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The 2016 Election: Endless Green Vegan Opportunities?

It’s difficult to imagine what the next several years will be like after this—the 2016 U.S. election. Conservative Republicans will control all branches of the U.S. government. In this context, every progressive cause will be impacted. Will it be for

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Posted in The State of Our Movement, The New Human Ecology, Veganism, climate change, political

The Unlimited Vegan – Part III

Connecting to Power In parts I and II, we see how the founders of modern-day veganism anticipated the connections between the vegan principle and other pressing issues. It is our job to understand that those same issues, if left unsolved,

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Posted in The State of Our Movement, The New Human Ecology, Veganism, Ecosystems

The Unlimited Vegan – Part II

Making Sense of the Whole In part one, we saw how Donald Watson, Leslie Cross and other founders of the word “vegan” and the Vegan Society implied and then stated what it means to apply the vegan principle to the

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The Unlimited Vegan – Part I

The vegan community is missing an opportunity to tap into a vast source of power. If we want a vegan planet we start by stepping back to see the big picture. Up to now, we have heard how environmental sustainability,

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Yet Another Nonvegan Excuse: Evolution Requires Meat

Nonvegans often claim that their ancestral dietary habits justify continued exploitation of others. Advocates for animal agriculture and other sectors like hunting, fishing, and trapping make this assumption without factual support and reveal a fundamental lack of understanding about human

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Posted in Farmed Individuals from Other Species, The New Human Ecology, Veganism, Ecosystems

The Inevitable Persecution of Wolves by Wildlife “Managers”

A few years ago, I compared the “game management units” where the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) set the highest quotas for killing wolves with hunter licensing and killing of elk in the same areas. There was a

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Posted in Fish and Wildlife Management, Wildlife, The New Human Ecology, Veganism, Ecosystems, Wolves

Deep Vegans – 2

There are many arenas for vegans to prevent suffering and needless death (more about that in later posts at thisishopethebook dot com). This was the case when a three-person delegation returned to the International Whaling Commission conference last year in

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Deep Vegans – Part 1

Whatever our initial reasons for stepping onto the vegetarian or vegan pathway, we must quickly grow into a broader and deeper understanding of how important Veganism is to the future of all life on Earth. For some, like me, Veganism

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Part 16: Omnivore’s Dilemma / Where Animals are Plants

Series Summary In his previous book, Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan told the story of how plants like apple trees, marijuana, and tulips “thrived” because of humankind’s need and appreciation of them. He defined “thriving” as whenever humans expanded their

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Part 15: Michael Pollan and His Omnivore’s Disappointment

It is our experience with nature, our increasing awareness of ecosystems, the operational norms of animal agriculture, and the sentient and non-sentient individuals under the yoke of carnism that lead millions of people to campaign for what must come next:

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The 2016 Election: Endless Green Vegan Opportunities?

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