Are factory farms “the new sweatshops?”

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Are factory farms “the new sweatshops?”

Well, not exactly, since that kind of implies that  “old” sweatshops no longer exist.  (Wouldn’t that be nice?)  That said, the point of this very informative article is no less valid. A Human Rights Watch report from 2005 on the state of the meat industry in the US documented that slaughterhouse workers lose limbs, suffer from massive


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The human cost of chocolate

Like many (most?) people, I just love chocolate.  That meant when I went vegan several years ago, I had to make some adjustments.  Fortunately, it isn’t all that difficult to find vegan chocolate, since lots of dark chocolate is vegan by default.  (That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check the ingredients lists, though; some companies put


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Book Review: Sister Species

I just finished Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice, and I cannot recommend it enough.  The book is a collection of essays written by fourteen amazing female activists who have personally experienced the manner in which oppression affects both animals and humans, and it serves as a reminder that concerns about speciesism deserve a


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Say ‘no’ to animal donation programs

(This blog post was originally published in December of 2010.) Buying charitable gifts for people is a great way to celebrate the true spirit of the holidays, but not all charitable gifts are equal. Over the last few years, we’ve been hearing a lot about animal donation programs such as those offered by Oxfam in


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A recap of lauren Ornelas’s food justice talk

lauren Ornelas, founder and director of the Food Empowerment Project, was here in Vancouver on Saturday to present a talk on food justice. The Food Empowerment Project is part of the vanguard of an exciting movement looking beyond single issues. This is their mission statement: The Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just


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Food Justice talk with lauren Ornelas

lauren Ornelas is one of the most amazing activists I’ve ever met, and we’re bringing her up to Vancouver to speak on May 21st. Here’s the description of the event: lauren Ornelas, Founder and Director of the Food Empowerment Project, will be discussing how we can use our food choices to create a more just


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Say ‘no’ to animal donation programs

Buying charitable gifts for people is a great way to celebrate the true spirit of the holidays, but not all charitable gifts are equal. Over the last few years, we’ve been hearing a lot about animal donation programs such as those offered by Oxfam in Heifer International.  Last year, we published a blog post about


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Chilean Earthquake Relief Vegan Bake Sale (guest post by Stephanie Belding)

It is amazing what a difference a week can make. As I write this post, I am overlooking the North Shore mountains, watching float planes skirt the sky and can still see the Olympic rings floating idly on their barge in the harbour below. This time last Saturday morning, February 27th, the world awoke, yet


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Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti (guest post by Gabrielle Pope)

On the 13th of January of this year, many of us woke up to the devastating news that the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere had been rocked by 7.0 magnitude catastrophic earthquake, which has since claimed the lives of at least 150,000 people, injured innumerable people, destroyed national landmarks and ravaged homes, hospitals, communication,


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Goat for Gold, not a good idea

In the last few years–and especially recently–we’ve been hearing a lot about charities that will donate a live farm animal to impoverished people.   Some of these include Heifer International, Oxfam, and more recently, the local Goat for Gold: B.C. businessmen Joel and Danny Nagtegaal were drinking beer and decided last spring to buy one goat


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