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Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

Katrina Fox, a Sydney, Australia-based journalist and vegan entrepreneur took the initiative to pitch Forbes herself, noting the global increased interest in veganism. They agreed! "I'm really pleased and excited that such a renowned business media outlet is keen to feature regular coverage on the vegan plant-based sector," she said. Katrina is the founder of Vegan Business Media and will be featured as a speaker at the inaugural Plant-Powerd Women Leadership Conference Series in March, in Sydne. "I hope [this news of working with Forbes] encourages existing entrepreneurs to veganize their businesses and inspires anyone considering starting a business to run it on vegan principles," said Katrina. Nice work, lady!

Learn more about Katrina's work at VeganBusinessMedia.com.

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

In a recent video NBA comeback star and forward for the Denver Nuggets, Wilson Chandler shares his vegan journey. The video by Sentient Fitness (a vegan wellness group) focuses on Chandler's story of finding his way to veganism in 2016, after watching documentaries on the topic and doing independent research. He now credits his faster recovery times, higher energy levels, ability to wake up feeling refreshed, and overall having a clearer mind, to his plant-based diet. "Especially in the black community, a lot of the things we eat affect us," said Wilson. So cool to see these big-time athletes rockin' and reppin' cruelty-free living!

Watch the Sentient Fitness video featuring Chandler at Stack.com.

"Vegan Alert," NBA Player Damian Lillard Announces his Veganism on Instagram

on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

It seems as though veganism is truly taking hold in the world of professional athletes. What's even more exciting is when they use their high-profile public platforms to share their veggie journeys. Welcome, another professional basketball player to the growing vegan mix, a one mister Damian Lillard! In a short video clip posted to his Instagram account earlier this month, Lillard proclaims, "I've changed; getting my life together," after announcing that all the food the viewer is seeing is in fact vegan. Point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard spent the offseason nursing a leg injury and has turned to healthy vegan eating as a means to aid his body in a speedy recovery. So cool, Damian! Keep it up!

Check out Damian's 'Vegan Alert' IG post HERE on Instagram.

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

Among those who responded to some in need post, Hurricane Harvey was Mike Stura. Mike is the founder of New Jersey based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue and has spent decades working toward a more compassionate world through animal activism. Without any clue of what or who he'd encounter when arriving to assist anyone possible, he crossed paths with a cattle rancher who asked for Mike's help in finding any of his surviving herd. Upon a successful rescue attempt of one of the farmer's bulls—out of a six-foot deep water-filled gully—and eleven more animals that day Mike asked the farmer if he could take the bull back to his NJ sanctuary. The farmer agreed and newly named 'Babe' will now live out his life at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for his remaining days. So awesome!

Read the full story about Mike's rescue on OneGreenPlanet.org.

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

In 2007 clinical supervisor and mother to three, Kate McGoey-Smith received heartbreaking news that would forever change the course of her life. After experiencing bouts of sluggishness and fatigue testing revealed that Kate was suffering from severe right-sided heart failure, severe sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and a terminal prognosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH, level 3 out of 4). After stumbling upon the documentary Forks Over Knives, Kate attended a 5-day intensive program at Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center. She began changing her dietary choices, taught herself how to cook healthier meals (she'd been vegetarian for a while and at the time of prognosis), and before long was on the road to health and wellness. "Fifteen months later my eyesight was fully restored, I was off the lung transplant list...and no longer required diabetic medications. My right-sided heart failure was gone and so were symptoms like neuropathy, dizzy spells, and fainting." Kate had also lost more than 100 pounds and has since become a Certified Food for Life Instructor.

Read more about Kate's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

Evan LeFevre broke onto the vegan scene in 2016 when he was named that year's 'cutest vegan kid' by PETA Kids. Since then the Melbourne native has taken to social media to keep his fans in the loop on his many activism endeavors, including attending our latest National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. early this month. At the age of 4, shortly after joining his mother in veganism, Evan designed his own t-shirt, which says, "Don't eat cows because they suffer & die. They don't like it & neither do I." Through attending events, designing t-shirts, participating in chalk challenges, visiting farmed animal sanctuaries, and freestyle rapping, Evan is making a name for himself as a young leader in the vegan movement. What's more, Evan is part of the Animal Hero Kids network, a not-for-profit organization that supports and encourages acts of compassion in children, while providing vegan education programs. Keep up the great work Evan! We support you all the way! 

See What Evan is up to on his Facebook page: VeganEvan - Animal Hero.

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

What do professional athletes Theo Riddick and Trent Williams have in common, other than being players on National Football League (NFL) teams? They've both switched to eating a plant-based diet thanks to a new vegan documentary! In separate interviews with The Detroit News and ESPN respectively, both athletes have shared that their recent shifts in dietary choices and resulting health benefits were inspired by What The Health (currently streaming on Netflix). "Watching things like that is alarming on a lot of levels because of a lot of things you don't know...such as [eating] chicken and drinking milk has no nutritional value..." said Theo, running back for the Detroit Lions. Trent, of the Washington Redskins, said, "I'll never go back to eating like I used to...it's a choice. There's no temptation. No one is policing me saying I can or can't eat meat." Nice work, team. Keep it up! ::wink::

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

"There's no right way to do a wrong thing" - Goat Dairy Farm Turned Sanctuary

on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Despite setting out with the best intentions—aiming for the most "humane" goat cheese farm possible, owner Andrea Davis soon came to realize there was truly no such thing as humane animal farming practices. After witnessing ongoing and extremely stressful separation anxiety between moms and babies (because in order for us to use their milk for cheese or other products the babies can't be allowed to consume it of course), among other inherent cruelties in the business, she decided to turn her farm into The Sanctuary School at Broken Shovels Farm. It will be an educational center for veganism and a forever home for many former dairy farmed goats as well as other animals like chickens, cats, and dogs. "I came to terms with the fact that there was no right way to do a wrong thing...at some point, I found vegan educations, and though initially stubbornly resistant to the idea, everything I was reading made undeniable sense," said Davis. Thank you for all that you do, Andrea! 

Learn more about the sanctuary and support today at BrokenShovels.com.

'Synagogue Vegan Challenge' Spearheaded by Esteemed Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

on Thursday, 27 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

'Synagogue Vegan Challenge' Spearheaded by Esteemed Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

In a joint effort by vegan actress Mayim Bialik, author Jana Kohl, musician Matisyahu, and vegan non-profit community VegFund, rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz will select and award five US/Canadian Jewish houses of worship a $5,000 grant for "hosting at least one vegan event every month for one year," noted VegNews' coverage of the announcement. "There's not one vegan synagogue in America...It's very hard to make changes, and we have to make it easier for people...The synagogue should be a place of education, where people can learn the health benefits of going vegan," said the 36-year-old Yanklowitz. Vegan for 6 years, Yanklowitz is a founding member of The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute (which means “heaven and earth” in Hebrew). The Institute was formed with the aforementioned celebrities as an educational center advocating for animal-rights within the Jewish community. Way to take action and demonstrate ways in which we can help promote compassionate living, rabbi!   

Learn more about the rabbi's Foundation at Shamayimvaretz.org.

Vogue Paris' Latest Issue Features Faux-Fur Positive Talk and Animal Rights Topics

on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vogue Paris' Latest Issue Features Faux-Fur Positive Talk and Animal Rights Topics

In a surprising move by one of the fashion industries biggest players, Vogue has taken a very public stance on their position of fur in fashion. Their August issue is dedicated to some aspects of animal rights while highlighting some of the best designers that are creating faux fur fashions. The issue also features famed supermodel Gisele Bündchen on the cover, wearing a faux fur coat.“So happy that @vogueparis dedicated this issue to animal protection, sending a strong message that wearing real fur is never an option," Bündchen said in a recent Instagram post. Gisele and her husband, professional football player Tom Brady have noted their plant-based diet ways as of late, attributing their good health to their food choices. Vogue's stance is inspiring because having the support of those with big platforms is huge for forwarding more compassionate lifestyle choices; helping to pave the way for further conversation about such topics. Thank you, Vogue Paris!

Read more about it at Fashionista.com.

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

on Thursday, 06 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

Long before vegan or even vegetarian was a relatively understood and common term in the restaurant world, Marshall "Mickey" Hornick helped spearhead what would become a steady rise in the development of the vegetarian and vegan food scene in Chicago, Illinois. As their slogan goes, "Meat free since '83" Mickey opened the first of their vegetarian diner locations in the Boystown neighborhood of the city. In an interview with Chicago Reader Mickey said, "The banks and investors thought I was absolutely crazy not to do chicken or fish or something." In an effort to combat his own bouts of asthma and hypertension Mickey started eating more veggie foods. He wanted a place he could go out to eat at and so sprung the idea for The Chicago Diner. Now with their second location in Logan Square and being one of the longest running veg restaurants in the mid-west, it's truly inspiring to see just how far Chicago has come—and to learn the roots of it all—with Mickey Hornick.

Learn more about Mickey's journey at ChicagoRead.com.
*Pictured: The Chicago Diner's classic vegan Reuben sandwich

New Vegan Meal Delivery—For Families With Small Children—to Debut This Month

on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

New Vegan Meal Delivery—For Families With Small Children—to Debut This Month

In an effort to make plant-based meal preparation easier for families with young children, founder Ashley Gilday (a vegan mom herself) is set to launch Little Harvest meal delivery service. Intended for children between four months and two years old, the company (a subscription-based program) will be made up of locally sourced, organic, and allergen-free meals. Based in Illinois the initial release will be available throughout the Chicago area with intentions to expand throughout the Midwest within the first year of operation. As a former Business Developer for Daiya Foods vegan cheese company, Gilday is perfectly suited to bring this game-changing service to the masses. Thank you for your hard work, Ashley. We're rooting for you!

Learn more and check out meal plans at LittleHarvest.com.

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

Thomas Skylar, a high school student who lives in Connecticut, has teamed up with peta2 to create a mobile gaming app that enables users to gain points for rescuing animals from factory farms, rainforests, and circuses. "Paintball Hero" includes helping animals like lions, chickens, alligators, cows, and even unicorns. This is not the first mobile gaming app idea the teen has come up with. Last year he launched "Saviors" (similar to "Paintball Hero") and he is already working on the next one. "Even if 100 people play it, and only one decides to be vegan, that's worth it," said Thomas. Thank you for your hard work, Thomas! 

Learn more Thomas and his app at peta2.com.

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

Last weekend was the Naturally Fit Games in Austin, Texas — bringing together world class athletes to compete in live tests of fitness of various categories and levels. PlantBuilt (a non-profit bodybuilding group that supports vegan athletes and raises money for farmed animal sanctuaries) showed up in all their plant-powered glory, demonstrating unmatched strength and vigor. Of the 1,000 competitors who attended, the PlantBuilt team brought 39 members who ended up collectively winning 32 medals (22 being first place medals!) in categories including powerlifting, CrossFit, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and kettlebell. "...we will continue to educate and dispel the myths that you need to eat meat to build muscle and strength," said PlantBuilt co-founder, Giacomo Marchese in an interview with VegNews.

Learn more about this organization and how to join at PlantBuilt.com.

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

Professional bicyclist and vegan athlete, Jackson Long will take on a cross-European bike tour in an effort to raise funds for animal rights groups and showcase the strength and stamina of athletes who choose to exclude animal products from their lives. "We live in such a disconnected world...and I deeply desire a society more educated on the ethology of farmed animals and beyond so that we can gain a higher level of compassion and respect for all beings," said Long. Jackson will be sharing his voyage milestones through his social media pages while promoting healthy vegan living to those he meets along the way.

Read Jackon's interview on MarcyForAnimals.org.

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

on Thursday, 01 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

When a mega force like James Cameron takes on a project you know it's bound for the big time. The award-winning director recently announced a documentary he's working on called The Game Changers. It's intended to highlight vegan cultural icons, soldiers, and athletes to demonstrate how one can live more healthfully on a fully plant-based lifestyle. Cameron will be working with Louis Psihoyos (the director of the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove) and James Wilks, a mixed martial arts champion. "We're trying to dispel the myth that you need protein from animals to become a real man...It's a call to action" said Psihoyos. Cameron has long considered himself an environmentalist and given his high profile status and influence, it's super inspiring to see someone like him taking great strides in spreading the importance of eco-conscious, cruelty-free living. Thank you, James!

Stay tuned for the movie's release on GameChangersMovie.com.
(Image by Reuters)

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

If you were with us—receiving the Meatout Mondays e-newsletter—back in the fall of 2015, you may remember a story about a professional soccer team all members of whom went vegan. Well, the Forest Green Rovers (FGR) are back in the news thanks to their success. Last weekend in London the world's first all-vegan soccer team won a conference play-off final marking them as having official league status, a first for them in 128 years! According to reports from VegNews.com, "FGR's owner Dale Vance removed all animal products from the team's New Lawn stadium in 2015—in addition to installing solar panels, a chemical-free lawn, and a solar-powered lawn mower." The stadium offers veggie burgers, vegan pizzas, and vegan Quorn products, which led to an award from The Sports and Leisure Catering Magazine in 2016 as Menu of the Year." Keep repin' the good life, you guys! Woohoo!

Read more about it in the source article on VegNews.com.

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

After watching friends and family come down with seemingly sudden and life-threatening health issues, some even passing away without warning, Allan Kalmus decided that his weight and health weren't just hereditary but something he could and should take control of. At the age of 58, Allan committed to researching how foods affect our bodies and well-being. Before long he began questioning his own medical training and the fact that his family doctor never really talked about how big an impact our food choices have on our health. Now, three years later on a whole foods, plant-based, and oil-free diet, Allan is down 100 pounds, off all blood pressured and cholesterol medications, his sleep apnea has completely gone away, and he runs 5k three times a week! Way to be, Allan! w00p!

Read Allan's full weight-loss story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Health, Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

With the encouragement of vegan teen Lila Copeland and veg celebrities like Pamela Anderson, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will officially begin offering vegan lunches this fall. "We have had demand and when we get demand like this from our community we institute a pilot to find out [if this] is something we really could implement district-wide," said Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President. Since LAUSD is often a model for other schools we are hopeful this turn will take hold once and for all! Hooray!

Read more about the LAUSD plans at SCPR.org.

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

Do you know this guy? That's right! It's our very own founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), Alex Hershaft! This week we highlight Alex as he is featured in publication Jewish Exponent, as he talks about his emotional experience as a survivor of the Holocaust and how that led to his animal rights advocacy today. "He couldn't dismiss the similarities [of the Holocaust victims and the treatment farmed animals today]—the branding/tattooing of victims, the cattle cars, the crowded housing, the arbitrary designation of who lives and dies..." Hershaft said in the interview. "Oppressing animals is the gateway drug to oppressing humans...as a survivor, I have made a choice. I have chosen against silence. I have chosen against oppression. I have chosen life." 

Read the full interview with Alex on JewishExponent.com.
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