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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
“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 [...]
“Each animal is an individual who brings to the world the mystery of a mind, a heart, a language, a memory, a unique personality, a biography.” Many of the animals at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary were rescued from ‘cage-free’ and ‘free-range’ facilities, small family farms, and other food production situations that are typically considered ‘humane’. The stories of [...]
Written and read by Light, Co-Founder of Gentle World.
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 [...]
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.