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The Thinking Vegan

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"The Thinking Vegan focuses on ethical veganism as a social justice movement, as opposed to a dietary plan, and covers issues related to the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, scientific “research,” labor and pets. We feature articles, reviews, ideas, interviews with thinkers and doers in the vegan/animal rights community, guest posts, and a thinking vegan’s take on newsworthy events. Regular features include The Thinking Vegan Consortium, where vegans engaged in different forms of activism answer the same question to show a diversity of perspectives, and The Thinking Vegan Pop Quiz, where we ask our Facebook community a question and post a selection of responses."

  • Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Farmed Animal Conference
    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 The post Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Farmed Animal Conference appeared first on The Thinking (...more)
    25 May 2015 at 10:19am       

  • Beware of Vegan Cannibals
    To be vegan is to challenge the status quo. We have stepped outside the matrix of our upbringing and culture that has indoctrinated us into accepting the brutalization and slaughter of animals. To be vegan is also to be challenged. The post Beware of Vegan Cannibals appeared first on The Thinking Vegan. (...more)
    19 May 2015 at 7:01am       

  • Street Smarts: Vegan Street's Marla Rose and John Beske
    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 The post Street Smarts: Vegan Street’s Marla Rose and John Beske appeared first on The Thinking Vegan. (...more)
    24 Feb 2015 at 9:55am       

  • Animal Rights, Films, and Food: Going for the Trifecta with the Animal Film Festival
    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 The post Animal Rights, Films, and Food: Going for the Trifecta with the (...more)
    14 Nov 2014 at 9:15am       

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  • The Pitchfork

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    James McWilliams is "a historian and writer who's books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong, How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. My writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, Forbes, Travel and Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Texas Observer."

  • The Rabbit Hole of “Humane” Deception
    “We had no idea that we were going to see what we saw.” These are never words you want to hear about a slaughterhouse. But they're exactly what Adam Wilson, the director of investigations at Last Chance for Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal advocacy group, said about his organization's recent investigation of Pel-Freez, the nation's (...more)
    22 May 2015 at 1:13pm       

  • Happy Sunday
      Find more photos here. (...more)
    17 May 2015 at 8:11am       

  • The Personal Politics of Drought Shaming
      When the media first started covering the California drought it did so from the perspective of the specific foods we eat. Given that 80 percent of the state's water is used for agriculture, this would seem to make sense. Mother Jones crusaded against the water-hogging impact of nuts, especially almonds. Michael Pollan, seizing on an [...] (...more)
    14 May 2015 at 9:10am       

  • Avian Flu and You
    An aggressive strain of avian flu—the largest to appear in the United States in over 30 years—has forced Midwestern chicken and turkey producers to cull over 15.1 million birds since early March. Most of these losses have occurred since mid-April. The virus, which doesn't appear to pose an immediate threat to humans, has spread to [...] (...more)
    8 May 2015 at 1:39pm       

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  • Free From Harm

    30 posts in the feed.

    Free From Harm is a great resource for anyone curious about or already committed to animal rights. They write on lesser known news items, humane education, animal rights, and bring attention to the myths of "humane meat.

  • Jay Quigley's TED Talk on Overcoming Speciesism
    Jay Quigley's TED Talk provides a great primer on speciesism, a pervasive form of discrimination against animals that permeates all animal eating cultures, and shows how it fuels the socially accepted commodification and killing of billions of famed animals. He also provides hope and practical advice on how to end their suffering and bring our (...more)
    21 May 2015 at 3:32pm       

  • Ginger and Fred: Two Lucky Ducks!
    In the first week of May, Red Door Animal Shelter notified us that they had rescued two Pekin ducks, a bonded couple, who were now in need of a permanent home. Red Door found the pair as tiny little ducklings, wandering the city streets shortly after Easter. They spent about three weeks at the shelter and were examined by the avian vets at Midwest (...more)
    15 May 2015 at 10:59am       

  • The Fallen Nest
    As I was biking home the other day, I found a beautiful nest in the road. The next car that drove by could have easily flattened it. All the amazing work that went into building this beautiful and functional home would have been destroyed in an instant. So I picked it up and took it home with me. Continue reading → (...more)
    11 May 2015 at 4:10pm       

  • A Mother At Last
    In a natural environment, chicks would spend much of their first weeks of life peeping out from under their mother's wings, or exploring by her side, feeling nurtured and protected. But chicks raised for eggs and meat rarely know their mother's warmth, or experience the sense of security and belonging they instinctively seek. Instead, they (...more)
    9 May 2015 at 1:55am       

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  • Abolitionist Approach Blog

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    Gary Francione discusses and explores various aspects of the idea that we ought to abolish, and not merely regulate, animal exploitation. His blog promotes ethical veganism and creative, non-violent vegan education as the primary forms of activism to move toward the abolition of animal use.

  • The Anti-Hunting “Ban” in the UK: A Great Business Opportunity for Animal Welfare Groups
    In 2009, I wrote about how the supposed ban on fox hunting was very seriously flawed in a number of ways. After raising a great deal of money, welfarists succeeded in getting a “ban” that prohibited using hounds to hunt foxes but, among other things, allowed hunters to use hounds to follow a scent and […] The post The Anti-Hunting (...more)
    18 May 2015 at 7:25am       

  • Animal Exploitation: Brought to You by “Animal Advocates”
    I regularly get newsletters from the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), about which I have written before. The most recent GAP newsletter features an interview with Wayne Langston, VP of Production for Panorama, Grass-fed Meats- a company based in California that sells Organic, 100% Grass-Fed beef, which has a Step 4 happy exploitation designation. (...more)
    9 May 2015 at 6:02am       

  • “Journeys” Into Speciesism
    For some reason that eludes me, some animal advocates believe that because it took them a while to go vegan, the position of the animal rights movement should be that individual “journeys” are just fine. But that is absurd. Imagine someone saying, “It took me a while to stop being a racist so I think […] The post “Journeys” (...more)
    14 Mar 2015 at 5:35am       

  • The Ringling Circus Elephants: Another “Victory” That Isn't
    According to the animal welfare corporations, the decision to remove elephants from the Ringling Circus in three years represents a victory of monumental proportions. In fact, I received this email (my email program thought it was a “scam”!) from Paul Shapiro of HSUS, who, quoting no less a figure than Nelson Mandela, declared it to […] The (...more)
    8 Mar 2015 at 8:31am       

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  • Gentle World

    50 posts in the feed.

    "Gentle World's core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. Toward that end, Gentle World has served as a clearing house of information for the past 30 years, helping children, teens and adults embrace a lifestyle that incorporates their values."

  • To Make Life Truly Just
    I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just. (...more)
    5 May 2015 at 4:30pm       

  • To “The Conscientious Omnivores”
    On Valentine's Day, I had a booth at the Kaw Valley Seed Fair. Thanks to Judy and Michael Carman and my family who all contributed many hours, we gave away hundreds of samples of delicious gluten-free vegan food, and planted many seeds! (...more)
    5 May 2015 at 2:34pm       

  • No Innocent Bystanders
    Every year in New York City, thousands gather for a widely publicized event called “Meatopia,” which is described as “a Texas-sized two day weekend of meat, mirth, and the celebration of animals and the way great chefs prepare them.” Founded and hosted by TIME magazine food columnist Josh Ozersky, Meatopia has been called, “a meat-lover's paradise” (...more)
    4 May 2015 at 4:59pm       

  • DIY Fermented Foods: Healthy Sauerkraut
    I love sauerkraut, and for a while now I've been eating and enjoying my own homemade version of this simple yet very powerful ferment. Sauerkraut has a whole range of benefits for anybody looking to optimize their health. As a side dish alongside any meal, it's crunchy and delightfully tangy, and can be made with a range of different flavors. (...more)
    3 May 2015 at 3:54pm       

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  • Corey Wrenn

    100 posts in the feed.

    Corey Lee Wrenn is an Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and a graduate instructor and PhD student of Sociology. Her research focuses include social movement theory and nonhuman animal rights activism. She regularly blogs on animal rights issues and interviews activists.

    She also blogs at: www.examiner.com/vegan-in-roanoke/corey-wrenn

  • Art Therapy and Temple Grandin: At the Crossroads
    By Lee Ann When I first read the announcement that the American Art Therapy Association had invited Temple Grandin to be this year's keynote speaker at our annual conference, I was shocked. After about a week of trying to process this information, my bubbling rage drove me to social media, calling AATA out for inviting a woman who has (...more)
    13 Apr 2015 at 8:50am       

  • The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter Web Conference April 24-25
    From the event website: Registration and Ticket Purchase: CLICK HERE The Sistah Vegan Project's Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter conference will bring together scholars, writers, activists and community organizers to examine the intersections of the #blacklivesmatter movement and veganism. Designed (...more)
    6 Apr 2015 at 6:00am       

  • Colonizing England and the Naming of Animals
    While many non-British probably recognize Great Britain today as a great colonial power responsible for untold suffering through Western imperialism over the centuries, some might be surprised to know that the island itself was the site of extensive colonization prior to medieval times. Historians have described it as a sort of "back water" with (...more)
    4 Apr 2015 at 12:21am       

  • Corey Wrenn featured on Under the Toadstool
    I joined Sonia Chauhan and Sarah K. Woodcock on their Under the Toadstool podcast for a serious discussion about the state of sexism in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement. In this episode, we talk about the history of sexism in the movement, current events in sexism, and concrete steps we can take to disrupt it. I highly recommend this episode (...more)
    3 Apr 2015 at 9:07am       

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  • My Face Is On Fire

    25 posts in the feed.

    My Face Is on Fire focuses on abolitionist vegan education, animal rights issues and the misrepresentation of veganism in pop culture or mainstream media.

  • How Not to Be an Annoying Vegan?
    College Education Fail?  Hot on the heels of her article from November called "How to be a vegan without being annoying", Castleton State College's The Spartan's own staff writer Jorah McKinley... (...more)
    30 Jan 2015 at 5:29pm       

  • I Love Vegan Food Bloggers
    I Love Vegan Food Bloggers, Yes I Do! I love (love, love, love!) vegan food bloggers. I appreciate and respect folks who have the time, energy, creativity, knowledge and skill to concoct all kinds... (...more)
    20 Oct 2014 at 1:00pm       

  • On Sprinkles and Integrity
    I was flipping through my Facebook newsfeed a few days ago and noticed that my friend Denise had posted a couple of emails to a small vegan group to which we both belong. They concerned Vegan Treats.... (...more)
    24 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm       

  • The Great Divide
    I was talking to a new local vegetarian friend and we were discussing restaurants we'd visited in other cities. I mentioned that I'd love to see a vegan restaurant open up here, in our shared city. ... (...more)
    10 Sep 2014 at 1:39pm       

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  • Snargleplexon

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    Vegan commentary from an abolitionist perspective in the form of articles and jokes from a world where we must hypocritically convince aliens not to dine on us.

  • The Journey to Veganism
    Professor Francione puts it best here. Also, I’m testing Facebook “Embed This Post” feature. Post by Gary L. Francione: The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. (...more)
    17 Jul 2014 at 8:45am       

  • New Host Test
    Theme’s busted.  Testing. (...more)
    3 Jun 2014 at 8:18pm       

  • “Eat Like You Care” and Michael Vick
    via Prof. Gary Francione’s Facebook page update: This morning (from the U.K.): A wonderful book. One of the reviews mentioned that rather than to persuade the reader of your position, you get the reader to see that they already believe carries the implication that they should be vegan. Brilliant! It is clearly written. I loved […] (...more)
    24 Jul 2013 at 5:51am       

  • Email Response to a Vegan-Curious
    Begin vegan with a nonvegan spouse can be challenging but it's totally doable. Think of it like trying to quit smoking while living with a smoker. (...more)
    10 May 2013 at 9:04am       

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  • We're All Animals

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    I am a professor of U.S. History at the University of Waterloo, father, companion, writer, film & TV fanatic, vegan (ex-omnivore) and a supporter of animal and human rights and nonviolence. I live with two kids, two cats and a bearded dragon

  • Behind the Vegan Scare
    A healthy vegan baby boy. Yes, they do exist. Maybe you've heard about the Florida mother, Sarah Anne Markham, who was arrested earlier this week for child neglect. Her baby was admitted to a hospital suffering from dehydration and she refused to allow the baby to be given medicine because she claimed "it contained ingredients that (...more)
    27 Jun 2014 at 5:58pm       

  • Do Animals Have Emotions?
    Here is a fascinating story from CBS New York on animals and emotions. It's a brief story (2 minutes and 43 seconds) about animal behaviour and emotions using some very moving examples of animals forming bonds with other animals and human beings (my favourite story is of Mr. G. and Jellybean - you'll love it, I promise!). (...more)
    21 Jun 2014 at 8:52pm       

  • Words to Remember
    A sentiment we'd all do well to remind ourselves - over and over again... (...more)
    21 Jun 2014 at 2:19pm       

  • Farewell Casey Kasem, Humanitarian, Vegan and Advocate for Animals - and All-Around Great Guy
    I was a huge Casey Kasem fan in the 1970s and 1980s, back in the heyday of the radio show he hosted, American Top 40. Little did I know at the time that Casey was very political. In fact, he was a lifelong supporter of a variety of progressive causes, including the anti-nuclear movement, environmentalism, social justice (...more)
    19 Jun 2014 at 10:13am       

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  • Team Earthling

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    Stevie and Luc blog about their thoughts and observations regarding vegan activism. You'll also find both Aussies on the Team Earthliing Podcast.

  • Responses to Mike Archer's Conversation piece
    Mike Archer's article for The Conversation, 'Ordering the vegetarian meal? There's more animal blood on your hands' has been doing the rounds on social media this week, thanks to I Fucking Love Science and their vegetarian/vegan baiting. This article is neither new, nor scientifically sound (see footnote), yet it keeps popping (...more)
    8 Nov 2014 at 4:57pm       

  • Team Earthling and Progressive Podcast Australia ICAS Reflection
    Download (right-click, Save As) This bonus episode finds Stevie and Luc, as well as Nick and Katie from Progressive Podcast Australia wrapped in blankets, sipping hot mugs of tea and talking about the amazing weekend they had at ICAS.  Join them for a broad discussion that covers activism approaches, non-violence, body (...more)
    8 May 2014 at 5:44am       

  • Why are animals excluded from intersectional social movements?
    This is a guest post by Naty Guerrero-Diaz. Find out more about Naty and her work below. I am a member of a few networks that self-define as intersectional. We often discuss issues to do with race, feminism, sexuality, gender and class oppressions, and the members appear to recognise the ways in which different forms of oppressions interlink; (...more)
    2 Feb 2014 at 3:30am       

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  • FARM Blog

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    Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a non-profit organization that focuses on grassroots vegan education. They have numerous creative campaigns such as the 10 Billion Tour which offers incentives to the public to watch a 4 minute video. FARM's Compassionate Activist Network empowers individuals around the world to hold their own demos, tablings, lectures, screening, marches, silent vigils and more.

  • Skip the Easter Ham and Skip the Cruelty
    An Easter tradition here in the US has been to celebrate life and new beginnings by sitting down to a meal with a honey-baked ham as the centerpiece. Thing is… if most folks took a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday, they might notice that consuming the body of a dead [...] (...more)
    19 Apr 2014 at 9:55am       

  • All Our Water is Going to a Plant We Don't Eat to Support a Diet We Don't Need
    2013 went down as the driest year in California's recorded history.  A major reservoir outside of Sacramento has been reduced from 83% to 36% capacity in just over 2 years.  In the Central Valley, 1,200 square miles of land is sinking at a rate of 11 inches a year from the drilling of groundwater.  And [...] (...more)
    17 Apr 2014 at 6:52am       

  • Eat Less Meat to Save More Wildlife, Show More Love for the Planet
    When the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, people were concerned about air and water pollution and the survival of endangered species. They talked about how the growing human population was crowding out wildlife and how we all have a responsibility to take care of the planet. Now, 44 years later, there are 3.5 [...] (...more)
    10 Apr 2014 at 10:10am       

  • Spread the Vegan Message this Earth Day!
    Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of global warming and is responsible for more water pollution, topsoil depletion, deforestation, and wildlife destruction than any other human activity, yet the public as well as many environmentalists still consume animal products without making that connection. Together, we need to educate folks that (...more)
    8 Apr 2014 at 8:53am       

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  • The Rational Vegan

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    A look at veganism and the vegan community from a rationalist perspective. Be prepared for controversial topics and viewpoints. The purpose here is not to offend, but to educate and to challenge conventional (vegan) thinking.

  • Abandon Ship!
    This page has been defunct for quite a while (more than I even realized as I was gallivanting around). As of now, I am only updating through Facebook. You can find that page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rational-Vegan/183398501711863 (...more)
    12 Feb 2014 at 9:18am       

  • Dining Out
    Recently I ate out with a large group of coworkers, most of whom I had just met. Unfortunately, the restaurant chosen was one of those big chain sports and burger type places. I scoured the menu and found one item that just might work if it weren't for the cheese splattered on top. Undaunted by the social ramifications, I dared to question (...more)
    17 Nov 2011 at 11:26am       

  • More Cleanse Nonsense
    Vegan cookbook author Claire Gosse and fitness "expert" Brock Picken have a new book called Vegan Flush (press release here). Scare quotes on 'expert' there because what kind of fitness expert doesn't understand how the human body actually flushes out toxins? (Hint for "experts" out there--your liver and kidneys take care of things). (...more)
    6 Nov 2011 at 9:18am       

  • Blame the Corporations
    Yesterday I ran across a link from Animal Legal Defense Fund declaring that Occupy Wall Street Takes on Corporate Animal Abuse. The linked "official declaration" contains this statement: "They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices." Okay, so I'm not sure (...more)
    9 Oct 2011 at 11:55am       

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  • Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come

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    Butterflies Katz is a writer, author, chef, activist, poet, veganic gardener, vegan for 33 years. She's been a pioneer in vegan diets for dogs. Her essays and articles have been regularly published in magazines such as the Vegan Voice.

  • 100+ Vegan-Owned~Vegan Businesses Worldwide
    Divided by country, this special feature shines a spotlight on over 100 vegan-owned~vegan businesses, worldwide. Hopefully this post will inspire more vegan businesses to open thereby making vegan living more accessible to the public. A show of support for this sampling of vegan business owners. (Email: veganpoet@hotmail.com to be added (...more)
    15 Dec 2013 at 8:39pm       

  • A LETTER TO NONVEGANS - December 2013
    STOP it. Please. Stop believing that you have the right to demand the practice of horrifically exploiting other members of the animal kingdom, who are conscious and feeling. They share with us the capacity to suffer, sentience, pain receptors, a brain, a nervous system, faces with eyes, a desire to live. We should be able to empathize. And vegans have (...more)
    2 Dec 2013 at 8:39am       

  • A Photo Collage: The Essence of Veganism
    In the name of art, I didn't give credit on each photo. Thank-you to the animal sanctuaries,  Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Gentle Barn, C-A-L-F, Woodstock, Brightside, and Farm Sanctuary,  www.stiftung-fuer-tierschutz.de Gentle World (gentleworld.org), Gina Mathews, and whoever else (let me know)  for taking a (...more)
    27 Oct 2013 at 3:15pm       

  • Plenty of Pictures Proving that Pigs are Pals - NOT Pork
    Photo Credit: C-A-L-F Photo credit: C-A-L-F Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary Marjie V Bremner Photo Credit: C-A-L-F (...more)
    27 Oct 2013 at 11:47am       

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  • We Other Animals

    100 posts in the feed.

    I've been vegan for 12 years. I'm also a doctoral candidate, a step father, an immigrant, a tennis player, a pirate (I don't care what the quiz says), a cyclist, a poet and a concerned citizen.

  • New Outreach Posters (Be fair! Go vegan!)
    Two new posters from Jo and me. For those who are concerned about this sort of thing, the approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text for Flesch Kincaid is 2.79 (so, just below third-grade reading level). The Flesch Reading ease is 85.64%. (...more)
    21 Feb 2012 at 6:07pm       

  • Is veganism healthy?
    As an abolitionist, I promote veganism because animal use is unfair. However, one of the common questions about and objections to veganism is whether veganism is nutritionally sound or healthy. It is important to understand the question of health as a vegan generally, as well as it place in the education process.  Sensational stories (...more)
    14 Jan 2012 at 10:48am       

  • Being funny (and why it's important)
    As is often the case with my blog, I try to teach other advocates.  I try to teach them not only how to be better advocates (which strikes me as kind of a smaller endeavour), but how to be better persons (which is often herculean).  But for all those vegans who have, hours afterward, think "I shoulda said!!!" a blog on how to be funny (and (...more)
    7 Jan 2012 at 12:28pm       

  • Abolitionizing the debate: Francione moves the public and the advocacy community left
    In no small way, 2011 has been a year that has witnessed a lot of movement in animal advocacy.  Francione's work continues to surge in popularity with advocates.  Even five years ago, there were not all that many abolitionists.  Now there are probably several hundred, perhaps thousands, active worldwide.  Active advocacy does not (...more)
    1 Jan 2012 at 2:27pm       

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