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Vegans are Feeling the Bern. And the Clint. And the Trump??

By on February 25, 2016

Recently an animal activist – a Facebook connection I respect – realized she had vegan friends in the U.S. who plan to vote for Donald Trump. You may also know some. Do you quietly unfriend those people? Loudly unfriend those

Meet Mr. Universe, Vegan Barny du Plessis

By on August 23, 2015

Barny Du Plessis, reigning Mr. Universe, calls himself “a vegan warrior fighting for the animals and our planet.” He’s been a competitive bodybuilder since 1998, and holds a number of other championships and first-place wins in the last 15 years. After 55 competitions, Barny says he’s performing better than ever as a vegan.

Vegamusicomic Jamie Kilstein: “If we weren’t changing minds I would be pretty sad”

By on August 10, 2015

Comedian and animal activist Jamie Kilstein, who recently killed at the closing night of FARM’s Animal Rights National Conference, is the co-host of Citizen Radio, a political podcast spiked with humor, and co-author of #NEWSFAIL: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will (Simon and Schuster, 2014) with co-host and co-author Allison Kilkenny, a writer for The Guardian and The Nation.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Farmed Animal Conference

By on May 25, 2015

This June 5-7 is the first-ever, first of its kind, Farmed Animal Conference for activists interested in farmed animal rescue, care, and advocacy. The event is organized by Northern California sanctuary Animal Place and takes place at their 600-acre Grass

Street Smarts: Vegan Street’s Marla Rose and John Beske

By on February 24, 2015

Over yonder on our resource page, we said, “If you lived on Vegan Street, you’d want to live next door to Marla and John.” Marla Rose and John Beske are a powerhouse couple in animal rights. Marla is an author

Animal Rights, Films, and Food: Going for the Trifecta with the Animal Film Festival

By on November 14, 2014

Most people are aware that when we’re not keeping up the blog, we’re working in our PR agency that primarily serves animal rights nonprofits/campaigns, documentary films, and vegan foods. Imagine our enthusiasm when the organizers of the Animal Film Festival

Not Your Entertainment: Ethical Veganism and Performing Animals

By on October 8, 2014

People raved about the special effects in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which meant no actual apes were exploited, and maybe-veganish director Darren Arnofsky was outspoken about why he used almost no live animals in filming Noah. Praise

Undercover Investigator TJ Tumasse: “It is the responsibility of the consumer to know that they are directly supporting this suffering”

By on September 17, 2014

TJ Tumasse spent more than six years working as an undercover investigator inside many of the nation’s largest factory farms, local shelters, and roadside zoos for Mercy For Animals and other organizations. His cases exposed the ugly truth about what continues to happen behind closed doors, and led to groundbreaking criminal convictions for felony abuse to factory farm animals as well as corporate, local, and federal policy changes.

Colombian Activist Juliana Castañeda Fights and Wins for Animals

By on September 5, 2014

When it comes to animal rights and the vegan ethic, Colombia is a country of conflict. In 2013, it became one of the first worldwide to ban circuses with wild/exotic or native animals, yet does virtually nothing to protect its

GRANT WINNER: The Microsanctuary Movement

By on July 24, 2014

We are delighted to announce the next recipient of The Thinking Vegan’s grants for animal activism: The Microsanctuary Movement, and co-organizers Justin and Rosemary Van Kleeck. The Microsanctuary Movement is a new model for rescuing farmed animals. As Justin wrote

‘Bleating Hearts:’ 1001 Ways You Didn’t Know Animals Are Exploited

By on July 3, 2014

Author Mark Hawthorne nailed it the first time with Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, which aimed to empower people to get active for animals around the world. Now, he’s nailed it again with Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering. It's the most comprehensive book about animal exploitation ever written. It is an encyclopedia of nearly every horror we do to animals, and how to make a difference on their behalf.