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The Full Journey: Excerpts from The Vegan News (November 1944) post image

The following is an abridged version of vegan pioneer Donald Watson's writing in the very first newsletter of the UK Vegan Society in 1944, long before factory farming became commonplace. Watson, who passed away at age 95 in 2005, would have celebrated his 103rd birthday on September 2nd.   The recent articles and letters in "The [...]

Backyard Chicken Farming Leads to Abandoned Hens

Backyard Chicken Farming Leads to Abandoned Hens post image

"Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can't cope, critics say." While this headline and the story that accompanies it may sound like an article out of the satirical newspaper "The Onion," they are in fact from the NBC News site and writer JoNel Aleccia. Aleccia writes: "Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, [...]

The Spirit of Ahimsa

The Spirit of Ahimsa post image

written by Jay Dinshah, Out Of The Jungle "As I have implied, veganism involves no animal-source foods or products. We do not use animal flesh, of course, because of the killing, but also because of the terrible cruelties and abnormal conditions involved in all the stages of the life of the animal in captivity, from the moment [...]

They’re all Bill and Lou.

They’re all Bill and Lou. post image

"[At Green Mountain College] the idea of sustainability runs so deep that instead of machines fueled by diesel, a pair of working oxen have tilled the fields for the better part of a decade... Their names are Bill and Lou, and by the end of the month, they are to be slaughtered and turned into hamburger [...]

Cage-Free? Not Free Enough.

Cage-Free? Not Free Enough. post image

Do these labels really indicate an improvement in ethical standards, or are they simply a way for the animal industry to regain consumer confidence in their products?

What’s Wrong with Backyard Eggs?

What’s Wrong with Backyard Eggs? post image

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”.

What’s Wrong with Wool?

What’s Wrong with Wool? post image

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.

Taxpayers Fund Animal Cruelty and Environmental Devastation

Taxpayers Fund Animal Cruelty and Environmental Devastation post image

When you begin to investigate the huge excesses and waste associated with large-scale animal farming, it becomes clear that assistance from the government is an essential factor in helping this industry to stay afloat.

Fecal Matters

Fecal Matters post image

Simply put, using animal agriculture to feed a vast human population brings with it the unavoidable problem of dealing with vast quantities of sewage.

The Importance of Being Vegan

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

Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan

Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan post image

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.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys post image

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