Category Archives: Advocacy

A brief thought on feel-good fuzzy words

Most of us will agree that it’s wrong to harm animals and we all say that we think they should be treated ‘humanely’. However most of us would struggle to define what ‘humanely’ actually means in real terms, because it … Continue reading

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On being critical and holier than thou

I recently saw two criticisms of my blog on Facebook. What, only two? To be honest there’s never any shortage of criticism. The human obsession with using and consuming inappropriate substances and causing death and destruction to vulnerable innocents in order to … Continue reading

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Taking our time, taking their lives

Yesterday I heard a sentence that I can’t stop thinking about. The sentence was, ‘I was on my journey to being the best me.’ It was said by someone seeking to make a case for the several years of their transition … Continue reading

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‘Those vegans’ and nonveganism advocacy

There’s a perception of veganism, and of many vegans too, as vociferous and/or challenging. We’ve all seen comments that go, ‘thank goodness you’re not one of ‘those vegans’ and no doubt this is intended as a compliment by those who … Continue reading

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‘If my life depended on it’ – my careless words

Today in a conversation, I found myself commenting that I would be unable to do something (it was drawing actually) ‘if my life depended on it’. Some time later, it occurred to me just what a careless, throw-away term that was for … Continue reading

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Thoughts about living in a nonvegan world

There’s an Elephant in the Room was recently contacted with an enquiry from someone who is not vegan, about whether a vegan would continue to participate in activities that used nonvegan equipment.  Sharing my response. Question: ‘I do have a … Continue reading

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In hope and sadness, another New Year

As the New Year bells continue to sound the death knell for so many billions of sweet and gentle individuals whom we would have loved if only we had known them, let’s spare a few moments to look at where we’ve … Continue reading

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Thoughts about farming

Please note that in this essay, the words ‘farming’ and ‘farm’ refer specifically to a practice conducted upon sentient individuals in order that they may be used as resources and commodities for humans. Recently I listened to a prime-time radio interview of a respected sanctuary and … Continue reading

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A thought for December

The festive season is a time that we traditionally associate with love and joy and peace and giving. We do not talk of the unspeakable harm we cause to vulnerable individuals, of needlessly and forcibly taking every single thing from … Continue reading

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The price of milk and cheese

This tiny calf has eyes to melt the hardest heart. He’s so small, so innocent, so fragile and vulnerable; so heartbreakingly, breathtakingly, perfectly beautiful. And clearly terrified and distressed beyond words. As I sit here writing, gazing in wonder at … Continue reading

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