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.

From Peanut Mash to ‘Bleeding’ Burgers – Plant-Based Meat, Then and Now

Several new companies are poised to change the world by introducing omnivores to meat substitutes that look, taste, and bleed like the real thing. These options also make vegetarians and vegans happy — and they’re a far cry from meat substitutes of the past. Yes, faux meat has come a long, long way. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of corn flakes, created the first “meatless meat”  — called “Nuttose” — using peanuts in 1896. He then invented cereal as a substitute for egg and meat breakfasts. Kellogg was a Seventh-Day Adventist, most of whom are vegetarian; and in 1933, other Seventh-Day...

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13 Facts About Animal Abuse in the Circus

Ringling Brothers Circus is finally closed — an achievement animal welfare groups have been working on for decades. Unfortunately, this is a small step in solving the problem of animal abuse in the circus. Cruelty is rampant, from violent “training” methods to life in chains, and the animals must perform demeaning acts that they would never do in nature. Tigers are forced to jump through rings of fire, and elephants are forced to stand on their heads. While elephants tend to get the most attention, all animals must be protected from the physically and emotionally wretched “life” of the circus. Here are...

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Take Me With You! The Safest Way to Travel with Pets

You hate leaving your beloved pets at home. You miss them, you worry about them, and the guilt is overwhelming. Eliminate the trauma for you and your furry, feathered, or finned family members by bringing them along. Whether you’re going on vacation or need to pack up your pets for a move, learning the safest way to transport animals will ease the stress for both of you. One tip is universal for all animals: never leave them alone in the car. This goes double in extreme heat or cold — but even in fair weather you expose them to thieves and...

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Eating Your Greens Can Save You Piles of Green

Being vegetarian or vegan is generally an altruistic decision based on compassion for animals, a desire to protect the environment or both. But it turns out that there’s a selfish reason to skip the meat, as well: research shows that a plant-based diet costs much less than a carnivorous one. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition has found that eating a vegetarian diet is significantly less expensive than a meat-centric one. The research concluded that by eating a plant-based diet using olive oil as a healthy source of fat, one could save nearly $750 a year compared with the average cost...

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Hampton Creek Brings Vegan Goodies to Target, Walmart, Amazon and other Megastores

There are two types of people in the world. One group is vegans and the other group is people who should be vegans. I can say that because I’m still struggling to join the ranks of the former group. Being a vegetarian is easy. Going vegan means learning how to prepare foods without dairy, which is far more complex. Enter Hampton Creek, makers of vegan mayonnaise “Just Mayo.” They have just added 43 new vegan foods to their product line that will be available at Walmart, Target, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Amazon. No more side trips to Whole Foods...

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