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I've got a lot to say, and I do so in various mediums, including my books, National Public Radio (for whom I'm a contributor), articles, and essays. Read my writings here.

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If you're committed to recycling, reducing, and reusing, then it's time to commit to REFILLING!

If you live in the United States, where we have the safest drinking water on the planet, then it's time to REFILL!

Disposable plastic water bottles are wreaking havoc on the environment with no benefits to humans -- other than feeding our desire for convenience.

OIL USE: About 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year.

WATER WASTE: About three liters of water are used to package one liter of bottled water. This does not include the fuel used to transport the product to market.

LANDFILLS: About one in five disposable water bottles are recycled, which means about 80 percent of the disposable single-use bottles used in the U.S. wind up in landfills.

HIGH COST: If you strive to consume the recommended eight glasses of water per day, it costs about 50 cents per year for tap water and about $1,400 for bottled water. Spend your money instead on a...

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Please enjoy this compilation of editorials I've written and recorded over the years for my local national public radio station. With over 10 2-minute episodes heard back to back, you'll enjoy topics such as urban livestock, caring for hurt or injured dogs and cats, choosing a turkey-free Thanksgiving, the violence inherent in slaugherhouses and how it affects the workers, shark fin and foie gras bans, animal abuse in Ancient Rome and today, and lots more! For the animals...enjoy!

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When you tell people you’re vegan, often the question that follows is: “Are you vegan for health or ethics?” and depending on your answer, people may respond differently. Also, it’s become very popular to distinguish between “plant-based” and “vegan” to the degree that some people avoid calling themselves “vegan” to avoid being stereotyped and others call vegans “plant-based” as a way to insult you if you’re not living up to their vegan standards. Here’s my point of view.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD: Translate + caption this video into other languages: http://bit.ly/1H4DWJQ

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PODCAST EPISODE AUGUST 16th, 2015

Living according to your ethics in a complicated world certainly comes with challenges, but it's not impossible. For vegans trying to do the right thing, it's one thing to opt out of eating the obvious animal products -- meat, dairy, and eggs - but what about the trickier, grayer areas, including work. What if you work for a software company and you're put on a project to build a website for a hunting company? What if you work in a restaurant and have to serve meat? What if you work in a job that requires you to cook meat? These are real scenarios for many people, and the answer isn't to "stop being vegan" because things are complicated. Take a listen to my thoughts in today's episode of Food for Thought.

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When you tell people you’re vegan, often the question that follows is: “Are you vegan for health or ethics?” and depending on your answer, people may respond differently. Also, it’s become very popular to distinguish between “plant-based” and “vegan” to the degree that some people avoid calling themselves “vegan” to avoid being stereotyped and others call vegans “plant-based” as a way to insult you if you’re not living up to their vegan standards.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD: Translate + caption this video into other languages: http://bit.ly/1H4DWJQ

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PODCAST EPISODE AUGUST 2, 2015

It’s in this stage that we might buy our first food processor or high-powered blender or we garden for the first time or we cook for the first time or we try new foods or cuisines or restaurants we never tried before. This is when we learn how expansive it is to live unconditionally compassionately. This is when we may feel more deeply connected to other animals and to other people in our lives. This is where we may be expanding skills that we will wind up turning into a new career that we implement in Stage 9: Where Do I Fit In?

Thank you to listener supporters and to our sponsor The American Antivivisection Society.

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Ironically it was Stalin who said that one death is a tragedy but one million is a statistic. The methodical killing of Cecil the lion exemplifies this -- not because it was illegal. It was. Not because it was despicable. It was. But because Cecil was seen as an individual; he had an identity. He was given a name.

It’s impossible to wrap our brains around the fact that 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are killed in shelters each year. Or that 10 billion land animals are brought into this world only to be killed every year to feed our appetites. Or that millions of wild animals are hunted and killed -- legally and illegally -- in the United States and around the world -- to satisfy some primitive need to display our human supremacy.

But as these billions of individuals are unnamed, they remain our anonymous victims.

People raised on animal farms or ranches know this all too well. Many are taught not to get close...

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If you've ever read Charlotte's Web or watched Babe, this video is for you. WARNING: Not graphic, but it might change your mind about pigs. I’ve heard people say such things as self-righteous pig, capitalist pig, fascist pig, liberal pig, fill-in-the-blank pig, stupid pig, fat pig, filthy pig, greedy pig, sloppy pig, eat like a pig, make a pig of myself, to pig out, squeal like a stuck pig, bleed like a stuck pig, male chauvinist pig, road hog, make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, sweat like a pig, to pig out, the pig police, pig sty, go whole hog, and hog-tie. Here’s my point of view...about pigs.

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau finds parallels between the mistreatment of animals in ancient Rome and modern America. Listen to her commentary and comment below. (Or listen and comment directly on the KQED website.)

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