Tag Archives: justice

On trusting experts

When we are new to the world, parents and carers feed and clothe us. Most of us have little idea what we are eating, drinking, wearing or using. As children we lack even the ability to grasp the brutality of … 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

‘…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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Being absolutely clear

When we advocate on their behalf, it is vital to focus on the injustice of ALL the uses that we make of members of other species. We need to ensure that it’s clear that even in the ‘best’ of situations, … 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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The way it’s always been and if we stop they’ll become extinct

‘ Humans have been using other animals since the beginning of time.’ ‘It’s always been this way.’ ‘If we stop farming them they’ll become extinct.’ The idea that ‘nothing can change from the way it’s always been done’, is commonly … Continue reading

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Obscene phrase of the day: ‘bred for eating’

Originally posted 1 September 2014, revised and links updated 31 January 2018 ‘bred for eating’ (variation: ‘bred for food’) ‘But surely you realise that they were ‘bred for eating‘?’  It’s a sentence frequently uttered triumphantly by those seeking to justify eating … 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 members of our species into the unfounded belief that we are … Continue reading

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Statistics: a list of individual tragedies

How often do we look at statistics and get lost in the mathematics of bigger numbers and smaller numbers, more or fewer, comparisons and graphs. Look again. Every single one of these 74,171,872,986 was a unique individual – separate from … Continue reading

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