Sun, 29 June 2014
In this episode, I answer a number of questions from callers who ask:
*what do I say to people who bring up abortion when I talk about animal rights?
*how do I not make everyone uncomfortable when I talk about being vegan?
*is it ever okay to feed birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals outside my home?
*how do I handle the fact that family members want to purchase hens in order to eat their eggs.
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 9:38am PDT
Fri, 27 June 2014
Many people think of “veganism” as a new reactionary trend against what we call factory farming, but for centuries, men and women have been thinking about, writing about, and expressing distress over the violence inherent in killing animals for human use and consumption. My personal veganism is part of a long continuum of men and women – from ancient times until today – who stopped eating animals (and their eggs and milk) not because they witnessed a modern, mechanized, industrialized factory system but because they didn’t want to be part of the brutal and unnecessary process of turning sentient animals into butchered bodies.
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am PDT
Fri, 13 June 2014
In today's episode, I talk about my favorite personal care and cosmetics products and how to determine if a company doesn't test their final products or their ingredients on animals. I also discuss the importance of supporting organizations and companies striving to vet this information for us so we, the consumer, can trust that what we buy has not contributed to violence against animals. I also talk about the line we have to walk as compassionate people knowing that - even when trying to make purchasing decisions that don't hurt animals - sometimes we do so because it isn't a perfect world.
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 8:09am PDT
Sun, 1 June 2014
The centerpiece of today's episode is how to be the best advocate for animals and veganism in the age of social media. One of the most common questions I receive is about how to respond to people who make hostile or passive aggressive comments about veganism and animal protection on their Facebook (et. al) page. I share my philosophy about interacting on social media and offer some guidance for planting seeds online. I also share my experience sleeping in our 20th California county and discovering a new "plant-based" neighbor, and I answer some questions from awesome callers, including one about humane meat and meatless Mondays and one about choosing animal rights organizations to support.
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Category:Food, Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 11:11pm PDT