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Animal rights activist and lover of people, places and things.

Fur Free Fashion is Major Trend at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion week showcases the hottest designers and the latest trends of the season.  This year, animal welfare was in the spotlight as A-list names are finally ditching cruel fur and leather. Fall collections have traditionally relied heavily on leathers and furs, and while some designers stuck to the archaic tradition, some of the biggest names in fashion have discontinued animal products in their new lines. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Botegga Veneta are among the biggest names to take a firm stance against the use of furs in their new looks.  This year’s event also marked the...

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Animal Rights are a Human Right

It has long been accepted in our culture that humans are owed a certain level of inherent rights. We generally accept that humans have a right to life, liberty, and property, and have developed these ideas as the quest for equality grows in our culture. However, we cannot have a full conception of human rights without considering animal rights as a part of this. The concept of animal rights as fundamental to human rights relies on the recognition that humans are in fact an animal species, and therefore the compartmentalization of different kind of behavior to different species in fact...

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Coalition Speaks Out Against USDA’s Cruel and Reckless High-Speed Slaughter of Pigs

Lady Freethinker is among a coalition of 35 organizations speaking out against the proposed expansion of a dangerous high-speed pig slaughter program. The coalition is composed of animal welfare groups, environmental and sustainability organizations, and labor rights advocates, all united under the goal of ceasing a program that increases cruelty to animals, harms workers, and poses an enormous public health and environmental threat. The so-called Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection would slash regulation and allow slaughterhouses to kill at the reckless pace of roughly one pig every five seconds. At this breakneck speed, animals are often pushed through the line...

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4 Facts That Prove Pigs Are Smarter Than You Think

Pigs are finally enjoying some time in the spotlight as the world realizes that these smart, playful animals make truly fantastic pets. While traditionally pigs have been thought of strictly as farm animals, people now see the unique intelligence that pigs possess. Much like dogs, they are highly social, creative, and a joy to cuddle with. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about pigs that prove they belong in the family, not on a plate. Move Over Dogs — Pigs are the New Smart Pet When we think of animals that can relate to humans,...

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