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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  • Ealing Animal Charities Fair

    March 2, 2018

    Between 1976 and 1978 I was campaigns organiser for Compassion In World Farming. My duties included representing Compassion at various events, organising local groups, public speaking, and producing newsletters and other public educational materials. As Compassion’s second full-time employee, I was very fortunate to work directly with its co-founder, Peter Roberts, who I learned a great deal from. Please read my book, Growl (Lantern Books), for more on my animal advocacy.… Read More

  • Minding Animals International in Mexico

    February 20, 2018

    I recall from the 1990s Ken Shapiro, who co-founded with me the Animals and Society Institute in 2005, describing Human-Animal Studies (or Animal Studies as it is also known) as the study of our relationship with animals and their relationship with us. Critical Animal Studies later emerged to situate the human-animal relationship in a broader, progressive, political context of liberation and abolition. I see the academic endeavour of animal studies as complementary to the advocacy of the animal rights movement. Advocacy needs academia (and vice versa) to form a more effective social movement for nonhuman animals.… Read More

  • Animal Consciousness

    November 23, 2017

    I’m not embarrassed to admit that much that was said at the Animal Consciousness conference was beyond me. I’m just an angry and frustrated animal rights vegan who is trying to do something to stop the world from going to hell in a hand basket. I’m not a philosopher, psychologist, anthropologist, neuroscientist, zoologist or biologist. But they all spoke at the conference and had something important to say–even if I didn’t always understand it.… Read More


  • No Time to Lose by Pema Chodron

    December 10, 2017

    My decision to become a vegan when I was 20 led me, via a vegetarian girlfriend, to discover Buddhism and Theosophy as taught by its founder H P Blavatsky. Their teachings (karma, reincarnation, compassion, nonviolence, etc.) influenced my understanding of what it means to be vegan and what form animal rights advocacy should take. Now, as I admit in my book Growl, I have not always succeeded in adhering to these values. Nonetheless, as with living as a vegan, it’s the journey not the destination that’s important. I make mistakes and try to learn from them.… 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

  • Please Take Me Home by Clare Campbell

    March 25, 2017

    I wish I could like Please Take Me Home more than I do. It’s an interesting if troubling account of our relationship with cats. It’s full of interesting and unusual information. But there it stops. … Read More

  • Nim Chimpsky by Elizabeth Hess

    March 14, 2010

    If there’s anyone left on the planet who needs convincing that chimpanzees are more like us (or we’re like them) than they’d care to think they need to read Elizabeth Hess’s biography of Nim Chimpsky, the chimpanzee who was taught to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL).… Read More

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Animals and the Left Workshop at NYU

      June 29
    2. First Annual Tom Regan Memorial Lecture at North Carolina State University

      September 21
    3. The Politics of Love Conference at All Souls College Oxford

      December 15
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