This is the first in an occasional series of articles inspired by books in my Animal Rights Collection. The archive includes more than 75 books about animals in agriculture. The oldest was published in 1912 and is a pamphlet, “The Slaughter of Animals for Food,” by John Galsworthy, who is more commonly known for his… Read More


The Guardian publishes a scare-mongering story yesterday, Animal rights activist using FOI laws to target universities, which I suspect was planted by the animal industrial complex. The subtext is that people who have been arrested should not be allowed to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). The requests were sent by Luke Steele, an… Read More


One of the great things about the Web is the access it gives to things that wouldn’t be otherwise available. For example, I’ve discovered TED, a nonprofit organization that hosts conferences of various kinds. The important point is that you can watch the speakers at TED conferences for free! Recently, I’ve watched some really quite… Read More


Asian carp were first introduced to southern states of the US from China in the 1970s to help clean tanks in fish farms. They escaped and for more than 30 years have steadily worked their way up the Mississippi river system, devouring food and devastating native fish populations along the way. Last December, DNA of… Read More


An Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry has uncovered widespread evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing sector. Workers reported physical and verbal abuse and a lack of proper health and safety protection, with the treatment of pregnant workers a particular concern. Many workers had… Read More


Fellow anti-bloodsports activists Julia and Sara joined me in tabling in Hastings Old Town yesterday. Many people voluntarily approached us to sign the petition after they had read the 10 foot banner, which said “Back the Ban: Don’t Let the Tories Bring Back Hunting.” You can sign the electronic petition here.… Read More


Oh dear. Yet another report proclaiming “Fur is back!” This time it’s The New York Times and “Fashion Feels Fur’s Warm Embrace.” “For the first time in more than two decades, more designers are using fur than not,” it says. Turns out that the furriers have “aggressively courted designers, especially young ones, to embrace fur… Read More


Published originally in 1929, Gandhi called his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. I like the association of truth with experimentation. It reminds me that we are finite human beings wholly incapable of understanding the universe and, therefore, what truth truly means. For a truth to be true it must be universal. How can… Read More