Tag Archives: harm

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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In memory of friends

Many of us who share our homes and our lives with a cat, with a dog or with some other nonhuman companion(s) have had to face the experience of agreeing to euthanise them when veterinary medicine can no longer keep their pain … Continue reading

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A thought for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day here in the UK approaching, it’s a time when we traditionally remember our mothers with love and with gratitude. If we are mothers ourselves, it’s a time when we spend time with families, celebrating and reinforcing the … Continue reading

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A brief thought on feel-good fuzzy words

Most of us will agree that it’s wrong to harm animals and we all say that we think they should be treated ‘humanely’. However most of us would struggle to define what ‘humanely’ actually means in real terms, because it … Continue reading

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‘Those vegans’ and nonveganism advocacy

There’s a perception of veganism, and of many vegans too, as vociferous and/or challenging. We’ve all seen comments that go, ‘thank goodness you’re not one of ‘those vegans’ and no doubt this is intended as a compliment by those who … Continue reading

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‘If my life depended on it’ – my careless words

Today in a conversation, I found myself commenting that I would be unable to do something (it was drawing actually) ‘if my life depended on it’. Some time later, it occurred to me just what a careless, throw-away term that was for … Continue reading

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Thoughts about living in a nonvegan world

There’s an Elephant in the Room was recently contacted with an enquiry from someone who is not vegan, about whether a vegan would continue to participate in activities that used nonvegan equipment.  Sharing my response. Question: ‘I do have a … Continue reading

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Response to a ‘welfare’ survey about hens used for eggs

            There’s an Elephant in the Room was recently contacted by a veterinary student with a request to complete a survey on the ‘welfare’ of hens in the egg industry. I did not complete it and … Continue reading

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In hope and sadness, another New Year

As the New Year bells continue to sound the death knell for so many billions of sweet and gentle individuals whom we would have loved if only we had known them, let’s spare a few moments to look at where we’ve … 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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