Tag Archives: commodification

False hopes and misunderstanding ‘welfare’

All the regulations that lay down ‘welfare’ requirements for animals being unnecessarily used by humans (and all uses fall into this category) are designed with a single purpose. So what is that purpose? All we need to do is use … 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 will happen to the animals when the world goes vegan?

What will happen to all the animals if the world goes vegan? You do realise that they’ll become extinct? Will the planet be overrun with animals? Who will pay for looking after the animals if it becomes illegal to eat … Continue reading

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Dairy: thoughts on motherhood, cultural conditioning and hope

When we are not vegan and we hear the word ‘dairy’, what do we think of?  We think of milk and cream, of yogurt and crème frais, of butter and cheeses, and of ice cream and chocolate. We think of … 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 60-70 billions … Continue reading

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Who are the REAL victims?

It a simple statement of fact that our victims are sentient, that they value their lives and that we have no need to use them because every use requires that their right to live unharmed is overruled in favour of … Continue reading

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A thought on ‘less use’

When we talk to others about ‘less’ animal use, we are encouraging them to think of nonhuman animals as a quantity that can be reduced, in the same we that we think of using less oil or less sugar. It’s … Continue reading

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A brief thought on the hijacking of ‘humane’

  When you look at this image, be honest. Is ‘humane’ the first word that pops into your head? I doubt it. And then, if you’re like I used to be, you’ll find another internal dialogue begins. ‘But it must be … Continue reading

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For Earth Day: thoughts about speciesism, biophilia and veganism

Today, I learned a new word. As someone fascinated by words, finding this one gave a name to a notion that has become more acute in my recent years as an advocate and blogger, and it prompted thoughts that I’d … 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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