Tag Archives: nonviolence

Cruelty to animals

Originally posted on 22 November 2015, reviewed and links updated 07 February 2018 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, … 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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‘There’s an Elephant in the Room’ – why this title?

‘Elephant in the room’ is a metaphorical idiom for something obvious that is either being ignored or is not being addressed. It is based on the idea that an elephant in the room would be impossible to avoid noticing; with … Continue reading

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Wishes as another year ends

It wasn’t always so, but the longer I advocate for the rights of the innocent victims of our species, the more increasingly difficult I find the festive season. In my usual way, I’ve tried to work out why this should … Continue reading

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What we ask for, what we get ….

… and what on earth has this to do with vegan advocacy? The subject of ‘what we ask for’ versus ‘what we get’ is one that every single one of us is familiar with. Casting my mind back to my … 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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‘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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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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‘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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