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Vegan Society of PEACE
Who We Are
The Vegan Society of P.E.A.C.E. (People for the Earth, Animals, Compassion & Enlightenment) is a grassroots nonprofit community organization which promotes PEACE and Compassion for ALL sentient beings.  We are dedicated to ethical vegan living, animal rights advocacy, environmental responsibility, peace and nonviolence.  Since the formation of our organization in 2004, we continue to be a 100% volunteer-run.  We greatly appreciate the support & generosity of our members worldwide.
 
Our headquarters is in Houston, Texas, and our membership base is global.  We offer educational & social events in the Houston area, organize community outreach, work with local media and coordinate a growing local vegan support network.  Members of our global Community Network also receive our free monthly newsletter and can join our interactive message board forum. 

Please join us in creating a society of peace where people care for the earth, work to liberate all sentient beings from exploitation and oppression, and endeavor to enlighten the world through the message of universal compassion and nonviolence.

Our Mission
Our mission is to promote peace and compassion for all beings through vegan education, outreach and advocacy. While we dedicate ourselves to ending violence and cruelty toward all animals, our primary focus is working to end the exploitation and needless deaths of the billions of land animals and aquatic species slaughtered each year for food. We actively promote ethical vegan living, animal rights advocacy, environmental responsibility, peace and nonviolence. We also work as a support network for those transitioning to a vegan diet and those interesting in learning how to be effective animal advocates. 

Our Message
We believe all sentient beings deserve to live. By promoting nonviolence and compassion for all living beings, we can create a more peaceful existence for all who live on this planet. We believe that the Sanskrit word AHIMSA, meaning "do no harm", can be applied to all of our daily actions and interactions. In essence, our message is "Reverence for Life", with veganism being the most ethical and non-violent way of living.
 
Our Goals
Outreach, education and advocacy are our 3 main goals. Our outreach efforts include the following annual education campaigns: MEATOUT, Earth Day, World Farm Animals Day, World Vegetarian Day, World Go Vegan Days and World Animal Rights Day. In 2006, we also launched our Texas "Veggin'-out" Days Campaign, which takes place annually in October. As part of our outreach, we host events & educational classes in an effort to bring awareness to these issues. We also work in conjunction with other area groups on campaigns and events throughout the year. In addition, we strive to be a support network for people who care about the earth, the animals, compassionate living and the search for knowledge and enlightenment. 

Our Founders
Kristen Lee Ohanyan & Tosh Schurz
Co-Founders, Vegan Society of P.E.A.C.E. (March 20, 2004 – February 2, 2020)
Creators, Texas Go Vegan Week (2006)

Recipients, North American Veg Society “Most Creative Outreach” Award (2007)

Creators, Vegan 2nd Saturdays Monthly Houston Community Events (2009)

Creators, VegFest Houston Vegan Community Festival of Texas (2011)

Creators, Houston Vegan Awards (2017)


Our Leadership
President & Co-founder: Kristen Lee Ohanyan
Vice President & Co-founder: Tosh Schurz
Vice President & Secretary Officer: Phillip Salinas
Treasury Officer: Christine Crumbley, Ph.D
Community Relations Coordinator: Bernadette Session
Board of Director: Alan Clune, Ph.D
Board of Director: Kim Willis, LCSW
Board of Director: Anuj Arun Shah, JD, Ph.D
Board of Director: Chris Lewis








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