Posts By: Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Vegan athlete Rob Bigwood: ‘Uneducated, arrogant, selfish people hide behind their keyboards’

By on April 18, 2014

I was surprised to find myself enthralled by Game of Arms. Not only was it well shot, but the storylines were engaging and showed the humanity of the athletes. When the show featured Rob Bigwood as part of his New York arm wrestling team Arms Control, they didn’t shy away from Rob’s veganism, in fact they portrayed it very fairly. It also became clear to me that Rob was the real deal, an ethical vegan. Throughout the series, both Rob and the show continued to speak openly about veganism.

Vegan Passover: honoring all those enslaved

By on April 14, 2014

Around this time of year four years ago, I had a discussion of Passover with a group of friends who are, like myself, Jewish and vegan. The discussion centered around how difficult it can be to attend seders where the dinner table is littered with the body parts of nonhuman animals. Being vegan, we not only abstain from eating meat, dairy and eggs, we also abstain from the use of all animals, whether that be for food, clothing, entertainment or animal experimentation.

lauren Ornelas on chocolate, slavery, food deserts, state of the movement

By on February 19, 2014

lauren Ornelas is Food Empowerment Project’s founder and serves as the group’s executive director. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 25 years. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and Pier 1 Imports, among others. lauren founded Food Empowerment Project in 2006.

DEFEATISM MUST BE DEFEATED

By on February 10, 2014

And the truth needs to be told whether people want to hear it or not, whether people are going to go vegan or not. Watering down the message is defeatist and at best presents a confusing message about what we actually want.

Damien Mander: “We all have that awareness, once we open our eyes”

By on February 7, 2014

Like so many others, I discovered Damien Mander and his anti-poaching work from watching his TEDx talk a few months back. I was riveted to my chair as I watched him tell the story of his work in such an impassioned way, and I was thrilled when his story made the larger connection between poaching and veganism. I dug a little deeper into his work with the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and their work to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching on the ground. In addition to this hands-on work of protecting many endangered species, they also work through education and awareness campaigns. Once an Australian Royal Navy Clearance Driver and Special Operations military sniper, Damien has now dedicated his life to environmentalism and animal protection. He gave up a lucrative career and used his life savings and investments to start the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. It was an honor to speak to Damien about his important work.

Betrayal

By on December 31, 2013

I’ve been thinking about betrayal a lot lately. Particularly this version of Webster’s definition - be·tray verb bi-ˈtrā, bē- : to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong. I’ve been thinking about this in regards to nonhuman animals.

Meet Esther The Wonder Pig

By on December 28, 2013

A little over a week ago, I saw a few posts of a video of a pig go by on my news feed. I didn’t watch the video at the time for some reason. Then a friend sent me a

The Thinking Vegan Readers Sound Off On Thanksgiving

By on November 27, 2013

46 million turkeys are violently killed for Thanksgiving alone. As vegans, Thanksgiving is one of the most difficult holidays to navigate whether it’s sitting at the family table with the carcass of a dead bird or seeing the glorification of

Two Years of Freedom, Frederick and Douglass’ Great Adventure

By on November 23, 2013

Two years ago today, we opened our kitchen to eight beagles who had been released from an animal testing lab in Spain. The night prior to their arrival, Kezia had the brilliant idea of turning our kitchen into a beagle

Win Free Wine: The Thinking Vegan Giveaway, Courtesy of The Vegan Vine

By on October 21, 2013

We talked about these wines in August when we had the mother of all wine and cheese parties and we’re talking about it again because we’re hosting our first official giveaway. A lucky winner will receive two bottles of wine

Emotional Struggle as Activists Confront Kapparot Ritual Slaughter

By on September 30, 2013

Activists in Los Angeles and New York hit the streets last month during the annual Jewish holidays to protest the ritual slaughter of chickens for Kapparot. In L.A., members of Faith Action for Animals, headed by Rabbi Jonathan Klein and