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...


Coping as a Vegan Empath or Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

Though certainly not every vegan identifies as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), the overlap between the two is significant. HSP is a personality trait first coined by psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron in the early 1990’s, which she describes as “not a new discovery,” but a concept that has long been misunderstood. (The term “empath” has come to be used fairly interchangeably with HSP, and some people prefer one term over the other.) 


The Vegans’ Trauma

*This post is by contributor Shiri Raz, PhD 

Sarah is a 35-year-old successful career woman, married and mother of two. She is known among her colleagues and friends for her positive attitude towards the world, and the natural tendency to make lemonade from every lemon life throws at her. Although Sarah never thought she could ever feel this way, for the last two years she is in constant pain - sometimes bearable, sometimes agonizing - at every moment, everywhere she goes.


Raising Vegan Children

*This post is by contributor Heidi Leabman, LSCW-R, SE

I am a psychotherapist, an ethical vegan for over 20 years, and a mom of a 13 year old girl.  I have often reflected on how to raise my daughter vegan with compassion for animals while not imposing my beliefs or chosen lifestyle on her.  I have also reflected on the struggles vegan children face in a non-vegan world.  I have worked with vegan and non vegan parents of vegan children in my practice.


A Recipe for Change

*This post is by Contributor Liz Hirky, PhD

A Recipe for Change

Veganism is about non-exploitation.  An important part of veganism is about food -- something we have to negotiate with every day – and is the focus of this week’s blog.  Of course, the process of change, however, can be applied to veganism and non-exploitation more generally.


Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time

This post is by contributor Christine Jackson, LICSW*

A troubling trend has emerged in recent discussions I’ve read and heard about climate change. The words that concern me are not coming from climate change deniers, but from people who, like me, are deeply worried about the far-reaching and tragic effects of the build-up of global carbon emissions and other environmental problems. What I’m hearing is this: that only governments and major corporations can have a big enough impact to help our suffering planet, and that addressing individuals’ behaviors isn’t worth pursuing. What rubbish!