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Peer Pressure Can Influence Food Choices at Restaurants, Says Study

Do you want fries with that? You are more likely to say “yes” if that’s what your friends are ordering too, says a new University of Illinois study. The study, I’ll Have What He’s Having: Group Ordering Behavior in Food Choi…
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Preventing Ex-Vegans: The Power of Ethics

Helping people go vegan is great. But it’s meaningless if we can’t help them stay vegan. Last week, I wrote about how overhyping the benefits of a vegan diet can result in ex-vegans. One of the reasons people abandon veg…
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Preventing Ex-Vegans: Why Feeling “Normal” Matters

This is my fourth and final (for now) post on tactics for preventing ex-vegans. My thoughts on this topic come from several different types of evidence including research in vegans and vegetarians as well as research on…
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Reducing Resistance to Social Change: The Ironic Impact of Activists

Sexual and domestic violence prevention work is social change work. To successfully create social change we must also overcome resistance to it. Attempting to understand the resistance, studies typically look at…
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Shaming Vegans Harms Animals

At a recent conference for animal rights activists, an incident took place which left me disturbed, and concerned for our movement. A speaker and longtime vegan activist was giving a presentation on effective activism to an audience of approximately…
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Speaking Truth to Power: Understanding the Dominant, Animal-Eating…

As vegans, our goal is not simply to get people to stop eating animals; we aim to bring about a revolutionary shift in social consciousness to transform a culture of violence and oppression to one of nonviolence and…
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The Angry Vegan

Who is the angry vegan? The angry vegan is always furious and shocked that people are not making the same decisions as the angry vegan. The angry vegan has forgotten that the angry vegan used to make many of the same decisions.
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The Change Agenda for Animals

Appoint an Animal Protection Liaison in the White House, similar to the new position announced for Carol Browner and/or the Council on Environmental Quality, to help coordinate animal protection concerns (policy issues, legislation, and regulations…
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The Impact of Watching Earthlings is Smaller Than You Think

Every vegetarian is regularly faced with the question, “What made you go vegetarian?” Overwhelmingly, the response I hear follows more or less the same logic: “I watched/read X and just couldn’t imagine eating meat ev…
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The Rise of Non-Perfectionist Veganism, Part I

After my book The Lifelong Activist was published by Lantern Books in 2006, I gave a lot of talks to vegan groups, and also spoke with many individual vegans and vegan activists. Whenever I'd mention what I'd…
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The Rise of Non-Perfectionist Veganism, Part II

Procrastination, or the inability to do one’s work or other important tasks (e.g., eat vegan), is largely a response to perfectionism. (There are other causes, including resource deficiencies and ambivalence, but p…
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Understanding Neocarnism

These days, few commentaries cause vegans more despair than those proclaiming the virtues of eating “humane” meat, those promoting the ethics of eating “sustainable” meat, or those insisting on the nutritional necessity of eating any meat. Exasper…
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