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Ari Solomon
Ari Solomon is the director of communications for Mercy For Animals, a national non-profit organization dedicated to farmed animal protection.

A native of New Jersey, Ari holds a bachelor of fine arts with honors from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, Ari worked for several years as a stage and screen actor, and was the Hollywood correspondent for Miami’s Y-100FM. For seven years, Ari ran the popular candle company A Scent of Scandal, using his business as a platform to raise funds for various non-profits and to increase awareness of green business practices.

A prolific writer on animal rights, veganism, and human rights, many of Ari’s letters have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Advocate. Ari has appeared widely on national television and radio to discuss a range of subjects from veganism to civil rights, including appearances on CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, and HuffPost Live. Ari’s YouTube videos on animal rights and veganism have also become viral sensations, including Sh*t Vegans Say, with over 1 million views.

Entries by Ari Solomon

In Defense of an Alleged Serial Killer

(36) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Recently, much has been said about the ethics of keeping cats as pets. Take this piece that appeared in last week's Guardian. Cats are not only decried for their hunting of small wild animals, they're literally referred to as "serial killers." Another article that appeared in...

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This Little Piggy Got Slammed Against Concrete

(76) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 6:24 PM

A few weeks ago, the Canadian branch of the American non-profit Mercy For Animals revealed the findings of its latest undercover investigation inside a Manitoba hog farm. Among the horrors discovered, the one particular act of cruelty getting the most attention is a routine...

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Veganism: Making The Transition

(7) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 1:06 PM

It seems that every few weeks, a news story breaks about an undercover investigation inside a factory farm. Just this past week, the DC-based group Compassion Over Killing, revealed footage taken by one of their investigators that caused the USDA to shut down a slaughterhouse near Fresno, CA....

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The Last Bookstore

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Readers of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Shadow of the Wind will fondly recall the "Cemetery of Forgotten Books"-- a twisting literary labyrinth kept secret by its guardian, sacred to all who knew of its existence.

In the heart of downtown's historic core, on the corner of 5th and Spring, lies a...

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PETA's 2012 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door: An Interview With Hot Gay Man Zachary Koval

(85) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 3:02 PM

Over the years I've often pondered the links between my decision to become a vegan animal-rights activist and my experience growing up gay, so when I found out that an openly gay man had been chosen as PETA's 2012 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door, I couldn't wait to chat with him....

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Flour Power

(27) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 12:01 PM

Since last week, it's been impossible to escape the news of Kim Kardashian's encounter with a mysterious "flour bomber" who doused her during the launch of her new fragrance in Los Angeles.

In case you missed it, you can check out the footage here:

Kim Kardashian was allegedly targeted because of her unrepentant love of fur.

I'm not sure what everyone is so shocked about. This brazen form of activism goes back ages. Its objective is to publicly shame the target. Gay activists have been glitter bombing anti-gay figures for years and a pie in the face is the oldest trick in the book.

What is far more shocking, are the comments made by Ms. Kardashian's sister, Khloe, who, when discussing the incident, stated, "I don't condone violence and bullying and what happened last Thursday was just that."

Is she kidding?

Either her moral universe is completely upside down, or she knows nothing about where the real violence and bullying occur in this story: on fur farms.

Take a look at this video Martha Stewart recently recorded:

After watching these images, who in their right mind would entertain Ms. Kardashian's comments as anything but rubbish? I'm sure rabbits being skinned alive would instead beg for a dousing of flour. And as far as bullying, I don't think there's any question that these animals are terrorized mercilessly. When juxtaposed with reality, her words seem downright obscene.

Khloe Kardashian herself is fur-free, yet she has defended her sister's wearing of fur as a personal choice. But it certainly isn't a victimless choice. And in pitting her sister's views against that of the alleged flour bomber, she ignorantly leaves the most important party out of the discussion: the animals.

It takes on average 40 animals to make one fur coat. Not for warmth, not for survival -- for vanity. I wonder how many it will take before the Kardashians realize it's just...

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Cattown Abbey

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 3:54 PM

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Bill in Iowa Threatens Animal Welfare, Human Health, and Civil Liberties (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 11:02 AM

As you read this, one of the biggest threats to human health, animal welfare, and free speech is unfolding in Iowa.

The state with the weakest animal protection laws in the nation has just passed House File 589, a bill that would criminalize undercover investigations...

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Does Eating Meat Make You a Bully?

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Here is the definition of the word bully: "A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker." Many of us know firsthand what it's like to be bullied. We know what it's like to be vulnerable and scared, and to have that be taken...

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More Shit Vegans Say (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 12:21 PM

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Shit Vegans Say (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 11:45 AM

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The War On New York City's Horses: An Open Letter To Steven Spielberg

(60) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 10:42 AM

Dear Mr. Spielberg,

This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of seeing your new film War Horse. It's a stunningly moving portrait of the plight of horses in World War I, and the enormous difference a single person's kindness can make.

I'm writing this to you because there is...

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Who Cares if Animals Feel?

(82) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 4:09 PM

I hate the word anthropomorphize. Hate. In case you aren't familiar, to anthropomorphize means to ascribe human characteristics to those who are not human. It is mainly used to describe how we supposedly project our feelings or emotions onto animals and thereby get the wrong impression of what's really going...

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Alien Nation

(5) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 3:16 PM

As a nation, we're obsessed with aliens -- and I'm not just talking about the anti-immigrant rants of the GOP. I'm talking about the insect-like, nasty ass space monsters we think will invade Earth. Don't believe me? Take, for example, the following movies and television shows of just the past...

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Take Action for Safer Schools

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 6:05 PM

This past fall, a string of suicides among gay teens sparked a national conversation and prompted President Obama to remark, "Bullying isn't a problem that makes headlines every day. But every day, it touches the lives of young people across the county." Indeed, millions of kids go to school every...

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The Real Vegan Challenge Won't Be Televised (VIDEO)

(30) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 3:00 PM

It's been said that "As Oprah goes... so goes the nation." And in case you missed it, last week Oprah, and almost 400 of her staff, went vegan. Last Tuesday's show documented her "vegan challenge," and a segment of the broadcast focused on a slaughterhouse run by Cargill. Journalist Lisa...

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Crazy Sexy Diet

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 12:57 PM

Every now and then a book comes along that changes your life, Crazy Sexy Diet, may do just that. I first heard about CSD's author, Kris Carr, a few years ago when I watched her documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer. It follows a young woman, Carr, who's just been diagnosed with...

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When Fashion Meets Compassion. Vaute Couture's Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart.

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 6:27 PM

At a dinner party recently I was introduced to Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the founder of Vaute Couture. Vaute Couture, a play on "haute couture", the V is for vegan, is the first apparel line to focus on developing high style, high performance fashion with one major challenge: no animal-derived materials....

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Come out, come out, whoever you are.

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 6:33 PM

As anyone with a heart would be, I was devastated by the recent surge of suicides among gay teens. It's been good to see the media covering these stories and having in-depth conversations about the bullying that pushes young adults into despair.

I've also been heartened by the videos made...

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Going Gaga Over Meat

(14) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 6:56 PM

I'm absolutely fascinated by the public's disgusted reaction to Lady Gaga's meat dress. If she had come on stage clad in "leather" no one would have given it a second thought. Umm... what do we think leather is peeps? Hello, it's meat.

Skin is considered to be one of the...

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