Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

With a Little Help, the Sick and Elderly CAN Keep their Beloved Pets

Imagine being too elderly and/or ill to properly care for your companion animal. You need your beloved pet more than ever as you battle health issues — and perhaps loneliness, too. Sadly, this is all too common for people in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice. Feeding, walking, litter sifting, and trips to the vet are beyond their scope of physical abilities. Fortunately, organizations around the country have mobilized to ensure the elderly and ill can continue living with their beloved animals and benefit from the comfort and love that they provide. Some of these groups also find homes for...

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L’Oreal is Growing Human Skin in Labs to Stop Animal Testing

L’Oreal is now manufacturing human skin that renders testing cosmetics on animal skin completely unnecessary. Their EpiSkin provides a tangible way to test products without torturing animals. This is good news for people, too — synthetically engineered human skin tests are more reliable than those performed on other species. In animal cosmetics tests, innocent rabbits, dogs, monkeys and other animals are imprisoned in laboratories where they are exposed to high doses of toxic chemicals. Scientists can do anything they want to their victims without so much as administering painkillers. This skin-growing technology will spare animals the agony of at least some...

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Bioplastics: A Natural Weapon In The War On Plastic Pollution

You’ve probably seen the horrifying photos of oceans full of plastic bottles bobbing about. Other pictures show birds and fish stuck in plastic or eating it. There are several especially heartbreaking and disturbing photos of deceased birds depicting their insides filled with plastic and other trash. Our deadly and immense plastic pollution problem needs to be addressed and resolved immediately. Bioplastics are plastics in which all carbon is derived from renewable feedstock. Some bioplastics are biodegradable, but the ones containing fossil-fuel-based carbon are not. Among the feedstock used to create bioplastics are wood cellulose, corn, rice, potatoes, tapioca, palm fiber,...

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The Reducetarian Movement Is Gently Nudging People Toward A Plant-Based Lifestyle

Have you heard of the Reducetarian Movement? Its founder, Brian Kateman, coined the term, which refers to a person who is purposely lowering her/his meat consumption. Many meat lovers say they could never live without eating flesh. They fear a lifetime of soggy tofu and never biting into something satisfying again. Becoming a Reducetarian is just pledging to eat a little less meat (and hopefully eliminating more eventually). Cutting even just 10 percent of meat consumption impacts your health, the planet, and suffering animals, and helps you learn how to choose plant-based foods instead of animal ones. Many of us would...

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What Do Cruelty-Free Fashion and Grapes Have In Common?

Italy, renowned for haute couture and sumptuous wines, is home of the first company that produces leather from grapes. Vegea manufactures sustainable and cruelty-free leather with remnant parts of grapes after wine is made. Founder Gianpiero Tessitor is an architect and designer who studied vegetal fibers in 2014 to determine which plant-based materials could be processed into eco-friendly products. He concluded that Wineleather could be created using fibers in grape skins and seeds. This wine byproduct will delight eco-conscious clothing designers. Step aside, sommeliers: the fashion industry is appreciating grapes now, too. After grapes are pressed for wine, the remaining skins, pulp, seeds, and stems are called...

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