Author: Jacqueline Bedson

About The Author

Jacqueline Bedson

Jacqueline specializes in articles about social justice and animal issues. Other than Lady Freethinker, she has been published by United Way, "North Central News," and nonprofit organization Talk About It, among other media.

Videos Show the ‘Real Faces’ of America’s Refugees

Refugees are people with a story. They are people who enjoy food, celebrations, and music. They have children who, like every child, seek safety in their parents and enjoy playing with their friends. Today, many people forget this when the media tell us refugees are dangerous, out to ruin the job market or cause us physical harm. To set the record straight, refugees do not leave their home countries because they want to. They do so because they are forced to — the circumstances leave them no choice. Many leave everything behind to travel to a place that may...

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Study: Around the World, ‘Meatless Meat’ is on the Rise

Whether or not you’ve dived into the “meatless-meat” market yourself, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed some of your buddies opting for the veggie burger when you dine out. That’s because, as the latest research shows, more people than ever are turning to plant-based foods. A new study released by Innova Market Insights shows a 60% rise in global food and beverage launches using a “vegetarian” claim between 2011 and 2015. “We are seeing a lot of claims centered around plant-based protein content in food products,” Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovations at Innova Market Insights told Lady Freethinker. “Perhaps there is the perception among consumers that...

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Nearly 500 Canadian Geese Slaughtered in Government-Sponsored Cull

On Sunday, June 26, the city of Parksville, BC lured approximately 484 Canada geese into a tennis court where they were each shot in the skull with a bolt gun in a mass cull led by the city. The cull is part of the city’s controversial goose management strategy, the result of geese being viewed as “pests.” “Geese are part of the ecosystem, unlike surrounding activities.  Blaming them is just an easy diversion – the geese can’t fight back,” said Liz White, leader of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, in an interview with Lady Freethinker. “When we don’t...

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New Report: The Emerging Internet Sex Crime that Leaves Victims – Often Minors – Ashamed and Afraid

He tells you he loves you. You love him back. He convinces you to take nude pictures. Things don’t work out, as they sometimes don’t when you’re seventeen, and the next thing you know, he’s threatening to post the photos on your Facebook page if you don’t do whatever he says. This new internet crime is called sextortion, and it’s on the rise. Victims of sextortion are blackmailed into meeting specific demands in return for not revealing a sexual photo or video. In one of the first studies of its kind, the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center...

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