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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To “The Conscientious Omnivores”

May 5, 2015 ethics
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On Valentine’s Day, I had a booth at the Kaw Valley Seed Fair. Thanks to Judy and Michael Carman and my family who all contributed many hours, we gave away hundreds of samples of delicious gluten-free vegan food, and planted many seeds!

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No Innocent Bystanders

May 4, 2015 ethics
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Every year in New York City, thousands gather for a widely publicized event called “Meatopia,” which is described as “a Texas-sized two day weekend of meat, mirth, and the celebration of animals and the way great chefs prepare them.” Founded and hosted by TIME magazine food columnist Josh Ozersky, Meatopia has been called, “a meat-lover’s paradise” …

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DIY Fermented Foods: Healthy Sauerkraut

May 3, 2015 food & recipes
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I love sauerkraut, and for a while now I’ve been eating and enjoying my own homemade version of this simple yet very powerful ferment. Sauerkraut has a whole range of benefits for anybody looking to optimize their health. As a side dish alongside any meal, it’s crunchy and delightfully tangy, and can be made with a range of different flavors. […]

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Let Your Conscience Be Your God

April 7, 2015 ethics
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“Of all the creeds be taught or lands be trod, Man’s conscience is the oracle of God.” ~ Lord Byron … Of all the gods who have ruled the minds and hearts of human beings since they first appeared on this earth, however fervently worshipped and highly-acclaimed, none has, thus far, been able to lift humanity […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Animal Testing

April 7, 2015 ethics
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“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. … The pain which it inflicts upon un-consenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” ~ Mark Twain The term “animal […]

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Local, Free-range, Organic Eggs: What’s the Story?

April 6, 2015 ethics
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We recently received an e-mail from a reader asking for more information about laying hens, as explored in our article A Hen’s Relationship With Her Eggs. We turned to our friends at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary for their expert opinion on the subject, as they live and work alongside many hens who have been rescued from situations where they were being […]

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Humanity’s Next Step

April 6, 2015 ethics
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I’ve been vegan for 36 years, therefore it is safe to say I will always be vegan. I committed to vegan living before any health benefits of the vegan diet were known. I stopped eating animals at age 12 when I learned ‘meat’ was a dead animal, and became fully vegan immediately upon first reading […]

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Gentle World: A Brief History

March 5, 2015 ethics
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When Light and I became vegan in February of 1970, there was one reason and one reason only. It wasn’t because of its health benefits, which were unknown at the time, as was its positive effect on the environment. If factory farms existed, we hadn’t heard of them. Animal rights was not yet an issue, […]

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My Vegan Corner of the World (The Kisses Garden)

March 5, 2015 Gentle World
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photos by Nadine Loraine … Life really gets fun when we convert a patch of grass into a thriving ecosystem. My vegan corner of the world is about 30 by 35 feet; a garden to nurture all the senses; to feed both body and soul. Barefoot, I stroll through paths in this place where peace […]

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Taking Our Ethical Commitments Seriously

March 3, 2015 ethics
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We often presume, without much thought, that we deserve the circumstances of our lives. But let’s consider this presumption. We didn’t choose to be born. We didn’t choose our parents, race, sex, mental capacity, era in history, or our species. All of these are matters of pure luck, and yet largely define our lifelong experience […]

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