Happy Herald - Feature Articles http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8478-1-feature-articles.html <![CDATA[A Hero We Can All Be Grateful For!]]> Shero’s long red hair streams down her back, and is often tied with strands of Spanish moss ivy. When she was a child, before a fairy granted her special powers to help animals, Shero was teased for having red hair.]]> <![CDATA[Invest in a Vegan Future]]> Since 1980 I have been focusing on using a myriad of effective strategies to stop the harming of other animals. Most people do not wish to hurt other animals, and when they realize their consumer dollars are supporting animal cruelty, environmental destruction and a hazard to human health, they change.]]> <![CDATA[Number One Back to Sxhool Golden Rule]]> School is in session again. I am looking forward to meeting new students at Animal Hero Kids interactive school assemblies to foster empathy and critical thinking in the South Florida area.]]> <![CDATA[National vegan chain Veggie Grill supports Kindness Education]]> When you are part of an all volunteer, grassroots nonprofit, and a major vegan restaurant chain shows they believe in your mission to empower youth and help all species of animals via free education, recognition and activation programs, well, it feels like a really big deal.]]> <![CDATA[Photographers can be animal heroes too]]> Since I first discovered the scale on which other animals need help, my challenge has been to effectively change consumer choices impacting factory-farmed animals, wildlife and companion animals. All of my organizing, educating, protesting and writing for four decades focuses around this goal of reaching the mainstream public.]]> <![CDATA[Veg Fests, Then and Now]]> I went to my first veg festival in 1985 in Toronto; it was so great being around like-minded folks, all 100 of them. Yes, there was a time when I went to VegFests and knew each and every individual there. Fast forward to now, talk about Happy Herald-worthy news: Thousands and thousands of folks come out to sample vegan fare and be inspired.]]> <![CDATA[The Day I Found Out Animal Hero Kids Founder was to be Awarded $20,000 to Continue Defending Animals]]> One day I received a call from AnimalHeroKids.org Director Shannon, also the mum of one of Animal Hero Kids seven-year-old Co-Presidents Evan. I said to her, “It’s a bright, beautiful day in paradise.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, she thought, “it’s about to get a lot brighter”… and it did.]]> <![CDATA[Animal Hero Teen Saves Elephant]]> When you look up the definition of wildlife the description will include the phrase “wild animals living in their natural, undomesticated state”.]]> <![CDATA[My Irish Grandfather, Animal Rescuer & Freedom Fighter]]> “I’ve seen the rabbits dance on midsummer’s eve in the hills of Ireland” Grandfather Tyrrell would say in his soft sing song Galway accent. His stories of the “greenest country side you have ever seen” and rabbits dancing captivated his 4 year old granddaughter.]]> <![CDATA[Valentine the Pelican - A True Story]]> Here’s a true story I tell as part of Animal Hero Kids free kindness presentations. There once was a pelican named Valentine, so named, because he came in needing help to a wildlife rehabilitation center I was working at on Valentine’s Day. He was missing the top part of his beak.]]> <![CDATA[2017 Victories for Animals!]]> You may recall the horrific video of three animal abusers dragging a shark at high speeds on a motorboat, they laughed as the shark was torn to pieces. Animal Hero Kids posted a petition asking for felony animal cruelty charge arrests and sent other photographic evidence of wildlife abuse by the perpetrators to officials with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.]]> <![CDATA[A Turkey Tale with a Happy Ending]]> When you meet%uFFFD these inquisitive bird species, and recognize the scope of their personality that develops when they are given the freedom to enjoy their natural lives, preconceived notions tend to fall away. So, off I went with two large carriers in the back of the car and a determination to save these animals.]]> <![CDATA[November is World Animal Hero Kids Month - Will You Celebrate?]]> November is not only the month I get to enjoy the very best vegan Thanksgiving meal of mashed potatoes, stuffing, roast veggies, sage celebration roast and gravy made by the wife, it is also the month where Animal Hero Kids and teens are celebrated around the world.]]> <![CDATA[What I Did on My (Forced) Irma Vacation]]> ´´Category 5 Hurricane, Irma, is headed straight towards us, we have to get out of here" I stated to the wife, being fairly sure an older wood frame house built in the early 80´s close to a large body of water would not be the best place to seek a safe haven when a monster storm is barreling our way.]]> <![CDATA[Florida Teens Take Kind Actions for Suffering Ray]]> Yet in Daytona Beach on the first day of the local high schools’ summer holiday, teens showed consistent compassion as they pulled out all of the stops in their attempt to save the life of a 50-60 year old ray.]]> <![CDATA[Most loving volunteer, Lovey!]]> Imagine  a stray, hungry little poodle dog being picked up by Animal Control, and her elderly age and severe ear infections landing her on the kill list. This same little dog is today Animal Hero Kids´ most loving volunteer, and she visits schools with me and helps to surprise animal hero kids with awards, she has been featured on national television shows and news.]]> <![CDATA[TOP 10 Inspiring Stats that Prove Veganism is Going Mainstream]]> It’s not a fad – and these numbers show it’s here to stay. It’s an exciting time for veganism - and these stats prove it. Veganism no longer feels like a niche choice: plantbased living is becoming more visible. You can see this growth on social media, but also on the high street too, with more shops and restaurant-catering to a growing vegan audience.]]> <![CDATA[Fight Climate Change With a Fork!]]> A United Nations study titled Livestock’s Long Shadow maintained factory farming causes more methane gas production than all modes of transportation combined. A decrease in livestock numbers in the meat and dairy industry will definitely cause a decrease in methane production, deforestation and topsoil erosion.]]> <![CDATA[Holly the Cat Returning Hero!]]> “Holly arrived in our life as a feral kitten, healing from wounds she received from living inside an air conditioner unit from the fan; she jumped up on my mother’s lap as she sat on her porch chair.]]> <![CDATA[EARTH DAY]]> Earth Day is another opportunity to underline the link between our consumer food choices and climate change. Earth Day is always a busy time of year for Animal Hero Kids Kind2All education programs, and this year will be even busier, as we are proud to collaborate with Seed Food and Wine Festival on the Earth Day Art Challenge.]]>