Category: Social Justice

The Why and How of Better Water Conservation

It’s easy to see why water is so important. We can only survive for a few days without drinking it, we use it to grow the food we eat, and we need it to clean our clothes and dishes and our bodies. As clear as its value is, recent droughts in places like California and South Africa have driven home the point even more. We need to conserve water, especially since drought seasons and the growing season are approaching. Why Conserve Water? There are innumerable reasons we should conserve water. It’s connected to virtually every aspect of our lives,...

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Vegan, Unisex Makeup Line Offers One Lucky Supporter a Trip to Los Angeles

JECCA Makeup, a vegan, unisex makeup line, wants to treat one lucky person to an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California. As part of their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, one contributor will get to travel to to LA with founder Jessica Blackler. The winner will spend two nights in a five-star hotel and attend the celebrated Founder Made Consumer Discovery Show. JECCA Makeup’s crowdfunding campaign was launched with the aim of expanding the range of shades available in the Correct & Conceal palettes. “We launched JECCA Makeup with just two shades but I want the range to be as inclusive...

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Humanitarian Crisis: Understanding the Rohingya’s Plight in Two Sentences

I’ve been seeing news pieces about refugees since, well, since I can remember looking at a paper or watching TV news. Civil wars and genocide in Africa, natural disasters around the globe, more recently people fleeing Syria and conflicts in the Middle East, and now the Rohingya. It can be overwhelming. It can give you a sense that humanity won’t ever be able to treat each other with compassion and dignity, without hatred and violence. Sometimes I just want to look away, to disconnect from the suffering I feel I can’t do anything about. But when we get to...

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Animal Rights are a Human Right

It has long been accepted in our culture that humans are owed a certain level of inherent rights. We generally accept that humans have a right to life, liberty, and property, and have developed these ideas as the quest for equality grows in our culture. However, we cannot have a full conception of human rights without considering animal rights as a part of this. The concept of animal rights as fundamental to human rights relies on the recognition that humans are in fact an animal species, and therefore the compartmentalization of different kind of behavior to different species in fact...

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Coalition Speaks Out Against USDA’s Cruel and Reckless High-Speed Slaughter of Pigs

Lady Freethinker is among a coalition of 35 organizations speaking out against the proposed expansion of a dangerous high-speed pig slaughter program. The coalition is composed of animal welfare groups, environmental and sustainability organizations, and labor rights advocates, all united under the goal of ceasing a program that increases cruelty to animals, harms workers, and poses an enormous public health and environmental threat. The so-called Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection would slash regulation and allow slaughterhouses to kill at the reckless pace of roughly one pig every five seconds. At this breakneck speed, animals are often pushed through the line...

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2018 Olympics Scorecard for Animals, Environment and Social Justice – The Marks Aren’t High

This week marks the beginning of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Top athletes from around the world will be judged and scored on their performance. But what score do the Olympic Games themselves get when it comes to the environment, the treatment of animals, and social justice? What scores do you give the PyeongChang Olympics? Comment below! Green Score The Beijing and Rio Summer Olympics brought up many concerns about existing environmental conditions such as water and air quality. But what impact do the games themselves have on the environment? Quite a lot it turns...

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A Woman Director Speaks Out about Harassment in the Animal Rights Movement

As women from all over the globe, from Hollywood actresses to businesswomen, are starting to speak up about the sexual harassment and abuse they’ve been subjected to for years, the #metoo movement is continuing to shine a light on gender discrimination throughout all career paths and industries. Unfortunately, the animal rights and welfare movement is not immune to these very same problems, as discussed in a statement released by Compassion Over Killing (COK) Executive Director Erica Meier this week. According to Meier, although the overwhelming majority of people working within this industry are women, most leadership positions are still held by...

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Kind Homeless Man Reunites Family With Their Beloved Lost Dog

On Friday, January 12, a homeless man brought a lost puppy to a downtown Wichita fire station in hopes she’d be returned to an owner. A well-groomed German Shepherd of only a few months, the firemen knew she belonged to someone. Without identification tags, however, locating the owner would prove challenging. After some hours, they were able to track down the owners through a lost pets page on Facebook! Upon picking up the puppy, named Venus, owner Melissa Lomeli was in tears. Her husband and their other dog, a pitbull named Zeus, had all been so worried and upset...

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