Vegan Challenge: A Participant’s Journey

As a graduate of Animal Advocates of South Central PA’s May 2018 Vegan Challenge, I can assure you that there is plenty of support and accountability available for anyone interested in saying “goodbye” to animal products, and “hello” to compassionate living. Whether your reason is ethics, environmental, health, or even if you’re just curious about… Read more »

Who’s Egg is it Anyway?

Once upon a time, on a small homestead in rural America, chickens roamed freely in the yards of our grandparents and great grandparents. This practice is making a resurgence with the popularity of homesteading and backyard coops. When we [Animal Advocates of ScPA] are at local events, we are often asked what we vegans think… Read more »

4 Takeaways from My Vacation with My Nonvegan Family

As a vegan who typically is surrounded by and interacts with fellow vegans, I take for granted how difficult it can be to manage interactions with nonvegans. I became acutely aware of this challenge on a recent trip to the middle-of-nowhere in Maine with my omnivore family. Throughout the week-long vacation, I experienced many ups… Read more »

Fireworks: Impacts on Pets and Wildlife

Questioning our Traditions If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you are settling in for the evening and preparing for the work week ahead. For my family, it’s like any other Sunday night, my husband is watching tv, the four dogs are littered around our small living room, occupying their favorite spaces and… Read more »

Being Vegan Does Not Have to be Fancy

Preconceived Notions We all know the stereotype: hipster vegans wearing designer sunglasses and over-priced vintage tees, drinking kale and pomegranate fresh-pressed juices while strolling to the local vegan café, which serves elaborate dishes, such as “crabless” crab cakes and “bleeding” veggie burgers, stopping to fawn over every animal and talk about what beautiful beings they… Read more »

Why Animal Advocacy Matters – A Letter to the Editor

This was a letter to the editor of the York Daily Record written by Joe Kirkenir   We at Animal Advocates of South Central PA promote a compassionate and healthy vegan lifestyle, which aligns with our values of nonviolence and respect for all living creatures. There are countless statistics that show how impactful refraining from animal-based products… Read more »

Central Pennsylvania Save Chapter: Origins

Origins of Activism On the way home from a concert in Pittsburgh last year, I was looking out onto the scenic Pennsylvania backroads when, out of the corner of my eye, I caught glimpse of something large and silver – a truck. I see trucks fairly often in my daily life (since I live near… Read more »

The Amish and Animal Cruelty: An Unexpected Mix

The Unfortunate Truth Born of conservative Anabaptist roots, The Amish are known for simplicity, pacifism and integrity in the face of persecution. Their Christlike forgiveness, extended even to those who murder their children (1), are widely publicized and lauded. Embodying a nostalgic type of serenity, how can one not be inspired by a life so… Read more »