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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  • Back to Work!

    September 7, 2021

    Yesterday was the first day back in my office since June 17, when I collapsed unconscious in the street from a faulty heart valve I was born with and didn’t know existed. Open heart surgery and three hospitals stay later, I’m at last getting well enough to return full-time to my vegan, animal rights work.… Read More

  • Announcement 3

    August 20, 2021

    Further to my two previous announcements here and here, I am excited to tell you that my heart surgeon gives me and my heart a clean bill of health. After consulting various medical tests and a personal examination, he concludes everything is progressing well. I will continue to be monitored by cardiac doctors and nurses.… Read More

  • Martin Rowe Visits

    August 4, 2021

    A welcome highlight to my convalescence from open-heart surgery was a visit from Martin Rowe. We’ve been friends and colleagues from the 1990s and have collaborated on various projects and with several organisations since then. This includes most notably the Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) founded by Nancy and Tom Regan in 1985 where we… Read More


  • The Chernobyl Privileges by Alex Lockwood

    April 9, 2019

    It’s not unusual for me to read nonfiction books written by acquaintances, colleagues, and even friends who are authors writing about animal advocacy, animal rights, and animal studies. Often but not always their work is something I admire and use myself in my role as an author and independent scholar and consultant in animal rights. It’s an entirely different question, however, when it’s a fellow traveller in the animal rights movement who writes fiction, and the book isn’t directly related to the question of our confused and contradictory relationship with animals. … Read More

  • To the River by Olivia Laing

    December 7, 2019

    If this were a film, it would be called a Road Movie but this is a book and the road is a river. The River Ouse runs some 42 miles (68 km) from its source at Horsham, West Sussex, to Seaford, East Sussex, where it meets the English Channel. Typically, the protagonist makes a trip to learn something new, resolve an outstanding matter or have an adventure. In Olivia Laing’s book, it appears to be more about recovering from the break-up of a relationship. It’s more than that, though, as the break-up isn’t centre stage. We’re taken down several diversions that have nothing to do with her private life. Some are more interesting than others. Nonetheless, this is an engaging book and one that impresses.… Read More

  • Second Nature by Jonathan Balcombe

    March 30, 2010

    Ethology, the scientific study of animal behavior, is an established field of academic endeavor that we now take for granted. But when Jane Goodall began her research in Gombe, Tanzania what is now unthinkable to us happened to her only 50 years ago. … Read More

  • On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

    May 22, 2017

    Having survived the Thatcher/Reagan years in the 1980s, and thought it could not get any worse until the Blair/Bush junior years from the late 1990s to 2000s, we are now in the present Trump era in which the prospect of dictatorship in the US is openly discussed.… Read More

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