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Spreading Compassion with PB&J

April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, one of the tastiest days of the year. Anyone who knows me knows peanut butter is my favorite food, so I’ll be celebrating by making one of my patented three-tiered gobstopper PB&J sandwiches. Peanut butter is much...
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Chalking One Up for the Animals

James DeAlto and friends Like many of us, animal activist James DeAlto always wanted to do something more. So he recently began chalking simple vegan and animal rights messages on public pathways and other prominent spots around his home in Raleigh, NC. The positive...
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12 Animal Activism Stories That Made Headlines in 2015

As I reflect on 2015, I am reminded of many wins for animals. Countries banning animal testing. Cities prohibiting bullhooks. Airlines pledging to not transport animal trophies. Activists liberating animals. Is it just me, or do these victories seem to be happening...
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Pigs as Presents: Why Giving Animals to People in Need Is Not a Good Idea

With some big gift-giving holidays coming up, I’m posting this excerpt fromBleating Hearts, in which I expose the popular practice of giving animals as a way to alleviate hunger and poverty. The concept sounds wonderful to many people: Help end hunger by providing a...
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For me, living fully awake means embracing all species with the same level of respect and kindness. Being a joyful vegan doesn’t take willpower – just a willingness to try new things and choose mercy over misery.

Mark Hawthorne