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The Dairy Industry: A Shocking Look Behind-the-Scenes

The Dairy Industry: A Shocking Look Behind-the-Scenes

When you think about dairy farms, you’d like to imagine a bucolic pasture with cows leisurely munching green grass. Most cows aren’t so lucky. At factory farms, cows frequently suffer cruel and inhumane treatment practices. Photo by Oriol Pascual on Unsplash...

Life Cycle of a  Single-Use Compostable Product

Life Cycle of a Single-Use Compostable Product

Many of us share the goal of reducing the harm we do to the world around us and the animals with whom we share it. One of the ways we can pursue this goal is through the rejection of single-use plastic products in favor of compostable alternatives. While avoiding...

Plastic is Choking Our Oceans — But You Can Help

Plastic is Choking Our Oceans — But You Can Help

In honor of Respect for Fish Day (August 1), I watched two thought-provoking yet disturbing Netflix documentaries — Seaspiracy and A Plastic Ocean. It’s common knowledge that plastic pollution is invading our oceans, but I didn’t comprehend the extent of the...

Alert for Bird Lovers: Remove Your Feeders, For Now

Alert for Bird Lovers: Remove Your Feeders, For Now

A few weeks ago, hubby and I moved to a house nestled near a wooded area that’s teeming with beautiful birds. Eager to welcome our new neighbors, my husband foraged through the moving boxes to find our bird feeder. Then we read a disturbing alert advising bird lovers...

Gardening for Animals and the Earth: June Update

Gardening for Animals and the Earth: June Update

Readers might remember that in March, I started my first ever vegetable garden. If you haven’t followed the story, here are a few reminders about why gardening is not only good for you, but for animals, too: Gardens help you to eat a more whole-foods plant-based diet....

Contacting Legislators

Contacting Legislators

The United States of America is the world’s oldest democracy, founded on the principle that citizens should have a say in how they are governed. While not a true democracy, we do have a representative democracy, where we elect officials to represent our interests....

Ownership of Reptiles Banned in Pittsburgh

Ownership of Reptiles Banned in Pittsburgh

This Spring, HAP is celebrating a major victory for reptiles: “On Tuesday, March 23, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 36, which bans the ownership of any Crocodilian species or any Red-eared slider, which includes alligators, crocodiles,...

Gardening for Animals and the Earth: Part 1

Gardening for Animals and the Earth: Part 1

I don’t know how everyone else feels, but the milder weather outside this past week in Pittsburgh has me thinking Spring! My partner and I moved into our first house back in the Summer of 2020. Until then, I’d always lived in apartments without any usable outdoor...

AUTHORS

Lisa Glaser joins the HAP team as Lead Blogger, and is excited to provide content that can help educate and motivate the community to embrace caring for animals, the environment, and ourselves. She has over three decades of experience serving non-profit and for-profit organizations as a marketing professional. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lisa is also a certified integrative health coach passionate about guiding people to improve their quality of life through healthy choices. She lives in Gibsonia, and enjoys hiking in nature and volunteering with the local dog shelter.

Hannah Lewis is the Assistant Blogger and grant writer at HAP. She has been working with HAP since July of 2020. By day, she works as a literacy educator. She is an avid hiker, but also loves to spend time indoors curled up with a book and her long-haired cat, Frejya.