Forty years ago today in 1982, 6,000 animal rights campaigners marched six miles from Salisbury, Wiltshire to Porton Down, the government’s warfare research laboratory where animals are used as research tools to manufacture war. That day, as is today, April 24, is designated World Day for Laboratory Animals. In 1982 I was Campaigns Officer at… Read More


After The British Library acquired 36 boxes of research materials in 2020 to form the Kim Stallwood Archive, there was still a considerable amount of animal rights stuff in my office. I needed to find a permanent home for it. This included an audiovisual archive, a collection of 200 plus leaflets from the 19th and… Read More


Anna Malia of the North East Animal Rights (NEAR) in the UK recently interviewed me about my animal rights work. Click here on this Facebook link. On Friday, 6 May, I will be speaking about ‘The Martin Bicentenary: An opportunity to look back and imagine the future’ at the British Animal Studies Network at the… Read More


As I walked to my office in Hastings last June, I collapsed unconscious in the street and stopped breathing, I was taken to the Conquest Hospital. It was there that I was told I had been born with a faulty heart valve that had become atrophied and had to be replaced immediately. I was not… Read More


I don’t think the British statesman Winston Churchill had animal rights in mind when he wrote, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” But this pithy observation contains a general truth that’s true for the many individuals and organisations who collectively form the social justice movement for nonhuman animals. Regardless… Read More


I recognise that I’m not the demographic who will go into a KFC to eat vegan Beyond Chicken.  One of the reasons why I’m a vegan is because I find the visceral experience of eating the charred remains of dead animal parts—and their counterfeits—revolting. I like fresh ingredients simply cooked. Indian food is, of course,… Read More


Today, January 4, 119 years ago, a female, wild-caught Asian elephant called Topsy is killed in front of 1,000 plus people at Lunar Park, one of America’s first amusement parks, on Coney Island, New York. She is fed carrots laced with 460 grams of potassium cyanide. Then, 6,600 volts of electricity are shot through her… Read More


I am grateful to Carol J. Adams for many things. One of the most important is introducing me to the writer Virginia Woolf. It began with an epigraph in The Sexual Politics of Meat that’s a brief extract from a letter Virginia Woolf wrote to the writer Gerald Brenan on Christmas Day in 1922. The… Read More


Nancy Regan, who co-founded the Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) with her husband Tom, died in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, October 20, aged 83. With Tom’s passing in 2017, this is, for me, the end of an era in animal rights. They were among the few of the movement’s founders whose philosophical and artistic… Read More


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