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Mark Hawthorne is the author of two books on animal rights: Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering and Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, both from Changemakers Books. He gave up eating meat after an encounter with one of India's many cows in 1992 and became an ethical vegan a decade later. His writing has also been featured in Vegan's Daily Companion (Quarry Books) and in the anthologies Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy (Ben Davidow) and Stories to Live By: Wisdom to Help You Make the Most of Every Day and The Best Travel Writing 2005: True Stories from Around the World (both from Travelers' Tales). Mark is a frequent contributor to VegNews magazine. You'll find him tweeting at markhawthorne.
Millions of Animals to Be Sacrificed for U.S. Holiday
As the nation prepares for Thanksgiving, let's consider for a moment the 45 million or so turkeys who will be slaughtered and served as the traditional main course. Moreover, let's view this annual feast through the lens of animal sacrifice.
California Anti-Cruelty Measure Has National Impact
California has long been a proving ground for progressive issues. Prop 2, a measure on the state's November ballot, is attracting support and opposition from around the country. How could one state ballot initiative affect the nation?
Attack of the Vegan Molecule!
Will science have an impact on the world's diet? A recent article in the Daily Telegraph explores how our inability to produce a chemical present in the animals we eat may be linked to a series of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Although this news might not affect the habits of most meat-eaters, there are still plenty of great reasons to become vegetarian.
Monday, June 23, 2008(2 comments)
Compassion Is Patriotic: Go Veggie
One of the most popular ways to celebrate July 4th is a big barbecue. Ironically, the animals most people cook on Independence Day have been denied life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Why not choose kindness instead of cruelty? Commemorate our nation's birth by enjoying a meat-free day it's good for the animals, good for our bodies and good for the country.
Friday, March 7, 2008
No Rabbits for Easter, Please
Yes, rabbits are cute, but please do not buy one on impulse this Easter! They are NOT toys, and they are not perfect for every family.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Spoiler Alert: 10 Things Animal Exploiters Do Not Want You to Know
By exposing the truth of what animal profiteers endeavor to make invisible, we reveal a means to end abuse that is nearly as senseless as it is reprehensible. To that end, following are ten facts animal exploiters hate the public knowing about -- and what you can do about them.
I Think; Therefore, I Don't Eat Meat
Activists in the animal-rights movement frequently discuss cognitive dissonance, musing about people who insist they love animals yet eat pigs, cows, chickens, fish, turkeys and sheep as if these beings somehow don't qualify as animals. What role does cognitive dissonance play in someone deciding to give up meat, eggs and dairy foods?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Animal Liberation Is Human Liberation
Animal activists are often faced with the criticism that human oppression is so vast that to divert efforts and resources to injustices against animals is irresponsible at best and misanthropic at worst. In truth, animal liberation and human liberation are closely connected.