Open Letter to Organizations that Research and Promote Empathy and Compassion

This Open Letter to organizations that promote empathy and compassion and signed by social scientists, which includes signatures from several luminaries in the animal advocacy movement, highlights ways in which cultural norms position nonhuman animals either as commodities to be exploited for our pleasure, or as having interests ‘less than’ those of humans. It also points out that these social norms negatively impact not only nonhuman animals, but ourselves and our societies.

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Six Ways Becoming Vegan Can Increase Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem allows us to enjoy our lives more through better psychological health, personal achievements and relationships.

As a psychotherapist, I am interested in understanding: Could there be a connection between self-esteem and choosing to live in a way that values all life?

To answer this question, I turned to the work of Nathaniel Branden, an expert on self-esteem. 

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Is Raising Children to Be Vegan Bad for Their Mental Health?

Parents who raise their children vegan often get a lot of flak about whether their children are getting proper nutrition or missing out on food choices.  

As a psychotherapist, I am interested in understanding what impact raising a child with the values of ethical veganism has on a child’s mental health and wellbeing. So I did my own research and interviewed 15 parents with children of a variety of ages. I also interviewed two young adults.

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