Following an Admired Example–and Working Toward Becoming One

In this season of giving thanks, I have been thinking about my sister, who, at the age of fourteen, decided she didn’t want to eat animals anymore. At the time her decision, executed on Christmas Day, struck me as a monumental sacrifice, for she forsook not only the holiday turkey, but also the stuffing and gravy. At eight, I couldn’t find it in myself to be so magnanimous. Fortunately, that was not the end of the story.


Making a Career of Your Care for Animals

If you have decided to become vegan for ethical reasons—that is, because you believe in treating other-than-human animals with the same respect and compassion with which you would treat another human being—you might find that you want to put your beliefs into action in ways more public than the personal choices you make about what to eat, what to wear, the cleaning products you use, and how you spend your free time.


Is Veganism a Mental Disorder?

**This blog is by contributor Shiri Raz, PhD candidate in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (Bar-Ilan University)

In 1909, the neuroscientist Charles Loomis Dana coined the term "zoophilpsychosis" to describe a unique mental illness, distinct psychosis, which is characterized by heightened concern for animals. The discourse about the new disease quickly broke the boundaries of the academy, and a few months later that year, the New York Times headlined: "Passion for animals - really a disease". The body of the article explained that people suffering from "zoophilpsychosis" are ill people and that their care for animals involves hardening their hearts to humans.

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The Power of Language

Remember the old childhood saying – “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me?”  That oft repeated phrase, meant to minimize the impact of hurtful words, fell far short of its goal. And the simple reason is that language is often as powerful a weapon as a stick or stone in inflicting deep pain.  When we are the recipients of hurtful words, it can feel like someone just shoved a knife into our gut. 

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Connecting Choice and Harm: Increase Well-Being and Empower Yourself and Others by Choosing Behaviors that Value Humans, Animals and the Planet

**This post was written by contributor Kimberly Spanjol

As people become more aware of the impact of their choices on other humans, animals and the environment there can be an increased risk of depression, anxiety, feelings of disconnect, and helplessness (see more from fellow Exploring Veganism bloggers on the difficulties of being vegan in a non-vegan world).  The harsh reality and mass destructive impact of commonly accepted human practices and systems that exploit other animals for their parts, fur, skin and flesh has caused irreparable damage to many on multiple levels.