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Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

Thomas Skylar, a high school student who lives in Connecticut, has teamed up with peta2 to create a mobile gaming app that enables users to gain points for rescuing animals from factory farms, rainforests, and circuses. "Paintball Hero" includes helping animals like lions, chickens, alligators, cows, and even unicorns. This is not the first mobile gaming app idea the teen has come up with. Last year he launched "Saviors" (similar to "Paintball Hero") and he is already working on the next one. "Even if 100 people play it, and only one decides to be vegan, that's worth it," said Thomas. Thank you for your hard work, Thomas! 

Learn more Thomas and his app at peta2.com.

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

Last weekend was the Naturally Fit Games in Austin, Texas — bringing together world class athletes to compete in live tests of fitness of various categories and levels. PlantBuilt (a non-profit bodybuilding group that supports vegan athletes and raises money for farmed animal sanctuaries) showed up in all their plant-powered glory, demonstrating unmatched strength and vigor. Of the 1,000 competitors who attended, the PlantBuilt team brought 39 members who ended up collectively winning 32 medals (22 being first place medals!) in categories including powerlifting, CrossFit, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and kettlebell. "...we will continue to educate and dispel the myths that you need to eat meat to build muscle and strength," said PlantBuilt co-founder, Giacomo Marchese in an interview with VegNews.

Learn more about this organization and how to join at PlantBuilt.com.

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

Professional bicyclist and vegan athlete, Jackson Long will take on a cross-European bike tour in an effort to raise funds for animal rights groups and showcase the strength and stamina of athletes who choose to exclude animal products from their lives. "We live in such a disconnected world...and I deeply desire a society more educated on the ethology of farmed animals and beyond so that we can gain a higher level of compassion and respect for all beings," said Long. Jackson will be sharing his voyage milestones through his social media pages while promoting healthy vegan living to those he meets along the way.

Read Jackon's interview on MarcyForAnimals.org.

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

on Thursday, 01 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

When a mega force like James Cameron takes on a project you know it's bound for the big time. The award-winning director recently announced a documentary he's working on called The Game Changers. It's intended to highlight vegan cultural icons, soldiers, and athletes to demonstrate how one can live more healthfully on a fully plant-based lifestyle. Cameron will be working with Louis Psihoyos (the director of the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove) and James Wilks, a mixed martial arts champion. "We're trying to dispel the myth that you need protein from animals to become a real man...It's a call to action" said Psihoyos. Cameron has long considered himself an environmentalist and given his high profile status and influence, it's super inspiring to see someone like him taking great strides in spreading the importance of eco-conscious, cruelty-free living. Thank you, James!

Stay tuned for the movie's release on GameChangersMovie.com.
(Image by Reuters)

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

If you were with us—receiving the Meatout Mondays e-newsletter—back in the fall of 2015, you may remember a story about a professional soccer team all members of whom went vegan. Well, the Forest Green Rovers (FGR) are back in the news thanks to their success. Last weekend in London the world's first all-vegan soccer team won a conference play-off final marking them as having official league status, a first for them in 128 years! According to reports from VegNews.com, "FGR's owner Dale Vance removed all animal products from the team's New Lawn stadium in 2015—in addition to installing solar panels, a chemical-free lawn, and a solar-powered lawn mower." The stadium offers veggie burgers, vegan pizzas, and vegan Quorn products, which led to an award from The Sports and Leisure Catering Magazine in 2016 as Menu of the Year." Keep repin' the good life, you guys! Woohoo!

Read more about it in the source article on VegNews.com.

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

After watching friends and family come down with seemingly sudden and life-threatening health issues, some even passing away without warning, Allan Kalmus decided that his weight and health weren't just hereditary but something he could and should take control of. At the age of 58, Allan committed to researching how foods affect our bodies and well-being. Before long he began questioning his own medical training and the fact that his family doctor never really talked about how big an impact our food choices have on our health. Now, three years later on a whole foods, plant-based, and oil-free diet, Allan is down 100 pounds, off all blood pressured and cholesterol medications, his sleep apnea has completely gone away, and he runs 5k three times a week! Way to be, Allan! w00p!

Read Allan's full weight-loss story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Health, Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

With the encouragement of vegan teen Lila Copeland and veg celebrities like Pamela Anderson, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will officially begin offering vegan lunches this fall. "We have had demand and when we get demand like this from our community we institute a pilot to find out [if this] is something we really could implement district-wide," said Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President. Since LAUSD is often a model for other schools we are hopeful this turn will take hold once and for all! Hooray!

Read more about the LAUSD plans at SCPR.org.

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

Do you know this guy? That's right! It's our very own founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), Alex Hershaft! This week we highlight Alex as he is featured in publication Jewish Exponent, as he talks about his emotional experience as a survivor of the Holocaust and how that led to his animal rights advocacy today. "He couldn't dismiss the similarities [of the Holocaust victims and the treatment farmed animals today]—the branding/tattooing of victims, the cattle cars, the crowded housing, the arbitrary designation of who lives and dies..." Hershaft said in the interview. "Oppressing animals is the gateway drug to oppressing humans...as a survivor, I have made a choice. I have chosen against silence. I have chosen against oppression. I have chosen life." 

Read the full interview with Alex on JewishExponent.com.

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

Leaning vegan or just getting started? This mentorship program is for you!
Our friends over at Vegan Outreach have developed a fantastic support system for those who are interested in living a vegan lifestyle and/or those who are just getting started and would like some help along the way. Work with a volunteer mentor to help navigate everything from grocery shopping to answering tough questions from skeptical friends or family members. Likewise, if you are an experienced and fun loving vegan with a lot to share, there is an opportunity to sign up as a mentor as well!

Find your mentor or become one at VeganOutreach.org.

CSU Student Stands Up Against Plans For New Campus Slaughterhouse

on Thursday, 04 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

CSU Student Stands Up Against Plans For New Campus Slaughterhouse

 When the news broke that Colorado State University was making plans to build a slaughterhouse on campus for "educational purposes," as stated by Kevin Pond, the head of CSU's Department of Sciences—at least one student took a stand. Austin Joseph, a Nutrition and Food Science major at the University, penned a letter in The Rocky Mountain Collegian, a campus-run newspaper. In his letter, Joseph explains how animal agriculture is outdated and that it would be setting the students back to focus on such practices for the future. "If SCU truly has agriculture students' best interests at heart, the school should invest in teaching and researching cellular agriculture, not production methods that will soon be obsolete," he wrote. Thank you for taking an important stand, Austin. We're with you all the way! Keep going, keep fighting for the animals and for the future of our earth! ((hugs))

Read Austin's thoughtful letter via the school's newspaper at Collegian.com.

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Tips & Ideas

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

With a focus on encouraging hospitals, schools, stores, and universities to focus on the production and inclusion of more plant-based foods, rather than animal products, 'Balanced' will surely be turning heads this summer. Audrey Sanchez, the Executive Director at Balanced, said in an interview with VegNews, "Behavioral scientists have long known the fastest way to change a person's behavior is to change their environment." Based on this information Sanchez and team aim to encourage a change of choices that surround people in their everyday lives (at school, at work, when in need for health care, etc.)—making plant-based food options readily available at every turn."Overconsumption of animal products is leading to a public health crisis, and frankly, too many people are experiencing unnecessary diseases and premature death as a result," said Sanchez. We can change the health of our planet and those that inhabit it. It's exciting to see more organizations being created and coming together to make this a reality.

Learn more and see their website launch this week at Balanced.org.

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

During a time that can often feel overwhelming and be discouraging regarding the future of our planet and its inhabitants, it is inspiring organizations like Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) that help bring a brighter light into focus. Founded in 2013 by Laura Edwards and Kylie Fackrell, this social network "features forums, recipes, product reviews and opportunities for volunteering. It currently has 1,553 active members, and a reach of around 35,000 social media users..." notes an interview with the founders for The Independent. This network is intended to support those who do not quite fit in with their peers—often because of their dietary and/or lifestyle choices—and who are perhaps not ready for the types of activism or groups aimed at adult vegans. In 2015 the group began hosting annual summer camps that bring together compassion kids for campaigns workshops, campfires, crafts, festival days cooking demos, nature walks, special guest speakers, and more. 

Learn more about this group and how to get involved at TeenVGN.com.
(Photo by Oatly Apparel)

Inside The Vegan World of Pro Wrestling

on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Inside The Vegan World of Pro Wrestling

n a great and in-depth article published last month by Ryan Dilbert on Bleacher Report, we learn about the unexpected trend of veganism within the world of pro wrestling. Dilbert highlights interviews with the outspoken independent wrestler Markus Burke, Allie "Impact" - a former Impact Wrestling Knockouts champion and Women Superstar Uncensored titleholder, and Zach Sabre Jr. who holds the Revolution Pro Wrestling British heavyweight title, the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship and Evolve Championship. From feeling drawn to cruelty-free living as kids to educating themselves through documentaries, like Forks Over Knives, we get an insider's look at how each wrestler has grown into steadfast, hard hitting vegans for the long haul—and how they are changing the face of what it means to be a vegan athlete today.

Read the full article on BleacherReport.com.

Vegan TV Show Preps for Season 2

on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Books & Media

Vegan TV Show Preps for Season 2

Last year we saw the release of the only nationally televised vegan show on the A&E FYI Channel. Vegan host and show creator, Nafsika Antypas' first season was so successful that the show is gearing up a second season—featuring interviews with vegan celebrities, nutrition tips, cooking demos, cruelty-free fashion guides, and more. With the support and distribution through the A&E FYI Channel, Nafsika's show reached 70 million households every week last year. She funded the first season herself and is currently seeking support for the next season as well. "If I surpass my goal, I will then start working on bringing my show to more networks globally, she said.

Learn more about the show and how to help at PlantBasedByNafsika.com.

Near Death Plane Crash Leads Travis Barker to Veganism

on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Near Death Plane Crash Leads Travis Barker to Veganism

You may recall hearing about a plane crash in the fall of 2008, that some speculate led to the death of DJ AM just a few months later; tied to stress, coping, and meds that were required post crash. Musician Travis Barker was also on that flight and decided after that moment, and with the passing of his friend, he would change his lifestyle in order to take better care of himself. "Right from the first time that I started to really eat vegan I could feel how much it was affecting me. John Salley is one of the guys who I would run into a lot here in Los Angeles, and he always told me how the players who ate that way outperformed the others. I started to see [those] results for myself too." Barker had gone vegetarian at the age of 15 and then vegan about a decade ago. Keep spreading the love, Travis! Thank you!

Read the full interview with Travis on MensJournal.com.

Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis with Diet

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis with Diet

Only in her mid-thirties, Emily was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (which is an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints). As a portrait artist Emily was devastated when the crippling pain had worked its way up from her feet, through her knees, hips, ribcage, shoulders, and hands. It got so bad she was having trouble doing daily things like sitting and walking. It was even uncomfortable to breathe and try to sleep. While contemplating her doctor's suggested to try prescription drugs Emily decided to focus on her nutrition first. It was the last day of February when she switched to a plant-based diet and began exercising more. By the end of that May she was nearly pain-free. "I was able to completely go off steroids, [naturally lost] fifteen pounds, [felt more] energized," and was able to paint again, she said.

Read more about Emily's inspiring journey on ForksOverKnives.com.

DC Greek Restaurant Goes Vegan

on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

DC Greek Restaurant Goes Vegan

Chefs from all culinary backgrounds have been making news waves over the years as they and/or their restaurants get veganized. We have another one to add to the growing list of compassionate cooks, a one mister José Andrés. Andrés recently announced that the menu at his Greek restaurant Zaytina (in Washington, DC) is now vegan! With dishes like plant-based kabobs, olive oil poached artichokes, shiitake mushroom-topped flatbread, and Greek Mountain Tea Granita served with red grapefruit, orange confit, and mint, you can be sure José's efforts will not go unnoticed. We are continually inspired by those who can reach many, in their efforts to create more awareness about plant-based foods and how amazingly delicious they can be. Thanks, Chef!

Read the source article about this on VegNews.com.

Milan's Incredible 225 Pound Weight Loss Journey

on Thursday, 02 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Milan's Incredible 225 Pound Weight Loss Journey

The After nearly 20 years of struggling with losing and re-gaining weight, trying various diet and weight loss programs, and attributing his health conditions to genetics, Milan Ross gave it one more go. Through his employer, Whole Foods Market, Milan was granted an opportunity to participate in a plant-based immersion course created by Dr. Scott Stoll's. That experience has since led to a miraculous healthy weight loss, a book deal, and a passion driven by helping others address their health and dietary conditions too. "Looking back I realize all the gadgets, pills, and diets over the years were simply the means for me to feel, even if for the briefest of moments, hope—hope that one day my life and health would improve." Milan is now off all medications and continues to live plant-based.

 

Read more of Milan's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

on Thursday, 23 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

As the topic of global warming continues to be at the forefront of discussions around the health of our planet, Oakland, California area schools have agreed to do something about it. In partnership with Friends of the Earth (FOE) an environmental group, Oakland Unified School District is taking action by reducing the meat and dairy on the school menus, and focusing more on plant-based options. "FOE says total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the school lunch program declined by 14 percent...If every school district in the U.S. followed Oakland, the reduced CO2 emissions would be equal to removing 150,000 cars from the roads," notes The DailyCaller. In addition to being better for the planet, the plant-based meals are healthier for the kids as well.  

Check out the full article on DailyCaller.com.

Denver Chefs Featured on ExtraCrispy

on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Denver Chefs Featured on ExtraCrispy

It is always warming to see passionate vegans and vegan-friendly folk, who are making real changes in the world—through their unique skills and interests—being featured in popular media. Lifestyle Network's foodie publication ExtraCrispy recently showcased two long-time vegan chefs in Denver, Colorado who head up the delicious noms at popular eatery City O' City. The title of the article: These Chefs Are Making Denver's Carnivores Fall in Love with Vegan Food, is pretty fantastic on its own. But we also love the positive light shown on the efforts and persistence of Dave Grant and Nick Anderson, to create plant-based creations by way of memorable childhood meals from their midwestern upbringing and passion for animal welfare.

Read the full original article on ExtraCrispy.com.

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