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The Bushmeat-Ebola Connection

by Marilyn Kroplick, MD

IDA invites you to read this column, “The Bushmeat-Ebola Connection” by IDA President Marilyn Kroplick, MD, with contributions from IDA-Africa Sanctuary Director Sheri Speede, DVM. Imagine a child ill with a fever. What if it’s Ebola? Crying in pain with outstretched arms, she approaches longingly for an embrace, a soothing motherly hug. What is a […]

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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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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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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 […]