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To Make Life Truly Just

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I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just.

To “The Conscientious Omnivores”

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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!

No Innocent Bystanders

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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.”

10 Things You Should Know About Animal Testing

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The term "animal vivisection" refers to the practice of using live animals as involuntary test subjects in experiments performed by scientists and researchers.

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

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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 [...]

Humanity’s Next Step

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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 [...]

Taking Our Ethical Commitments Seriously

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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 [...]

The Power is Ours

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As we ring out the old, tumultuous year that was 2014, it is tempting to bemoan the current state of the world, and the potential disasters we face at the hands of the powers that seem to be. But the promise of change that comes with ringing in the new demands that we put those thoughts aside, and focus instead on whatever reasons we can find to inspire our hope that somehow, 2015 will bring the changes we so desperately need.

The Magic Rabbit

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Yesterday, while staying in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, I visited an historic house constructed in the 1800s. The 'Colonial Cottage' had housed children and grandchildren of the original settlers who built it, until it was bequeathed to the city in the 1960s. As we came down a set of narrow steps and through an old wooden door, [...]

A Better World for Us All

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It’s been nearly 14 years since I had my vegan epiphany and vowed to never again partake of or participate in anything offered by the machine of violence that we call the animal industry. Since that time, my appreciation of veganism has continued to grow and deepen, until it has become such an integral part of [...]

Plants Feel Pain Too? What’s a Vegan To Do?

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The following article is part of a Q&A with Dr. Will Tuttle, and originally appeared on his website. ... Question: I had a chance to attend one of your recent lectures and left inspired to spread awareness about veganism, and began posting messages on my FaceBook page. A lengthy exchange of views followed in which an acquaintance [...]

A Vegan Guide to Thanksgiving

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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 [...]