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If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?

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Have you ever been driving on a highway and come alongside a cattle truck? Or perhaps you’ve had the experience of going fishing and feeling a pang of sympathy for both the worms wriggling on the hooks and the fish flapping their bodies, in a desperate struggle to return to life-giving water. Were you saddened [...]

Letter from Woodwardia

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At the beginning of our Shangri-La season, we had a visit from a very interesting fellow. As well as following our website and newsletter for years, he is also the steward for Woodwardia, a vegan land and marine conservation society. Upon his return home, after a week spent here in Shangri-La, he shared with us [...]

Reborn

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Ramilyn P. Delposo, Philippines ... There was a time when a girl, with her family, grew chickens. She trapped one or two to sell for money or dinner. She wove coconut leaves and made them into chicken nests. Some of the eggs were for breakfast – boiled or scrambled. The rest were kept for meat [...]

What Kind of God?

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Gentle World’s Hawaii center is situated in an area where suburban living meets the farm. Along the street where we walk for our evening sunset, we pass goats, hens, roosters, horses, and even cows. These animals may seem happy enough, as their lives are far from the horrors of industrialized production. But, just like their [...]

My Way Home

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Anke Hagen, Hanover, North Germany I grew up in South Africa and experienced a number of transformative, life-changing events at an early receptive age, like trying to bargain with a female witch doctor who worked for my parents when she wanted to slaughter some chickens in our garden, whom she had “procured” for her magic. [...]

Pushing Through to Freedom

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Susan Cho, Chicago, USA I will always be vegan: Because of the bear trapped in a tiny cage, continuously drained of the bile so prized by humans. The elephant whose family was shot so she could be used in a circus. The lobster who had been guarding her children when she was trapped and boiled [...]

My Vegan Corner of the World (The Kisses Garden)

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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 [...]

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 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 [...]

5 Absurd Things We Do To Animals

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"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." ~ William Ralph Inge   We humans are a peculiar species. Every year we spend [...]

Mariolana: Life Lessons from a Goat

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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.

30+ Amazing Animal Traits!

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“Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet” Marc Bekoff,  Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect ~~~ Every species [...]