Why I Skipped Thanksgiving

I decided not to visit my family for Thanksgiving (or Christmas) this year. Ever since I started my transition to a vegan diet, almost 4 years ago, I have been struggling with backlash from family, friends, associates, doctors, nurses, babysitters, register clerks, librarians, random people at the park…. When I decided to go vegan, I… Read more »

Vegan in the Dominican Republic

“Soy vegana.” I learned that phrase prior to my trip to the all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic in June of 2018. I got confused looks from staff members and they incorrectly tried to correct me by saying, “Aaahhhh. Vegetariana” Sigh…. “No, soy vegana. No come huevos, leche, carne, pollo, pescado, o mantequilla.” Knowing that… Read more »

Vegan Does Not Mean Invincible

Hi. My name is Seth, and I’m a vegan who had a heart attack. Yes, this is the weekly meeting of Mortal Vegans Anonymous. Come in, grab a cup of coffee. You’re in the right place. Anyone who has been vegan for more than a few months knows there is no shortage of myths and… Read more »

It’s OK to be Vegan and Unhealthy

I make it no secret that I enjoy alcoholic beverages. I have a rule that, if I don’t have any meetings or personal obligations and it’s past 5 pm, I drink. This allows me to indulge in the Devil’s Elixir without it getting in the way of life’s duties and responsibilities. Granted, I sometimes drink… Read more »

Raising a Little Vegan

“Veganism is imposing your beliefs on your kid(s).” I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve been asked why I’m forcing my kid to be vegan. As parents, we make decisions for our children. This is an important part of raising tiny human beings, unless you’re not opposed to… 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 »

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 »