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Translations of common expressions: ‘Grass-fed lamb, half price!’

This was a promotion by a supermarket, heard recently in a TV ad break. With a great deal encapsulated in very few words, it’s a cynical bit of mind-bending although there was a time I wouldn’t have realised; that’s the art … Continue reading

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Living in a land of make-believe

Today I find myself reminiscing, mentally retracing paths of the clouded past, trying to find the point at which I lost the warm feeling of kinship with all other species of animal that so many of us experience in childhood.  … Continue reading

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Thoughts for another Mother’s Day

Every specially designated ‘day’ presents a shameless commercial opportunity to flood the market with consumer goods and Mother’s Day is no different. Shops and online commercial enterprises are filled with items targeted at those who gladly embrace this annual occasion … Continue reading

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Claiming exceptions

‘That’s not true. That just happens on factory farms.  It doesn’t happen on all farms‘. This depressingly common statement appeared recently on a friend’s page in response to a post. It’s been lingering on my mind ever since because variations … Continue reading

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The price of a life

There are many people who will tell us, ‘I love animals and I think they should be treated humanely but I eat meat’ and will see no irony in a declaration that they have possibly never even stopped to consider. … Continue reading

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Wishes as another year ends

It wasn’t always so, but the longer I advocate for the rights of the innocent victims of our species, the more difficult I find the festive season. In my usual way, I’ve tried to work out why this should be, … Continue reading

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‘Processing’; monstrous brutality by another name

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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Obscene term of the day: a protein

Recently it occurred to me that there is a disturbing trend to rename and re-frame the dismembered corpses of our victims as simply ‘protein’. I have previously noted that the word ‘meat’ is a word designed and used to distance … 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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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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