Animal rights

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. 

Animal rights

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.  


Should Vegans Have Companion Animals?

***This post is by contributor Christine Jackson.

Early in my career as a therapist, I worked with a woman trying to get out from under the thumb of her husband. He decided how they spent the money that both of them earned, what they did on weekends and on vacation, the type of food they bought, and even the temperature in their home. I wanted to smash the iron bar of control that man held over his wife’s existence.

Animal rights

Do Animal Rights Activists Only Care About Animals?

As an animal rights activist, I’ve heard from many people in a concerned, and sometimes in a questioning, way that I only care about animals, not humans.  Or, that we should tackle human problems first and then deal with animals.  Or, that they care about people, as if I and other animal rights activists, don’t.


Love will keep us together?

There’s an old song called, “Love will keep us together.”  Ah, If only that were true.  It takes a lot more than just love and passion to keep people together, and this is especially true when ethical veganism suddenly becomes part of the relationship dynamic.


Veganism and Masculinity

Veganism is good for humans, animals, and the environment, as evidenced by the following:

-Vegan diets are associated with health benefits such as lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and obesity as well as increased longevity.
-The American Dietetic Association says that a vegan diet is healthy, nutritionally adequate, and appropriate for people in all life stages.
-Studies show that slaughterhouse workers suffer from physical and mental health issues, such as injuries, pain, trauma, substance abuse, violence, and...