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The health argument vs. ethical argument

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By Sarah Hanshew, 2014 Summer Intern “I’m vegan because I’m really concerned about animal welfare.” “I chose to become a vegetarian because I wanted to lose weight.” “The environment really suffers from animal agriculture, and that’s why I chose not to eat meat.” All of these are common reasons for choosing and maintaining a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but is there one reason that’s more common among non-meat eaters? Are health arguments more convincing than ethical arguments? Activists could benefit from knowing these answers because...

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Why We’re Winning

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All the best public speakers know it is key to start with a joke, so here goes: This past June, I nearly died. What? Not funny? As with many people who almost die, I found myself thinking a lot about what is most important. In doing so, I realized much of what seems to be important really isn’t. But another thought occurred to me: How would the world have been different if I had died? Beyond my immediate circle of friends and family, what really would have changed?...

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Video nation

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Here at VegFund, we’re sometimes asked why we put such a high percentage of our limited resources into video outreach. It is important to remember what was cutting-edge in we could do for the animals 20 years ago is no longer the best we can do today. It is important that we evolve with the times, to give the animals the biggest bang for the buck. This New York Times article — Video Nation — explains a bit of how things have changed: “We are roused to action...

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Vegucated: Three People. Six Weeks. One Challenge.

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For those of you who haven’t seen the successful and praised documentary Vegucated, written and directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson, it shows the journey of three meat-eating New Yorkers who pledge to implement a vegan diet for six weeks. All three participants agree to take on this challenge with the hopes of living a healthier lifestyle. Watching this documentary is what inspired me to become vegan in the first place, and it completely changed my outlook on what it really means to be vegan. Vegucated is...

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