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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  • Topsy and the Ethics of Representation

    March 14, 2023

    How to present images of animal cruelty and the identities of animal rights organisations and their activities are foremost in my mind. My formative experience was during the 1980s when… Read More

  • Topsy Patreon Launch

    February 9, 2023

    Today I launch on Patreon my Topsy the Elephant campaign. Topsy was a female Asian elephant. She was put to death at Luna Park, one of America’s first amusement parks,… Read More

  • Watching Topsy

    February 8, 2023

    The life of Topsy and the film about her electrocution are inseparable. Whether seen or not by those who know anything about her, the film has come to define her… Read More


  • Bleating Hearts by Mark Hawthorne

    March 20, 2014

    Mark Hawthorne wrote Bleating Hearts because he wanted to ‘examine animal exploitation that does not get enough (or any) attention.’ (4) As you might expect, this is a book that is a catalog of our inhumanity to animals. It’s not an easy read but each chapter concludes with a ‘What You Can Do’ section. … Read More

  • Pets in America by Katherine C. Grier

    December 14, 2015

    Katherine C. Grier’s Pets in America is a fascinating account of how our patterns of behaviour have changed over three centuries with regard to the species we live with and the reasons we do so.… Read More

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