Yes, All Women Feel the Effects of Misogyny

TRIGGER WARNING Last Friday night, a young man named Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree in the UCSB Isla Vista community of Santa Barbara, California. He succeeded in killing six people and injuring thirteen more. His motivation, according to him, was that women didn't have sex with him. Not only did they not have sex with him, but instead, they … Continue reading Yes, All Women Feel the Effects of Misogyny

“Humane” Meat, Local Free-Range Eggs, and Backyard Chickens

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I recently had the opportunity to visit a backyard egg producer. This person allowed me to take a tour of their small-scale, local, free-range, "humane" enclosure for their chickens. Had I not already known that this was a backyard egg-producer, I would have thought it resembled some of the nicest animal sanctuaries I have visited. … Continue reading “Humane” Meat, Local Free-Range Eggs, and Backyard Chickens

The Ghosts in Our Machine: An Interview With Liz Marshall and Jo-Anne McArthur

There has been a lot of talk about upcoming documentary film The Ghosts in Our Machine, and for good reason.  It is an incredible, mesmerizing, immersive homage to the billions of animals whose lives are caught up in the insanity of a system that treats them as mere production units.   The film's unhurried cadence … Continue reading The Ghosts in Our Machine: An Interview With Liz Marshall and Jo-Anne McArthur

Never Give Up

Dear friend, Though I have never met you, in many ways, I believe we already know each other very well.   Our struggles have not been identical, yet I am sure we have shared many.  The world is a tough place to live in, especially for a person who chooses not to follow the path … Continue reading Never Give Up

Kapparot With Chickens: On Ritual Slaughter and Human Greed

I had the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time this past week saving the lives of sixty-three chickens and protesting a despicable tradition which stems back millennia.  Our protests throughout the week were heavily covered by various media outlets .  We were featured on KTLA 5 (channel 5), CBS News (channel 2), the front page of The Los … Continue reading Kapparot With Chickens: On Ritual Slaughter and Human Greed

Direct Action Everywhere

I just returned to my hometown of Los Angeles, California from a two-week trip up the coast.  I spent the majority of my time with some new friends from Direct Action Everywhere in Oakland, California.  If you haven't already heard of them, they're an amazing group of committed animal rights activists whose goal is to inspire … Continue reading Direct Action Everywhere

National Animal Rights Day 2013 Los Angeles

Opening ceremony for National Animal Rights Day in Los Angeles, California on June 9th, 2013

Sunday, June 9th, 2013 is a day that will be remembered by many as a turning point in their lives.  At the 3rd annual National Animal Rights Day in Los Angeles, CA, activists from far and wide came together for a historical demonstration of compassion, remembrance and solidarity.  It was the first time a demonstration … Continue reading National Animal Rights Day 2013 Los Angeles

Go Vegan, Save the World: 8 Similarities Between Animal Rights Activists and Superheroes

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We admire superheroes for their unwavering belief in the power of compassion and the inherent goodness of humanity.  We look up to them, idolize them, and champion them as role models for youth to emulate and aspire to.  In the face of adversity, superheroes never give up, they never give in, and they never compromise their … Continue reading Go Vegan, Save the World: 8 Similarities Between Animal Rights Activists and Superheroes

The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality

Well, it's finally here: December 21st, 2012, the so-called "end of the world".  I can't help but wonder, what if it was true?  What if today really is the last day of your life?  Looking back, do you have any regrets?  Is there anything in your life left unfinished?  Anything you wish you'd said to … Continue reading The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality

Pot vs. Kettle

pot vs kettle

Vegans are called many names by non-vegans, a few common names include "annoying", "judgemental", and "extreme".  I'll examine the reasons behind this name-calling and explain how these names can be applied to non-vegans as well.  We all might even learn something in the process. Have you ever heard the idiom "the pot calling the kettle black"?  If you know it already, skip … Continue reading Pot vs. Kettle