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  • Animal Cruelty Is Officially a Nationwide Felony in the US

    On Monday, Nov. 25, Trump signed the bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act into law, making it federally illegal to engage in cruelty to animals. 

  • New Children’s Book “The Jaguar’s Story” Inspires Care for Mother Earth

    The Jaguar’s Story, a brand new children’s book by Kosa Ely (Kosarupa Dasi) about the plight of Jaguars in the Amazon rainforest, was released on April 21stat the Earth Day Festival in Orlando, Florida. The book, which inspires care for Mother Earth, had its own booth at the festival’s Kids’ Zone, with large posters of its stunning artwork attracting passersby

  • Former Citi Bank CEO Philip Wollen on Animal Rights

    Philip Wollen's incredible speech on one of the most important social justice issues.

  • Elephant Digs A Hole For 11 Hours

    The power of motherly love.

  • When a Chained Bull Is Set Free

    This bull has live his entire life in chains. Watch his heart-warming reaction when he's set free. A video by Gut Aiderbichl

  • Rescued Dairy Cow Hides Newborn Because She Thinks All Humans Steal Calves

    A rescued dairy cow whose previous babies were all taken from her, hides her newborn calf in a field so the humans won’t find her and take her away. A video by Buzz60.

  • Why I Became a Vegetarian - Inspiration for 2017

    While distributing the famous cookbook, The Higher Taste, book distributor devotees met many people who have become meat-free or seriously considering it. They were surprised to see some of the individuals who made the conscious choice, including a 4 year old girl who decided to be vegetarian on her own. Also a teacher now implements cruelty-free diets in her classroom. Other people included an ex-marine, nurse, musician, and college students. They all got a Higher Taste.  A video by WestCoastMonk.

  • India Declares Dolphins To Be “Non-Human Persons”, Dolphin Shows Banned

    India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests bans the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment in the entire country.

  • James Cameron: Wanna Fight Climate Change? Stop Eating Meat.

    James Cameron, famed director and well-known climate change activist, has a message for the masses: go vegan to fight climate change.

  • Horse Reunion

    So who says animals are not capable of remembering each other and have emotions? The amazing story of three horses reuniting after 4 years.

  • 400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food Last Year Because People Are Eating Less Meat

    Where there’s less consensus, however, is how to affect change.

  • The Universal Family

    One no longer has an excuse to be ignorant on the topic of animal rights. Simply by browsing the Internet we can directly see the dealings between humans and animals, and animals and animals, even between different species.

  • There Should Be An International Court to Try Cases of Animal Cruelty, Says Oxford Ethicist

    "Humanitarian organizations should collaborate in setting up an international court to judge cases of animal cruelty."

  • "Take Animals Off The Menu!" - Former Citibank Vice-president For Animal Rights

    Philip Wollen OAM (born 1950) is an Australian philanthropist. He is a former vice-president of Citibank and was also a general manager at Citicorp. Wollen became a vegetarian following his departure from Citibank and is a prominent member of the Animal Rights movement. He conducts intervention programs to rescue abused animals and funds outreach programs that promote animal welfare and abstinence. At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia. In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award.

  • Turkeys in the Traffic
    Birds are one of the most abused species one on this planet. Billions of chicken, geese, pheasants, turkeys, ducks, emus, ostriches, pigeons, grouse, quails, doves, woodcocks, songbirds, and others are slaughtered every year to embellish our dinner plates.
  • Animals: "We Feel Just Like You Do"
    Animals have souls and we have a duty to respect them! Anything less is to deny one’s humanity and one’s own soul! I’m afraid that our feelings of superiority are taught by our elitist religions. Fortunately, animals have no such absurd impediments.
  • Christian Ethical Vegetarianism: A Modest Proposal
    Do Christians have moral obligations to animate creation? Many say no, citing the mandate to "have dominion" over all living things (Genesis 1:28) as reason enough to dismiss notions of animal welfare as a religious obligation.
  • Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others
    It’s time to take a look at the line between “pet” and “animal.” When the ASPCA sends an agent to the home of a Brooklyn family to arrest one of its members for allegedly killing a hamster, something is wrong. That “something” is this: we protect “companion animals” like hamsters while largely ignoring what amounts to the torture of chickens and cows and pigs.
  • Vegan Compassion Is in The Bag
    Inder Bedi has often told the story of how he built a handbag empire on compassion. The 37-year-old founder of Matt & Nat vegan accessories was asked at age 18 by a Hare Krishna priest to go vegetarian for 30 days: "And it changed my whole life," he says.
  • Is Unemployment Equivalent to Murder?
    We live in the age of ‘utility theory’. Utility is the defining factor of what is a creature’s ‘validity’ to live. An object is respected as long as it is of economic use to other human beings.
  • Pamela Anderson Urges Manmohan Singh To Reject All Leather Products
    Hollywood star Pamela Anderson, who will enter a TV reality show this week, shot a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging to reject all leather products. "I love India and the reverence for animals held by most Indians. But yet one thing fills me with horror and that is the leather trade," she said.
  • The New Bill Clinton: Fit, Lean And … Vegan?
    Thanks to Clinton’s popularity and public presence, he may serve as a powerful rallying point for widespread awareness of the benefits of whole foods.
  • Warts and All
    Amongst the things the animal flesh industry would prefer you didn’t know about are viral infections contracted by workers in the meat industry.
  • The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome
    The connection between animal abuse and other criminal behaviors was recognized long before the evolution of the social sciences and institutions with which we now address such behaviors.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: The Quest for Fake Meat

    The desire to eat meat has posed an ethical question ever since humans achieved reliable crop production: Do we really need to kill animals to live?

  • PETA Plans to Rent Amityville Murder House for Exhibit
    THE animal rights group PETA has set its sights on leasing the notorious Amityville murder house on Long Island, which it plans to turn into an exhibit to scare people off meat and dairy products.
  • Third of Plants and Animals 'At Risk of Extinction'
    One third of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, a UN report is expected to conclude this week.
  • PETA Asks Feds to Shutdown Circus for Elephant Torture
    PETA's war against Ringling Bros. escalated recently when the animal rights group asked the feds to shut the popular circus, accusing it of elephant torture and brazen coverups.
  • Switzerland Rejects Move to Provide Lawyers for Animals
    Animal rights groups had proposed the move, saying that without lawyers to argue the animals' case, many instances of cruelty were going unpunished.
  • Scientist Says Dolphins Are Non-Human Persons
    Scientists studying dolphin behavior have suggested they could be the most intelligent creatures on Earth after humans.
  • Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat

    There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years. Now a new study of more than 500,000 Americans has provided the best evidence yet that our affinity for red meat has exacted a hefty price on our health and limited our longevity.

  • RSPCA Donated Cow Gives Birth at Bhaktivedanta Manor
    Priests, farmers and congregational members at Bhaktivedanta Manor – ISKCON’s UK headquarters – witnessed the birth of a healthy female calf this February 20th. She was no ordinary calf, devotees felt, but a symbol of reconciliation and a new era between the RSPCA and Vaishnava communities across Britain.
  • The Loving Approach to Temple Elephant Care
    While I am caressing her trunk, Laksmipriya makes soft growling sounds. She makes me reflect back to the time which made me want to care for elephants the way they deserve to be treated. April 1st, 2006 was a day when I promised myself I wanted to make a difference in the life of an elephant. It was the day when our temple elephant Gulab Kali died and a day I'll never forget.
  • Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Animal Rights
    Prominent animal rights website Abolitionist Online recently interviewed ISKCON scholar Steven J. Rosen about his 2004 book Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights. Rosen, who is known as Satyaraja Dasa in the Hare Krishna movement, is the author of twenty books on Vaishnavism and related subjects. Holy Cow is his second on vegetarianism, which he has strong views on and last wrote about in Diet for Transcendence: Vegetarianism and the World Religions.
  • A Thanksgiving Recipe For a Family Fight
    To bring the tofu, or not bring the tofu? It's a question that Genevieve Hartman has been rolling over in her mind for some time now. The 28-year-old vegetarian will be spending Thanksgiving at her boyfriend's professor's house in New York City.
  • Rights and Obligations in the Vedic Social Ideal

    In 1971, the idea of animal rights was “way out there,” a notion of the lunatic fringe. Yet this highly radical extension of civil rights to animals was contained within Prabhupada’s exposition of monarchism—a most conservative political philosophy, to say the least.

  • A Farm Boy Reflects on Animal Cruelty

    In a world in which animal rights are gaining ground, barbecue season should make me feel guilty. My hunch is that in a century or two, our descendants will look back on our factory farms with uncomprehending revulsion. But in the meantime, I love a good burger.

  • Raw Milk: Panacea or Poison?

    Rick and Julie Vreeland opened Freedom Hill Farm last year as a place for kids, but quickly found themselves fielding an unexpected request: The people who came wanted to buy raw milk.

    In August 2007 the Vreelands began selling raw milk. In that first month they sold 13 gallons of it; last month, they sold more than a thousand.

  • Processed Meats Dangerous for Human Consumption

    Have you ever wondered why the consumption of processed meats is so strongly linked to cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and pancreas? The evidence continues to mount, as demonstrated by a recent study showing a 67% increase in pancreatic cancer for people consuming moderate amounts of processed meat on a frequent basis.

  • Holy Cowmobile! Spreading A Pro-Cow Message
    “We want the Cowmobile to become a recognizable brand image for cow protection everywhere,” says Tapan Mishra, a long-time craftsman who co-authored the 1973 book “How to Build a Ratha-Yatra Cart” with Jayananda Dasa. “It will share the benefits of Mother Cow and leave a soft spot in the hearts of adults and children alike."
  • Plants Deserve Respect, Swiss Committee Says
    GENEVA (AFP) - Plants deserve respect, a group of Swiss experts said Monday, arguing that killing them arbitrarily was morally wrong -- except when it comes to saving humans or maybe picking petals off a daisy.
  • Cattle Have A Beef Too!
    Americans choked on their gherkins last week at the news that authorities had ordered the recall of 65,000 tonnes of beef following the release of an undercover video taken inside a Californian slaughterhouse. That's two quarter-pounders for every person in the United States. In other words, they'd have to go without an entire breakfast.
  • Ahimsa Silk Yet to Catch on in Indian Market
    CHENNAI: ‘Ahimsa silk’, the fabric made without killing silkworms, is increasingly gaining popularity in foreign countries though it is yet to catch up in its land of origin. Unlike the usual silk cloth, for which at least 1,500 silk worms are killed to produce one metre of cloth, ‘Ahimsa silk’ is made out of the cocoon left behind by the moth after completing its life-cycle.
  • Gangotri's Ashes Placed in Ganga and Yamuna

    After a five hour drive from Delhi we arrived at the Patajali Yoga Pith Guest House in Haridwar where we were kindly received and rested for the night. The ancient town of Haridwar at the foot of the Himalayas is considered to be the gateway to the heavens.

  • Srila Prabhupada and the Sixth Commandment
    At a recent interreligious conference, I happened to mention that we devotees of Krishna are vegetarian, and in the midst of the discussion, I referred to the Sixth Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill." A prominent Christian scholar, who was part of the discussion, asked what the commandment had to do with vegetarianism.
  • Hindus Protest Over Cow Slaughter in London
    Hindus staged a noisy and colourful protest in London over the slaughter of a sacred cow at a Hertfordshire temple. Over 100 protestors were at the House of Commons to raise awareness over the death of Gangotri, a cow kept at the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple at Watford.
  • Ashes of Euthanised UK Temple Cow Immersed in Ganges

    Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Feb.13 (ANI): The ashes of Gangotri, the euthanised sacred cow of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in the United Kingdom, were immersed in the River Ganges on Wednesday.


  • Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
    A sea change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store — something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn’t oil. It’s meat.
  • What Are We Really Eating?
    We live in a world of enticingly packaged, processed foods where nobody really cares what they’re eating, so long as it looks good. As a child, I remember seeing a guest on a TV chat show say that they were allergic to various products, and therefore had to check the ingredients on everything when they went shopping. “Oh my God!” the host exclaimed in horror. “That must be such a pain! I could never do that!”
  • US Approves Animal Clones as Food
    The US government has given the green light to the production and marketing of foods derived from cloned animals. After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe.