MarkHawthorne_SATRI am the author of three books on animal rights and social justice: Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, a guide to empowering people to get active for animals around the world; Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering; and my latest, A Vegan Ethic: Embracing A Life Of Compassion Toward All. I stopped eating meat after an encounter with one of India’s many cows in 1992, then went vegan a decade later. Beginning in 2004, I served as a contributing writer for Satya  until the magazine ceased publication in 2007, and am a frequent contributor to VegNews magazine. My writing has also appeared in Vegan’s Daily Companion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (Quarry Books), Stories to Live By: Wisdom to Help You Make the Most of Every Day (Travelers’ Tales) and The Best Travel Writing 2005: True Stories from Around the World (Travelers’ Tales), as well as The Vegan, Laika, Vegan Voice, Herbivore, Hinduism Today, Utne.com and newspapers across the United States. Author photo by Tara Baxter.