In 1976 I became a vegan and since then held leadership positions with some of the world’s foremost animal advocacy organisations in the UK and the USA. Today, I work as an author, independent scholar, and consultant in animal rights.



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  • The Animal Activists Reunion

    January 21, 2019

    Anyone eavesdropping on the conversation among friends in a pub in East Sussex one recent Saturday evening may have been bewildered by the range of topics they discussed. Hunting. Sabbing. Arrests. Prison. League Against Cruel Sports. Countryside Alliance. Pranking the police. RSPCA. Vegan. Brexit. Fooling the hunt. Animal sanctuaries. Chicken eggs and women’s periods. Hunt Saboteurs Association. Smoking beagles. Demonstrations. And so on.… Read More

  • Topsy and Animal Biography

    January 4, 2019

    On January 4, 1903, an Asian elephant called Topsy was electrocuted to death on Coney Island, New York. One hundred and fifteen years later, I remember Topsy in my chapter in Animal Biography: Re-framing Animal Lives edited Andre Krebber and Mieke Roscher and published by Palgrave in their series Studies in Animals and Literature.… Read More

  • Message for 2019

    January 2, 2019

    On January 1, 1974, I became a vegetarian and two years later a vegan. Also, in 1976, unbeknownst to me, I started to work full-time for animal rights with some of the world’s leading animal advocacy organizations.… Read More


  • The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker

    July 15, 2017

    With so many books about cats published, I try avoid those that are cute photo books; or books about how Fluffy, Snowy, Blackie, etc. saved my life although I have read some. I stay away from how-to manuals or behavioural or veterinary guides. … Read More

  • The Pig in Thin Air by Alex Lockwood

    September 3, 2017

    Alex Lockwood in The Pig in Thin Air weaves together important strands of meaning about caring deeply for animals and putting ethics into action. The way in which animals are transformed into food (and other products and services) for human consumption is increasingly challenged. Growing awareness of the inevitable animal cruelty and the harm committed to ourselves as consumers and the environment as the ground in which the exploitation occurs has consequences for everyone. But what to do? … Read More

  • The Face on Your Plate by Jeffrey Masson

    March 14, 2010

    Some books are written by authors whose biography and personality are seemingly absent. I say seemingly because every book written is, of course, infused with the author’s character and experience regardless of their visibility. … Read More

  • Beef by Andrew Rimas and Evan D.G. Fraser

    March 14, 2010

    “I am a great eater of beef,” pleads Sir Andrew Aguecheek in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “and I believe that does harm to my wit.” Wit isn’t the only thing harmed by the consumption of beef and other meats and dairy products. … Read More

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