Compassionate Living

Animal-friendly ideas & tips for compassionate living, including how to become a vegetarian or vegan and other ways to be kind to animals. Also, find awesome vegetarian and vegan recipes for a compassionate diet that's kind to farm animals, delicious, and great for your health.

Alicia Silverstone Isn’t Clueless About Animal Testing

(CELEBRITY NEWS/COSMETIC TESTING ) Actress Alicia Silverstone, famous for her role in Clueless, joins a long list of celebrities, including Mayim Bialik, Ricky Gervais, and Peter Dinklage, that are backing Cruelty Free International's journey to end cosmetic animal testing on animals; as well as California's resolution to cruelty free cosmetics. Even with all of the progress Cruelty Free International has made, there is not a law against cosmetic animal testing, yet. California recently passed SJR 22, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics resolution. The resolution, introduced by state Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), reflected the concerns of the majority of US consumers who support the ending of cosmetic animal testing. Continue reading to learn more about Cruelty Free International and their backing of California's latest resolution. -Global Animal.

Plastic Convenience Culture Killing Marine Life

(ENVIRONMENT/GREEN LIVING) From production to consumption, plastic is toxic. Did you know that plastic is made from crude oil? Crude oil is a non-renewable resource. Once it is used, it cannot be replaced. Plastic is not biodegradable and infests the oceans and poison marine life. With current trends, Earth will soon be wrapped in plastic. Read on to learn how you can become more plastic free and help protect our marine life. — Global Animal

Pets & Pageantry: Celebrate Adoption With Miss America

(CELEBRITIES/PET ADOPTION) Nina Davuluri, the reigning Miss America 2014, is asking everyone to celebrate diversity and adopt a mutt. Davuluri, whose pageant platform is "Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency," encourages the public to adopt a cat or dog instead of purchasing a pet from a breeder. Every year millions of cats and dogs are placed into animal shelters, and a majority are euthanized because there are not enough good homes available. By choosing adoption over buying from a breeder you can help save lives. Continue reading to learn more about Miss America and her platform to help animals. — Global Animal

2014’s “Dirty Dozen,” How Safe Are Our Fruits & Vegetables?

(ENVIRONMENT/GREEN) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their 2014 list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue. Apple lovers may not be too happy about their findings, but guacamole fans can breathe a sigh of relief. — Global Animal

Juice Beauty’s Cruelty-Free Commitment

(ANIMAL TESTING/CRUELTY FREE) The Leaping Bunny Program is excited to announce it has recertified Juice Beauty as a cruelty-free company. Juice Beauty was removed from the cruelty-free list a few years ago as the company declined being audited, but Leaping Beauty is happy to have the company back in good standing. Continue reading to find out more about Juice Beauty's decision to recommit to the Leaping Bunny Program and their stance against animal testing. — Global Animal
Cinnaholic, a vegan bakery, is ready to franchise. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Want To Own A Vegan Bakery?

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Cinnaholic, a vegan bakery with its home in Berkeley, California, is expanding and offering franchise opportunities throughout the United States. Cinnaholic opened its doors in 2010 and has since become a popular spot for cruelty-free eating. The bakery takes a spin on traditional cinnamon rolls by adding creative toppings and frosting flavors like chocolate raspberry and butterscotch bananas foster. — Global Animal

Ciera won the chance to be in this vegan ad. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Do You Know The Cutest Vegan Kid?

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)  As more people become vegan, it is no surprise that an increasing number of kids are also making compassionate food choices. To celebrate these children, PETA KIDS is holding a contest for the Cutest Vegan Kid. One boy and one girl will be chosen as winners and they will be featured in ads raising awareness for veganism. They will also receive a goodie bag of prizes. Nominations will be accepted through January 29, and voting will commence in February. For more on the contest, read the full article below. — Global Animal

Acts Of Love: 9 Ways To Help Animals This Holiday Season

(HOLIDAYS/CHRISTMAS) Need ideas on how to spread the holiday spirit with our animal friends? Check out these nine ways you can show your love for animals this holiday season. — Global Animal

Celebrate Thanksgiving With The Tofurky Trot

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) This Thanksgiving, start a new tradition that promotes health and vegan awareness by running in the Tofurky Trot. Running on Thanksgiving morning will alleviate any guilt from feasting later at dinner and you'll start the day off right by supporting plant based diets. The Tofurky Trot is a 5k run, walk, or trot and everyone is invited to join in the festivities. There will be prizes for the top male, female, and child runners, vegan snacks and drinks, random drawings, and a prize for the best costumes. — Global Animal
Abusive methods are often used to train circus animals. Photo credit: Kerri9494 via flickr

Cher, A Ringleader Against Circus Animal Abuse

(CELEBRITY ACTIVISM) American icon Cher is back in the tabloids as of late, and it is for more than her brief stint as a mentor on NBC's "The Voice," helping out three-time winner Blake Shelton. Cher is taking a break from bashing Miley Cyrus on Twitter to speak out against animal cruelty. The Goddess of Pop has been on a tweeting frenzy, with her latest target being Ringling Bros. circus. Read more about the Icon's tweeting frenzy. -Global Animal

‘Dalmation Man’ In Danger Of Eviction

(DOGS/ANIMAL WELFARE) Move over Cruella de Vil! It looks like the Chilean police are the new villains in town! Authorities are threatening to evict Nelson Vergara for opening up his home to 42 Dalmatians. After watching the 1996 movie 101 Dalmatians, the 'Dalmatian Man,' as he's called in Chile, was inspired to take care of as many dogs as he could. But unlike most people who just fantasize about such good intentions, he actually did it, and brought the pups home to live in his backyard. Now because of neighbors' complaints, municipal officials may evict the 55-year-old man by the end of the month. According to the Humane Society, there are millions of stray dogs in Chile thanks to careless guardians who rarely spay or neuter their pets. Vergara just wants to raise awareness so other Chileans can help save these strays and find a solution to the canine problem. If this was a Disney movie Vergara would be the one living happily ever after and the neglectful caretakers would be the ones being punished. How would your story end? Read on for more on Nelson Vergara and share your thoughts in the comments section below. — Global Animal

Oscar Winner Fights To Save Horses From Slaughter

(HORSES/ANIMAL WELFARE) The Sundance Kid rides again! Iconic actor Robert Redford and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson are fighting to protect horses, and people are finally listening. The Navajo Nation dropped their support for a domestic slaughter plant. The group has suspended horse roundups, and is now working with Redford and Richardson's "Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife" in favor of finding more humane, long-term solutions to the problem of overpopulated feral horses. There are reportedly seventy-five thousand uncared for animals roaming Navajo land and drinking from their water supplies. In the past, the answer was to slaughter these beautiful creatures, but now with the help of horse advocate agencies like the Foundation, the tribe will have the resources to solve this problem more compassionately. Read on for more about New Mexico's horse population debate and the more humane options for managing these animals. Let us know what you think should be done in the comments section below. — Global Animal

Cruelty-Free Competition For Faux Fur Fashion

(FASHION/FUR) The Humane Society of the United States is hosting a design competition this year at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. The contest will concentrate on faux-fur fashions and will challenge students to develop a design that can be used as their thesis or other major project. It will also educate them on cruelty-free materials and fur alternatives. The contest launched in August accompanied by a workshop held by renowned faux fur designer Donna Salyers, and will continue until later this year. Read the full article below for more on this animal-friendly fashion contest. — Global Animal

Fabulous-Furs Founder Talks About Her Faux Fur Success

(VEGAN FASHION/FUR) Fabulous-Furs founder Donna Salyers' fashion company has become the leader of the faux fur market. In her Q&A with PETA, she ironically confesses how her company was founded as a result of a real-fur shopping trip. While driving to the fur salon to buy her first mink, Salyers heard a terrifying story about how kittens were skinned and used to pose for "mink teddy" coats. Terrified enough about the idea of potentially wearing one herself, she returned home and let go of the idea of ever wearing real fur. Continue reading below to learn more about her design process and the faux fur business. — Global Animal