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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 […]

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The Lifelong Activist

by Hillary Rettig

Welcome to the first Lifelong Activist advice column for animal activists and advocates, part of IDA’s Sustainable Activism Campaign. Our expert is Hillary Rettig, author of “The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way” (Lantern Books, 2006) and “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, […]

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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 […]