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Vegetarians and vegans often find themselves having to defend not only their own eating habits but vegetarianism and veganism as a whole - both philosophically and nutritionally. When it comes to health, those aiming for a plant-based diet are definitely on the right track, especially considering how few vegetables people are eating these days. When it comes to ethics, they are merely trying to live a life that reflects compassion. I think it's time we turn the tables and start holding each other accountable for the better choices we can ALL be making. If we turn the tables, we can stay focused on the issues at hand: ending animal cruelty and improving our physical and emotional well-being. I also suggest that we take back the word "agenda," something animal advocates are accused of having, and I offer my thoughts about the question: "Do you think you're 'morally superior' to me because you're vegan and I'm not?" Finally, I share some of my favorite communication strategies that might help us all find common ground so we can stop attacking one another and begin addressing the bigger picture. In other words, can't we all just get along?

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Feeding our dogs and cats the diet that is healthiest for them is something many people are concerned with. An ethical consideration arises when we become vegan or vegetarian and start to question the ethics of supporting the slaughter industry by feeding our dogs and cats meat. In this episode, I offer my opinion about feeding dogs and cats a plant-based diet, provide resources for the "highest grade" (sans by-products) companion animal food, and share my experience about a preventable cancer (Vaccine Associated Fibrosarcoma) that is showing up in cats more than ever before. My hope is that by sharing my story, others can save their cat's life and can avoid going through a horrific and unnecessary ordeal. (Please pass on this episode to others who may benefit.)

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Category:Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:31am PDT
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Anyone who has ever acted or spoken on behalf of animals has learned that criticism will often follow. Sometimes, it's in the form of a provocation such as: "Why aren’t you helping people instead of wasting your time on animals?" Though it's formed as a question, the inquisitors are not really interested in the answer. I suppose they think they’re catching animal activists in some sort of trap that's supposed to prove that animal activists care more about nonhuman animals than their "fellow humans." The disgust with which they ask it makes it seem as though this may be the worst thing you could accuse someone of. Join me as I address this accusation and lament that some people think so little of their "fellow humans" as to presume our hearts aren't big enough to care about more than one thing at a time. I also read a brilliant and eloquent essay by Nobel prize winner J.M. Coetzee to illustrate why "the animal rights campaign remains a human project from beginning to end."

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