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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

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  • The Great Cat & Dog Massacre by Hilda Kean

    July 4, 2018

    The Third Reich’s Luftwaffe dropped bombs on Hastings killing 25 people and injuring 85 on May 23, 1943. Sixteen of those who died were enjoying their Sunday lunchtime in The Swan Inn on the High Street in the Old Town. First built in 1532, The Swan Inn was rebuilt in 1879 but was completely demolished in the 1943 air raid. Today, it’s a garden of remembrance honouring the victims.… 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

  • Ruth Plant by Jenny Remfrey

    August 22, 2016

    Caught up in the day to day activity of working for animals, it’s all too easy to forget that there are many other people who are also rescuing at-risk animals or campaigning for them one way or another or quite simply ‘doing their bit.’… Read More

  • The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

    December 3, 2017

    It would be too easy to dismiss The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy as the “Watership Down book but about cats.”

    Richard Adams’ Watership Down is the hugely popular novel about rabbits in the English countryside. The Wildings is also a novel but its protagonists are the feral cats who live in an old neighbourhood of Delhi. Both the rabbits and the cats rise up to the challenges that threatens their existence. Both books empower their protagonists with abilities such as thoughts and speech and the agency of their actions. These are basically the books’ similarities.… Read More

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