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Untangling Vegan Dilemmas

by Dr. Will Tuttle

Q&A With Dr. Will Tuttle “Dear Dr. Tuttle, I know you must be very busy, but I have so many questions. I just heard you speak at the World Day of Peace. It was awesome! When you questioned treating people to meat-eating meals, that really struck me. I work for the Catholic Church. So it […]

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Ethical Veterinary Training

by Dr. Armaiti May

People often nostalgically say that they wanted to become a veterinarian as a kid out of a love for animals but veered away from that career path for one reason or another – maybe a lack of strength in the sciences, a distaste for dealing with blood and other bodily fluids, or an uneasiness about […]

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Social Media Blues?

by Hillary Rettig

How Filtering Your Facebook, Twitter, and Other Feeds Can Make You a Happier and More Effective Activist Dear Hillary: “How do I enjoy myself when so many horrors go on continually?” Consider this a continuation of last month’s column on how to be happy in a world filled with suffering, in which  the importance of: […]

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Organizational Trauma

by Marliyn Kroplick

An organization functions as a collective group of relationships. When these relationships are healthy, the organization is more productive. When these relationships are rife with conflict, the workplace becomes toxic, and the organization less productive. IDA’s President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, aims to improve the health of In Defense of Animals (IDA) by creating a supportive […]

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Sustainable Activism

by Lisa Levinson

Healing & Support for Animal Advocates President of In Defense of Animals (IDA) Marilyn Kroplick, MD, is launching a new campaign to help animal activists. Co-chaired by Lisa Levinson, MFA, RSMT, and Judy Carman, MA, the Council of Sustainable Activism helps activists deal with burnout, stress, and secondary trauma caused by the tragedy-filled nature of […]

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Captive Orca Update

by Melissa Gonzalez

SeaWorld’s Excuses for Orca Entertainment Are a Complete Flop Earlier this month, IDA attended a roundtable discussion in San Diego where SeaWorld defended their captive orca programs and attempted to regain public trust. SeaWorld has been under fire ever since Tillikum, an adult male orca, killed a third person and the movie, Blackfish, heavily promoted […]

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Join IDA to Protest Ringling Bros. Circus’ Abuse of Elephants

by Melissa Gonzalez

The tide is turning against businesses that seek to profit from animal suffering, like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose business model and brand are entrenched with abuse and exploitation of animals. In Ringling’s case, beating, abusing, and intimidating elephants is of paramount importance because it’s the only way elephants will perform the […]

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What is Vegan Spirituality?

by Judy Carman

How can it help activists and animals? Is Spirituality a Part of Your Life? As an animal advocate, how would you react if asked, “Are you a spiritual person?” Some of you may have an immediate knee-jerk reaction against the word “spirituality,” which often brings to mind religion and churches. Most places of worship, as […]