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How to Get Hired

by Hillary Rettig

5 Steps to Getting a Job in Animal Activism (or any other field) IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog, “How to Get Hired” by guest blogger Hillary Rettig, author of “The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way” and “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific.” […]

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Vegan Spirituality Retreat

by Prarthana Jayaram

Offers Community, Opens Dialogue What lies at the intersection of spiritual health and ethical choices? How can diet speak to our beliefs and our holistic health? What are the connections between spirituality and a sense of community? These are questions the growing Vegan Spirituality movement seeks to answer by providing monthly events and annual retreats […]

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Is Veganism a Religion?

by Dr. Will Tuttle

IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog, “Is Veganism a Religion?” by guest blogger Dr. Will Tuttle, international speaker and author of “The World Peace Diet.” Question: Is veganism a religion? And what can we do about all the divisiveness and infighting that seems to characterize our movement? Some people […]

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Count Your Joys!

by Hillary Rettig

Why an Animal Activist Life is the Very Best Life This summer we shared two posts discussing how emotionally and socially challenging animal activism can be. You’ll find them here and here. The interesting thing is how many activists persevere despite these challenges. Some of this surely comes from a desire not to abandon animals […]

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Developing Resilience

by Deborah Brister

Part 1: Realistic Optimism If you’ve worked as an animal rights activist for an organization, you’ve probably observed a vast array of your colleague’s responses and reactions to stressful, traumatic situations. How well we handle trauma and tragedy is, in part, how resilient we are, and as an animal advocate, we often undergo prolonged (chronic) […]

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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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How to Be Happy

by Hillary Rettig

How to Be Happy in a World Full of Suffering Dear Hillary: “How do I enjoy myself when so many horrors go on continually?” Dear Animal Activist: Thank you for your question, which was actually the most-submitted one. It saddens me to think that so many animal activists—whom I truly consider to be among the […]