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Tilikum Has Died, But There’s Still Much We Can Do to Save Other Orcas

Tilikum is dead. The orca made famous in the 2013 documentary Blackfish was two years old when he was seized in the open waters off Iceland in 1983 and had lived in small tanks ever since. He died today at SeaWorld Orlando, where he’d been held in captivity for the...
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Diversity in Action at the People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice Conference

Last weekend I had the privilege* of attending the People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice Conference at the California State University‒Northridge (CSUN) campus in Los Angeles. The event’s organizer, Coalition of Vegan Activists of Color (COVAC),...
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U.S. Prisons to Begin Offering Vegan Entrées in October 2016

For vegans serving time in federal prison, among the biggest challenges has long been access to plant-based foods. It’s especially hard on animal activists and ethical vegans, for whom consuming even small amounts of dairy products or egg whites is anathema. Well, the...
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Compassion Is Not a Crime: Support Anita Krajnc

As many of you know, last summer Toronto activist Anita Krajnc was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after giving water to a pig inside a truck bound for a slaughterhouse. Video of the alleged crime shows pigs on the lower deck of the truck panting and Anita...
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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