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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,