunt of harm caused by various industries. Among these, animal agriculture stands out as one of the most detrimental to the climate, waterways, and air quality. 

Individuals who transition to a plant-based diet are often drawn by the promise of health advantages. Embracing a diverse range of whole foods can lead to reduced inflammation, improved gut function, and a strengthened immune system. Cutting out meat consumption contributes to public health by alleviating the societal burden of diet-related chronic diseases associated with frequent animal product consumption.

Beyond genetics and diet, external environmental factors—such as air and water pollution—also significantly influence overall health. Unfortunately, animal agriculture generates harmful pollution that disproportionately affects communities residing near factory farms. Many of these communities are predominantly lower-income and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). In contrast, plant-based agriculture tends to have fewer adverse impacts on local environments and communities. 

Animal rights are ethical principles based on the idea that non-human animals should have the freedom to live according to their own desires, without being controlled by human interests.

Our board of Directors


Nancy Arenas
President, Executive Director
John Burchell
Vice President


Tammy Fiebelkorn
Gabriel Gaarden
Deidre Gordon
Lisa Hackard
Paul Roybal

Sprouting Compassion is grateful
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Jim Corcoran
Dan Hanley
Tammy Fiebelkorn
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