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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.

  • Psychology and Long-Term Goals in Vegan Advocacy
    A wealth of research in the field of motivation demonstrates the importance of long-term goal setting. Importantly, goals need not be easy to attain in the short-term. In fact, the underlying premise of the widely studied and empirically supported “Goal-setting Theory”, is that specific and difficult goals lead to greater behavioral change. Continue (...more)
    26 Jun 2016 at 10:00am       

  • The Matrix as Metaphor for Animal Advocacy
    The question I have grappled with for years now is: how can this conditioning work so well on so many of us for so long? This question is central to the film, The Matrix, which asks us to question what we’ve been taught, to separate what is illusion from what is real, what is oppression from what is freedom. Continue reading → (...more)
    20 Jun 2016 at 10:22am       

  • 10 Mothers On Why They’re Saying NO To Dairy
    As someone who researches the dairy industry regularly, I have observed over the last few years a distressing surge in pro-dairy messaging from an increasingly visible and vocal sector of animal agriculture: female dairy farmers, many of whom are also … Continue reading → (...more)
    6 May 2016 at 7:36am       

  • Does Saying Humans Are Omnivores Justify Eating Animals?
    A common objection to veganism is the statement, “Humans are omnivores.” Yet, being an omnivore neither requires us to eat animal products nor does it dismiss our moral obligation to minimize the suffering we cause other animals by way of the food choices we make. Continue reading → (...more)
    5 Apr 2016 at 11:58pm       

  • Millions of Babies Are Being Stolen From Their Mothers. Does It Only Matter When They Look Like Us?
    “It would be funny — if it weren’t so sad — to continually witness how desperately we try to paint a happy picture of what is inherently violent and utterly unnecessary. Exploit females’ reproductive systems and breed them at our will, but look! They’re happy! Take away their babies, but look! They’re happy! Take their milk and kill them (...more)
    16 Dec 2015 at 11:41am       

  • Is Chicken Really Healthier Than Red Meat?
    With the recent WHO designation of processed meat as a carcinogen in the same class as tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, the news about meat is getting worse all the time. Still, "white meat" from chickens and turkeys is widely seen as the healthy alternative. Here author Karen Davis explodes the "white meat" myths and points to a real solution. Continue (...more)
    3 Dec 2015 at 9:53am       

  • Vegan Is Love: Author Ruby Roth on Telling Children the Truth About Animals
    Vegan children's book author Ruby Roth discusses the harm we do to children by involving them in violence toward animals they would never choose to support. "We can’t afford to wait for the next generation to grow up before teaching them to live consciously. Sugarcoating or avoiding truths only hinders what children are actually capable of— psychologically, (...more)
    1 Dec 2015 at 11:00am       

  • Turkeys Snuggling Like Cats and Dogs Will Touch Your Heart
    It seems that the more people spend time with turkeys, the more they are able to recognize them as individuals with unique personalities, emotions, and preferences, just like the cats and dogs we know and love. It's an instructive moment, and a good reminder that our job as advocates isn't just about helping people understand the suffering farmed animals (...more)
    22 Nov 2015 at 11:44pm       

  • Is An Excuse-itarian Diet Keeping You From Living Your Own Values?
    Colleen Patrick Goudreau's rousing talk, "From Excuse-itarian to Vegan," has reached nearly 100,000 viewers on youtube, and is a great tool for empowering others to live their own values of compassion and wellness. This inspiring, entertaining and information-packed lecture provides responses to everything from “I don’t have time to chop vegetables” (...more)
    2 Nov 2015 at 12:12pm       

  • I Visited A Small, Organic Dairy Farm to See If Animals Were Treated Better
    While passing a small dairy farm on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore in early October, I made an impromptu visit to a small, family-owned, pasture-based, grass-fed dairy farm that supplies milk to Trader Joe's. This is the true story about what I learned from the farmer and what I witnessed firsthand about the animals (...more)
    26 Oct 2015 at 12:07pm       

  • Do Different People Really Need Radically Different Diets?
    The concepts of personalized medicine and personalized nutrition have really taken off. People are eating according to their blood type, their metabolic type, their Ayurvedic constitution, and their genotype. Micaela Karlsen discusses that our species does have specific nutritional requirements all of which we can meet from a diverse plant-based diet. (...more)
    22 Oct 2015 at 7:43am       

  • Why Plant Crops Don’t Kill More Wildlife than Pasture Raised Animals
    Picture this: You're a harvest mouse who lives in a wheat field. Being a mouse, you have excellent hearing and can easily pick up sounds that a human cannot hear. Thanks to your sensitive whiskers and small size, you're acutely attuned to vibrations caused by large machines. And to top that off, you have lightning reflexes and dash about at a top speed (...more)
    19 Oct 2015 at 1:39pm       

  • Rescue Exposes Free Range, Organic Hens Worse Off than Caged
    Tucked down a country road is a farm raising “pasture-based” hens for egg production. Peering into the field, it’s hard to see the pasture. I see acres of dirt and a sea of red hens. Presumably it is green when there isn’t a four-year drought. Chickens dart in front of our vehicles as we pull into the driveway. Continue reading → (...more)
    15 Oct 2015 at 12:05pm       

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Mihir Shah
    Mihir Shah is a custom jewelry designer and gemstone wholesaler from Chicago. He was born into a vegetarian (Indian Jain) family. Although non-violence is one of the main precepts of Jainism, like other vegetarians, Jains are generally unaware, and unwilling to concede to the cruelty inherent in dairy farming. Milk and milk products, therefore, remain (...more)
    13 Oct 2015 at 8:11pm       

  • Stop (Saying) Factory Farming
    Advocates fighting for farmed animals should be proud. We’ve come a long way in educating the public about the plight of farmed animals. However, “Factory Farming” has come to imply that only the conditions the animals are kept in are of importance, and that taking an animal’s life, the slaughter itself, is unproblematic. Continue reading → (...more)
    8 Oct 2015 at 9:17am       

  • Book Review: The Chain by Robin Lamont
    Calvin Neufeld reviews The Chain by Robin Lamont. A fiction novel set in and around a commercial slaughterhouse. With a cover image, a title and a subject matter that would turn any reader away, this reader was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Continue reading → (...more)
    24 Sep 2015 at 7:32am       

  • Time to Spread the Joy
    Between December 2014 and June 2015, more than 33 million chickens, turkeys and ducks were suffocated to death with firefighting foam and carbon dioxide in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States in response to the avian influenza outbreaks that began on poultry farms in 2014. Continue reading → (...more)
    17 Sep 2015 at 9:27am       

  • Is a Concern for Animals “First World”?
    In the Q & A at one of my recent presentations, someone pointed out that they've heard a concern for animals criticized as "first world." Aside from the obvious prejudice in the use of terms such as first world and third world, for our purposes, let's just focus here on its implication that advocating for animals is a frivolous issue compared with (...more)
    8 Sep 2015 at 6:00am       

  • When I Look Inside the Trucks, I Look With My Heart
    Each day that I wake up with the thought of bearing witness in mind, I feel that same knot in my chest anticipating how much suffering I will see during my visit to the slaughterhouse. But still I go. To at least be present at the scene of another’s pain and suffering, even when I cannot stop it, feels important; to be there sending empathy and compassion (...more)
    1 Sep 2015 at 11:32am       

  • They Are All Cecil
    "It may be hard for most to admit, but killing and using animals for food today is needless. Just like trophy hunting is needless. Both are done for pleasure and enjoyment and tradition, not necessity. You can’t rationally vilify one and condone the other." — guest writer, Lorelei Plotczyk Continue reading → (...more)
    31 Aug 2015 at 9:40am       

  • Veganism Defined by Lee Hall
    Lee Hall presents a poignant, yet simple, definition of what veganism means. "Veganism is a social movement. It’s based on the principle that human beings should live without exploiting animals." Lee penned the "Vegetarianism" entry for the Encyclopedia of Activism & Social Justice and blogs at Vegan Place. Continue reading → (...more)
    20 Aug 2015 at 11:41am       

  • Baby Hen Found Near Death Off Busy Street
    Rosa is a tiny little red hen only a few months old who a kind young lady named Jessica found lying motionless off of the side of a busy city street, dangerously close to cars whizzing by her. She took Rosa home and contacted us for help. When I saw the photo Jessica sent of Rosa that day, I immediately thought she was dying Continue reading → (...more)
    17 Aug 2015 at 2:42pm       

  • Preventing Ex-Vegans: The Power of Ethics
    "Helping people go vegan is great. But it’s meaningless if we can’t help them stay vegan." Plant based dietitian Virginia Messina discusses the power of ethics in preventing ex-vegans, citing several studies of vegan recidivism. Two big reasons people abandon vegan diets: they lose faith in its benefits and don't understand the ethics behind it. (...more)
    27 Jul 2015 at 1:55pm       

  • Duckling Couple Rescued and Provided a Forever Home!
    Early this month, an animal control officer spotted a duckling couple who had been abandoned in a retaining pond in a suburb of Chicago. She named them John and Grace. We found them a forever home. Read their story and please give a gift before the end of July to cover the costs of their rescue. Continue reading → (...more)
    20 Jul 2015 at 6:48am       

  • Severed Heads of Mothers Found in Dumpster: Story & Video
    As uniquely grisly as these images are, (and as singularly cruel as halal slaughter may seem), it’s important to realize that even in the best of circumstances, under the most humane labels, the dairy industry is an inherently violent and destructive industry, no matter how small, local, family-run or organic the farm. Continue reading → (...more)
    13 Jul 2015 at 11:42pm       

  • Fictions, Facts and Food Choices: A Presentation by Robert Grillo
    We are what we eat, but what are the powerful forces shaping our food choices? This is the key question explored in Robert Grillo's presentation, Fictions, Facts and Food Choices. This visually-engrossing presentation reveals how the powerful forces of popular culture shape our beliefs and manipulate the food choices that stem from those beliefs, often (...more)
    7 Jul 2015 at 3:55pm       

  • The Blind Chick and Her Guardian Angel
    A few weeks ago I learned about a blind chick in need of a new home. After a few email exchanges, I discovered that the chick’s caretaker lived only about five minutes from me. So I stopped by to take a look. The caretaker explained that he had separated the blind chick from the others and placed her in a small aquarium. Continue reading → (...more)
    2 Jul 2015 at 1:51pm       

  • What’s the Point of Keeping a Hen Who Cannot Lay Eggs?
    A few years ago, I adopted a hen about whom I knew very little except that a farmer did not want her anymore because she had stopped laying eggs. The rest of her past was a mystery, but clearly her life before we adopted her had not been a good one. For one thing, her physical condition was harsh. Her feathers were scant and coarse to the touch. She (...more)
    25 Jun 2015 at 12:25am       

  • Galliano: Our Little Bantam Rooster Rescue
    I brought home our rescue Galliano, and for the next four weeks, he was my closest companion, following me everywhere around the house, perching on my arm or shoulder while I worked, napping peacefully on my side while watching TV, and even calling out to me from the bottom of the staircase and then climbing the stairs to find me! Continue reading → (...more)
    19 Jun 2015 at 12:16pm       

  • Should Vegans Have Vegan Dogs and Cats?
    The question of vegan dogs and cats is one that is frequently framed in the form of the objection, But you feed your dogs and cats meat; that's not vegan! Elsewhere it arises among vegans themselves who, by definition, seek to eliminate the use of animal products wherever possible, but who find themselves confronted with a difficult dilemma when it (...more)
    15 Jun 2015 at 12:50am       



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