Tag Archives: Cruelty

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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Speciesism

Originally posted 6 August 2014, revised and links updated 22 January 2018 Speciesism is a pervasive form of prejudice, taught to us all in our earliest years, that blinkers humans into the mistaken belief that we are so much more … Continue reading

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‘Personal choice’ – remembering a lesson

This year, I’ve decided to revise and re-publish some of my favourite blogs from previous years. This is the first of these, prompted because the claims of ‘personal choice’ still make monotonous and regular appearances in comments threads everywhere. Originally … Continue reading

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The importance of words: talking turkey

The bizarre idea of ‘pardoning’ a turkey at the festival known as Thanksgiving has popped into my head several times in recent days. Even disregarding the cultural gap arising from my Scottish heritage, it’s such a strange concept, to cause a … Continue reading

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This wonderful life

So often, I see fanciful claims that in causing our victims to exist by our self-interested contrivance and our brutal violation of their reproductive systems, we are generously bestowing a gift on them that they would otherwise not have the … Continue reading

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On being critical and holier than thou

I recently saw two criticisms of my blog on Facebook. What, only two? To be honest there’s never any shortage of criticism. The human obsession with using and consuming inappropriate substances and causing death and destruction to vulnerable innocents in order to … Continue reading

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Thoughts about farming

Please note that in this essay, the words ‘farming’ and ‘farm’ refer specifically to a practice conducted upon sentient individuals in order that they may be used as resources and commodities for humans. Recently I listened to a prime-time radio interview of a respected sanctuary and … Continue reading

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‘Humane’ and other fantasies

When we use products derived from others, we can’t bear to think of harm being done to these gentle individuals who do not share our species and whom we have caused to exist and have confined for our use. Oh goodness no, … Continue reading

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Looking at words – ‘slaughter’

The word that keeps recurring to me today is ‘slaughter’. It’s a common word; everyone knows it, probably everyone uses it. I look on it as one of these words that we tend to use without examining too closely. It’s a bit like … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the gift that is life

Life itself is considered by many – if not most – humans to be the greatest gift there is, referred to as such by poets and writers throughout history.  Even those of us who have no religious beliefs, consider that being alive … Continue reading

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