Tag Archives: commodification

Just another crank

The ONLY way to stop harming animals is to be vegan. It’s the least we can do. In the past, every time I saw that in a post, you know what used to happen? I used to think, ‘Well that’s … Continue reading

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Making up labels to hide behind

Here’s someone with a lovely face. His name was Rannoch. In this photo he was watching the track to the house, waiting to catch sight of me. He would wait there all  day, if that’s what it took. Some might … Continue reading

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We’re so vain – thoughts on intelligence

Another comment that often appears amongst the arsenal of tired old excuses that humans cling to in their attempts to justify the use of members of other species, centres around presumptions of superior intelligence when compared with every other species … Continue reading

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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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How do you know someone is vegan?

‘Don’t worry, they’ll soon tell you.’ It’s probably true. ‘I’m vegan.’ They’re words many of us say several times a day. Yet contrary to those who mock and ridicule, the words have nothing to do with what I’d choose on … 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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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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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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Join the dots – Who rescues our victims from US?

Recently I saw a number of articles, images and videos that I found deeply moving. • A dairy cow with severe head trauma had been thrown into a dumpster to die. She was standing, face bloodied, hunched in agony, looking … Continue reading

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Cruelty to animals

Originally posted on 22 November 2015, reviewed and links updated 2021 Cruelty to animals. If ever there was a phrase that seems so clear but says so little, then this is it. We all say we hate it, we all … Continue reading

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