Category Archives: Awakening to veganism

Aggression, blame and guilt

A comment on a recent essay said that with regards to vegan advocacy, ‘people don’t respond positively to aggression, blame and guilt but rather to encouragement, praise and education’. I have to say that I do agree with the principles of … Continue reading

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The value of honesty – thoughts

Imagine you are face to face with two people. They are both keen for you to see things their way, but there’s a key difference between them. Person 1 Although you’re not exactly sure how they do it (because they … Continue reading

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‘Processing’; the brutality we deny

Returning home from a nearby town, my journey is punctuated today, as every day, by chicken death trucks heading to a slaughterhouse, a house of slaughter; the ‘processing plant’ as they euphemistically term it in these parts, a foul industrial … Continue reading

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‘I think animals should be humanely treated’

It’s what everyone says. They say it while eating their flesh, drinking the milk they made for their infants, using the eggs they laid in their desperate and futile attempts to be mothers. They say it wearing flayed skins, body … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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A thought for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time when we traditionally remember our mothers with love and with gratitude. If we are mothers ourselves, it’s a time when we spend time with families, celebrating and reinforcing the special bond between mother and child, no … Continue reading

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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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