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Join me today as I share some of my adventures on the road, in the sky, and in a far-off place called Florida. We learn why eating a whole foods plant-based diet works not only at home but also "abroad," we explore the abundant resources out there for planning a vegan voyage, and I offer some tips on getting Pizza Hut to treat you like royalty. I also share my thoughts about why we should treat ourselves like children when we travel, and why I'm moving to Italy as soon as possible.

Direct download: travel.mp3
Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:55am PDT
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I believe we come into this world fully compassionate, and the best gift we can give to children is to honor the empathy they have for animals by letting their natural compassion guide their behavior, guide us as parents, guide us as a society. We do everything we can to prevent them from seeing images of animal cruelty and suffering, so why would we go behind their backs and support the very thing they would find anathema - that WE find anathema? Why would we pay other people to do to animals what we - what children - would be traumatized by – quite literally. Today's episode is about raising our children in such a way that it’s consistent with our own values, their own values, and with the messages we’re already giving them: to be kind, caring, compassionate people. Today's episode is about raising vegan children, how to navigate non-vegan birthday parties, family occasions, classroom events, and other specific scenarios for living in a world that seems to value convenience over compassion.

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Several years ago, I happened upon an amazing book called Poetry’s Plea for Animals: An Anthology of Justice and Mercy for our Kindred in Fur and Feathers. It’s a collection of poems about animals and about the plight of animals who are at the mercy of humans. It published in 1927 and contains such chapters as "Burden-Bearers," "In War Service," "The Last and Least of Things," "Braves of the Hunt," "In Captivity," and "Performing Animals." As subjects of these poems, animals are exalted in ways they have yet to witness off the page. These poems serve as touchstones that link us to the early pioneers of the animal protection movement, and they are the inspiration that can keep us moving forward.

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