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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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  • Our Hen House

    February 5, 2021

    Jasmin and Mariann from Our Hen House recently invited me back for a second interview for their podcast with the theme ‘Archiving Animal Rights’ (episode 577). They wrote: Kim Stallwood is truly one of the founders of the modern animal rights movement, and we are thrilled to have him join us this week on the podcast. He and Mariann discuss the long term history of the movement, the recent extraordinary acquisition of Kim’s collection of books and artifacts by the British Library, and what the Library selected to preserve for posterity. … Read More

  • Topsy Killed Today in 1903

    January 4, 2021

    On January 4, 1903, a female Asian elephant called Topsy was electrocuted to death on Coney Island, New York. I first learned about Topsy in the 1990s. I was working with the talented film-maker Jayne Loader on her outstanding documentary about animals. Jayne’s film was composed of pre-existing footage from many sources woven together to… Read More

  • 45th Vegan Anniversary

    December 31, 2020

    I celebrate the beginning of each year with my vegetarian and vegan anniversaries. On January 1, 1974, I became a vegetarian after working in a chicken slaughterhouse the previous summer when I was a student. The only vegetarian I knew at the time, Mandy, convinced me to give up eating meat and fish. Two years… Read More

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Beef by Andrew Rimas and Evan D.G. Fraser

    March 14, 2010

    “I am a great eater of beef,” pleads Sir Andrew Aguecheek in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “and I believe that does harm to my wit.” Wit isn’t the only thing harmed by the consumption of beef and other meats and dairy products. … Read More

  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

    April 25, 2020

    Tender is the Flesh is a dystopian novel about a virus that wipes away life from the planet. No, this isn’t about the Coronavirus and its threat to human life. It’s the animals who become extinct. Argentinian novelist, Agustina Bazterrica, adroitly and painfully imagines the consequences.… Read More

  • The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

    December 3, 2017

    It would be too easy to dismiss The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy as the “Watership Down book but about cats.”

    Richard Adams’ Watership Down is the hugely popular novel about rabbits in the English countryside. The Wildings is also a novel but its protagonists are the feral cats who live in an old neighbourhood of Delhi. Both the rabbits and the cats rise up to the challenges that threatens their existence. Both books empower their protagonists with abilities such as thoughts and speech and the agency of their actions. These are basically the books’ similarities.… Read More

  • Makers and Manners by Andrew Holden

    August 22, 2016

    In Makers and Manners: Politics and morality in post-war Britain, Andrew Holden quotes Lord Devlin: “Has society the right to pass judgement at all on matters of morals?”… Read More

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