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Meet Dr. Kroplick!

by Denise Papas

IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog by guest blogger Denise Papas, a freelance television producer/writer who specializes in biographies. Papas is featuring members of our Council of Sustainable Activism to introduce them to our supporters. Marilyn Kroplick MD, President of In Defense of Animals (IDA), is a lifelong activist […]

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Read “Aftershock” Now

by Dallas Rising

IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog by guest blogger Dallas Rising, executive director of the Animal Rights Coalition and member of IDA’s Council of Sustainable Activism. If you haven’t had the great pleasure of reading pattrice jones’ “Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and […]

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Shelter Stress

by Debra J. White

We would like our readers to recognize the emotional trauma that the majority of shelter workers face in animal shelters. This article describes the reality of our current, broken animal shelter system. If this first-hand account is painful to read, please vow to make a difference. Across the country, shelter workers are changing the current […]

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Your Holiday Too!

by Hillary Rettig

How to Deal With Your Nonvegan Family IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog, “Your Holiday Too!” 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.” For many vegans and animal activists, holidays […]

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Plants Feel Pain Too?

by Dr. Will Tuttle

What’s a Vegan To Do? IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog, “Plants Feel Pain Too?,” by guest blogger Dr. Will Tuttle, international speaker and author of The World Peace Diet. Question: I had a chance to attend one of your recent lectures and left inspired to spread awareness about […]

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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) […]