Articles by Miriam Porter

Miriam Porter is an award-winning writer who writes about veganism, social justice issues, and eco-travel. Miriam currently lives in Toronto with her son Noah and many rescued furry friends. She is a passionate animal rights activist and speaks up for those whose voices can't be heard.

Highlights Of The Plant Based Treaty Playbook On Senior Care Homes

July 17, 2024 The Plant Based Treaty provides a wealth of resources to help the world combat the climate crisis and live within our planetary boundaries. As we enter a critical time in the world, change is urgently needed, and ...

Meet The President And Rescues Of Animal Save & Care Portugal

July 14, 2024 Animal Save & Care Portugal is a nonprofit organization and chapter of Animal Save Movement. In addition to rescuing farmed animals from abuse and providing loving homes at their sanctuary, they are creating a community in Portugal ...

Major Victory: Slaughterhouse Plans Withdrawn In Florida After Public Protest

July 6 2024 A new slaughterhouse that was slated to open in Jacksonville Florida will not be moving forward. This is a major win for animals and local residents, as the 25,000-square-foot processing facility would have greatly impacted the quality ...

Remembering Councillor Jaye Robinson: A Passionate And Kind Advocate

June 27, 2024 Toronto Councillor, Jaye Robinson passed away peacefully on May 16 at the age of 61 surrounded by her family. A passionate and kind resident of Don Valley West, she was surrounded by her loving husband “William Crossland ...

The Fishing Industry Must Be Held Accountable

June 13, 2024 Why is the fishing industry bad? Is the fishing industry sustainable? Ocean ecosystems around the world are being destroyed by the fishing industry. Large scale fishing operations are not only polluting oceans and waterways, but destroying marine ...

7 Reasons Never To Wear Angora

May 15, 2024 Everyone loves rabbits at Easter. But the holiday is over and rabbits are still being terribly abused and exploited for ‘fashion’ in farms that are also a disaster for our planet. Angora rabbits have exceptionally soft and ...

All Mothers Should Be Celebrated

May 11, 2024 Happy Mother’s Day! Non-human animals make great mothers too, so let's honour and celebrate mothers across all species. Like humans, farmed animals have meaningful relationships with their mothers and if given the opportunity, form deep bonds together ...

4 Things The Leather Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

May 11, 2024 From jackets to boots to purses, too many products are still made from animal skins or hides when humane and eco-friendly alternatives are readily available. Behind each leather item is an animal that endured a horrible life ...

‘You Are What You Eat’ – 5 Key Takeaways From The New Netflix Series

March 27, 2024 . If you aren’t vegan yet, you might be after watching the new four-part Netflix Series ‘You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment’.  It’s based on the groundbreaking study by Stanford Medicine published last November about 22 pairs of identical ...

Remembering Steven Wise: Animal Rights Lawyer And Fearless Trailblazer

March 2, 2024 Steven M. Wise, a passionate animal rights lawyer who argued for the rights of animals and gave a voice to great apes, elephants, and whales, has died at age 73 at his home in Coral Springs, Florida, ...

The Moral Dilemma Of Eating Dogs

February 8, 2024 . There are approximately 700 million dogs in the world. But some people estimate that number is actually closer to 1 billion dogs! This massive amount of barking pooches includes dogs living with families as companions and ...

Veganuary & Earth Month University Pledge Campaign

January 25, 2024 Veganuary is underway, and people around the world are swapping out meat, dairy, fish, and eggs for healthier and kinder alternatives. This non-profit organization inspires people to try vegan for January and beyond. Since 2014, millions of people have ...
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The Live Export of Horses And Their Slaughter Must End

January 4, 2024 . Horses are magnificent gentle creatures. These highly intelligent animals are also very social and use their senses to recognize other horses they have become friends with. Horses form strong social relationships with each other and usually ...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Greyhound Racing

December 12, 2023 . Commercial greyhound racing is nothing like meeting up with a friend at the park and having your dogs “race” and chase a ball or frisbee to see which pup gets it first. The truth about greyhound ...

Esther The Wonder Pig, A Forever Legacy

November 12, 2023 . It’s not every day a pig inspires a nation, yet that’s exactly what Esther The Wonder Pig did during her short time on earth. At the age of 11, Esther passed away in her sleep on ...

5 Fun Facts About Goats and Why We Shouldn’t Exploit Them

November 22, 2023 . Goats are sweet and gentle creatures and should always be treated with love and kindness. Goats are similar to dogs and wag their tails, respond to their names, and love to play with other goats and ...

To Avoid Another Pandemic, We Must Stop Exploiting Chickens

May 1, 2023 . Recent mainstream media articles are raising concerns about another pandemic happening. “Bird flu, or avian flu, continues to spread across Canada, leaving some experts worried about its potential to become more transmissible among humans, and potentially ...

The Fur Industry: Killing Animals And Destroying The Planet

April 16, 2023 . It’s no longer a status symbol or fashion statement to drape yourself in dead animals, even though some people still do. But just when I thought fur was on the way out many years ago, fur ...

Vegan Dogs Lower Their Carbon Pawprint

February 23, 2023 . If you are vegan and follow a plant-based diet, then you know it’s healthier for you, better for our earth, and certainly kinder to animals. But did you know dogs can also eat a plant-based diet? ...

From Octopus To Lobster, These Sea Creatures Belong In The Sea, Not On Your Plate

January 15, 2023 . Like all animals, fish, lobsters, octopuses, and other sea creatures don’t want to die. Yet they are being killed at an alarming rate by the fishing industry. Other victims of this industry (called bycatch) include sea ...

Everything You Need To Know About Veganuary

January 7, 2023 . Is it even a new year if Veganuary isn’t trending on Twitter? Times are changing for the better when just a few days into 2023 and not only is Veganuary trending, but so is go vegan, ...

Keeping Regan Russell’s Memory Alive Two Years After Her Death

December 7, 2022 . Regan Russell was a passionate and caring animal advocate and firmly believed all life was worth fighting for. On June 19, 2020, she was at a Toronto Pig Save vigil with six other activists giving desperate ...

Paul Wesley – A Vegan Vampire Speaks Out

November 18, 2022 . Animals around the world need our voice to speak up for them and advocate for their rights. We can all take a stand against injustice and help those that need it. This is especially crucial for ...

Regenesis Review: Could This Be The End of Animal Farming?

November 16, 2022 . George Monbiot is a popular columnist for The Guardian, environmental campaigner, author of many best-selling books, Ted Talk speaker, and creator of several viral videos, including one with Greta Thunberg called Natural Climate Solutions which has ...

7 Scary Ingredients Hiding In Your Halloween Treats

October 19, 2022 . Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the traditions that started when my son Noah was little and continue today. We carve pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds, and decorate our home for the spooky season. Even our ...

5 Ways Dairy Hurts Animals And The Planet

September 22, 2022 . Behind every glass of dairy milk, slice of cheese, or scoop of ice cream there is an exploited animal that suffered. Dairy is one of the cruelest industries in the world, although they try to cover ...

What You Need To Know About The Shark Fin Trade

July 24, 2022 . Sharks are under threat and we must not be silent.   Sharking finning has been a controversial issue for decades and in many countries it is now illegal. It’s also a very complicated issue because even ...

Stop Eating Animals To Prevent More Ocean Dead Zones

June 28, 2022 . Perhaps you have heard the term ocean dead zones but aren’t sure what it means, what causes it, or how serious it is for our planet. Keep reading to find out and learn how you can ...

Tips To Protect Our Planet All Year Long

June 22, 2022 . Earth Day has come and gone but we can protect our planet all year long. The Earth Day theme for 2022 was Invest in our Planet and there has never been a more crucial time to ...

Octopus Farming Is Unsustainable And Cruel

May 29, 2022 . Eating octopus is not only an environmental disaster for our planet, but it is inhumane, cruel, and unnecessary. Like all sentient beings capable of experiencing happiness and pain, octopus want to live their lives in freedom ...

The Issues Surrounding Backyard Chickens

May 20, 2022  . People may have good intentions and decide to buy chicks and raise them in their backyard to provide eggs for their family to eat, but they do not fully realize they are still supporting an industry ...

5 Benefits Of Eating Plant Based

April 13, 2022 . Plant-based foods have come a long way. These days you can find a vegan substitute for just about anything. There is cashew and coconut cheese to replace dairy cheese; over a dozen vegan milks to replace ...

5 Environmental Movies You Don’t Want To Miss

April 4, 2022 . Filmmakers around the world are shining a light on important environmental issues to create positive change. The movies below take on the environmental crisis our world is currently facing and tell the crucial stories more people ...

Mayor Eric Adams Brings Vegan Fridays To New York City

March 28, 2022 . Vegan Fridays have arrived for New York City students thanks to Mayor Eric Adams. The largest school system in the United States is setting an example for others with this groundbreaking initiative. Last month over 1,7000 public ...

5 Facts About Dolphins And Why They Shouldn’t Be In Captivity

March 18, 2022 How does living your entire life in a bathtub sound? Probably not very good. Dolphins, like many other marine creatures, were meant to swim in open water, not stuck in tanks or other enclosures. Wild dolphins live ...

Living Vegan Beyond Veganuary

February 2, 2022 . Veganuary, which started at a kitchen table in the UK by a passionate wife and husband team, is the global pledge to try being vegan for 31 days and hopefully throughout the rest of the year ...

5 Ways Animal Farming Destroys The Environment

December 30, 2021 . Animal farming, also known as animal agriculture or 'livestock' farming by the industry, is the breeding of animals for the production of their meat, milk and other products. In addition to being one of the cruellest ...

Why We Need To Stop Animal Gifting

December 9, 2021. Sometimes good intentions don’t have the best outcomes even when done in good faith. Animal gifting is one of those things. Especially during the holiday season, it’s popular to send gift cards towards the purchase of live ...

From Animal Agriculture To Vegetable Farms – Change Is Possible

November 26, 2021 Animal agriculture is destroying our planet and innocent lives every single day. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are other options and people and organizations around the world are stepping up to help farmers ...

The Pain & Suffering Behind Foie Gras

November 11, 2021 . The fact that someone came up with the idea to force-feed ducks and geese enormous amounts of food in the cruelest of ways until their livers get to massive unnatural sizes and then kill them is ...

Eating Veal Is Far Worse Than You Can Imagine

September 23, 2021 . I became vegetarian at age seven after making the connection that hamburgers and hot dogs came from animals. I remember being totally shocked and horrified that anyone would eat food that had to be killed. It ...

Why Live Exports Should Be Banned

August 4, 2021 . The live export trade of animals refers to their transport to various countries or regions. This could be for slaughter, breeding, or other types of exploitation. Millions of animals are transported by boats, trucks, airplanes, or ...

7 Reasons Not To Drink Goat’s Milk

July 3, 2021 . When people discuss consuming dairy products it’s often in reference to cow’s milk. But cows are not the only victims of the dairy industry. Goats also have their milk stolen by humans and suffer tremendously in ...

5 Interesting Facts about Octopus and Why We Shouldn’t Eat Them

May 14, 2021 . Octopus are incredible creatures and should be treated with love and kindness. They should never be stuck inside tanks, raised on factory farms, eaten or abused in any way. These eight-armed geniuses are playful, inquisitive, sensitive, ...

Why Honey is Not Vegan

April 16, 2021 . Whether or not vegans eat honey is a common debate. In fact, the topic has sparked many social media arguments with heated discussions on both ends. Over the years it’s been frustrating to see beauty products ...

The Truth About The Egg Industry

March 18, 2021 . Chickens are some of the most abused animals on the planet. There are more chickens raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined. The abuse they face is horrific and there are no ...

5 Reasons Lobsters Should Be Friends, Not Food

March 16, 2021 . While there are certainly more than five reasons not to eat lobsters and treat them with love, respect and kindness, here are some essentials to get you started. 1. Lobsters are smart Lobsters, if left alone ...

5 Reasons to Stop Eating Fish

March 5, 2021 . Fish are smart and social creatures that want to live in peace and freedom. But like other animals constantly being exploited by massive industries, fish are abused and killed for profit. In fact, more fish are ...
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5 Tips for Raising Vegan Kids

January 28, 2021 Raising a vegan child for almost a decade has taught me a lot about the world. I have navigated through nutritional health debates, gone against societal norms, been faced with accusations from strangers, and firmly stood my ...
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Must Watch Vegan Themed Documentaries to Screen While Physical Distancing

January 15, 2021 Wherever you are currently located in the world it’s fair to say you have experienced lockdown or quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some countries have eased shelter in place and stay at home orders, others ...
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7 Reasons to Ditch Dairy

January 15, 2021 . Cows, like all animals, want to be free. They want to roam at their leisure, be free of pain, feel the grass beneath their feet and not be locked in captivity. Cows nurture their young and ...

5 Reasons to Stop Eating Pigs

January 15, 2021 There are endless reasons to stop eating pigs. Here are five crucial ones to get you started. 1. Pigs are Sentient Beings Pigs have feelings. They feel sadness, pain, happiness and love. They are also highly intelligent ...
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The Importance of Attending Animal Save Vigils

January 15, 2021 . The first Pig Save vigil I attended was in Toronto many years ago outside the now closed down Quality Meat Packers slaughterhouse. I had been putting it off for a long time since I figured I ...
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5 Outstanding Vegan Celebrities Speaking Up For Animals

January 6, 2021 . With veganism on the rise around the world you don’t have to look very far to find celebrities using their influence for good. Many passionate people are using their fame as a platform for change and ...
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5 Vegan Athletes to Admire

December 20, 20210 .  For decades it was believed that competitive athletes need meat and dairy to build muscle and gain strength. But study after study has now proven our bodies don’t need meat, dairy, fish or eggs to remain ...