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

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

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

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”

Detox Your Life: How to Responsibly Get Rid of Your Non-Vegan Crap

Sooner or later on your road to veganism you’ll wonder, “what on earth do I do with all of these frozen steaks / leather shoes, purses and belts / non-vegan alcoholic beverages / pints of ice cream / wool blankets / non-vegan household cleaners and personal hygiene products / etc. in my house?”.  Parting with your non-vegan stuff can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  The good news is there are a bunch of options for you to get rid of your non-vegan junk. Continue reading “Detox Your Life: How to Responsibly Get Rid of Your Non-Vegan Crap”

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

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 ideals.  Superheroes have taught us that “with great power comes great responsibility” among many other valuable lessons for treating each other with kindness.  But have we actually learned anything from them? Continue reading “Go Vegan, Save the World: 8 Similarities Between Animal Rights Activists and Superheroes”

I’m Quitting Veganism To Be a Level 5 Paleo

Everyone, I have a confession to make… I decided that I don’t want to be vegan anymore.  It’s boring to me now.  It was fun for a while, but ultimately just a phase.  I had a realization the other day while watching my meat-eating co-workers eat lunch.  They all got McDonalds and it looked and smelled so good.  They were all laughing and having a good time without me.  I started wondering, “why do they get to have all the fun?”.  It just didn’t seem fair.  So I finally made the decision to quit being vegan. Continue reading “I’m Quitting Veganism To Be a Level 5 Paleo”

People For the Ethical Treatment of Plants: 4 Reasons Why the “Plant Sentience” Argument Doesn’t Work

Whether you’re a vegan who has been called a “plant murderer” by a non-vegan, a non-vegan who is trying (and failing) to be funny, or just someone with an affinity for plants, this is information you need to read.  The issue of plant sentience is being brought up more and more as a reason to justify the continued consumption and use of animal products.  There are, however, a few things wrong with this argument.  Here are four reasons the “plant sentience” argument doesn’t work: Continue reading “People For the Ethical Treatment of Plants: 4 Reasons Why the “Plant Sentience” Argument Doesn’t Work”

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”

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Nutrition, Fitness and Health

Vegan bodybuilder, Joel Kirkilis [image via: uproar.org]
You’ve been told many things about nutrition, fitness and health throughout your life whether it came from parents, friends, commercials and subliminal societal messages all around you.  It’s easy for most people to accept this as fact and move on without bothering to dig deeper, but you’re not one of those people.  You are one of the rare, brave people who isn’t afraid to use their brain to think, analyze and question the world around them.  This is why you are possibly considering a vegan diet and lifestyle.  All of this considered, you may still have your doubts, so forget everything you thought you knew about nutrition, fitness and health, because this is a crash course in the new basics. Continue reading “Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Nutrition, Fitness and Health”

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 someone, but didn’t?  Any act of kindness or generosity you could have done to make someone’s life a little brighter but never had the time?  Do you wish you could have lived a life of purpose?  If we survive the day, what will you resolve to do with the rest of your life?  What changes will you make to make sure that your children and grandchildren will be able to live a long, healthy life? Continue reading “The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality”