Author Archives: There's an Elephant in the Room

Dairy: thoughts on motherhood, cultural conditioning and hope

When we are not vegan and we hear the word ‘dairy’, what do we think of?  We think of milk and cream, of yogurt and crème frais, of butter and cheeses, and of ice cream and chocolate. We think of … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This wonderful life

So often, I see claims that in causing our victims to exist by our contrivance and intervention, we are bestowing some gift on them that they would otherwise not have. When I hear this, I think of the 60-70 billions … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Sentience | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s the point? A personal reflection.

‘What’s the point of going vegan? One person can’t make any difference.’ Familiar words that attempt to justify continuing to cause devastating harm to those around us who are defenceless against our brute force and technology. It’s also an attempt … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Awakening to veganism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Who are the REAL victims?

It a simple statement of fact that our victims are sentient, that they value their lives and that we have no need to use them because every use requires that their right to live unharmed is overruled in favour of … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A thought on ‘less use’

When we talk to others about ‘less’ animal use, we are encouraging them to think of nonhuman animals as a quantity that can be reduced, in the same we that we think of using less oil or less sugar. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A brief thought on the hijacking of ‘humane’

  When you look at this image, be honest. Is ‘humane’ the first word that pops into your head? I doubt it. And then, if you’re like I used to be, you’ll find another internal dialogue begins. ‘But it must be … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Terminology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Obscene phrase of the day: ‘live and let live’

Today I heard this said, yet again and without a trace of irony, by a dairy industry representative, about the decisions of consumers to consume milk and milk products from nonhumans. So what’s obscene about the phrase?  It’s obscene in … Continue reading

Posted in Awakening to veganism, Terminology, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

For Earth Day: thoughts about speciesism, biophilia and veganism

Today, I learned a new word. As someone fascinated by words, finding this one gave a name to a notion that has become more acute in my recent years as an advocate and blogger, and it prompted thoughts that I’d … Continue reading

Posted in Festivals, Speciesism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Open minds and playing mock the vegan

Every day I read comment after comment from those who dismiss science in favour of support for industry advertising campaigns that play to and reinforce our confirmation bias. It dismays me to witness how many will willingly ridicule the recognition of … Continue reading

Posted in Awakening to veganism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

In memory of friends

Many of us who share our homes and our lives with a cat, with a dog or with some other nonhuman companion(s) have had to face the experience of agreeing to euthanise them when veterinary medicine can no longer keep their pain … Continue reading

Posted in Companion animals, Speciesism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments