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About the founder

Dharmada Kerstin Knuepfer

I became a vegetarian at the age of six when I saw a documentary about a slaughterhouse on TV. I had a lot of fights with my parents because of my new vegetarian diet. But my willpower has always been strong.

In my 30s I moved with my own horse to a vegetarian farm with sheep, goats, chicken, other horses, cats and dogs. I wanted to fulfil my dream of living in peace with farm animals while using their milk and wool in a human way. I learned how to milk animals and felt great as a farmer in the beginning but after a few seasons I realized that we always had one problem in spring and another one in autumn.

In spring we had to separate the mother sheep and goats from their babies or else they would drink all the milk.

In autumn we had to get rid of the grown ups and “useless” male sheep and goats. It was very difficult to find a place to which to send them so that they would not get slaughtered.

After a few years I realized that my demand for their milk caused a lot of suffering to them and that vegetarianism does not help farm animals at all and even is the cause for their suffering. As a result of this realization, I gradually reduced my consumption of all animal products. In 2010, I became fully vegan.

I grew into an animal rights activist, a speaker in India and Austria in schools and organizations, a vegan writer (my book is not yet finished) and youtuber. I volunteered two times at “Animal Aid Unlimited” in India, an animal hospital where I also worked in the cow area. In a village near Austria I volunteered every Saturday at “Lamaste.” It is a vegan farm for lamas, cows and other farm animals.

By the end of 2018 I quit my job as a graphic designer in the marketing department of a big political organisation and moved to Los Angeles to be with my husband. As long as I don’t have a greencard for the USA I am not allowed to make any money or to work. As long as I am not committed to a job, a house, a garden and animals I see this also as an opportunity to travel the world. End of february 2019 I will go to India for 3-4 months to volunteer again in the animal hospital, to meet animal rights people and see what I can do to improve the lifes of farm animals in India.

My website is a gift to the world where I volunteer my time by creating a database for vegan businesses and sanctuaries and thereby shape a vegan future. Or a future at all because if we humans don’t change our lifestyle we humans will go extinct and drive all other beings also into extinction.

If you want to follow my personal story then click on my VLOG

Love for all!

Dharmada