Brenda de Groot


Welcome to my website.

I am Brenda, 29 years old, and I am a writer, artist and illustrator with a life-long fascination for animals. I want to know what goes on in their minds, how they live, and what it would be like to be them [1]. That is why I do research on animal cognition, consciousness and animal ethics, and study the psychology behind the anthropogenic exploitation of animals.

Here on this website, I put pen, paper, heart, soul and keyboard in practice to reach a more just world for every sentient being that calls it home. I write articles, books and stories, I illustrate and make art, and supply my work with sound and evidence-based sources. I am currently working on my first book on – yes – exactly these topics.

- For a world beyond speciesism -

My mission is to reach a world beyond speciesism. A world in which we treat other animals as the sentient individuals they are.
One of the most powerful instruments we can apply in order to do so, is education. Like a wise man once said:

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

- Nelson Mandela

Ik combine my knowledge of animal cognition, animal behaviour, psychology, nature conservation and animal ethics with my creativity, to reach people of all different ages and backgrounds, and make them as passionate about animals as I am. Because this very passion, this fascination for all that lives on this amazing planet, thát is the ingredient that we need in order to change the world.

If you find yourself curious about my projects, illustrations, the little vegan monkey Bambú, or my cv, then please do not hesitate to take a peek by clicking on the links.

Dierenrechtenactivisten strijden tegen speciesisme. Animal Rights March 2019 Amsterdam. Brenda de Groot. For a world beyond speciesism.


I started this website as a blog about veganism. Not surprising, given that a lifestyle aiming to do no unnecessary harm to animals it is the most moral way of living.

That’s why I want to inspire people to choose the vegan way more often. Secretly I am a real health-nerd, and I generously sprinkle my knowledge and enthusiasm about healthy vegan food far and wide. Good for me (because I enjoy it), good for you (who says no to healthy brownies?!), good for the animals and for the planet.

I am currently converting my website from the vegan blog it started as, into a personal website with more articles encompassing the topics I described earlier. Please bear with me as this website is multilingual – Dutch is actually the main language 😉

Enjoy the stuff that’s already there while I am working on more!

Smart monkey with a book illustration


“Why vegan?”

Here you find all about the philosophy behind veganism. On ethics, animal rights and the psychology – just why the whole world should choose plant-based more often.

Health & Food

“How vegan?”

Here you find articles about plant-based food and healthy living, backed up with scientific research. You read about vegan protein and how to make the healthiest smoothie bowl that ever existed.

Monkey with a big smoothie bowl


“Whole foods, plant-based”

For those of you looking for a healthy vegan recipe that doesn’t take a trazillion ingredients while leaving your kitchen looking like the apocalypse just started right there.
Here, have some healthy chocolate banana ice cream with a salted peanut butter swirl.



My humble suggestions to my best-read articles:

and why it is so wrong

Vegan for the planet
a.k.a. ‘vegan for saving your own skin’

Pointing back
think piece

my illustrations

PS. I started this website multilingual, with both Dutch and English content. However, the effort of managing a multi language blog at this point in time just gets a bit too much. I want to offer readers top quality content and at the same time staying sane myself *winksmiley*. I therefore decided to only upload new posts in Dutch at this moment in time. I am very sorry if this may disappoint you. I am planning to continue with posting in English again in the future. Until that time comes, please feel free to translate Dutch posts with Google translate (and have a good laugh about the outcome..!).

This post is also available in NL