Category Archives: Sentience

Plants feel, fish feel, cows feel – but we have to eat

‘Plants feel, fish feel, cows feel – but we have to eat.’  This was a comment made on a recent post promoting veganism. It’s almost possible to hear the dismissive shrug at the end. It’s another of these sentences that … Continue reading

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Sentience – what does it actually mean?

We frequently see it stated that the individuals whose lives, bodies, and reproductive systems we use, are sentient.  So what actually is sentience? Human animals and the vast majority of other animal species that our species uses, harms and kills, … Continue reading

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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 70+ billions … Continue reading

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‘Humane’ and other fantasies

When we use products derived from others, we can’t bear to think of harm being done to these gentle individuals who do not share our species and whom we have caused to exist and have confined for our use. Oh goodness no, … Continue reading

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One little hen

A little hen. Picture her. She’s sentient, she’s unique; her mind thinks complex thoughts, she knows so many things, but has never known freedom. She sits in her twilight world hemmed in by others on all sides, her frail little … Continue reading

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Bright Aisles, Dark Alleys

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
―a brief address by Tashi Nyima to the Richardson Interfaith Alliance (TX) during the Thanksgiving Observance There is a quote in tonight’s program that reads: “Having abandoned the taking of life, refraining from the…

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Loving all animals

This morning, one of the cats who share my home is ill and I’m counting the minutes until our appointment with the vet. I don’t know what’s wrong but as I gaze into her stricken eyes, I see faith and … Continue reading

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Is comparing humans and nonhumans justified?

Sentience is all that matters So often when I speak to nonvegans they smirk, and then they tell me, ‘stop all this talk of suffering and exploitation, I think you’re taking things to extremes, comparing humans with other animals’. This … Continue reading

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Painful truth or comforting lies

There is absolutely no morally relevant difference between human beings and those nonhuman beings upon whom we prey. We are all self aware. We form family and social bonds and share relationships with others. The mother and  child bond is particularly strong and … Continue reading

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The walking dead

Every day I pass scenes like these. I used to smile foolishly at the sight, thinking an image like this was beautiful and that it was the essence of what country life represented. Now I can scarcely bear to look … Continue reading

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