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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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In a nutshell: why all egg use is inhumane

The problems faced by all egg-laying hens are not caused by their environment, but by the very bodies that have been created by humans. Their bodies are the result of years of selective breeding to maximise egg production for human … Continue reading

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Response to a ‘welfare’ survey about hens used for eggs

            There’s an Elephant in the Room was recently contacted by a veterinary student with a request to complete a survey on the ‘welfare’ of hens in the egg industry. I did not complete it and … 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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Talking about eggs

Humans use the eggs from a number of different species of birds, including chickens, ducks, quail, guinea fowl, pheasants, rhea, ostrich and geese although by far the greatest number of these are chickens. The consumption of eggs is widely but … Continue reading

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What is veganism?

Veganism is an ethical stance. It affects and infuses our view of the world. Veganism focuses on respect for the beings who share this planet with us, promoting justice for humanity’s victims, for the uncounted billions of sentient individuals whose lives matter … Continue reading

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It’s all about sentience

The beings whom we exploit are sentient, a quality that we, as humans, share. Sentience is an attribute whereby a being is self aware. Sentient beings have an interest in avoiding pain and in remaining alive. They experience life and … Continue reading

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