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Thoughts on avoidable harm and being veganish

I can’t count how often I’ve seen declarations from people who claim to be vegan despite indulging in some form of avoidable use of members of other animal species. However before I go any further I must stress the word … Continue reading

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Nothing less than veganism

Last night was a landmark for There’s an Elephant in the Room on Facebook. Becoming vegan August 2012, when I first became vegan, began a time of discovery; a new age in an unfamiliar landscape. Most new vegans will have … Continue reading

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Heading in the direction of being vegan / Stuck in a loop

‘…or if we can’t be vegan we can at least head in that direction.’ I’ve seen so many variations on that theme as a comeback to the call to be vegan that appears in almost every piece I write. Today … Continue reading

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Chickens and eggs – what about the males?

I find my thoughts returning frequently to chickens; these wonderful, gentle, friendly little birds whose species bears the brunt (in terms of sheer numbers) of our own species’ arrogant delusions of entitlement and staggering ignorance about necessity. I’ve written many … Continue reading

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Hens and puppy mills – an analogy

Not a day goes by that I fail to see someone contradicting a post that explains – often at some length – that there is no such thing as a humane egg. As soon as there’s a post about eggs, … 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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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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What is veganism – a reminder

In recent days, I’ve seen many comments on posts and pages making suggestions about how to be more persuasive about veganism; how to make it more ‘appealing’. ‘You should be telling people to watch < film about human health>’; ‘You … Continue reading

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Aggression, blame and guilt

A comment on a recent essay said that with regards to vegan advocacy, ‘people don’t respond positively to aggression, blame and guilt but rather to encouragement, praise and education’. I have to say that I do agree with the principles of … Continue reading

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