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43 Year Vegans

43 Year Vegans

We didn't know that there was a word "vegan" at the time. There were no health food stores, no tofu, and no animal rights movement that we knew of.

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The Yogic Path

The Yogic Path

One rarely avoids animal products to aspire to sainthood, but it may be true that saintliness is impossible to discuss without first cleansing the body and mind of needless suffering of sentient beings.

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The Importance of Being Vegan

The Importance of Being Vegan

Veganism is not a fringe philosophy – it is a moral baseline that is consistent with beliefs that most of us already hold.

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Legal Slavery in the 21st Century

Legal Slavery in the 21st Century

Widespread veganism is the only way to achieve animal rights, and to end the legal slavery that is the foundation of industrial animal exploitation.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling as a Vegan

As you travel to new places as a vegan, a bit of planning and forethought can help you overcome the small inconveniences you may encounter.

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Veganism Defined (written by Leslie Cross, 1951)

Veganism Defined (written by Leslie Cross, 1951)

"The object of the Society shall be to end the exploitation of animals by man" and "The word veganism shall mean the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals."

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Is It Possible to REALLY Be Vegan?

Is It Possible to REALLY Be Vegan?

Of course it's true that there is no way to completely eliminate the harm that one does just by being alive on this planet. It is an unfortunate fact that our society operates in such a way as to make it impossible...

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It Must Have Been Lovely

It Must Have Been Lovely

In October of 1970, as an anthem for the very first Earth Day, American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton wrote a haunting song painting a picture of the planet as it might one day be... devoid of the wonders of the natural world.

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25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

Calcium is an essential nutrient in our diet. But as you can see, not all calcium is equal. Did you know that although animal milks have calcium in them, they also leach calcium from the bones?

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Could You Kill An Animal?

Could You Kill An Animal?

When people actively participate in slaughter, they must numb themselves to the horrific nature of killing.

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3 Reasons Not to Eat Honey

3 Reasons Not to Eat Honey

To make one pound of honey, a colony must visit over two million flowers, flying over 55,000 miles, at up to 15 miles per hour to do so.

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Why I Love Vegans

Why I Love Vegans

I love vegans, first and foremost, for their heightened sense of justice and compassion, in choosing to avoid, as far as possible, products and businesses that exploit anyone's body, in any way, for any reason.

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10 Simple Tips for the New Vegan

10 Simple Tips for the New Vegan

Despite the concerns many people have about vegan living being complicated and foreign, it's actually a lot more simple and familiar than most would think.

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Burying the Past

Burying the Past

Let us bury the past in recognition that we will not and cannot own, sell or give away another animal’s body parts, which were never ours to use in the first place.

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The Birds of the Down Industry

The Birds of the Down Industry

Down is designed to help keep waterfowl warm, but it is now commonly used and promoted as a "natural" stuffing for warm clothing and bedding for humans instead.

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A Newer Age

The vegan evolution will inspire a heightened spiritual awareness, purify the body, and make possible personal and planetary healing unprecedented in human history.

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Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan

Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan

As I look back over the last 26 years of my life, I wonder how it took me so long to live my life the way I’ve always wanted to: with love, kindness and honesty.

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Kicking the Cheese Habit

Kicking the Cheese Habit

“But I could never give up cheese…” Have you ever found yourself speaking these words, or just thinking them inside your own mind? If so, you’re not alone.

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Is Your Alcohol Vegan?

Many people, vegan or not, are surprised to discover that there is a plethora of animal-based products that can be found in alcoholic beverages.

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Mariolana: Life Lessons from a Goat

Mariolana: Life Lessons from a Goat

Along my journey to veganism, I have been moved by number of animal teachers… One of the dearest of these friends was a goat named Mariolana.

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Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs

Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs

Many people are surprised to learn that not only can vegan dogs enjoy vibrant health, but their physical condition can actually improve as a result of eliminating animal foods.

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100 Dogs on a Vegan Diet

100 Dogs on a Vegan Diet

By genus, dogs are classified as carnivorous, but metabolically, they are actually omnivorous. This means that their nutritional requirements can be adequately met with a plant-based diet.

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Freedom’s New Frontier: A Guide to Animal Rights

Shifting away from the common belief that other animals are renewable resources will lead to a new perception that recognizes animals as the conscious, feeling, innocent individuals they are.

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Beginner’s Guide to Veganic Gardening

Beginner's Guide to Veganic Gardening

Just as vegans avoid animal products in the rest of our lives, we also avoid them in the garden, as many fertilizers come from industries of exploitation.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Vegan Advocacy

Given the burgeoning opportunities, advocates can pick and choose what methods and media suit their talents, personalities, preferences, and geographic locations.

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What's Wrong with Backyard Eggs?

As we look more closely at the reality of the backyard chicken trend, it becomes increasingly clear that it is the same commodification of animals, packaged in niche marketing to appeal to the modern “conscious consumer”.

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The Last Fish

When I was a child, I was taught that killing fish was supposed to be relaxing. It was a time to bond with family and friends; a game, or rather a sport, called “fishing”.

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Another Chance

When we advocate for the widespread adoption of vegan values, we speak for the entire population of humanity’s victims, including once-glorious landscapes that have been preyed upon rather than protected.

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Bruno: A New Perspective on Happy Cows

This is not the story of a factory farm; it is the story of a beautiful farm with free range animals who seemed to be happy.

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Seven Delicious Vegan Cookie Recipes

Seven Delicious Vegan Cookie Recipes

Although our diet is based around organic whole foods, anyone who knows us will attest to the fact that we are somewhat obsessed with sweet treats and baked goods.

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Keeping Animal Bones Out of Sugar

Sugar seems vegan at a glance; it comes from a plant after all. But when the natural sugars from the plant are refined in a factory, they are often filtered through bone char.

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The Vegan Evolution

The vegan ideal represents nothing less than the next evolutionary step for humankind. This quantum leap may seem far-fetched from the position we are in today, but it is within this very change that we will ultimately find our hope for the world of tomorrow.

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New Resources for Vegan Dogs and Cats

New Resources for Vegan Dogs and Cats

Gentle World volunteers frequently receive inquiries from vegans looking for reliable information about feeding a healthy, nutritious plant-based diet to their companion animals.

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The Colored Entrance

The Colored Entrance

Jazz singer Billie Holiday was one of the greatest female vocalists of her time. In 1948, Holiday sang to a sold-out crowd in Carnegie Hall. The venue broke its own record, with 2,700 tickets sold in advance.

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Eating to Get Well: Foods that Heal

Eating to Get Well: Foods that Heal

A little while ago, we had the opportunity to host a food preparation workshop tailored to a cancer patient seeking help to turn her diagnosis around...

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys

Many people don’t realize that animals raised as 'free-range' suffer much of the same torment as those in standard operations.

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The Power of Ahimsa

Prescribed by sages throughout history as the most effective way to temper the bestial nature in man, taking the vow of Ahimsa means resolving to refrain from causing any harm to any living creature.

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What's Wrong with Wool?

Wool often tends to be overlooked by animal advocates because its cultivation does not necessitate the death of the animal. However, the cultivation of wool is far from the pastoral idyll one might imagine.

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Occupy Humanity

As we, the people, occupy cities and institutions all over the world to protest injustice, it may be a good time to ask ourselves if we are in any way perpetrating the very injustices we are opposing.

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An Irrefutable Truth

An Irrefutable Truth

"What a boost to my self-esteem to discover that I knew something that was absolutely right; something that no one, no matter their station in life, could convince me was wrong."

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Don’t Tell Me What To Do

Don’t Tell Me What To Do

I don’t have any problem with your way of life. I respect your point of view. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine.

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A Vegan Guide to Thanksgiving

November 1, 2014 ethics
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As a vegan, it’s hard not to feel heavy-hearted around Thanksgiving time. While the rest of the country looks forward in eager anticipation to a day of feast and celebration, we vegans tend to be seen as a thorn in the side of the collective consciousness. Some of us try and simply avoid thinking about the impending […]

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

October 31, 2014 ethics
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We’re excited to announce that Gentle World will be hosting a free screening of Cowspiracy, on Sunday November 16th at our North Kohala Center on the Big Island, Hawaii.

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The Foundation of our Higher Selves

October 31, 2014 ethics
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In the heat of the summer of 1966, revolution was in the air. Black people were revolting against the injustice of whites, women against the domination of men, and young people everywhere were expanding their minds beyond the restrictive perceptions imposed upon them by their parents, teachers and governments. Like a hurricane, the winds of […]

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From our Guestbook

October 3, 2014 Gentle World
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As we say goodbye to September, it somehow seems as though the end of the year is right around the corner. This past season at our Hawaii location has been a wonderful time for visitors and volunteers, and thankfully, one of our new friends gave us a beautiful gift of a hand-made guest-book to help us remember their thoughts and impressions. Here […]

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Easy Vegan 101: Lentils & Rice

October 1, 2014 food & recipes
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Did you know that green, brown and French lentils require the same amount of cooking time as long grain brown rice?* Why does this matter? Because you can use this information to make a number of easy, protein-rich dishes when you’re on the go or after a long day at work. Easy meal idea: – […]

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Finding the Right Vegan Cheese

September 30, 2014 food & recipes
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Okay, so you’ve decided to ditch dairy. Good for you! Your body will thank you in a myriad of ways, not to mention your conscience. Believe it or not, giving up dairy products is one of the very best things you can do to demonstrate your commitment to living gently on this planet, as well as protecting your own health […]

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They Can Count On Me

September 30, 2014 ethics
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This is the first irrefutable truth I discovered in my life; that eating and using animals is, no matter how you look at it, an act of abject cruelty. When we eat or use animals, we are hiring the butcher or dairyman or furrier to kill or abuse the animal for us. We are, in […]

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Could Veganism End World Hunger?

September 1, 2014 ethics
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Whenever someone in the animal rights community suggests the concept of complete animal liberation, and therefore an end to the exploitation of animals, a common criticism and counter-argument to this goal is: “Humans can’t give up eating animals (or animal products), because then everyone would starve!” Not only is the idea of giving up their […]

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The Best Buckwheat Pancakes You’ve Ever Had! (Gluten-Free)

August 31, 2014 food & recipes
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I love pancakes. In fact, they are one of my favorite breakfast foods. So when I went vegan and then gluten free I tried a number of store-bought pancake mixes. But none of them gave me that fluffy delicious pancake fix I was looking for. So I went in search of the perfect vegan, gluten-free pancake recipe and discovered the […]

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8 Tips for Going Vegan on a Budget

August 30, 2014 food & recipes
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One of the myths about the vegan lifestyle is that it’s too expensive for the average or low-income family. Perhaps this is because many people relate the term ‘vegan’ or a plant-based diet to pre-packed vegan spreads, meat alternatives, vegan dairy substitutes and the cost of some fruits and veggies*. While it is important to note that […]

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