Tag Archives: respect

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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The importance of words: talking turkey

The bizarre idea of ‘pardoning’ turkeys 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 sentient … Continue reading

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EVERY picture tells a story

A common criticism of the images I show on the majority of my blog and social media posts, is that the individuals portrayed are seldom ‘obviously’ suffering. I’m often told we need to show individuals who are clearly hurt, distressed … 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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A brief thought on the hijacking of ‘humane’

  When you look at this image, be honest. Is ‘humane’ the first word that pops into your head? I doubt it. And then, if you’re like I used to be, you’ll find another internal dialogue begins. ‘But it must be … Continue reading

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For Earth Day: thoughts about speciesism, biophilia and veganism

Recently, I was introduced to a new word. Finding this one gave a name to a notion that has become more acute in my recent years as an advocate, prompting thoughts that I’d like to share in recognition of Earth … Continue reading

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A brief thought on feel-good words

Most of us agree that it’s wrong to harm animals and we ALL say that they should be treated ‘humanely’. However most of us would struggle to define what ‘humanely’ actually means, because it is a word that means different … 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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