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.



Read my book Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate


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  • Anniversaries

    June 2, 2017

    Not wanting to toot my horn–but if I don’t, who will?–there is a cluster of anniversaries to recognise as achievements in my life and work for animal rights.… Read More

  • MAI MAC4 Mexico January 2018

    May 21, 2017

    January 2018 feels like it is a long way off. But it is not. Not when now is the time to plan your attendance at the triennial Minding Animals International conference in Mexico on January 17-24. … Read More

  • Ethical and Political Approaches

    March 24, 2017

    My chapter, Are We Smart Enough to know when to take the Political Turn for Animals?, will be published in the new anthology, Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues, … Read More


  • Pets in America by Katherine C. Grier

    December 14, 2015

    Katherine C. Grier’s Pets in America is a fascinating account of how our patterns of behaviour have changed over three centuries with regard to the species we live with and the reasons we do so.… Read More

  • Call of the Cats by Andrew Bloomfield

    April 25, 2017

    This is an enjoyable read that’s well written about (principally) a man (the author) and his two female housemates who discover a colony of cats living in the yard and neighbouring yards of their rental home in Los Angeles.… 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 End of Eddy by Edouard Louis

    May 21, 2017

    Fiction is the magic that works for me more than any other form of creativity that takes me to other worlds to experience them. Sometimes those worlds are far away. Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf, come to mind.… Read More

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Minding Animals International Conference MAC4 Mexico City

      January 17, 2018 - January 24, 2018
  • Projects

    Please contact me if you have a consulting project to discuss.


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