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It Must Have Been Lovely post image

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.

The Last Fish post image

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”.

Humane Animal Traps

Humane Animal Traps post image

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 […] Read more

Phytochemicals: Eating from the Rainbow! post image

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 […] Read more

Phoenix Rising: A Second Chance post image

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…

Felix & Wyatt: Two Modern-Day DaVincis post image

Several years ago, we received a couple of beautiful letters from an American friend living in China. Julie’s letters recounted heart-warming stories of her two vegan sons, Felix and Wyatt (who were six and four years old at the time).

A Hen’s Relationship with her Eggs post image

During my time working around chickens, there were a number of experiences that changed my perspective on eggs and opened my heart to the hens that laid them. The first started with making a homemade “farm fresh” omelet out of eggs a friend had collected…

What is Pain to a Fish? post image

From salmon making the long journey from river to ocean and back, to goldfish swimming circles around a small pond, the inner lives of fishes are a mystery that scientists are only beginning to unravel.

I No Longer Steal from Nature post image

written by Al-Ma’arri, blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer born AD 973, died AD 1058. … You are diseased in understanding and religion. Come to me, that you may hear something of sound truth. Do not unjustly eat fish the water has given up, And do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals, […] Read more

Organic Growing: Supporting Animal Farms? post image

If you’re truly interested in organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, then it’s time to start scrutinizing organic growing practices and store-bought fertilizers a bit more carefully.