How We Can Help Animal Activists Deal with Overwhelming Feelings

by Lisa Levinson

We are activists for animals because we are passionate about saving their lives and making their lives better. The work is long, often hard, and it is never done. By its nature, activism involves hearing about, reading about, and sometimes directly witnessing terrible trauma for animals. This continual exposure to trauma, along with our passion, makes […]

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Death by Discrimination: Justice for Oliver!

by Lisa Levinson

  Two cat rescue groups, Community Cats Coalition and Alley Cats Allies, advocated vehemently to save a community cat named Oliver, who Worcester County Animal Control assumed prejudicially and without evidence to be infected with rabies. People united in their effort to save Oliver’s life offered to quarantine him to determine if he actually presented […]


Join Us for an Activist Deep Healing

by Lisa Levinson

  Animal activists can be more effective when we are uplifted. Animal Communicator, Intuitive Coach, and Reiki Master, Tracy Lynne is joining us to offer an Activist Deep Healing to release some of the burdens we carry as activists during our next Vegan Spirituality Online Gathering on Thursday, August 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. […]


Real Life Activist Challenges

by Lisa Levinson

  Caring for animals sometimes puts us at odds with mainstream society. Making life choices that differ from others, actively promoting kindness and respect for nonhuman animals, speaking up against animal abuse, and debunking myths about other animals are all part of walking the path of compassion for all animals. Almost everyone who chooses to […]


Protect Your Soft Center from Compassion Fatigue

by Lisa Levinson

  “Caring about animals shouldn’t hurt,” says blogger Paula Fitzsimmons in her article about Compassion Fatigue, an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of others that causes secondary traumatic stress. Fitzsimmons, founder of the popular website Animal Jobs Digest, offers useful tips for those who volunteer or work to help animals. She […]


Join Us for Compassionfest 2016 in New Haven on July 23!

by Lisa Levinson

  Join Us for Compassionfest 2016 in New Haven on July 23! Celebrate your values of justice, equality, and compassion at Compassionfest! At this second annual event, we are honored to present our featured speaker, “Our Hen House” blogger and nonprofit director Jasmine Singer. Gather for a free, fun, community event featuring delicious vegan food, […]


Stop the Ephrata Greased Pig Chase

by Lisa Levinson

  Each fall in Pennsylvania, The Ephrata Fair greases up pigs, puts them in a field and encourages dozens of screaming children and adults to chase, grab and slam terrified pigs to the ground. Whoever can grab the pig and carry her back to the crate receives a trophy. This event lasts several hours and […]


Animal Rights Support is Growing!

by Lisa Levinson

  For another year, In Defense of Animals was a proud sponsor of the National Animal Rights Conference. Over 1,700 animal advocates turned out in Los Angeles to learn and share how to do more for animals. Our movement is growing, which is excellent news for the animals whose very lives depend on us! Fabulous […]


Meet Monkeys and Relax with In Defense of Animals!

by Lisa Levinson

  You don’t have to die and go to heaven to visit this Garden of Eden. You can experience heaven on Earth at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary! Next April, In Defense of Animals is hosting a Vegan Spirituality Retreat at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. This remarkable sanctuary not only fosters respect for […]


Want to Improve Your Vegan Advocacy?

by Lisa Levinson

  How can we as animal advocates best help nonhuman animals? This question gets thrown around and debated passionately among those who care deeply about animals. Many fall within different “camps,” claiming that their particular approach is more “effective” despite a lack of any meaningful or peer-reviewed scientific study. Often, claims of effectiveness are not […]