Posts By: Gary Smith

Gary Smith

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

Photographing the Ghosts: Interview with Jo-Anne McArthur

By on September 19, 2013

Award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for more than ten years. Her project, We Animals, represents her mission to photograph animals in the human environment: “We Animals aims to break down

Vegan Wine and Cheese Night, Thinking Vegan Style

By on August 22, 2013

Sometimes we come up with pretty good ideas around here. The idea to have a Vegan Vine wine tasting and cheese making/cheese tasting event is definitely one of our better ideas. In addition to tasting all four of Vegan Vine’s

R is for Ruby Roth: New book “V is for Vegan” introduces veganism to youngest kids ever

By on July 26, 2013

Featured on CNN, FOX, Today, and other major media outlets, Ruby Roth is the world’s leading author and illustrator of vegan and vegetarian books for children. Vegan since 2003, Roth was teaching art at an elementary school when her students’ fascination

People Aren’t Vegan Because of YOUR Body

By on July 16, 2013

Recently I wrote “People aren’t vegan because of YOU,” and today I’d like to add to that: People aren’t vegan because of YOUR body. When I shared this blog on The Thinking Vegan Facebook page, I did so because I

People aren’t vegan because of YOU

People aren’t vegan because of YOU

By on June 29, 2013

There seems to be a consensus amongst vegans that the reason our friends, family members and society at large haven’t gone vegan is because of us. The chatter is we just haven’t been friendly enough, our tone is too harsh,

12 year-old founder of Lobby For Animals: The Mozart of Animal Rights

12 year-old founder of Lobby For Animals: The Mozart of Animal Rights

By on June 3, 2013

When I learned of Thomas Ponce I was blown away. You mean to tell me that a 12-year-old started his own lobbying group? And was the regional coordinator of Fin Free Florida? I can’t recall what I was doing at

Exclusive interview with Fermare Green Hill campaign

Exclusive interview with Fermare Green Hill campaign

By on May 3, 2013

On April 20, a group of activists from Fermare Green Hill campaign entered a pharmacology lab at the University of Milano, Italy. Very quickly, news spread on social media. If you were like me, you spent the day reading updates

Vegan poet Gretchen Primack is my Kind of people

Vegan poet Gretchen Primack is my Kind of people

By on April 13, 2013

  Kind is a new book of poetry by Gretchen Primack, who co-authored The Lucky Ones with Jenny Brown, released last year. Kind is filled with thoughtful, poignant and touching poems about how we treat and mistreat animals. Gretchen’s poetry