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What Humans Can Learn from Other Animals

What Humans Can Learn from Other Animals

We humans like to flaunt our superiority over other animals. But not only do I think this superiority is a myth, I also think there’s a lot we could learn from our fellow earthlings. Dolphins are a great example. As I mentioned in the post linked above, they have even more developed brains than we … Read More

Health Outcomes: Why They’re (Probably) Not in Your Genes

Health Outcomes: Why They’re (Probably) Not in Your Genes

As a kid, I remember hearing that one in three people would get cancer in their lifetimes. It terrified me – cancer is almost undoubtedly the most feared illness in Western countries. But I consoled myself with the thought that almost no-one in my family had ever developed cancer. Maybe we just weren’t genetically predisposed … Read More

What Activists are Doing Wrong

What Activists are Doing Wrong

If you are an activist, you probably spend a lot of time encouraging people to stop doing things. I know I do! ‘Stop supporting animal exploitation’, ‘don’t use disposable plastic’ and so on. And sometimes this approach does a lot to raise awareness and get people thinking. But is it really effective activism? All too … Read More

Does Going Against the Grain Bring Social Strain?

Does Going Against the Grain Bring Social Strain?

A few years back, I went to a friend’s dinner party. Knowing that vegan options would be scarce, I’d eaten beforehand. What I hadn’t foreseen was the awkwardness of sitting at a table surrounded by people who were tucking into dinner and dessert, trying not to feel left out. There were several people at the … Read More

Why We Should Be Buying Second-Hand

Why We Should Be Buying Second-Hand

Many of us are uncomfortable about buying second-hand. We fear that used items will be in poor condition, or are squeamish about using someone else’s castoffs. Often, we only buy second-hand when we need to save money. But I think buying second-hand is very important for a variety of reasons – so much so that … Read More

Why Everyone Should Attend a Slaughterhouse Vigil

Why Everyone Should Attend a Slaughterhouse Vigil

Recently, I attended my second vigil with Bristol Animal Save (read about my first here). If you’re not aware, a vigil involves standing outside a slaughterhouse and bearing witness to the animals who are going to be killed. The idea is to show them love in their last moments, as well as documenting what they go … Read More

Is Veganism Expensive?

Is Veganism Expensive?

When doing vegan outreach, I often hear people say that they couldn’t go vegan because it’s too expensive. It astonishes me that this is still such a widely held viewpoint, so I thought I’d try to dispel it. Here goes. It depends what you eat Imagine if I said to someone, “Being a meat eater … Read More

Is This Fur Real? Why Fur is Still Profitable

Is This Fur Real? Why Fur is Still Profitable

Many of us are under the impression that wearing fur is a thing of the past. Public opinion of the fur industry is still very negative, and most people are at least partially aware of the suffering endured by animals who are killed for their fur. Some people don’t even realise that it’s still legal … Read More

Is Free-Range Really Free?

Is Free-Range Really Free?

“Laid in Britain…by hens free to roam, peck and cluck in the Great British countryside.” So reads the text on cartons of free-range eggs from Asda, one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets. The phrase ‘free-range’ often evokes images of happy hens roaming free over rolling hills. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the vast … Read More

Country or City Living: What’s Greener?

Country or City Living: What’s Greener?

I’ve always thought of living in the countryside as being more eco-friendly than city living. Given my rural childhood, the thought of country living evokes memories of collecting firewood, breathing fresh air and going blackberry-picking. But living in the countryside doesn’t necessarily equate to an eco-friendly lifestyle. With the number of people now on the … Read More