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Should You Buy Meat from Small Local Farms?

Should You Buy Meat from Small Local Farms?

When confronted with information about conditions on factory farms, many people claim only to buy meat from small local farms. The assumption here is that animals are treated better on these sorts of farms. It evokes images of picture-book farmyards with happy animals roaming free. But is this the case? To answer that question, I … Read More

“But Some Land Can’t be Used to Grow Crops!”

“But Some Land Can’t be Used to Grow Crops!”

As a vegan advocate, I hear many arguments against plant-based diets. One of these is that some land is unsuitable for growing crops, and so it must be used to produce animal foods instead. There are a few flaws with this argument which I would like to address. Firstly… Do we have to use this … Read More

Vegan Activism: Why Anyone Can Get Involved!

Vegan Activism: Why Anyone Can Get Involved!

It feels like ages since I wrote about activism, so I thought I’d address that. Today, I’d like to show you that vegan activism is something anyone can get involved in, no matter how shy or nervous you are. I’m going to do that by describing several different types of vegan activism, most of which … Read More

Animals in Captivity: Are Zoos Good or Bad?

Animals in Captivity: Are Zoos Good or Bad?

Going to the zoo is often seen as a fun, harmless activity to do with kids. Many children love animals and are excited to see the exotic creatures they have read about in picture books. We are told that zoos are educational and important for conservation. But others say it is cruel to keep wild … Read More

Animals Who Escape Slaughter: Why Do We Cheer Them On?

Animals Who Escape Slaughter: Why Do We Cheer Them On?

Most of us rarely think about the plight of the animals we eat. Their lives and deaths are hidden from us, and we spare them little more than the occasional guilty thought. But every so often, something happens which brings these animals into the public eye. Over the years, various animals have escaped on their … Read More

Vegan Activism…with Inflatable Animals!

Vegan Activism…with Inflatable Animals!

I’ve taken part in many types of vegan activism over the past couple of years, but last Saturday was a new experience. A group of us gathered in the city centre to raise awareness of animal rights issues – using giant inflatable animals. There were four – a pig, a sheep, a cow, and a … Read More

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

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