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Publisher’s Mission (Issue 2)
By Racine Hiet

LUV4ALL: Mother Earth Warns! Wake Up Your COMPASSION

Cece, a rescued pig. All living beings deserve to be loved and to live free.

Until we, the human collective, fully awaken–from within our hearts–to acknowledge the Absolute Truth that we are One with ALL Life, ONLY then can we ensure the survival of Mother Earth and her Universal Family.

To evolve to the inner consciousness of ONENESS means living with the full understanding that ALL Life is sacred and must be treated that way.

ONLY then can we bring our normalized violence–which separates and targets any being, human or nonhuman, deemed “NOT LIKE US” and therefore, “LESS THAN US–to an end.

ONLY then can sustainable social change take place–in our outer world–to ensure that institutionally oppressed INDIVIDUAL lives matter. To transform systematic racism, sexism, heterosexism, speciesism, transphobia, etc., we, the human collective, must now awaken within us a new COMPASSION for ALL that will reflect an inclusive culture, honouring the interconnectedness of life. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | animal consiousness, health, Issue 2, racism
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
By Racine Hiet

Part One:

I have a riddle for you.  What do Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Leonardo da Vinci, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King–and many other free thinkers from our history, her story now forgotten, such as Anna Kingsford, Margaret Damer Dawson–all have in common?

They were all vegan/vegetarians!

With the Union of Concerned Scientists now urgently letting us know that the future for all life on Earth depends on human beings finding a way to stop destroying and live in harmony with all life, few subjects address so directly the heart of our challenge as that of veganism.  For veganism is more than a diet; it is an ethic by which to live.

Vegans aim to do the least harm possible by not eating or wearing animals and not supporting companies that exploit them in laboratories, entertainment, factory farms, and the leather, fur, silk, and many other industries.  This attitude of kindness extends to human beings as well and does not support sweatshops and the many other forms of human exploitation.  Astrology, Native and other religious prophecies, and many futurists say that we are being given an unprecedented opportunity to evolve as a species to become a peaceful, nurturing, creative presence on the planet.  Veganism, as an ideal, encompasses all creation with its awareness of the interconnected and Oneness of all. Read more

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COMMENTS (2) | animal consiousness, Issue 2, peace, Sprituality
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Interview with Her Royal Highness Princess Maja von Hohenzollern 20th of September 2018
By Her Royal Highness Princess Maja of Hohenzollern


Her Royal Highness Princess Maja of Hohenzollern is today the internationally best-known member of the Royal Family of Hohenzollern. The house of Hohenzollern/ Prussia is one of the oldest and most important noble families in Europe and represented the former Emperor of Germany. She is a distinguished High Profile Member of the European Aristocracy. For her engagement in numerous international charities, especially animal welfare, she was honoured with several international medals such as the “World Shining Heroine Award” (USA), the “European Animal Welfare” award, and the “Czar Peter the Great” and “Patronage of the Century,” the highest decoration by the Russian Government. She is a patron of several projects for animal welfare, and education for children. She travelled to Thailand to provide food and other urgently needed supplies for orphans of the Tsunami victims. Read more

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Dr. Will Tuttle: The World Peace Diet – Being Healthy and Saving the Planet
By Dr. Will Tuttle

Don’t miss Dr. Will Tuttle’s talk on Being Healthy and Saving the Planet.

Below, read an excerpt from Dr Will Tuttle’s book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, and how you can take his self-paced online Training Programs based on the book.   Read more

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A Plant Based Journey To Health Recovery
By Sheanne Moskaluk

My name is Sheanne Moskaluk.  I live in Naramata, British Columbia, Canada, and, along with my husband Dan, we have experienced changes in our lives that we never would have believed possible.   We started by changing our minds and the rest followed.

In 2010, my 14 year old son became interested in weight lifting and body building.  He joined a local gym, where he was told he would never put on muscle if he did not consume protein powders and lots of meat.  So, being what I thought was a good mother, off to the local health food store I went.  What happened next would drastically change our lives. As I was browsing the selection of whey protein, a sales clerk inquired “was I buying this for myself?”  I explained it was for my son, to which she quickly replied “you need to do some research before giving that to your kids”. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | food, health, Issue 2, weight loss
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Heal the Climate? Heal the System. An Interview with Sailesh Rao
By Victoria Moran

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity recently to spend time and absorb a bit of the brilliance of systems engineer Sailesh Rao, PhD, who spent most of his career developing a little thing we’re all familiar with: the Internet! When Dr. Rao, a lifelong vegetarian, learned about the climate/agriculture connection, he went vegan immediately and left his high-status engineering position to devote himself full time to saving this planet. He founded  ClimateHealers.org and has joined the production teams of several vegan documentaries, including Cowspiracy, What the Health, and A Prayer for Compassion, set to debut in October. Read more

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Violet’s Vegan Comics for Small Children and Big Kids
By Violet Plum and daughter Miranda Lemon

“Your creations are such inspirations for children, parents, and teachers everywhere!  What an original and substantial way to make people, and children, of all kinds, feel the same and come together for a greater purpose.  Kudos to you ladies, what a positive impact on our society!!”    Sabra Anne October 2016

“I want to let you know how much I appreciate the safe reading space you provide for the younger set.  This dad feels 100% confident in the content of your works, and my child just gobbles up every word.  Please continue your excellent work, and we’ll keep reading.”   KeithDecember  2017

Violet’s Vegan Comics began six years ago as a result of my own love of adventure comics growing up.  When I was, I don’t know, about ten years old, I would eagerly await the landing of Tammy & Misty comics on the doormat every week.  I love a good story.  Something exciting, gripping, suspenseful; something with intrigue; something funny; something engrossing. Read more

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Nation Rising
By Sheanne Moskaluk

Hear some Passionate Highlights of the The Nation Rising 2018 Protest Speeches and Interviews at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

This past July, Dan and I flew east to our hometown of Ottawa, Ontario.  Dan was born in Ottawa and I had moved there with my family when I was in Grade 2.  We grew up in the same neighbourhood, met and got married in Ottawa in 1989, before starting our life together in British Columbia.  So while all of that history might have been enough to lure us back for a visit 29 years later, we made the journey for a reason much bigger than ourselves.

Sheanne and Dan Moskaluk in front of the Peace Tower.

On July 14th, we had the privilege of participating in the first annual Nation Rising March and Rally.  Dan and I, along with 500 other Canadians, marched through the streets of downtown Ottawa, arriving on Parliament Hill.  At the foot of the Peace Tower, we all delivered a list of demands to our Federal government: Read more

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COMMENTS (2) | Animal Activism, environment, Issue 2
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The Animal Protection Party of Canada: Featuring Jordan Reichert
By Jordan Reichert

image: Brodie Frehlich Photography. Led by Liz White, the Animal Protection Party of Canada (APPC) is Canada’s only federal political party that gives the animals and the environment a political voice – the powerful, national voice needed to secure protection for all animals and the environment. Jordan Reichert is the APPC West Coast Campaign Officer. Vote for Jordan Reichert October 20th for Victoria Council. A win in a municipality will have positive ramifications far beyond the city, since many federal and provincial legislators begin their careers at the municipal level. Jordan’s work as a Victoria city councillor would show voters across Canada that legislators like Jordan can both advance animal and environmental protection issues and be tireless advocates of the best kind for the constituents. See his platform of public policy that reflects the values, needs, and diversity of Victoria here.

The Animal Protection Party of Canada is committed to the promotion and adherence to veganism. All of our team is vegan as are a great number of supporters. However, you don’t have to be vegan to support us. We are an inclusive political party that is just as dedicated to being compassionate and welcoming to those who are not vegan as we are to the animals whose interests we have in mind when expressing vegan values. Read more

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This Ban On Vegan ‘Meat’ Labeling Sets A Dangerous Precedent (It’s Also Hypocritical)
By Katrina Fox

This is an excerpt of “This Ban On Vegan ‘Meat’ Labeling Sets A Dangerous Precedent (It’s Also Hypocritical)” article by Katrina Fox written for FORBES magazine. For full article please click here.

This week a law came into effect in Missouri which bans the use of ‘meat’ terminology to describe any food products that haven’t come from a slaughtered animal.

It means that vegan brands could face imprisonment or a fine of up to $1,000 if they use words like ‘sausage’ or ‘hot dog’ on their packaging or describe their products as plant-based ‘meat’.

The new law was supported by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, which earlier this year cited consumer confusion as justification for the restrictive labeling. It also admitted its support was based on “protecting the integrity of the products [my emphasis] that farm and ranch families throughout the country work hard to raise each and every day”. Read more

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COMMENT (1) | animal consiousness, food, Issue 2
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Vegan Physique Transformation: From 27 Eggs and 1.5 lbs of Turkey a Day to Plant-Based Overnight
By Christopher McKinnon

Ever since I hit puberty, due to cultural conditioning; mass opinion, taste, convenience and tradition, I ate as many animal products as I could fit in my stomach.  I heard that was “how you built muscle.” This lifestyle consisted of, for my junior college year before going vegan, eating 27 eggs, a pound a half a ground turkey, multiple glasses of milk and several cups of shredded cheese a day.  I believed that animal protein was an essential building block, not only for human life itself, but for the goals I had regarding my physical development. Read more

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Raising Vegan Kids in a Non-Vegan World
By Julia Feliz Brueck

The Baby and Toddler Vegan Feeding Guide  by Julia Feliz Brueck is a to-the-point guide for parents looking to raise their little ones safely on plant-based diets. Evidence-based information and dietitian approved! Book trailer below.

Raising a vegan child in a very non-vegan world is certainly no easy task – not because it’s not doable. Remaining strong in one of the most vulnerable times in our lives because of the pressure to conform to what the majority of society deems we should do is no easy feat.

I’ve now been in the midst of raising two little vegans since conception for over four years. Early into that journey and years later I still feel confident that:

“One of the best and most important decisions I have made is choosing to raise both my sons with vegan values. As a vegan of almost a decade, I want to pass on the same values that have made me question my everyday life choices and choose to make my impact on other living beings as small as possible. Apart from helping them develop a connection to other living beings, the most natural way to help them start their own vegan journey is through what they eat. Read more

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Gary Smith Rescues Beagles from Medical Labs
By Chloe Falkenheim

Why are you vegan? Why do you promote veganism? Why is vegan activism important?
I am vegan because I believe that all beings, human and nonhuman, are entitled to a life free of oppression and exploitation, and a life of bodily integrity and moral agency. I promote veganism because I believe that what is and has been happening to nonhuman animals for thousands of years for food, clothing, entertainment and research is wrong, it is immoral. I promote veganism because most people are either unconscious or don’t care about the brutality done to animals in our names, and someone, such as myself and other vegans and animal activists, are obligated to be active for them. Vegan activism is important because it takes our attention and focus off of our own selfish and individual needs and lives, and puts it on helping those being oppressed and exploited. Living a moral and ethical life requires speaking up and doing whatever we can do to change the situation for nonhuman animals. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | Animal Activism, Issue 2
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Vegan Family of Six: featuring 13 year old Cody Elkins, Racquetball Champion
By Great Vegan Athletes

Cody 10 years Old

Success from early years

With a supportive vegan family of six who love sport, Cody Elkins became a noted vegan athlete at an early age. As a junior competing in racquetball, he had already achieved great things.  In 2013, aged eight, he was the American Junior champion, and in 2014 he was the California State Champion and finished third in the Junior Olympics. In 2015 he finished third in the World Outdoor Championships and won the World Indoor Championships for 10 and under.  Cody also retained his state title.  He was ranked #2 in the USA in 2015 in the 10 and under category.

Vegan power!

“I am 100% vegan” Cody told us proudly in 2015. “I was born a vegetarian 10 years ago and my mom read the book “Skinny Bitch” eight years ago and we went vegan the very next day.  I have been vegan eight years and feel great about it because I am saving animals.” Read more

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The Change That is Coming: Speech and The 10,000 Vegans Official Animal Rights March 2018 in London
By Earthling Ed

Be inspired by Earthling Ed’s moving talk of the change that is coming. Justice, Compassion, Equality.

Below, change is bringing Vegan food to London Pubs.

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Dominika Piasecka – My Life As An Activist
By Vegan Life Magazine

Dominika Piasecka Talks About Her Life As A Vegan Activist And Shares Her Stories From The Front Line Of Demonstrations Across The UK.

For many vegans, eradicating animal products from their diet and lifestyle is simply not enough in the effort to save animals from pain and suffering. Even after fully committing to veganism in 2012, student and campaigner Dominika Piasecka felt as though she could, and should, be doing more. She told Vegan Life: “I didn’t want to be a person who was content with how things currently are, so I turned to animal rights. We must actively intervene to stop violence, not just say we don’t want to participate in it.”

After initially getting involved with animal rights and campaigning when she was still a vegetarian, Dominika was encouraged to watch a speech by activist Gary Yourosfky, and was instantly hooked on the idea of veganism.

“Every single sentence he said made sense to me, and veganism became logical. I watched the whole speech and excluded cow’s milk from my diet right away. I could not believe that I was living a lie for so many years – I had no idea about the dairy and egg industries and in the past I never understood why people became vegan.” Read more

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The Magic Rabbit
By Angel Flinn

Yesterday, while staying in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, I visited an historic house constructed in the 1800s. The ‘Colonial Cottage’ had housed children and grandchildren of the original settlers who built it, until it was bequeathed to the city in the 1960s.

As we came down a set of narrow steps and through an old wooden door, our guide informed us that we were now stepping into the ‘wet kitchen’. In the next few moments, I was about to find myself face to face with a dead rabbit, his perfectly preserved body hanging from the ceiling as part of the educational tour.

I’ve written about rabbits before, once when teenaged Petland employee Elizabeth Carlisle killed two of them and was vilified as a perpetrator of animal abuse, and once when NPR celebrated the history of a restaurant famous with local diners for a menu that revolved around rabbit meat. An example of our society’s confusion about animal ethics? I believe so. Read more

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The Changing Vegan Movement: Fat Gay Vegan
By The Vegan Society

Sean O’Callaghan is widely known as a key influencer in the vegan community under the moniker Fat Gay Vegan. His Instagram account, showcasing a colourful array of vegan food and events, has close to fifty thousand followers and he also runs a drool-worthy blog.

Sean’s distinct no-fuss approach highlights the ease and accessibility of the vegan movement, attracting vegans and non-vegans alike. He’s also put his popularity to good use by launching the highly successful Hackney Downs Market, a weekly community market with aim of supporting vegan businesses. If all that didn’t keep him busy enough, Sean has also found time to release a brand new book, Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t, which looks at veganism beyond the plate and explores how we can all live a little more compassionately.

We caught up with Sean to discuss what motivated him to write the book and to find out what life is like for Fat Gay Vegan. Read more

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The 5 Universal Principles of Veganism by Dr. Orestes Gutierrez
By Dr. Orestes Gutierrez

Dr. Orestes Gutierrez gave this free lecture sponsored by Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN). Hear this fascinating and informative lecture to learn how a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle can help you avoid premature aging, prevent and reverse chronic disease, and promote abiding joy and happiness.

Below, read about Dr. Orestes Gutierrez, and Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN).

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Dr. Nandita Shah: The Food We Are Conditioned To Eat Is Making Us Sick
By Dr. Nandita Shah

Having trained as a homeopath, and being a homeopath at heart, I’m always looking at things from a holistic point of view. As homeopaths, we see a patient as a whole, and disease as a result of problems at the level of body, mind, and spirit together. Homeopathy is based on Nature’s laws and requires a practitioner to have a very deep insight into everything connected with nature, the state of the human mind and, of course, medical knowledge of the human body. Homeopathy, to my mind, is a process of growth of mind and body, to reach a higher spiritual purpose.  As a homeopath, I was fascinated with the connection between nature and the human mind and body. Patients would get better miraculously if their remedy were clearly found. To take a medical case and to find the right remedy was exhilarating. Read more

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COMMENTS (7) | animal consiousness, food, health, Issue 2
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Dr. Orestes Gutierrez on Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: Cause and Holistic Treatment
By Dr. Orestes Gutierrez

According to the CDC, by 2050 an astounding 1 out of 3 Americans may have diabetes.  Furthermore, CDC statistics show 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes in the United States. This article will summarize ways to prevent and reverse diabetes type 2 and prediabetes. The tools to accomplish this are in your hands! Through dietary habits and maintaining an appropriate weight, an individual can prevent and even reverse diabetes.

Diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) is a condition of abnormal blood sugar metabolism.  The word diabetes comes from greek root meaning “passing through”.  The word mellitus comes from the Latin root meaning “honey-sweet”.   Diabetes mellitus literally means “passing through” the urine “honey-sweet”.  Indeed, in ancient times that is how physicians diagnosed diabetes, namely, by tasting the sweet urine of patients that were very sick. Read more

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Vystopia: The Anguish of Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World
By Psychologist Clare Mann

Vegan Psychologist Dr. Clare Mann Interviews Dr. Michael Klaper, a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health, on the concept of  her book, Vystopia.

Below read about Vystopia: The Book by Psychologist Clare Mann: Read more

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From Lawyer in Bulgaria to Therapeutic Yoga healer in Vancouver
By Dilyana Mileva

Hear Dilyana Mileva: Transform Your Life. Find Harmony And Balance With Dilyana Yoga.

Below LUV4All Interviews Dilyana Mileva: Founder of Dilyana Yoga.         Read more

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Vegan Food Tours Help You Find The Best Plant-Based Food In Europe
By Tanya Flink Senior Editor of LIVEKINDLY

Making travel plans? Don’t go it alone. Vegan Food Tours offers one-of-a-kind walking tours throughout four of Europe’s top destination cities. Each tour is curated to highlight the best local cuisine that truly represents the tastes and cultures of the city, and it is all plant-based. LIVEKINDLY had the opportunity to sit down with one of the founders, Sergi Galiano, to talk travel tips and learn more about the incredible vegan eats of Europe.

Vegan Food Tours began in 2017 to help people “discover the culture one bite at a time.” The vegan founders started with four cities – Barcelona, London, Rome, and Amsterdam – and curated three-hour tours which included their favorite vegan eateries in each city. Galiano promises that each guest is truly getting the local experience. Between himself and his co-founder, Fabio Bianchetti, the two have lived and/or extensively traveled in all of these cities. Read more

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Chloe Falkenheim, Young Animal Activist and Founder of VegYouth
By Chloe Falkenheim

Hi, I’m Chloe, the founder of VegYouth. I started VegYouth when I was 16 years old and in the eleventh grade (in August 2013).

Path to veganism:

My story dates back to when I was 3 years old. I had just finished watching the movie Chicken Run and came to the shocking revelation that chicken indeed does come from chickens. I put away the thought for some time.

This thought resurfaced when I was 6 years old, when a book of fun facts about pigs sparked on obsession of them. I read Charlotte’s Web, fiction books about pigs, and one where the main character was a pig who did not want to be slaughtered as well as many other pig books and movies. I decided to never eat pork again, even though my family never ate pork anyway, so this obsession did not really change my eating habits. I also like to say that I became an activist when I was six, because I cried whenever anyone even talked about eating pork and even wanted to start a pig appreciation club. Read more

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Okanagan Health Forum: Conference on Health & Fitness Powered By Plants 23rd of September 2018
By Shauna Gardiner

Yesterday was a fabulous day and this morning I woke up feeling as if I could change the world!  I attended the Health & Fitness, Empowered by Plants day of education in Penticton.  It was put on by the Okanagan Health Forum, which is a group organized in 2005 to provide cutting-edge research in lifestyle medicine to health care professionals and the general public.  It was also formed to “bring internationally acclaimed authorities on plant-based diets to inspire and motivate our residents to make choices that support exceptional health and well-being”.

Well, that they sure did! They had a professional line up of plant-based speakers covering topics ranging from how to heal yourself from lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and cancer, to the plant-based diet of a world class athlete and stories of how changing to a plant-based diet helped a couple from Naramata, BC overcome obesity and stage 4 kidney cancer. Read more

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Dr. Sailesh Rao Reveals the Secret to Saving the Planet by 2026!
By Dr. Sailesh Rao

We have less than one decade to fix our destructive lifestyle before our planet crosses a terrible threshold. And you can be part of the fix with one simple decision! Climate Healers leader, environmentalist and engineer Sailesh Rao, an amazing activist who’s been a force in hit films like Cowspiracy & What The Health, gives an extraordinary talk at the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Texas! It’s life changing! Originally on JaneUnChained.com Click above to listen to this moving talk.

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Publisher’s Mission (Issue 1)
By Racine Hiet

LUV4ALL: Mother Earth Warns! Wake Up Your COMPASSION 

Cece, a rescued pig. All living beings deserve to be loved and to live free.

Until we, the human collective, fully awaken–from within our hearts–to acknowledge the Absolute Truth that we are One with ALL Life, ONLY then can we ensure the survival of Mother Earth and her Universal Family.

To evolve to the inner consciousness of ONENESS means living with the full understanding that ALL Life is sacred and must be treated that way.

ONLY then can we bring our normalized violence–which separates and targets any being, human or nonhuman, deemed “NOT LIKE US” and therefore, “LESS THAN US–to an end.

ONLY then can sustainable social change take place–in our outer world–to ensure that institutionally oppressed INDIVIDUAL lives matter. To transform systematic racism, sexism, heterosexism, speciesism, transphobia, etc., we, the human collective, must now awaken within us a new COMPASSION for ALL that will reflect an inclusive culture, honouring the interconnectedness of life. Read more

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
By Racine Hiet

Part One:

I have a riddle for you.  What do Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Leonardo da Vinci, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King–and many other free thinkers from our history, her story now forgotten, such as Anna Kingsford, Margaret Damer Dawson–all have in common?

They were all vegan/vegetarians!

With the Union of Concerned Scientists now urgently letting us know that the future for all life on Earth depends on human beings finding a way to stop destroying and live in harmony with all life, few subjects address so directly the heart of our challenge as that of veganism.  For veganism is more than a diet; it is an ethic by which to live.

Vegans aim to do the least harm possible by not eating or wearing animals and not supporting companies that exploit them in laboratories, entertainment, factory farms, and the leather, fur, silk, and many other industries.  This attitude of kindness extends to human beings as well and does not support sweatshops and the many other forms of human exploitation.  Astrology, Native and other religious prophecies, and many futurists say that we are being given an unprecedented opportunity to evolve as a species to become a peaceful, nurturing, creative presence on the planet.  Veganism, as an ideal, encompasses all creation with its awareness of the interconnected and Oneness of all. Read more

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Change Your Diet, Change Your Life: The Rantings of a Former Fat Man
By Tim Kaufman

Walking out of the doctor’s office, reality had finally sunk in. I was not going to be around for another year. My wife and kids would very likely not have a husband or father within the year. My blood pressure was 255/115, I was on three medications to bring it down. My cholesterol (300) and triglycerides (279) were off the charts (literally). I was on a ton of heavy medications, I was also self-medicating, and I struggled with addictions of all kinds. My weight became so out of control that the doctor could no longer weigh me in his office. I was having trouble breathing and had severe sleep apnea. I was born with a genetic disorder called Elhers Danlos Syndrome and my joints are very loose and hyper mobile. The excess weight was too much for my already destroyed joints to handle.I was constantly on crutches, canes, and immobilizers. I was cast and fitted for very expensive leg braces that would stop my legs from buckling. My wife was actually putting my socks and shoes on me in the morning. Nothing was working and my life was spiraling out of control. I was going to die and I don’t know if I really cared. Read more

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One Soldier and PTSD: Going Vegan
By Michael Anthony

“Blood, blood, blood, makes the green grass grow,” was the mantra we used throughout basic training. Our young boots hitting the pavement, grass, and dirt, each heel giving the cue to yell the cadence “blood,” then again, “blood.”

This wasn’t done to turn us into blood-thirsty sadomasochists (as some would have you believe). It was done to prepare us for the realities of what we were facing. We were a platoon of soldiers, recruits, who had joined the military in 2004. Our country was in the midst of two wars, and we were being prepared to fight, to die, and to take lives. For the soldiers who came before us the question was always, “If we’ll go to war,” but for us, the question was no longer “If,” but “when.” We were being prepared to live, to fight, to kill, and to die for our country. There’s no other way to put it:

“Blood, blood, blood, makes the green grass grow.”

The problem, though, facing the modern military isn’t with training us to become soldiers and to kill, the problem is with training us to come home. Read more

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Cardiologist Kim Williams, M.D. Wants To Eradicate Heart Disease
By Rich Roll

Cardiologist Kim Williams, M.D. Wants To Eradicate Heart Disease

“There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data.”
Dr. Kim Williams
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How Going Vegan Completely Transformed This Doctor’s Life [Dr. Angie Sadeghi Interview]
By Stephen Coote

Left: age 33. Right: age 41, after going vegan.

A doctor’s inspirational journey to veganism and fitness

“When I die, I want to leave a legacy of a plant-based doctor who actually cared about the health of her patients, and treated underlying disease with nutrition rather than pharmaceuticals.”

Cured her chronic health issues after switching to a completely vegan diet
Lost 30lbs in 8 months following a healthy whole foods plant-based diet
Completely transformed her life
Advises her patients to adopt a vegan diet
Gained confidence to compete in a fitness competition
Workout routine and favorite meals revealed below Read more

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COMMENTS (2) | fitness, food, health, Issue 1
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Exclusive EVEN Interview with Robert Grillo.
By Robert Grillo

Robert and Sweet Pea, Photo by Joe Branske.

Robert Grillo is the founder and director of Free from Harm, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes farmed animal rescue, education and advocacy. Free from Harm strives to be a leader in online activism by building a strong online community and publishing content that empowers and informs activists as well as institutions and the general public. Grillo has a professional background in marketing and communications and leverages his 20 years of experience to strengthen his animal advocacy work. A typical day involves organizing events, coordinating rescues, writing articles or a letter to the editor, brainstorming ways to enhance the Free from Harm website and looking for the next viral video idea. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, gardening, cooking and the company of good friends.

EVEN: How did veganism become part of your life?

Robert: For me the turning point was identifying with the victim. Or, should I say, recognizing that a victim even exists, since we are conditioned all our lives to believe that animals can’t be our victims.It took time for me to see how our animal-eating culture teaches us to block our awareness of the suffering of the animals we consume, to deny the existence of any problem, and,worse, to stifle any critical thinking on the subject. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | Animal Activism, Issue 1
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Meet Debra Murphy: Founder of Vegan Bumble Bloom Honey
By Debra Murphy on Black Vegans Matter

What does it mean to you to be a woman of colour and a vegan?

Growing up biracial in a predominantly white community, I already felt different. And that experience makes you stronger, less afraid to stand out for other reasons, because you already do. Becoming vegan made me feel different from the mainstream in another way, and a positive one, in choosing to live as ethically and compassionately as I can. It also highlighted some preconceptions about what a black or mixed race person is. This idea that “Veganism is a white thing,” and that it’s elitist or exclusive. To me, it never felt that way. And with heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems being so prevalent in the black community, I was looking for a diet and lifestyle that would improve my day to day quality of life, and have longer-term health benefits as well. To me, veganism is about choosing an ethical and environmentally sustainable way of living, and about providing good quality plant-based foods and good nutrition for everyone on this planet we share. It’s accessible to everyone. It doesn’t have to be expensive – you just need to learn to cook. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | animal consiousness, Issue 1, sustainability
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Shelter To Soldier: Saving Two Lives At A time
By Vic Martin

Shelter To Soldier brings post combat veterans together with trained, rescue dogs to help both recover and move forward.

Kira the Service Dog is a Chocolate Lab/ Red Nose Pitbull mix. She is a former sheltered dog. She was rescued and trained by Shelter to Soldier and by volunteers of Specialty Dog Training. Her Handler is a Medically Retired Navy Mineman diagnosed with a Brain Injury, Severe Anxiety Disorder, Severe Depressive Disorder and PTSD. Kira and her handler are on a mission to change the world. Please visit sheltertosoldier.org to see how you can join us in our pledge to help sheltered dogs and Veterans in need. Read more

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COMMENT (1) | animal consiousness, health, Issue 1
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The Vegan Evolution – Our Hope For The World Of Tomorrow
By Angel Flinn

The vegan ideal embodies the highest of spiritual and ethical aspirations – non-violence, harmlessness, reverence for life, and the cultivation of compassion toward the innocent. It is cause for celebration that we are blessed with the ability to bring such noble qualities down to earth by simply eliminating from our lives the products and practices that require the exploitation of other beings.

And yet, even in a time when, more than ever, the world needs us to put these basic human values into practice, this powerful ethical stand continues to be marginalized by society. The example that is set by the increasing number of individuals who embrace these principles is too often vehemently opposed, trivialized, or simply ignored. But the effects of this paradigm shift in perception are far-reaching, and the rewards of making such a change are beyond measure. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | food, health, Issue 1, peace, Sprituality
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Beating the Genetic Odds
By Ellen Jaffe Jones

Ellen Jaffe Jones (The Veg Coach) is a best-selling vegan cookbook and health and fitness author, as well as a sought-after speaker at vegfests, foodfests, health fairs, book festivals and many other venues. She has published 6 books with the oldest and largest vegan publisher in the US, and is currently working on a 7th. She is legendary in engaging her audiences and conducting her Q and A while holding a plank contest. Her record was 10 minutes at the Tampa Vegfest. She is a certified personal trainer and has coached high school girls cross country and track.

Ellen was a 2-time Emmy-winning TV investigative reporter for 18 years, while she watched her mom, aunt and both sisters get breast cancer. Her family became part of the original BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer gene studies. Figuring out how to beat her genes and continue remaining the only adult female in her family without cancer became the investigative reporting job of her life. At the age of 28, she almost died of a colon blockage and saved herself from a hysterectomy by going on a vegan diet.  (Watch her powerful Video below on how “your family genes don’t determine your destiny.”)

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COMMENT (0) | fitness, health, Issue 1, weight loss
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Heart and Soul: Finding the Place Where Spirituality, Compassion, and Veganism Connect
By Prarthana Jayaram

What lies at the intersection of spiritual health and ethical choices? How can diet speak to our beliefs and our holistic health? What are the connections between spirituality and a sense of community? These are questions the growing vegan spirituality movement seeks to answer.

Promoting compassionate living, spiritual vegans align themselves with the broad themes of universal peace and love. As the name suggests, vegan spirituality focuses on the spiritual implications of a vegan lifestyle – the connections between heart, body, and mind that manifest in vegan living and a respect and compassion for all life.

Activists approach this movement in a number of different ways. From yoga and meditative practice to public speaking to avid discussions, spiritual vegans are seeking new ways to form and cultivate community. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | Issue 1, Sprituality
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Trans Veganism
By Calvin Neufeld

“Without an emotional, heartfelt grappling with the source of our own oppression, without naming the enemy within ourselves and outside of us, no authentic, non-hierarchical connection among oppressed groups can take place. . . . I am a woman with a foot in both worlds, and I refuse the split.” – Cherrie Moraga, 1979

As a vegan transsexual, I have found myself suspended between two worlds, two spheres of activism, two separate communities committed to justice and equality. I believe that the time has come to break down the barriers between these intrinsically connected anti-oppression movements. Naming suffering as our common enemy, I am proposing a trans-vegan alliance.

Trans people know what it is to be perceived as different, judged as inferior, and denied rights (or worse) on the basis of that difference. Yet we ourselves use this same corrupt equation to oppress animals. How can one form of oppression end without the other? Read more

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COMMENT (0) | Animal Activism, Issue 1, trans people
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Rishikesh: Ten Things To Do In India’s Most Spiritual And Vegan-Friendly City
By Franceska Lynne and Warren Gang

Photo by Sole Mare Images.
Rishikesh, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is a holy city on the Ganges, and is made up of a cluster of smaller areas: Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Tapovan, Laxman Mandir, and Swarg Ashram (the “main drag”). Although famous for its yoga, meditation, and spirituality, the area around Rishikesh is also a popular site for hiking, trekking, and whitewater rafting the Himalayas. It is also an all-veg city, meaning that it is a vegan paradise!

How to get there – domestic airlines fly to Dehradun from major Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi, or you can take the train to Hardiwar. Taxis are available for the ride to Rishikesh, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

What to expect – India is an intense sensory experience – its sights, sounds, smells, and tastes are truly unique. Rishikesh is an oasis on the banks of India’s most sacred river, the Ganges, known as “Mother Ganga,” the giver of life. Many Indians vacation in Rishikesh, and it is the site of year-round religious pilgrimages. Read more

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COMMENT (0) | Issue 1, Sprituality, travel
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Sistah Vegans – The Satya Interview with Dr. Amie Breeze Harper
By Sangamithra Iyer

How can veganism resist institutional racism? What’s the source of reproductive health ailments among African American women? What’s it like being a black female vegan in this country? These are some of the questions Dr. Amie Breeze Harper, a graduate student at Harvard, was seeking answers to when she sent out a call for submissions from black identified female vegans for her Sistah Vegan anthology project. The resulting book, Sistah Vegan! Black Women, Food, Health, and Society, was published in 2007 and is comprised of a collection of critical essays, narratives and poems from female vegans of the African Diaspora.

Harper is also looking at how black female vegans use cyberspace for health activism and create virtual communities of like-minded people. She started a Sistah Vegan Yahoo! discussion group where members discuss a wide variety of issues. Experienced Sistah Vegans mentor newbies on how to organize to get access to healthy foods in their communities, and they trade secrets on which plant-based foods shrink uterine fibroids and ease menstrual discomfort. The women also discuss body type issues. What does it mean to be a full-sized black female vegan in a culture that associates veganism with thinness and whiteness, or a thin Sistah Vegan in an African American community that embraces full figured women? Read more

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COMMENT (0) | health, Issue 1, racism
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How I Found My Passion As A Vegan Globetrotter!
By Wendy Werneth

My interest in veganism began with concern for my own health and for the environment. In November 2013, as I watched my father on his deathbed, lying in excruciating pain from a long list of complications caused by Type 1 diabetes, I was struck by the truth of my own mortality and knew that I never wanted to end up in such a miserable condition.

A few months later, as I began to learn more about plant-based diets, I found out about studies showing that the casein in cow’s milk can trigger the onset of Type 1 diabetes in people who, like me, are genetically predisposed to the disease.

Once I knew this, it made it difficult to enjoy eating dairy products, wondering with each bite if I was writing my own death sentence. As I continued to research the subject, I found out about more and more health benefits to plant-based eating.

Environmental sustainability has always been of great concern to me, and that concern grows each day as the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to rise ever higher, and as I watch all the destruction we humans are wreaking on this planet. I knew that the ecological footprint of a plant-based diet was much smaller than that of a meat-based one, and this had been the catalyst for my previous forays into vegetarianism, beginning when I was in college. Read more

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Don’t Despair, Animal Activists: Your Vegan Advocacy Is Never In Vain
By Psychologist Clare Mann

Are you an animal advocate or vegan who wonders if the world will ever change? Every day, do you feel you’re taking one step forward and two steps back? Do conversations become more difficult with non-vegans, with people seeming to ignore the message of animal cruelty and instead opting for the latest fashions, foods, cosmetics and practices that contribute to animal suffering? Maybe you wonder if a vegan world is possible and once you leave your little bubble of a vegan get-together, festival or social event, you feel outraged with a world that seems so selfish? If you feel like this, you’re not alone but feeling and thinking that a vegan world is impossible to achieve, is counterproductive to what needs to be done to usher in this new era. It’s also incredibly hard to live in a place of desperation and despair and be a good example of what it is to be a happy, healthy vegan. Read more

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