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Love-Based Animal Activism

by Lisa Levinson

  Did you know that world-renowned author Leo Tolstoy was an ethical vegetarian who preached kindness and nonviolence? In fact, Tolstoy was the father of current love-based activism practiced by Toronto Pig Save and The Save Movement! Tolstoy powerfully defined our duty to bear witness to animal suffering: “When the suffering of another creature causes […]

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Celebrate Veg Life with Us at VegFest LA

by Lisa Levinson

  Visit our Sustainable Activism booth! WorldFest is back as VegFest LA, an all-vegan event with an international vegan food court, great live music, empowering speakers on health, environmental, humanitarian and animal topics, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, an eco-marketplace with over 150 vendors, cooking demos and more! This fun green-powered festival will inspire you about important […]

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Is Animal Abuse Making You Angry?

by Lisa Levinson

  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with anger after reading articles and posts about animal abuse? If so, you’re not alone. How can we cultivate a world of compassion when we are filled with so much anger? Many In Defense of Animals supporters find it helpful to share their feelings about animal abuse in our […]

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Coping With Anger at Animal Abuse

by Lisa Levinson

  We often hear from people who are filled with anger at animal abuse. If the blog below sounds like you or someone you know, please contact our dedicated Animal Activist Mentor Line at 1(800) 705-0425 or mentor@idausa.org. Reprinted with permission from The Vegan Independent. Like many vegans and animal activists, Lyndsay Doyle has experienced intense […]

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Why Do We Say “Poor Baby?”

by Lisa Levinson

  Have you ever heard a tale of animal suffering and said to yourself “poor baby?” We certainly have. But if the stories we tell about animals aren’t positive, it can become a form of toxic energy. Just like people, animals can often become characterized by the stories we tell about them, and our stories […]

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“It,” “Them,” “Other”

by Phyllis Levinson

  Have you ever corrected friends or family for calling animals “it?” If so, social-change life coach Phyllis Levinson’s Sustainable Activism blog, “It,” “Them,” “Other” is for you! Humans have extraordinary capabilities and potential. We explore the universe, have technology that instantaneously connects us to one another, discover cures for seemingly unsolvable diseases, and create […]

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Let’s Tackle Vegan Bullying Together!

by Lisa Levinson

  In a recent Huffington Post blog, Maria Chiorando asserts, “When You Openly Mock Veganism You Support Animal Abuse.” As Veganism becomes ever-more mainstream, poking fun at vegans has become an increasingly regular occurrence. How do you feel when family and non-veg friends mock your values and compassionate lifestyle? Share your experiences of vegan or […]

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Coping With Animal-Cruelty Trauma

by Lisa Levinson

  We frequently hear from people distressed by animal cruelty. So, when we read the blog by Jess Ang below, we knew we had to share it with you. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of animal-cruelty-induced trauma, please contact our dedicated Animal Activist Mentor Line 1(800) 705-0425, mentor@idausa.org. Re-printed with kind permission […]

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Free Vegan Spirituality Online Gathering with Jeffrey Cohan of Jewish Veg

by Lisa Levinson

  How does Jewish Veg Executive Director and The Beet-Eating Heeb blogger Jeffrey Cohan engage the larger Jewish community in conversations about veganism? Jeffrey will answer all our questions and more as our guest for our monthly Vegan Spirituality Online Gathering. Explore veganism as a spiritual practice with guest speakers, group discussions, and inspirational readings […]

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Activist Awards Announced

by Lisa Levinson

  Thank you for participating in our first ever Activist Appreciation Month! Together, we’ve sent thousands of letters of support to activist Kelly Lehman and activist journalists in Zimbabwe, initiated partnerships with leading animal protection organizations to provide support services for animal activists, “shared the love” with fellow activists with our Valentine’s appreciation images, and […]