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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  • Reunions at AR2017

    August 12, 2017

    At this year’s annual animal rights conference organised by FARM in Alexandria, VA, I decided against speaking and instead donated my time to my publisher, Lantern Books, and its co-founder, Martin Rowe. … Read More

  • 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


  • Empathy by Roman Krznaric

    August 22, 2016

    This book has been on my reading list and sat on my bedside table for some time but it was reading another book about empathy that prompted me to get round to reading Krznaric. … Read More

  • Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild

    August 22, 2016

    Some books are just worth reading twice. And Bury the Chains, which I wrote about previously in connection with the film about Wilberforce called “Amazing Grace,” is one of them. … Read More

  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

    July 13, 2017

    The author, Thomas McNamee, is a writer of books about animals who live in the wild (e.g., bears, wolfs). As this is the only book I’ve read of his, I’m assuming from The Inner Life of Cats that his writing style is weighted toward the scholarly as opposed to the popular. … Read More

  • King Leopold’s Ghost

    November 17, 2016

    Great book. Highly recommended to social justice movement practitioners, including animal rights activists. Learn about corrupting power and how to fight against it by reading about the history of the ivory and rubber trade in what was then known as the Congo.… Read More

  • Upcoming Events

    1. CIWF Extinction and Livestock Conference London

      October 5 - October 6
    2. Minding Animals International Conference MAC4 Mexico City

      January 17, 2018 - January 24, 2018
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