In August 1977, Compassion In World Farming’s co-founder, Peter Roberts, took me as his Campaigns Officer to a symposium organised by the RSPCA at Trinity College, Cambridge. This conference, which was called ‘The Rights of Animals’, was my first opportunity to meet and hear from the philosophers Tom Regan (1938-2017) and Stephen Clark, the authors Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) and Ruth Harrison (1920-2000), the campaigners Clive Hollands (1929–1996) and Lord Houghton of Sowerby (1898–1996), the psychologist Richard D. Ryder, and the Reverend Andrew Linzey, an authority in Christianity and animal rights.… Read More


Catherine Oliver is a Doctoral Researcher in Human Geography, at The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Her Ph.D. Research is called “Changing Spaces of Animal Rights Activism in the U.K.” Her study looks to better understand how and why the animal rights movement has changed in the U.K. since 1950.… Read More


In 2012, I wrote here that Sue Coe is “quite simply, my favourite living artist.” For me, her work sits “proudly along a continuum which includes George Grosz, Otto Dix, Kathe Kollwitz, on the one hand, and El Greco, Thomas Bewick and Goya, on the other.”… Read More


I will be presenting a paper, Putting Animals into Politics, at the Animals and the Left Conference hosted by NYU Animal Studies and organised by Sunaura Taylor (NYU), Troy Vettese (NYU), and Alyssa Battistoni (Yale).… Read More


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


I enjoy reading a lot. It’s a lot like eating, which I also enjoy a lot. They’re both about nourishment. One for the mind. The other for, well, let’s not go there.… Read More


I wasn’t in a position to listen to all of yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on the question of bombing Syria but I did hear the first hour or so. And the impression I came away with the most was the arrogance of Prime Minister David Cameron and the condescension of the Conservative… Read More


The University of Northampton, England, hosted the Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference on October 9-10, 2015. The conference commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the death of Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) and the fiftieth anniversary of her article, ‘The Rights of Animals,’ published in the Sunday Times on October 10, 1965 (and later collected in the ground-breaking 1971… Read More


Earlier this month I had the honour to be the keynote speaker at the annual general meeting of Eurogroup for Animals when it met in Brussels. Its mission is to “build a Europe that cares for animals” and is a “confederation of 46 like minded organisations that can mobilise millions of citizens to defend the welfare of… Read More


In 2007 I returned to live in the UK from 20 years of working in the USA. Since then, there have been two British general elections: in 2010 that led to the formation of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition and this month with the election of a Conservative government. In the 1970s and 1980s… Read More


The Brighton Vegfest UK held a special Party Political Conference where politicians from the UK’s major political parties presented manifestos on health, environment and food sustainability, and animal welfare. This special conference was held because of the general election to be held on Thursday, May 7.  Vegfest UK is to be congratulated for not only… Read More


I will be speaking on the animal welfare panel.… Read More


Musician and astrophysicist Brian May recently launched a new campaign from his charity the Save Me Trust. It’s called Common Decency with a mission to reform Britain’s democracy. We want nothing less than a complete reform of the Parliamentary system. It’s about not just removing the unfairness and injustice that the present Government represents, but removing the corrupt system… Read More


It’s great to be back in the USA and in New York City! I’m truly appreciative of the 20 years I spent living and working in this country. So, yes, it’s great to be back! I arrived late Wednesday and I write this post early Monday morning. These past few days have been very busy. Here are… Read More


The presentation that I made at the recent International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg is now available to watch. It was called ‘Animal Witness’ at the conference but is given the name ‘Why Animals and Their Well-Being Matter to Us’ on YouTube but more importantly it reflects the essence of what I have to say in… Read More


There’s something fascinating about the so-called Cambridge spies: Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, and Kim Philby. They all came from the upper middle class and met at Cambridge University in the 1930s. They went onto hold various powerful positions in society while acting as double agents for the U.K. and U.S.S.R. or worked in the… Read More


Two months on from the publication of Growl by Lantern Books and I pause to list some of what’s happened and what’s forthcoming. Reactions Hastings Independent free newspaper says Growl is ‘fascinating and insightful book’ Historian Hilda Kean says Growl ‘carefully debunks the idea that real change in the position of non-human animals can occur simply by individuals altering… Read More