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TV Host Jane Velez-Mitchell Launches Her Own Animal Rights Show

October 22, 2014 by Leave a Comment

The News

Jane Velez-Mitchell, former host “Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN (Headline News Network), has created a new show dedicated to animal rights. On “Jane Unchained,” Velez-Mitchell, who has been America’s most prominent spokesperson for animal rights, reports on the day’s news with the same dedication and emotion that turned this TV news anchor into an icon in the animal rights movement.

Donny Moss from TheirTurn was lucky enough to a guest on her first two shows. On the first show, Velez-Mitchell and Moss discuss the impact of meat on the climate, the horse-drawn carriage fiasco in NYC and how a single issue can draw caring people into a cruelty-free lifestyle.

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If you’d like to follow Jane’s program, you can watch her YouTube channel and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Prominent NYC Cardiologist Says Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Sex

October 1, 2014 by Leave a Comment

The News

In an interview with the local press, prominent NYC cardiologist Robert Ostfeld states that his patients are telling him that transitioning to a plant-based diet has improved their sex lives. The Harvard-trained doctor, who runs the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Hospital, says “Erectile disfunction may result from a clogged artery to the penis.” Only animal products contain artery-clogging cholesterol.

Dr. Ostfeld says that five of the 250 patients in his practice who have adopted a plant-based diet have volunteered that they’ve experienced “significant improvements to erectile dysfunction.” He suspects that the number is higher.

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Dr. Robert Ostfeld (photo: The NY Blue Print)

When patients argue that a plant-based diet seems “extreme,” Dr. Ostfield says that the effects of eating cholesterol-laden animal protein are far more extreme: “I think it’s extreme when someone saws my chest open, takes a vein from my leg and stitches it into my heart.”

In the article, Dr. Ostfeld describes many other benefits of a plant-based diet, but its impact on sex is what likely led the media outlet to publish the story.

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To learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet, watch the award-winning documentary film Forks Over Knives, which “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” The trailer is chilling:

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PETA to Jolt the British with Provocative Optical Illusion

September 16, 2014 by Leave a Comment

News & Opinion

The fat man in the back of the bus is not tipping it over, but PETA wants you to think he is.


To capture people’s attention in an era of information overload, PETA is launching a provocative ad campaign that uses fat shaming as a strategy to trigger people to go vegan. The ads will appear on London buses starting in October.

In an interview with a London newspaper, a PETA spokesperson stated that switching to a plant-based diet leads to weight loss and that “People who insist on stuffing themselves with Sunday roasts, bacon, cheese and eggs are throwing their health under the bus.”

In 2009, PETA was widely criticized for launching a similar campaign in which it encouraged human “whales” to lose their blubber by going vegetarian.


Criticism has never stopped PETA in the past, so the organization is unlikely to make any apologizes for its controversial “tough love” approach now. Tapping into people’s insecurities about body image will assuredly offend some people, but the approach could save the lives of many people – and, of course, animals. Do the ends justify the means?

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Is the Way to a Carnivore’s Heart Through His Stomach?

September 15, 2014 by Leave a Comment

The News

Animal rights activists employ many strategies to improve the lives of animals. We educate. We protest. We lobby. We liberate. And, because some people’s hearts can only be reached through their stomachs, we feed.

We feed to show conventional eaters that a plant-based diet is not only easy to follow but also delicious. Some of us are better equipped to impress than others. And some of us are absolute pros.

Sharon Gannon, the founder of a world-renowned yoga center in NYC, has been serving heavenly plant-based meals in her restaurant, Jivamuktea Cafe, for nine years. Now, she’s expanding her reach with a cookbook called Simple Recipes for Joy. By divulging her recipes, Ms Gannon has created a tool to help improve our health; protect the planet; save the animals and give a boost to those of us who use advocate through food.

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For the sake of the animals, let’s help Simple Recipes of Joy become a NY Times bestseller so that it attracts the attention of new audiences with its messages of non-violence and compassion. Chef Sharon is sending free gifts to people who purchase the cookbook before September 20th. For details, to order the book and to see what others are saying about it, please visit

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A Farewell to Mercury

September 11, 2014 by Leave a Comment


When I stopped eating fish and other sea animals 10 years ago, I worried that I would miss one of the staples in my diet: tuna rolls. I was so addicted that I once bought a tuna roll at a BP station and ate the raw fish while pumping gas. Oddly, I didn’t miss eating tuna at all when I gave it up. Maybe my tastebuds evolved, or maybe the cravings just disappeared after a week.

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Vegetarian rolls from Beyond Sushi in NYC

Eliminating tuna and other fish from my diet exposed me to fantastic options that I would have never considered. When I go to Japanese restaurants now, I order vegetarian sushi, which is delicious, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and less expensive than a sushi roll with someone in it. It’s also a lot healthier than fish contaminated with mercury and other pollutants that we dump into the ocean.

In 2009, actor Jerermy Piven ended his run in a Broadway show due to “mercury toxicity” from sushi. He experienced extreme fatigue, dizziness and neuro-muscular disfunction. Is consuming tuna really worth any level of heavy metal exposure?

If you still eat sea animals, please give vegetarian sushi a chance the next time you eat Japanese – to protect your body, the oceans and, of course, the animals.

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