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Why I stopped being vegetarian

A stunning photograph of a large male lion reclining in the shadows and looking off into the distance
A stunning photograph of a large male lion reclining in the shadows and looking off into the distance
Photo: Hugo Pivaral

The pig we killed was more “free-range” and “organic” than any you can buy in America. He still…


I made hilarious mistakes, but my passion led me to a good place

A person with long hair screaming into a megaphone.
A person with long hair screaming into a megaphone.
Photo: Shutterstock
  1. Animals are cute and fascinating. Seeing them made us happy — so I wanted them to be happy.
  2. Animals are vulnerable. They are full of emotion, but they can’t advocate in our language.
  3. Standards for the treatment of animals are much lower than they are for humans, especially if they weren’t dogs or cats. The morals I was taught did not apply to how we treated a turkey, fish, rat, or pig.

It was time to raise those standards.

Now 27…


A new ProPublica report shows the behind the scenes of how slaughterhouses were designated as ‘essential’ amidst a worsening pandemic

A white metal sign that reads “Killing Floor” in red lettering.
A white metal sign that reads “Killing Floor” in red lettering.
Photo: Mr Doomits/Shutterstock

In the Texas Panhandle, refugees and other workers at plants have been struggling with outbreaks for months, with employees saying “everybody” is getting sick. In Kansas, meatpacking plants are the center of the epidemic. And meanwhile, as ProPublica reports:

In June, the Bear River Health Department in northern Utah, where nearly 400 JBS workers have tested positive for COVID-19, told the press it couldn’t…


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…


On growing tomatoes and the insidiousness of work culture

A photo of a tomato plant growing next to a mesh fence, with mostly plump green tomatoes, a few reddening in the middle
A photo of a tomato plant growing next to a mesh fence, with mostly plump green tomatoes, a few reddening in the middle
Photo: Leah Pellegrini

I’m two months in to my fourth annual stay at Myrtle Glen Farm in southern Oregon, and this time, my girlfriend Lauren…


In the weeks and months following the killing of George Floyd and global protests, the vegan community has been forced into a racial reckoning of its own with white vegans starting to acknowledge Black vegans and other vegans of color. …


“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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