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.

Can Pineapples Make Better Leather than Cows?

Do you have leather envy? It looks cool on other people, but you don’t want to purchase it because it’s an animal product? There are vegan versions of leather — pleather, anyone? —  but those products are often made with petroleum, which causes a great deal of pollution when manufactured. The latest fashion news is that a new leather-like material is being extracted and fashioned from pineapple leaves! The inventor of Piñatex™ (pineapple leather) is Dr. Carmen Hijosa, a leather expert who traveled to the Philippines to consult with the leather industry. She observed that workers and the environment were negatively impacted...

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21 Animal Abuse Facts Every Compassionate Person Should Know

In the egg industry, male chicks are ground up alive because they don’t lay eggs and are considered useless. Wool sheep often undergo the cruel practice of mulesing, in which the animals are restrained as huge chunks of their skin are cut out in an (often ineffective) attempt to thwart a condition called flystrike. The keratin used for hair straightening is made of ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. To make down pillows, comforters and other items, geese are plucked until their bodies are bloody. Goose down alternatives are the compassionate choice. Zoos often kill the animals when there are...

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32 Animal Abuse Issues Every Compassionate Person Should Know About

Around the world, there are countless industries and events in which animals are clearly abused, or even tortured. But there are also many situations in which we don’t even realize animals are bring harmed. The wool industry is an example of the latter. Until you see sheep after being sheared, you may think that those wooly coats are humanely shaved off, like a trim at the local barber shop. But the truth is far more sordid. The dairy industry is another example — sad to say, the “happy cow” is a myth. Anyone who cares about animals should know about — and act on...

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Can ‘Eco-labels’ Make Us Rethink The Way we Shop?

Some of us are aware of the environmental cost of certain products. For instance, palm oil. Those who follow environmental news know that orangutans are displaced from their forests when trees are cut down to produce this common snack food ingredient. But unfortunately, many of us have no clue of the devastation brought on by goods we use every day. Enter “Eco-labeling,” which brings plights like that of the orangutans to our fingertips and makes consumers cognizant about products’ impacts on the planet. The world’s first eco-label, Blue Angel, was created in Germany in 1978. Now, there are hundreds of them. The...

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She Rescued a ‘Werewolf Dog,’ Not Knowing it Would End Up Rescuing Her

Danielle Torgerson was moments from imminent death when her dog, Mister D, brought her back to life. Flash back several years to when Torgerson, a veterinary technician, was at work and heard crying and sounds of pain. She was drawn to the sounds and wanted to find out what was happening. As she entered the examination room she saw a puppy whose fur had been burnt off his face. The smell of gasoline permeated the air. The owner claimed that bees had stung the pup, and he intended to have him euthanized. The puppy looked at Torgerson, his eyes filled...

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