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 allows you to surrender to every layer of emotion as you become a part of a world that is hidden in shadows.  With its poetic cinematography and strong emphasis on creating captivating visuals, “Ghosts” will haunt you long after the closing credits. Continue reading “The Ghosts in Our Machine: An Interview With Liz Marshall and Jo-Anne McArthur”

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 Angeles Times (twice — no, thrice, and one more time), Jewish Journal (twice — no, thrice), The Jerusalem Post, JTALA WeeklyLAistMSN News, and KFI AM 640. 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 the world to pay attention, pick a side and take an active role in the animal rights movement.  They believe in total animal liberation, creating  and nurturing an inclusive community, telling stories from the animal’s perspective, non-violent direct action and confrontation.  They believe that veganism is not enough and that activism is imperative.  I completely agree. Continue reading “Direct Action Everywhere”

What is Love?: How Going Vegan Showed Me What Love Really Is

I am an animal lover; always have been, always will be.  The thing is, I didn’t actually start loving animals until just a few years ago.  Allow me to explain…

I’ve had pets all my life, but it wasn’t until recently that I began having companions.  To put this simply, anyone can love a pet.  We love them for all they do for us: they make us feel comforted, understood and supported when times get tough; they make us laugh and smile with their silly antics; and they can even make us cry when they fall ill and pass away.  But when does an animal stop being a pet and start being a companion?  The answer: when we stop focusing on how they make us feel and start focusing on how we make them feel. Continue reading “What is Love?: How Going Vegan Showed Me What Love Really Is”

The 1 Reason Your Vegan Diet Will Fail Every Time

Veganism is everywhere.  It’s all over the news, grocery store aisles — even your friends and family are talking about it.  Whether people choose a plant-based diet to save animals, manage cholesterol, get in shape, save the environment, or just to know what they’re putting in their body, the word “vegan” is making the shift from marginal to mainstream.  But the one thing no one talks about is the #1 reason many vegan diets ultimately fail.  To find out whether you’re heading for a cliff, you’ll need to ask yourself a simple question, the answer to which can spell victory or defeat in your quest to go vegan.

First, you need to understand that veganism isn’t a diet — it is a lifestyle.  A diet is something you can go on and off for any given amount of time to achieve a short term result.  A lifestyle incorporates diet with other aspects of your life into an ongoing, long-term solution. Continue reading “The 1 Reason Your Vegan Diet Will Fail Every Time”

Catering to Fussy Non-Vegans

I know it might be difficult for some non-vegans to believe, but although I am a vegan I do enjoy doing things “normal” people enjoy from time to time including hosting parties and get-togethers at my home.  Even just having a couple of friends over for a casual dinner is something I enjoy.  Normally, when people are invited to other people’s homes it is considered extremely rude to tell the host what to cook or to complain about the food served.  However, because I am vegan and because the food served at my home is vegan, this courtesy is often denied to me.  It seems as though showing good manners has become a privilege exclusively reserved for non-vegans. Continue reading “Catering to Fussy Non-Vegans”

Vegans Never Say Die!

The term “vegan” has been loosely thrown around to mean ‘someone who doesn’t use or consume animal products or by-products’.  This is in fact true;  however, it is much more than just that.  Veganism does not start on your plate or your body — it starts in the heart and mindVegans are just people who believe that we should respect all living beings, ourselves and our environment.  Veganism is simply these beliefs put into action — we boycott industries that conflict with our beliefs.  These beliefs are the foundation of veganism.  Without them failure is inevitable. Continue reading “Vegans Never Say Die!”