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In New Prison Memoir, “Disabled Vegan” Rails Unabashedly Against Injustice

Before he was incarcerated, Jan Smitowicz believed he’d “end up in prison someday because of my radical earth and animal liberation politics,” he tells us in his memoir, Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison. “I just figured it’d be for a truly worthwhile crime. Like freeing caged mink at a fur farm … But here I am, […]

Media Once Again Ignores Real Victims

Late last month, three humans were injured by a bull at a livestock auction in County Clare, Ireland. Not surprisingly, and once again, media reports ignored the real victims. What follows is an open letter to Pat Flynn, who wrote about the above-mentioned incident for The Irish Times.  Hi Pat, I’m writing with what you in the […]

Two Jewish Vegans Walk Into a Bar

That headline isn’t the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of a story about statistical improbability — a story that just happens to be true. However many months ago it was, a friend asked me to play drums in her band. And though she didn’t need to, she sweetened her pitch by telling me […]

I Was a Victim of Vegan Profiling, Your Honor

I plan to tell a traffic-court judge that I was a victim of “vegan profiling.” I’m not sure yet when I’ll have to appear in court, but when I do, I’ll argue that I was pulled over because of a bumper sticker that I have on my car. The incident happened earlier this afternoon on a […]

Vegans Should Refuse to Perform Heimlich Maneuver on Choking Meat-Eaters

I was working on my forthcoming Sonata No. 1 for Didgeridoo, Zither, and Theremin when the red phone rang. It was my good friend Monty Gelstein, calling from what sounded like a median strip somewhere on the New Jersey Turnpike. It turned out that he was outside a restaurant in a Dallas suburb, where he’d been […]

The Relative Humorlessness of Veganism: A Nonjudgmental Lament

I was fretting over an essay I’m working on called “The Relative Humorlessness of Veganism: A Nonjudgmental Lament” when the red phone rang. It was my good friend Monty Gelstein, calling, quite coincidentally and unwittingly, to provide a case study. It was also an opportunity for me to amuse myself. “So, I’m at this mostly […]

Thus Spoke an “Excommunicated” Vegan — A Thanksgiving Lament

In December 2002, Vegan Society chair George D. Rodger asked the organization’s founder, Donald Watson, “What do you find most difficult about being vegan?” to which Watson replied, “Well, I suppose it is the social aspect. Excommunicating myself from that part of life where people meet to eat.” That exchange can be found in a […]

Could Ad-Slogan Translation App Inspire People to Go Vegan?

My good friend Monty Gelstein and I were traveling through eastern Connecticut, in a northbound lane (eastbound, actually) of Interstate 95, when I prepared to pass a slow-moving 18-wheeler whose offensive ad slogan caught my eye. “What does that say?” I asked Monty, my eyeglass prescription in need of updating. “From the ocean floor to […]

Vegan Fashion House Vaute Couture Shows There is “No Excuse Left to Wear Animals”

VAUTE- New York Fashion Week Solo Debut from Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart on Vimeo. In a January 31 blog post, Vaute Couture owner and designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart announced that she’d be presenting her “first solo show at New York Fashion Week, as the first all vegan label to show at” the high-profile event. Following her […]

Call for Submissions Open to Vegan Musicians

The Daily Maul’s David Brensilver wants to hear from musicians whose original work reflects a commitment to animal advocacy and champions the vegan lifestyle. Brensilver (left), a classically trained percussionist who has music degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (BM, 1992) and The Juilliard School (MM, 1994) and has worked with […]