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.
"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."
Kids of all ages can learn to love pigs. Pigs are easy to love. They are friendly, come when you call them, and love tummy rubs. All sentient animals, whether as intelligent as pigs or humans - or not - have the inherent birth right to protection from harm by humans, since humans can live vegan and because animals are conscious and feeling.
When Kisses first set foot in Shangri-La, she walked right into the arms of Butterflies, to whom she was to become one of the most important beings in the world. But even then, she could never have known that she had hit the jackpot; that she was, in fact, one of the most fortunate dogs [...]
The Southern Hemisphere summer is over. It’s the time of year when Gentle World’s volunteers return from Shangri-La, our New Zealand location, back to Hawaii. It’s hard to believe that only one week ago, I was admiring the natural beauty in New Zealand, but I knew then that in a matter of days, I would be [...]
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.
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”.
Once upon a time, the idea of live-catch traps would have been considered a joke. Until fairly recently, nobody thought twice about killing rodents or other "animal intruders," nor did many people particularly care that these trapping devices often cause extreme suffering. But even vegans need a way to keep their homes free from "those [...]
There are many reasons to include plenty of whole foods in your diet, and high on the list of eye-catching colorful reasons are phytochemicals! The word ‘phytochemical’ literally means plant-chemical. From the deep blue hue of blueberries to the pungent aroma of garlic, phytochemicals help give plants their distinctive colors, smells, tastes and other organoleptic [...]
A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from a concerned friend who had found a baby bird, struggling to survive after falling from the nest. This tiny (but feisty) little fighter was covered with ants and just beginning to get her feathers...