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In Germany, rescued cows are finally getting the respect they deserve — and now they’re movie stars, too

Former dairy farmer Jan Gerdes at his sanctuary. Photos provided by Hof Butenland

“As a dairy farmer I was…


Designers and brands are developing leather alternatives that are better for the animals and the planet

A pineapple with round sunglasses on it, on a white background.
A pineapple with round sunglasses on it, on a white background.
Photo: Heather Ford via Unsplash

Plastic-based vegan leather is not sustainable or environmentally friendly, but neither is “real” leather. Raising animals for…


Relentless photojournalist and animal advocate Jo-Anne McArthur shares what she’s learned about fostering positive change while maintaining emotional wellbeing

Photo of the interview subject, Jo-Anne McArthur, smiling widely on a beach, wearing a navy hoodie
Photo of the interview subject, Jo-Anne McArthur, smiling widely on a beach, wearing a navy hoodie
Jo-Anne McArthur. Photo: Lisa Macintosh

This energy has manifested in a sprawling body of work, from the feature-length documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine to three books: We Animals, Captive, and the forthcoming HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene. Her photography and writing has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, The…


The heart-melting photography of Andrés López

A photo of a small grey kitten that is missing one eye, wearing orange flowers on their head
A photo of a small grey kitten that is missing one eye, wearing orange flowers on their head
Photos: Andrés López

Madrid-based photographer Andrés López wants to melt your heart and inspire you to adopt, so he creates beautiful portraits of animals that are still seeking their forever fam.

I had the chance to talk to Andrés about this project, “Invisibles,”…


Sanctuary Stories

Lola and Phoenix are in for the good life now that they’ve found sanctuary at The Good Place

Two white chickens with bright red head combs stand behind a wire mesh fence.
Two white chickens with bright red head combs stand behind a wire mesh fence.
Lola and Phoenix. Photo: Jessica Scott-Reid

In early July, members of Manitoba’s animal rescue community got a call about a live hen found at local landfill. …


In 2020, there’s no excuse

A black and white photo of a small baseball sized bunny sitting in someone’s outstretched hand
A black and white photo of a small baseball sized bunny sitting in someone’s outstretched hand
Photo: Mohan Khadka via Unsplash

After working on the project, my mother and I both quit eating animals, and we’ve…


Four black-and-white cows frolicking on a grassy field on an overcast day.
Four black-and-white cows frolicking on a grassy field on an overcast day.

From Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku’s photoessay, ‘How Hawai’i Found Sanctuary…


“Courage calls to courage everywhere” -Millicent Fawcett
“Courage calls to courage everywhere” -Millicent Fawcett
Illustration: Tenderly

I’m ending my 5 excuses for being quiet about my vegan ethics

Only a small amount of what I’ve written so far has been earnest advocacy for animal rights or welfare. I’ve danced cautiously around animal topics, but I know writing about them is important to me:

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