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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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  • 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

  • British Animal Charities Are Missing in Action This General Election

    December 5, 2019

      The U.K. General Election of 2019 will most likely go down in the record books as the Brexit Election. But, to their great credit, many politicians, political parties, some parts of the media, and campaign groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, have turned it into the Climate Election. The political parties themselves, particularly the Conservatives… Read More

BOOK REVIEWS

  • The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker

    July 15, 2017

    With so many books about cats published, I try avoid those that are cute photo books; or books about how Fluffy, Snowy, Blackie, etc. saved my life although I have read some. I stay away from how-to manuals or behavioural or veterinary guides. … Read More

  • A Journey in Ladakh by Andrew Harvey

    July 23, 2017

    Most likely I will never visit Ladakh. The next best thing is to vicariously read about it in A Journey in Ladakh by Andrew Harvey. The book was first published in 1983. The paperback copy I read included an Afterword written in 1999. Harvey’s visit was in the summer 1979. Nearly four decades later, I suspect much has and has not changed in Ladakh, if I were to visit. … Read More

  • All About Love by bell hooks

    April 29, 2018

    I haven’t read bell hooks in many years. I recall her Feminist Theory: From margin to center helped to inform my understanding of feminism in the 1990s. My interest in reading hooks again was after I heard Philip McKibbin speak about “The Politics of Love” at the Minding Animals conference in Mexico in January 2018. He referred to hooks’ All About Love: New visions in his excellent presentation. I confess to a “quick read” of this book and that this is why this is a “quick review.” Nonetheless, I recognize this book to be an informative, provocative, and empowering read. I will certainly return to it for a more thorough reading as my research progresses into understanding the relationship between being an animal lover and a vegan animal rights advocate.… Read More

  • The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto by Sue Coe

    February 17, 2017

    Often times words are not enough when I consider animal cruelty. Words fail me. No words describe animal exploitation. No words say how I feel. No words could possibly express how I imagine what the animals suffer.… Read More

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