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For Earth Day: thoughts about speciesism, biophilia and veganism

Recently, I was introduced to a new word. Finding this one gave a name to a notion that has become more acute in my recent years as an advocate, prompting thoughts that I’d like to share in recognition of Earth … 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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On trying to be vegan

I’ve seen it so often, ‘I’m trying to go vegan but I’m not there yet’.  When I read or hear that, it tells me that the author simply doesn’t ‘get it’ …. yet.  It tells me that I need to try harder to … Continue reading

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Thoughts about ‘waste’

The notion of ‘waste’ as it pertains to substances derived from nonhuman lives and bodies is frequently a subject of heated debate. I see the topic mentioned most often in relation to substances for consumption, but the practice of ‘waste prevention’ is also … Continue reading

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Thoughts about my veganism, my family, my friends

I suspect that some friends and family members who aren’t vegan, think of me as being like a strict vegetarian who has become so because they ‘love animals’. I live with cats, and I am single so I suppose that … Continue reading

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Buying absolution by the kilo

There was a time when I used to buy the most expensive, ‘high welfare’, ‘free range’, ‘organic’ ‘meat’, chicken eggs and non-plant milk that I could afford. By doing this, I used to console myself that I was doing the … Continue reading

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Breaking down the walls

Once we cross that border into veganism and look back, we all become aware of things we never realised before. Things that we took for granted and that were therefore unexamined; vast areas of our behaviour and of our thoughts, … Continue reading

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More thoughts about emotion

Originally published April 2016, revised 22 May 2018 I have written before about emotion and its engagement in the struggle for the acknowledgement of the basic rights of nonhuman individuals. I have previously considered how, when one is emotionally affected … Continue reading

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