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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  • Animal Rights: From Obscurity to Acceptance

    March 3, 2020

    Animal advocates often moan about politicians because they don’t care about animals. They also complain about how existing legislation for animals is often biased in favour of those abusing animals. I share these frustrations. I also believe there’s a way forward for the animal rights movement to ensure our elected representatives and governments do care about animals and act effectively on their behalf. I advocate a strategy to put animals into politics.… Read More

  • Just Deserts

    January 10, 2020

    Tired of living in a world where animals have no value. Wherever you look, they’re treated like garbage. Fine to export them across oceans even though thousands of them die en route. OK to let them burn alive trapped in cages in factory farms because they’re not worth anything—not even a water sprinkler system or… Read More

  • Topsy the Elephant

    January 3, 2020

    Topsy was in her late twenties when she was murdered at Luna Park on Coney Island in New York on January 4, 1903. The murder scene is one of America’s first theme parks at a time when the United States emerges as an industrial world leader. My use of the word “murder” rather than “killed” is deliberate. Her life and death represent the fate of many animals—not just elephants and not just in the entertainment industry. Even though some thought her guilty, I felt she was innocent.… Read More


  • The New Wild by Fred Pearce

    July 18, 2017

    The New Wild by Fred Pearce is a must-read book that challenges our thinking about nature and how to view the environment and the plants and animals who we share the Earth with. Begin at the end with the author’s close for the last chapter: “Nature never goes back…..… Read More

  • Story Craft by Jack Hart

    December 18, 2017

    Of all the books about writing, editing and publishing I’ve read over the years, I cannot think of one that stood out more than just offering a nugget of information here and some insight over there. They were helpful but not memorable. Or even enjoyable to read. Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart, however, is different and comes highly recommended.… Read More

  • Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill

    December 29, 2017

    Essentially, a collection of short pieces about the books in the author’s life. Books that Susan Hill has read and written, and published, along with authors and others she has met–all these and more are discussed. She recalls when she read them and what meaning they gave her. As would be expected, she writes about authors I love (Virginia Woolf), some I have never heard of (F M Mayor), and some I’ve heard of and want to read but have yet to do so (V S Naipaul).… Read More

  • The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy

    July 19, 2019

    It seems to me that there are two approaches to take when writing fiction in which nonhuman animals are the characters and the world imagined is theirs. First, to write about animals and their world in such a way that there is some familiarity or resemblance to ourselves and the world as experienced by ourselves. Examples in this category may include Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and Watership Down by Richard Adams. Second, to write fiction that imagines the world that’s inhabited by the animals who are the principal characters and describe them and their world through their own unique set of imaginations and experiences.… Read More

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