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Earth and Animal Friendly Spring Fashion

Published 04/21/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Recently the editor of leading fashion and lifestyle magazine W magazine posted a blog about vegan fashion, that complemented the magazine's article on "The Best Vegan Accessories."

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Bravo Bosnia!

Published 04/20/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

I just got word from our friends in Croatia, that Bosnia and Herzegovina has banned fur farming!

They now join Croatia in being yet another country that is ahead of the United States on this issue.

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Piranha Farmers Biting Off More Than They Can Chew

Published 04/16/09
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

This is beyond belief. I don't know what the temperature tolerances are for piranhas, but I do know that fish can evolve rather quickly, and one can see still more catastrophe when, as is inevitable, piranhas escape to the environment.

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When You’re Locked Up, Anything Is Enrichment!

Published 04/10/09
By Adam M. Roberts, Senior Vice President

When I was in college, and decided to major in English literature, I purchased the Oxford English Dictionary. I love it. And 20+ years later, I still use it all the time. Words are very important. And those who exploit animals for pleasure or for commercial gain love to use words creatively to try to minimize the suffering they inflict.

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Something to squawk about!

Published 04/06/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

PhotobucketSix years ago while traveling in Indonesia I aided in the release of a wild-caught parrot — a rainbow lorikeet — who had been chained to a perch for more than a year. While this was just one bird out of the millions who suffer the same or similar fate as a result of the trade in birds as “pets,” Lucky (as we came to call him) was an individual, and his quality of life mattered to him, and to me.

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Bearing Witness

Published 03/30/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Recently the Norwegian group (Network for Animal Freedom) conducted and investigation of fur farms in Norway and have shared the images with Born Free USA and other groups working to put an end to the cruelty of the fur trade. While these images were taken in Norway, this is standard industry practice. Fur farms all over the world, including the United States, look no different.

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Peer pressure

Published 03/27/09
By Diana Oliver, Development Associate

Recently, I watched HBO’s Death on a Factory Farm documentary about animal cruelty at the Wiles Farms hog factory in Ohio and the undercover investigation by the Humane Farming Association that helped bring them to court.

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Fat clothes

Published 03/25/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about being vegan and all the nasty ways slaughterhouse products try to contaminate your life ...

I recently found out the most conventional fabric softeners use softening agents made from tallow (rendered fat from slaughtered animals). Nothing like rubbing a little animal fat on your clothes for that snuggly feeling. Why didn't I know this?

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