Choosing Compassion: Give Turkeys Something to be Thankful for

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Many people have never met a turkey in person, which can make it difficult to understand and appreciate these remarkable birds. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to meet turkeys at a sanctuary would probably tell you, though, how smart, curious, and social these animals are, and how fun it is to get to know them. In fact, just like …

Compassionate Cookouts: Meatless BBQ Guide

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Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, which means cookouts — and summer — are coming! If you’re new to the world of plant-based eating, you might be wondering what to eat, what to bring, or what to throw on the grill? Have no fear: we have just the grilling guide for you, packed with mouthwatering meatless options that will please …

Let’s Celebrate ALL Moms on Mother’s Day

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A special note from COK’s Cheryl Leahy, mother of two: On Mother’s Day, as I celebrate this special day with my family, I also reflect upon mothers of all species. As we take time to honor the beloved moms, grandmoms and mother figures in our lives, let’s also remember how our actions impact other moms, specifically the female animals who are routinely …

No Tricks: 10 Easy Cruelty-Free Treats for a Humane Halloween

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Everyone’s favorite haunted holiday is just a few days away, and ingredients in the usual lineup of Halloween treats can be pretty horrifying, indeed. Gelatin. Milk. Egg whites. <shudder> Scary stuff. Frankly, it can seem impossible to avoid animal products on this particular holiday — so what’s a vegan to do? Luckily, there are plenty of sweet treats that are cruelty-free, …

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This Labor Day, Enjoy an Extinction-Free BBQ!

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Did you know that raising animals for food causes more environmental degradation — global warming, water & air pollution, resource depletion and biodiversity loss — than any other industry? Moreover, did you know that it’s not just farmed animals who suffer?  Animal agriculture impacts wildlife. too. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, grazing affects 14% of endangered animals and 33% of …


A Lighter Way to Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart just how much you care by whipping up delicious — and nutritious — homemade treats! Your loved ones will melt over these decadent chocolate strawberry truffles, a special Valentine’s recipe (below) from our good friends at Lighter. They’re loaded with animal-friendly and heart-healthy ingredients like cashews, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and almond milk, and …

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Vegan Holiday Libations that Bring Joy to All

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Like all all recipes, holiday-themed libations are taken very seriously in my household. Between the office parties, friendly get-togethers, and family visits of the season, there are so many (joyful) obligations to entertain from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Sure, some among us may limit their themed drinks to a shot of Amaretto or Frangelico in their morning coffee while their family opens gifts, but with just a tiny bit of effort you can prepare some amazing punch and cocktail recipes.