Constantia is Vegan  

Good Morning Rooster

Constantia Oomen has been a vegetarian since the age of 15 and a vegan since the age of 19.

Veganism is the personal practice of eliminating the use of non-human animal products

The American Vegan Society explains what Vegan is:

VEGANS (pronounced VEE-guns) Live on products of the plant kingdom.

Veganism is compassion in action. It is a philosophy, diet, and lifestyle.

Veganism is an advanced way of living in accordance with Reverence for Life, recognizing the rights of all living creatures, and extending to them the compassion, kindness, and justice exemplified in the Golden Rule.

Vegans exclude flesh, fish, fowl, dairy products (animal milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.), eggs, honey, animal gelatin, and all other foods of animal origin.

Veganism also excludes animal products such as leather, wool, fur, and silk in clothing, upholstery, etc. Vegans usually make efforts to avoid the less-than-obvious animal oils, secretions, etc., in many products such as soaps, cosmetics, toiletries, household goods and other common commodities.

Reasons for Veganism:

An equitable, ethical relationship between human and other living creatures

The physiological human design

An enlightened concept of repairing and maintaining health

Practical solutions to the population explosion

Spiritual development

Source: American Vegan Society

Constantia is vegan because of her love of animals. She has always felt animals are the equals of people, (not so!) different, but equal. She firmly believes the vegan lifestyle will sustain the health of The Earth, unlike the omnivore lifestyle.

Her love for animals is also reflected in the establishment of the Dutch Pet shop Inspectorate.

Dutch Pet Shop Inspectorate founded in 2007 by Constantia Oomen and Jeroen Post-Oomen


Constantia as a toddler with stuffed Toy Rabbit Constantia with Rabbit Constantia with stray cat
Constantia with her rooster Flipper Constantia with hen Kuifje (Tufty) Constantia with turtle in Majorca
Constantia with pigeon she saved Constantia with exotic bird in Ohio Constantia with genuine white wolf in Ohio
Constantia with deer in Ohio Constantia with squirrel in Ohio Constantia with guinea pig in Utrecht
Constantia with ponies Constantia with young jackdaw she and Jeroen saved in Utrecht Sten's hands holding young jackdaw
Constantia with baby Zebra Finch Constantia with young jackdaw Lee she and Jeroen saved in 2011 (two saved in 2011!) Drawing Constantia for vegan friend Hans Stöpler sr.