It’s Time to Toss the Tradition of Carriage Horses in NYC

A recent New York Times editorial “Some Carriages Should Not Be Horseless” has renewed the debate surrounding the carriage horse industry in New York City.  While some (read: those few left in the industry) argue it’s a humane tradition that brings much joy to those who visit NYC every year, animal advocates disagree.

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Humane Egg Production and the Dilemma of Compromise

While  many people are becoming more aware of the myriad reasons to abstain from meat, the egg question is much less explored by the mainstream. Unfortunately, egg-laying hens likely suffer the most and on the largest scale of any animals in the modern food industry. Given this fact, the news that The Humane Society of the United States  and United Egg Producers are introducing a major agreement this month for legislation seeking to set national standards for animal welfare in egg-production is no small matter.

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Bookswaps Are the New Black

After attending a Queer Book Swap in NYC  in May, I was motivated to host a book swap of my own. And so it was! Next month I will co-host the first Vegan/Animal Rights Book Swap in NYC with my friend Olivia Lane at Sustainable NYC. Read More Bookswaps Are the New Black

Vegan-ish and Kathy Freston’s Vision of Progress, Not Perfection

Food is personal. Politics are personal. Food politics is incredibly personal. Finding a way to be conscious and healthy about the food we eat is something that takes time and energy.  Vegan food politics have often been associated with a very hard line approach to the issues, but Kathy Freston (who recently appreared on both Oprah and Marth Stewart’s vegan shows!) and others who approach food politics in a similar manner are chosing to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

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My Vegan Ethical Education in Four Books

Organizing my books after a recent move, I revisited my ethical education in animal rights. When I first began studying animal rights and veganism, I grabbed every book I could get my hands on to further understand the issues involved and inform my activism. Below is a brief overview of four of the books I find most insightful  when it comes to considering the rights of animals. Read More My Vegan Ethical Education in Four Books