The Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (Foundation for the Animal in the Law; TIR) is the center of excellence for the development of animal law in Switzerland. An independent nonprofit organization founded in 1996, TIR’s achievements include the detachment of animals from their previous status as insensitive things and the increasing respect for animal… Read More


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


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


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


Since Thursday, June 17 when I collapsed into unconsciousness in the street as I walked to my office in Hastings, I have spent the time in the Hastings’ Conquest Hospital and the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. In The Conquest, I was diagnosed with the ‘faulty plumbing’ of a heart valve born to malfunction.… Read More


A little while ago I said I was going to make an announcement. Well, this is an announcement but it isn’t the one that I planned to make. That announcement will have to wait until another time. My life has been overtaken by events. It is now necessary to make a different announcement. I collapsed… Read More


Last year (March, I think) we invested in two new compost bins and installed them side by side at our allotment. The left-hand bin was for new green waste from our kitchen and the allotment while the right-hand bin took the compost material that was already breaking down. Earlier this year I began to empty… Read More


Everywhere around the world insects are under threat. These threats take many forms not least from the global use of chemicals in support of mono cropping to grow food to feed to animals intensively raised in industrial farms. The plight of insects was featured in Insectageddon produced by Writers Rebel and the second in their… Read More


Join me at Insectageddon: On the Brink II from Writers Rebel hosted by novelist Laline Paull on Monday, May 24 at 6pm GMT/7pm BST. With Terry Tempest Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Professor Dave Goulson, Rebel Jay Griffiths, novelist Chloe Aridjis, Dr Erica McAlister, filmmaker Eva Aridjis, and poet Daisy Lafarge. Live at https://xrlivestream.tv/insectageddon/  … Read More


Regardless of their motivation and ideological foundation, there is an important and diverse history of individuals and organisations who have rescued and campaigned for animals over the years. This rich history has been preserved on an ad-hoc basis by a variety of individuals, organisations, and libraries. The forthcoming bicentenaries of the Martins Act in 2022… Read More


Jamie Woodhouse of the project, Sentientism: Evidence, reason and compassion, recently interviewed me for its podcast. This is a wide-ranging conversation in which Jamie asked me to describe my personal philosophy and beliefs that ground my animal rights work and keep me motivated.… Read More


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


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


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


Knowing Animals is a regular 30 minutes podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with academic and animal advocates. Episode 155 features an interview with yours truly. Host Josh Milburn invited me to discuss two topics. First, my chapter, ‘A… Read More


Notwithstanding those who say to the contrary, authors appreciate reviews, particularly when they’re positive. Recently, I discovered an enthusiastic review of my book, Growl, posted anonymously on Amazon. The author then contacted me and my delight in the review was enhanced when I discovered who it was. It’s for these reasons that I want to… Read More


The Kim Stallwood Archive of research material documenting the history of the animal rights movement will become part of the British Library’s permanent holdings starting in autumn 2020. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and provides information services to academic, business, research, and scientific communities. My unique archive chronicle the animal… Read More


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


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 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