The Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt: A Newfoundlander’s Vegan View

The Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt: A  Newfoundlander’s Vegan View

I am Canadian and it is astonishing to me that I know so little about the Commercial Seal Hunt, the roots of which run deep in the fabric of Canadian history. The only real childhood memory I have of the Seal Hunt is, funnily enough, a good one. I remember vividly the Christmas gifts of sealskin fashioned into boots, hats, change purses…. the joy that came from opening these treasures wrapped in festive paper and ribbon was palpable. Although the …

Veganism and Addressing the Abuse and Suffering of all Species of Animals

Veganism and Addressing the Abuse and Suffering of all Species of Animals

What do these two sentences mean to you?

Number One:

Nothing happens in a vacuum.

The first sentence is widely used today and was penned by some very wise person. Don’t know who, just know it wasn’t me. Khaled Hosseini, author of the The Kite Runner explains it this way:

 Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.

And how, pray tell …

The Lights Go Out in the Ringling Big Top: A Vegan View

The Lights Go Out in the Ringling Big Top: A Vegan View

Now we are going back almost thirty years here, but I remember quite distinctly, the excitement I felt when queuing up to see the circus that had come to town, my home town – Montreal. What I can’t remember is the name of the circus. I have a  nagging feeling that it was a Russian Circus, famous for the black bears they trained and showed. I think that is one of the main reasons I bought the tickets – to …

Information and Solutions not offered by “Before the Flood”: Leo DiCaprio Documentary

Information and Solutions not offered by “Before the Flood”: Leo DiCaprio Documentary

AUTHOR: Jimmy Videle, co-owner of  Ferme de l’Aube

I was beyond excited to learn that Leonardo DiCaprio, the United Nations Ambassador of Peace on Climate Change and Executive Producer of the new cut (available on Netflix) of Cowspiracy:The Sustainability Secret, was creating a documentary about climate change, entitled Before the Flood. He spent two years traveling around the world witnessing the ongoing environmental devastation  and had access to world and religious leaders, scientists …

Vegans and AR Activists at a Vigil on World Vegan Day

Vegans and AR Activists at a Vigil on World Vegan Day

Yesterday, November 1st, 2016 was World Vegan Day. After a little research, I discovered that this special day is 22 years old. It is an annual event  created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Vegan Society, Donald Watson’s Alma mater, as it were.  We have had all that time to create a vegan world and yet our goal remains, as of today, a work in progress. Conservative estimates place the worldwide vegan population at …

Collaboration and Humility in the Vegan and AR Movement.

Collaboration and Humility in the Vegan and AR Movement.

This past Saturday was my second kick at the can (2015 being the first) attending in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, World Day for the End of Speciesim – Journée Mondiale pour la Fin du Spécisme. Both events were successful and somewhat different with participants holding signs, passing out info, engaging interested passersby, showing the film Earthlings, giving heartfelt and informative speeches, offering plant based fare, chalking and generally just being there, one of the most important elements.

This …