Tag Archives: truth

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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‘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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The price of milk and cheese

This tiny calf has eyes to melt the hardest heart. He’s so small, so innocent, so fragile and vulnerable; so heartbreakingly, breathtakingly, perfectly beautiful. And clearly terrified and distressed beyond words. As I sit here writing, gazing in wonder at … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the gift that is life

Life itself is considered by many – if not most – humans to be the greatest gift there is, referred to as such by poets and writers throughout history.  Even those of us who have no religious beliefs, consider that being alive … Continue reading

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‘Suffering’; a word we use without thought

How can it be that we use words to protect ourselves from feeling, from connecting with the reality of the world? My thoughts strayed in this direction when I was reading a piece earlier that mentioned the word ‘suffering’. Later, … Continue reading

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Single issues and me

There is much written about single issues and petitions. The two go hand in hand. It’s a hot topic and I’m not going to wade into the debate. If you read this and feel moved to seek to justify your … Continue reading

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Talking about eggs

Humans use the eggs from a number of different species of birds, including chickens, ducks, quail, guinea fowl, pheasants, rhea, ostrich and geese although by far the greatest number of these are chickens. The consumption of eggs is widely but … Continue reading

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In a nutshell: the victims of vegetarianism

The ‘In a nutshell’ series will attempt to summarise key issues and concepts about which I have previously written at length. As a former vegetarian, I know from personal experience that a reluctance to eat ‘meat’ is the main motive … Continue reading

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Breaking down the walls

Once we cross that border into veganism and look back, we all become aware of things we never realised before. Things that we took for granted and that were therefore unexamined; vast areas of our behaviour and of our thoughts, … Continue reading

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Obscene term of the day: ‘Treated like animals’

In recent days I have read and heard the term ‘treated like animals’ used frequently to describe an experience or circumstance, and it is a term that strikes a raw nerve for me. When we hear this phrase, few of … Continue reading

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