Blog Entries Tagged as Lisa Towell

  • Dec
  • 19

Smart Santas Don’t Give Animals as Gifts

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Nothing’s more fun than surprising someone with just the right holiday gift. But when the gift is an animal, the story doesn’t always have a happy ending.

I’ve been a volunteer at my local animal shelter for almost nine years. I always read the little cards on the front of each cage to see why a dog …

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  • Jun
  • 6

Best of PETA Prime: We Needed Each Other

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I volunteer in the medical clinic of my local animal shelter, helping to care for sick and injured animals until they are ready to go up for adoption. That’s where I met a tabby kitten named Scooter. When Animal Control brought him in, he was about 3 months old and desperately thin. He was covered in so …

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  • May
  • 2

Best of PETA Prime: Are Animal Lovers Selfish?

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I’ve loved animals ever since I was little. My then bedroom was home to mice, rats, turtles, fish, rabbits, and guinea pigs. And I loved visiting farms, zoos, and exhibits where I could see and touch animals. I’ve gotten a lot of pleasure over the years from meeting these animals, but I’ve come to realize that these …

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  • Mar
  • 23

Things Meat-Eaters Say

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In the years since I became vegan, I’ve heard a lot of interesting comments from meat-eaters. Sometimes they were baffled by my diet choice, sometimes they were hostile, and sometimes they made me laugh with their unintentionally funny remarks. Here are some of my favorites.

‘And for you vegetarians, we have turkey!’

A coworker heard this one at …

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  • Mar
  • 15

Are We Really That Special?

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“Humans are the only animals capable of ________.” I’ve seen countless variations on this statement in magazines, in books, and on television. Fill in the blank with anything you like: language, using tools, love, planning for the future, empathy, self-awareness, humor.

These generalizations are often wrong. Sure, it’s pretty hard to argue with “Humans are the only animals …

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  • Dec
  • 7

Best of PETA Prime: Why Do People Go Vegetarian?

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One of the most effective ways to prevent animal suffering is to encourage more people to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet. What inspires people to make this change? I’ve tried to understand the motivations so that I can be a better advocate for animals.

People stop eating animal foods for many reasons, and often vegetarians will discover …

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  • Nov
  • 4

Using Animals

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“But what’s wrong with using animals as long as they are treated humanely?” How many times have you heard someone ask this question? Most people agree on the value of humane treatment, but using animals inevitably leads to abusing animals.

Let’s look at animals used for food. Nearly all animals raised for food in the U.S. live …

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