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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 […]

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Compassion Fatigue

by Deborah Brister

Do you know someone (perhaps yourself) who has suddenly awakened to the reality of animal exploitation and abuse in the meat, dairy, clothing, cosmetics, or entertainment industry? It is wonderful to observe these people as their internal light bulbs turn on; they vigorously work on the front lines of animal rescue, attend animal rights events, […]

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Pit Bull Injustice

by Robin Dorman

When photographer Lynn Terry aimed her camera at two pit bulls in a photo booth, a kind of mesmerizing magic happened. Gleeful entertainers Willis and Bumper were facing the camera, when Bumper, with his impressive tongue hanging out, turned to kiss Willis, and then turned to face the camera, both dogs wearing ridiculously clownish grins. […]

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The Power of Language Cannot be Underestimated

by Tera Gardner

How Nonviolent Communication Can Assist the Vegan Activist Do you long to make a difference within your community as a vegan activist? Do you struggle at times with internal habits and reactions that get in the way of inspiring others in your vision? Our words have the power to create profound healing, or incredible suffering. […]

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Stop the Consumption of Dogs and Cats in Hawaii

by Robin Dorman

IDA wants to thank Hawaii legislators for nearly passing the bill that would have explicitly prohibited the slaughter or trafficking of dogs or cats for consumption. HSUS Hawaii worked with Hawaiian State Senate Committee Chair, Senator Clayton Hee, who introduced Senate Bill 2026, which was defeated on April 23rd. The bill, which established the offense […]

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Introducing Compassionate Objectivity

by Hillary Rettig

Meet the Antidote to Activist Guilt “I should have gone to that demo.” “I should have volunteered for that committee.” “I should have advocated better.” “I should have donated more money.” If you’re an animal activist, you’ve probably experienced the above or similar thoughts at different times. The amount of animal suffering in the world […]

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The Most Innocent Victims

by IDA India

One type of rescue IDA India makes very often is of the small Spitz/Pomeranian dogs who are frequently abandoned and always in trouble on the roads of Mumbai. As these dogs are a popular breed and quite cheap to buy in India, many people actually do buy them. Many times after purchase, the dogs are […]