Berlin is often called the Vegan Capital of the World, and for good reason. There are veg people, restaurants, cafés, shops, fast food trucks and organizations all over the city. Shining a bright light on this vegan scene is Maja, a tour operator with a vegan insider’s view of this vibrant metropolis, deep compassion for her fellow beings and—surprise—a degree in molecular biology! Turns out Maja’s knowledge of the tiniest particles in the body comes in handy when she talks about the effects of food on human health during walking tours that also include plenty of tasting, laughs and fun. Come along with me to meet Maja, and discover some great vegan spots in the German capital. [Read more…]
Here’s a riddle: What has more than 350 vegan products on its shelves, over 5,000 fans on Facebook and is located near the geographical center of Europe?
Answer: Veggo—Lithuania’s very first 100% vegan grocery store. While Veggo, which sells cosmetics, supplements, vitamins and personal hygiene items in addition to food, has an online presence, visiting the real-world store is a treat. Here everyone—shoppers, employees and especially the ethics-driven entrepreneurial owner—is full of positively infectious energy and goodwill. [Read more…]
Animal rights NGO AnimaNaturalis has a knack for creating dramatic scenes that surprise and move people to empathize with animals killed for fun, fur, food or frothy shampoo. But while mock vivisections and silent vigils for bulls slain in sport might seem more pessimistic than positive, this organization with 70,000 members in Spain and Latin America is a strong purveyor of the message that every positive act—including Meatless Mondays by flexitarians—helps the cause. And this NGO with the evocative name (Anima Naturalis means Natural Soul in Latin, a term used in Aristotelean philosophy to describe “the soul present in every living being”) is smart, strategic and aiming to change not only public attitudes, but also the laws of the land in overwhelmingly carnist societies. [Read more…]
After watching Lilyhammer on Netflix, one could draw the erroneous conclusion that Norwegians are mostly lutefisk- and reindeer-eaters. Turns out there’s a strong veg and animal rights presence in Norway. Its 5.2 million population includes approximately 200,000 vegans—that’s 3.8%, higher than the US at 2%. This article takes a quick look at some hip and energetic Norwegian vegans—we call them “Norvegans.” [Read more…]
Please take positive action now by signing this petition for the transfer of all Moca Zoo animals! Marcos Polanco, director of the Dominican Republic’s SPCA (SODOPRECA), contacted The Positive Animal to let us know of the dire conditions at the zoo in the small town of Moca. He tells us the facilities, built 32 years ago over an open septic pool, are contaminated by feces present in the water and resident animals do not receive proper food or veterinary care, which has led to illness and death. Other sources told us that well-meaning locals have tried to bring food to the starving lions, unfortunately with disastrous effects: oftentimes the meat was rotten, making the felines sick, and sometimes their meals consisted of deadly ill horses and donkeys… who were eaten alive.
Positive Advocacy is the application of positive psychology and the psychology of self-change to the field of animal advocacy. Unlike positive thinking, positive psychology is a well-researched field, based on the scientific study of the strengths and qualities that enable us to flourish. It rests on the hypothesis that we have a deep need to live a meaningful and rewarding existence, to nurture our humanity and to experience our daily activities to the fullest (love, work, play, and of course… animal advocacy). [Read more…]
There’s a quiet fire burning in Venezuela—not the kind we see in press photos of demonstrations. Ann Gonzales and her collaborators in Proyecto Nala [Project Nala] want to change the world by helping disabled beings with no voice. This revolutionary project started in 2011, when Ann realized she could use her considerable shop skills to build inexpensive wheel chairs for cats and dogs using PVC tubes and recycled wheels. Proyecto Nala also runs a permanent boarding house welcoming pets with mobility issues and providing relief to owners who had nearly given up hope their companions could ever be functional again, let alone happy. Ann has learned a lot about adaptability and resilience while caring for these special beings. They’ve taught her that what doesn’t kill you actually does make you stronger and that answers to disability can be found in rehabilitation and proper equipment rather than in euthanasia. A paradigm of positive advocacy in action, she tells us “I believe in sharing happiness and spreading love. With the act of giving, I do both.” [Read more…]