Satya (magazine)

Satya was an American monthly magazine which covered vegetarianism, animal rights, environmentalism and social justice issues.[1][2] It was co-founded by Beth Gould and Martin Rowe in 1994 and released its final issue in 2007.[3] Scholar Gary Francione says Satya became the main journal that promoted animal welfare after the demise of The Animals' Agenda in 2002.[4]

CategoriesAnimal rights, vegetarianism, environmentalism, social justice
First issueJune 1994 (1994-June)
Final issue
July 2007
Based inNew York City

The magazine was available free at restaurants and health food stores in New York City and its content was eclectic, blending lifestyle articles with political and intellectual ones, and tackling both animal rights and social justice issues.[5][6] Satya was named for Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of Satyagraha and its stated mission was to increase "dialogue among activists from diverse backgrounds and engaging readers in ways to integrate compassion into their daily lives."[7]

Regular contributors to Satya included scholar Rynn Berry[8][9] and author Mark Hawthorne.[10] Ecofeminist author pattrice jones wrote her 2007 book Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World after an article she wrote for the magazine.[11] Among the many other authors and activists who collaborated with Satya are Peter Singer,[12] Carol J. Adams, Matt Ball, Howard Lyman, John Robbins[5] and Will Potter.[13] In 1999, Martin Rowe edited the book The Way of Compassion: Survival Strategies for a World in Crisis based on the work of Satya.[5][2] It was well received by scholar Richard Foltz.[2]

Authors Pete McCormack[7] and pattrice jones[11] praised Satya's approach and articles. Legal scholar Gary Francione criticized it for focusing on animal welfare politics instead of abolitionist veganism, which, according to him, is the only effective strategy to reduce systematic animal suffering.[4] For their part, moral philosopher Peter Singer and author Bruce Friedrich wrote an article in Satya pointing out that countries with stronger animal welfare laws have also higher rates of veganism and vegetarianism, and that their implementation has placed the issue before millions of people as important.[14][12]


  1. Patterson, Charles. "TOO STRONG: The Book They Didn't Want to Publish". Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  2. Foltz, Richard (2000). "Review". Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology. Brill Publishers. 4 (2): 179. doi:10.1163/156853500507816. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  3. Rowe, Martin (June–July 2007). "In Its End, a Beginning". Satya. No. 142. Archived from the original on June 14, 2007.
  4. Francione, Gary L. (July 4, 2007). "Farewell, Satya". Archived from the original on August 26, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  5. Fores, Dylan (October 1, 1999). "BOOKS: The Way of Compassion & A Vegetarian Lifestyle". Animal People News. Archived from the original on September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  6. Laguardia, Cheryl; Katz, Bill; Sternberg Katz, Linda, eds. (December 15, 2006). Magazines for Libraries. R.R. Bowker. p. 529. ISBN 1600300960. Retrieved September 20, 2019. New York City-based Satya encompasses vegetarianism, environmentalism, animal advocacy, and social justice. Satya is not strictly an animal advocacy magazine, and articles are roughly equally divided between animal concerns and social justice issues. Satya presents many perspectives from the social justice, animal welfare, and animal rights communities, so the content is eclectic. Most articles are well written and provocative. Each issue of the magazine emphasizes a particular topic, such as activism in the workplace, veganism, or chicken. Interviews with activists are regular features. Vegan recipes, restaurant reviews, and book reviews appear frequently.
  7. McCormack, Pete. "Harper's Bizarre: Lobbyists APCO and Cassidy & Associates (et. al) could use a little ol' fashioned Satya". Archived from the original on September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  8. Edmundson, John (January 19, 2014). "American Vegetarian Society 1850 & Remembering Rynn Berry – by Martin Rowe". HappyCow. Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  9. Rowe, Martin (May 6, 2014). "15: A Body in the Park". Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology. Lantern Books. p. 107. ISBN 978-1590564257. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  10. Hawthorne, Mark (November 30, 2018). "Acknowledgements". Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. John Hunt Publishing. ISBN 978-1785358838. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  11. jones, pattrice (2007). "Acknowledgments". Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World : a Guide for Activists and Their Allies. Lantern Books. p. ix and 5. ISBN 978-1590561034. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  12. Elise, Travis (January 28, 2013). "Anti-Capitalism and Abolitionism". In Socha, Kim; Blum, Sarahjane (eds.). Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism. McFarland. p. 27–28. ISBN 978-0786465750.
  13. Potter, Will (November 2006). ""It's Time to Stop the AETA," Satya". Archived from the original on September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  14. Friedrich, Bruce (February 21, 2011). "Getting from A to Z: Why Animal Activists Should Support Incremental Reforms to Help Animals". HuffPost. Retrieved September 28, 2019.

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