Category: Social Justice

12-Year-Old Vegan Boy Hangs Himself after Bullies Pelt Him with Meat

On January 19, Louie Tom Fenton was found dead in Hertford, England by his family in their home, having hanged himself after being bullied in school for his vegan lifestyle. The boy was only 12 years old, and despite his mother continuously approaching Richard Hale School regarding the issue, the bullying only worsened until Louie would eventually take his own life. “He had regular appointments with the counsellor and he started self-harming. They threw meat at him in the canteen because he was a vegan,” his mother, Catherine Fenton, wrote Hertfordshire’s Coroner’s Court. The court also heard that Louie...

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Line Drawn Between Creative Expression and Cruelty as Guggenheim Reluctantly Pulls Live Animal Works

Over the course of last week, animal rights activists bombarded the Guggenheim Museum with criticism over its new exhibit, “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World.” Three pieces within the exhibit, “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” “A Case Study of Transference,” and “Theater of the World” featured animal exploitation that led to widespread controversy about the artists’ unconventional methods said to portray messages of power, violence, and humanity. Protesters physically swarmed the museum in central Manhattan and created an online petition that garnered over 770 thousand signatures. The petition declared “controversial art that breaks barriers and challenges...

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The Animals and the Planet Need Your Vote this November — Are You Registered?

November 7 is coming up fast, with local and state ballot measures as well as gubernatorial races and special elections for the House and Senate at stake. If you need to register to vote or change your name or address, now is the time – some state deadlines are just days away. This year has proven devastating in terms of justice for animals, people, and the environment, and the 2017 election can help undo some of the damage — like efforts to strip multiple animals from the Endangered Species List, pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and attempting to...

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These are the 13 Best US Cities to Escape Climate Disaster

Climate change continues to bring about one disaster after the next. In a month alone, an onslaught of five hurricanes hit regions of the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria have wrecked entire cities, destroying infrastructure, homes, and lives.  Hurricane Lee now threatens to follow. Some U.S. cities have made and/or are making an attempt to confront these disasters. A new report from Business Insider, based on contributing factors such as policy, community organization, and infrastructure, lists the 13 most livable cities to escape climate disasters. The Pacific Northwest is the best region overall. Topping...

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This Cash-Grabbing Kitty is Raising Money for the Homeless

Meet Sir Whines a Lot, the cat on a mission to help the homeless! This kitty has caused all sorts of hype on social media due to his humanitarian work with a homeless charity in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sir Whines a Lot (otherwise known as Cashnip Kitty) began his fundraising journey as an office cat for the GuruStu marketing firm in Tulsa. After business owner Stuart McDaniel noticed that the tabby was snatching dollar bills that passersby were sliding through the door, McDaniel put a sign on the door reading, “Kitty donates all funds to the Tulsa Day Center for the homeless.” “I get a call from my dad saying, ‘why is there money on the floor at...

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Animal Protection Orgs. Are Nearly 90% White; Meet the Woman Working to Expand the Movement

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the country by the year 2044, with projections of whites at 49.7% of the population, Latinos at 25%, African Americans at 12.7%, and Asians at 7.9%, while the multiracial group will make up about 3.7%. These statistics send a clear message: there is an absolute necessity for expanded diversity within organizations and companies in the United States. Within the farm animal protection sector, some organizations are 100% white — and while others have a few people of color on staff, the numbers show an...

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Book: How One Man is Changing the Way the World Sees Farm Animals

Nathan Runkle was just 17 when he performed his first open rescue — a risky endeavor involving sneaking into a farm or other animal facility to document the horrendous conditions inside, rescuing some of the suffering animals along the way. A bold move from someone who had grown up in a farming family, though Nathan had turned vegan years earlier and had already founded his own animal rights organization, Mercy for Animals. In his newly released book, Mercy For Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals, Nathan reveals the journey from his...

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This Incredible Woman Went from Homeless to Harvard Grad

Norma Heath is not the average Harvard graduate. This 51-year-old was definitely no high school valedictorian. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon, either. In fact, Norma spent more than 12 years living on the streets. Now, however, she’s the proud owner of a degree in psychology from one of the country’s most prestigious universities. To help put that accomplishment in perspective, you should know that: Only 5.4 percent of students that apply to Harvard get in A year at Harvard costs $63,025 In a recent interview with WCVB-TV,  Norma said that she owed her success to two things:...

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