New organisation ~ Growing site ~ Relevant support ideas and links welcome.
As a new, not for profit, run by volunteers - we aim to support people on their individual journey to a way of living that is
kinder to animals and
better for the planet
"Being a vegan is not an end in itself, but a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations". Peter Singer
Our key approaches are to :
We will complement and draw together support ideas
"The best way to predict the future is to create it!"
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama
Every action of kindness to animals, every step to slow damage to the planet COUNTS. Start today - don't delay
"Taking small steps is better than taking no steps"
Jane - HB Founder
A passionate animal lover since childhood, Jane has spent the last 25 years as an active volunteer/ Trustee for local and national animal welfare organisations.
Jane also set up Charity Days to source free training for charities, saving them an estimated £2m.
Jane tries to live sustainably – buying reclaimed /pre loved goods & choosing greener options when possible.
Jane became vegan in Veganuary 2018, after 30 yrs as a vegetarian but wishes she had moved earlier.
In 2018 Jane set up Humane Being - which she runs as a volunteer - to encourage people to live in a way that is kind to animals & protects the planet then support them on the journey. A key focus for Jane is to help people understand how climate chaos, ecological crises & the extinction of species are all interlinked with animal suffering - then provide ideas for actions we can all take – like making better consumer choices, lobbying MPs and joining protest groups.
Jane gives talks to encourage people to think about the planet & animals and attends festivals to spread the word.
Jane, her husband & his daughter have rescue dogs, cats, pigs & hens.
Gavin became an environmental campaigner after attending an Extinction Rebellion talk on the climate crisis and consequential urgent need to act.
Gavin's main driver was that he has a 10 year old daughter who faces a bleak future if there is no urgent change and the world continues with business as usual.
Gavin first of all went vegetarian to reduce his personal carbon footprint and then followed the natural course to become vegan - and drive his personal impact down further still. In the process he has become deeply concerned for the welfare of animals used in industrial farming and the contribution of animal agriculture to the climate and environmental crises.
Gavin has been around the country running stalls and helping people understand the need to make personal change - and drive for system change. He helps raise the awareness of the public from both the climate and animal welfare camps.
Gavin comes from South Africa but has made the personal sacrifice of pledging to take no more flights - even though it means he won't see his family.
As an ex 3 times a day meat eater, Gavin is a great role -model for everyone being able to change and gives a personal perspective on how to make the journey in a passionate and empathetic way.
Peta started campaigning for animals in 2007 when she saw a video of a horse being slaughtered badly. It had never occurred to her that the slaughter ‘lines’ meant animals being chained by one hind leg, hoisted up and left to hang from an overhead conveyor during the whole ugly process. Peta extrapolated this vision to farmed animals, leaving her no choice but to adopt a vegan lifestyle overnight and join the long, hard battle for change.
Peta's working background was mostly in the NHS as a clinician and manager with early experience in business, industry and commerce.
Peta campaigned first as a supporter of World Horse Welfare which took her to the EU Commission in Brussels in 2009 to promote a Written Declaration against live transportation of horses across Europe to slaughter; then the RSPCA, VIVA!, Animal Aid, Cruelty Free International, PETA UK and more. Peta met Jane Tredgett in 2009 while campaigning against the RSPCA Assured farm animal food scheme at RSPCA Annual General Meetings. They have worked together on projects embracing all animals for some time. In 2018, Peta was inspired to join Jane's vision of Humane Being. That isn’t where the journey ends, of course and we invite you run with us in creating a more compassionate world before it is too late.
Mahesh qualified from Medical School in 2010 & has been a GP since 2015. He was quick to realise that medications do not heal, but only attempt to control conditions. As a doctor, he wanted to cure people of their diseases so that they could live happy, healthy lives. This took him into holistic & naturopathic medicine, focusing on the pillars of wellbeing ; food, exercise, sleep, relaxation & purpose. By appreciating the person as a whole - not just as a symptom or disease, Mahesh is helping people experience a new lease of life.
Mahesh is passionate about whole-food plant-based (vegan) nutrition as a vital pillar in preventing, improving & reversing chronic disease, & practices this himself. Mahesh also does educational talks on plant-based nutrition & takes a keen interest in the gut microbiome & its role in overall health/wellbeing. Mahesh is an advisory board member for Plant-Based Health Professionals UK (pbhp.uk) & Whole Food Plant Based (wfpb.org). His social media contacts are Facebook/Instagram (mesh_the_vegan_doc) & email@example.com.
Richard has been an environmental campaigner since 2003 when the climate and ecological emergency prompted him to begin volunteering with Greenpeace and other pressure groups. His work includes: public communications and outreach; media work; campaign management; public speaking; training activists in non-violent direct action (NVDA) and political lobbying (up to Cabinet level). Richard has extensive experience of taking part in NVDAs, mainly on climate campaigns. He also works with local and national animal rights groups.
Between 2005 and 2011, Richard ran his own business to promote renewable energy in the UK, mainly onshore wind farms. A practising primary school teacher, he often gives presentations to school and college groups about environmental issues and promotes the inclusion of environmental education in the school curriculum.
Richard endeavours to live a sustainable lifestyle: he has not flown since 1996 and has used charity shops for many years to find ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ alternatives to conventional shopping. Vegan since 2011, he is an enthusiastic cook and takes a keen interest in the sports nutrition that fuels his running, swimming, cycling and fell-walking.
David ate meat and fish for over 40 years before a chance conversation with a vegetarian changed his whole perspective.
He recalls the moment when he suddenly realised how much he loved animals and that he would not dream of harming one. He went vegetarian overnight and started researching animal agriculture. This led to him giving voluntary talks in schools on behalf of Compassion in World Farming and becoming membership secretary of Greens for Animal Protection. Some years later – in 2016 – he became vegan after discovering the realities of the dairy and egg industries. David then wrote a song called Red Red World which became a soundtrack to a film that juxtaposed our selective love of animals with the horrors of factory farming.
A chance meeting with Peta Smith led to David meeting Jane Tredgett and discovering that the philosophies of Humane Being were completely aligned to his own new beliefs.
One of his new projects - Animation for Animals – involves the creation of an educational animated film. Here is some information if you’d like to know more: https://www.gofundme.com/f/animation-for-animals