The joy expressed worldwide on the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is simultaneously understandable and disturbing. Understandable because, like everyone else in the USA on September 11, 2001, it was impossible to pretend otherwise that the morning’s terrorist attacks changed everything. That day I was in Baltimore, MD, which is one hour north of… Read More


Late yesterday I or, rather, this Web site, received my/our first homophobic slur. Homo Not such a big deal, really. Could be a lot worse, of course. In the UK and throughout the world people, including gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people, are routinely insulted, assaulted and killed for who they are. Of course, the… Read More


As I wish to complete the manuscript for Animal Dharma by a non-negotiable imminent deadline, I am unavailable by email or phone, including Skype, until further notice. Pre-existing appointments will be honoured. The best way to contact me is by email. Please mark it URGENT in the header if you need me to get back… Read More


Further to Jonathan Porritt’s critique of the UK’s environmental movement’s response to the government’s forest fireside sale which is now been chopped (forgive the puns), he commented (before the government’s u-turn announcement yesterday) further about their response to the coalition’s initiative. I like his strategic approach. So my simple suggestion for the Big 10 is… Read More


Here is the trailer for an interesting new film, Nonviolence for a Change, which is commissioned by the Turning the Tide programme of Quaker Peace and Social Witness. There’s also a report in The Guardian about this which is written by Zoe Broughton, an undercover investigator who has worked at a number of facilities, including… Read More


Leading environmental campaign Jonathon Porritt critically assesses a dozen of Britain’s environmental/green/wildlife non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their reaction to the British Government’s proposed sale of historic forests. A combination of growing public concern (evidenced by the 450,000 people who have now signed the 38 degrees petition), more and more local action groups, and a sudden… Read More


Having lived in the USA for 20 years, greatly appreciating the experience, but now living again in the UK  and watching a country I grew to admire and be simultaneously amazed and annoyed by, I am concerned about the recent tragic developments concerning the Arizona shooting. The USA is the upside-down country of the world. How… Read More


“As little as possible,” is my answer to whenever I’m asked what am I doing for Christmas? So, why have I just cleaned the house? About to prepare vegetables? Make curry? Cook rice? Lay the table? Get ready for guests? Doing laundry? Anticipating two hours of washing up later? Turning on the social button in… Read More


My forthcoming book, Animal Dharma, explores what it means to care deeply about animals and discovers how we can live peacefully with ourselves and others by proposing four key values: truth, compassion, nonviolence and interbeing–the interrelatedness of all. This is the fourth in a series of podcasts in which I read out brief extracts from… Read More


Further to my post about the proposed badger cull in England by the ConDem government and in Wales by the Welsh Assembly, George Monbiot writes in today’s Guardian, and concludes So why commission £49m of research then shred it? Because the National Farmers’ Union wants to see blood, and it is neither prepared to wait… Read More


Very interesting feature article in today’s Guardian, “A tale of two herds,” which juxtaposes the proposed mega-dairy for Nocton, Lincolnshire and the treatment of a small herd of cows cared for by the Hare Krishnas at their Hertfordshire estate. I like how the feature contrasts the attitude towards dairy cows by Peter Willes, one of… Read More


The Independent publishes today, The Great Animal Rights Betrayal, a front page lead story continued onto pages 4 and 5, which includes several side bars under the banner, “The Betrayals,” on Game birds, Slaughterhouse cruelty, Circus animals, Beak trimming and Badger cull. There’s also a Comment by Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor, Compassion In World… Read More


Science does not operate alone in its own universe. Regardless of how much scientists assert their work is objective, their research, as, indeed, is everything, is viewed subjectively in the ever present, including the world of politics and morality. Take, for example, the coalition government’s commitment to culling badgers in response to the spread of… Read More


This delicious vegan fruit cake was made this morning by yours truly. For many years now, I’ve baked fruit cakes from the recipe in Rose Elliot’s The Complete Vegetarian Cuisine (p. 310). More recently, however, I’ve begun to experiment with the recipe by adjusting the ingredients, which is sometimes prompted by what I have available.… Read More


I enjoyed this week’s brief interview in The Guardian with sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. I thought the following was particularly insightful–especially the bit I highlighted. I don’t see why what he has to say below is gloomy at all. It just seems right. Unlike some sociologists, Bauman’s work is accessible, intellectual and often polemical. His own… Read More


The BBC reports in No plans for hunting ban vote before 2012, MPs say: There will not be a House of Commons vote on repealing the Hunting Act before 2012, the BBC understands. MPs close to the campaign admit they do not have the numbers at the moment to win a vote and say the… Read More