The current issue (November 2010) of Southasia magazine includes my article, Animals Have Rights Too! The article is the last in an extensive series published throughout this year. Veteran animal rights advocate Syed Rizvi worked closely with the magazine on their production. I donated my fee for writing the article to the Pakistan Animal Welfare… Read More


Here is the text of the letter I sent to my Member of Parliament, Amber Rudd, about the government’s proposed badger cull. I will post her response here. As you know as a resident of the Old Town and as the MP representing the Hastings and Rye constituency, many constituents consider themselves to be very lucky… Read More


Further to my post about the proposed badger cull in England by the ConDem government and in Wales by the Welsh Assembly, George Monbiot writes in today’s Guardian, and concludes So why commission £49m of research then shred it? Because the National Farmers’ Union wants to see blood, and it is neither prepared to wait… Read More


There’s animal cruelty and exploitation and then there’s animal cruelty and exploitation which I find particularly egregious and unacceptable. One example is using animals in war. A lot of patriotic nonsense is written about dogs in war. But here’s the reality, as reported recently in The Guardian. I added emphasis in order to make the… Read More


Very interesting feature article in today’s Guardian, “A tale of two herds,” which juxtaposes the proposed mega-dairy for Nocton, Lincolnshire and the treatment of a small herd of cows cared for by the Hare Krishnas at their Hertfordshire estate. I like how the feature contrasts the attitude towards dairy cows by Peter Willes, one of… Read More


The Independent publishes today, The Great Animal Rights Betrayal, a front page lead story continued onto pages 4 and 5, which includes several side bars under the banner, “The Betrayals,” on Game birds, Slaughterhouse cruelty, Circus animals, Beak trimming and Badger cull. There’s also a Comment by Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor, Compassion In World… Read More


Science does not operate alone in its own universe. Regardless of how much scientists assert their work is objective, their research, as, indeed, is everything, is viewed subjectively in the ever present, including the world of politics and morality. Take, for example, the coalition government’s commitment to culling badgers in response to the spread of… Read More


This is a brilliant initiative from Anonymous, the animal rights groups based in Israel. They’ve installed a live web cam in a battery cage, which the farming industry can’t find to turn off. Click here to go live inside a battery cage. Still want to eat eggs?… Read More


This delicious vegan fruit cake was made this morning by yours truly. For many years now, I’ve baked fruit cakes from the recipe in Rose Elliot’s The Complete Vegetarian Cuisine (p. 310). More recently, however, I’ve begun to experiment with the recipe by adjusting the ingredients, which is sometimes prompted by what I have available.… Read More


Intriguing article, The Rise of the Power Vegans, in Businessweek. It used to be easy for moguls to flaunt their power. All they had to do was renovate the chalet in St. Moritz, buy the latest Gulfstream jet, lay off 5,000 employees, or marry a much younger Asian woman. By now, though, they’ve used up… Read More


Any suggestion of any canon of prescribed required reading inevitably invites comments. Invariably, they are hostile and unforgiving. “You dared to include this book but omitted that one,” someone is bound to say. Nonetheless, it is knowing that brickbats and bouquets will no doubt come my way that I propose my Animal Rights Top Ten… Read More


I enjoyed this week’s brief interview in The Guardian with sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. I thought the following was particularly insightful–especially the bit I highlighted. I don’t see why what he has to say below is gloomy at all. It just seems right. Unlike some sociologists, Bauman’s work is accessible, intellectual and often polemical. His own… Read More


The BBC reports in No plans for hunting ban vote before 2012, MPs say: There will not be a House of Commons vote on repealing the Hunting Act before 2012, the BBC understands. MPs close to the campaign admit they do not have the numbers at the moment to win a vote and say the… Read More


Mike Markarian, Humane Society Legislative Fund, reports on successes for animal issues in the US this week. It was a big election night for animals, with major victories against the puppy mill industry and agribusiness lobby in Missouri, and against the NRA and trophy hunting lobby in Arizona. And many of the leading animal advocates… Read More


A report published in The Guardian on Saturday on the alleged killing of the Emperor of Exmoor stag included this quote by Louise Robertson of the League Against Cruel Sports. We fully accept that there are cases where deer herds need to be managed and culling is necessary but it should be done by a… Read More


Really encouraging article, “Dogs: Iran’s new symbol of rebellion,” by Masoud Golsorkhi on The Guardian Web site. He concludes: An underground industry of dog beauty parlours thrives, mostly run out of private homes, as do a plethora of canine protection and welfare charities. A legal and substantial kennel industry has developed into what is fancily called… Read More