Tag Archives: Torture

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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Memories of leather and fur

A single stark memory has plagued me all my life. I must have been quite young (possibly in the 1960s) because what I saw then would never be seen nowadays. I had spotted a truck in traffic. It drew my … 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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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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‘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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Bullying – an analogy

There’s an Elephant in the Room promotes veganism and does not ever promote anything less. There are dozens – if not hundreds – of posts and essays linked to the page that seek to clarify this point but they all … Continue reading

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Sentience – what does it actually mean?

We frequently see it stated that the individuals whose lives, bodies, and reproductive systems we use, are sentient.  So what actually is sentience? Human animals and the vast majority of other animal species that our species uses, harms and kills, … Continue reading

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False hopes and misunderstanding ‘welfare’

All the regulations that lay down ‘welfare’ requirements for animals being unnecessarily used by humans (and all uses fall into this category) are designed with a single purpose. So what is that purpose? All we need to do is use … Continue reading

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Taking our time, taking their lives

Yesterday I heard a sentence that I can’t stop thinking about. The sentence was, ‘I was on my journey to being the best me.’ It was said by someone seeking to make a case for the several years of their transition … Continue reading

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