I’ve never thought of myself as a change agent. Partly because this is one of those, frankly, American terms that sticks in my English throat. I prefer something more pompous like social justice advocate. … Read More


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to remove from its website information about animal welfare is an assault on the democratic rights of citizens who care about animals. It signals to commercial and other interests that their use of animals are even more protected from public scrutiny and accountability.… Read More


Today is my last day in my office in my adopted home town of Hastings, East Sussex. On Monday, I fly to the USA to spend the rest of this year as an independent consultant with Alley Cat Allies, who are based in Bethesda, MD.… Read More


In my book, Growl, I relate my two-year journey in the 1970s from being a meat-eating student working in a chicken slaughterhouse to a vegan working at Compassion In World Farming. The only vegetarian I knew was Amanda Young. … Read More


In 2016, Ula Zarosa from Open Cages in Poland interviewed me about animal rights activism in theory and practice. This interview was after I spoke at the Open Cages conference in Warsaw in July. The interview focuses on several issues and in particular the development of the animal rights movement in Central and Eastern Europe.… Read More


In March 2016 the University of Kassel in Germany hosted a conference called Animal Biographies: Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration? The conference was organised by Prof. Dr. Mieke Roscher and Dr. André Krebber. It was a great conference with many interesting papers. I was honoured to give my presentation, “Topsy, An Elephant We Must Never Forget.”… Read More


I enjoy reading a lot. It’s a lot like eating, which I also enjoy a lot. They’re both about nourishment. One for the mind. The other for, well, let’s not go there.… Read More


Ever wondered what I do, how I spend my time, and how I make a living? Now, you can find out by reading my annual review for 2015. As we begin a New Year, which is my fortieth anniversary of being a vegan campaigning for animal rights, I look back on 2015 and my work as… Read More


I wasn’t in a position to listen to all of yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on the question of bombing Syria but I did hear the first hour or so. And the impression I came away with the most was the arrogance of Prime Minister David Cameron and the condescension of the Conservative… Read More


I’m working on an assignment with Alley Cat Allies, the U.S.-based organisation dedicated to advocating for cats, and working closely with Becky Robinson, the president and founder. I helped to produce recently Becky’s book, The Evolution of the Cat Revolution: Celebrating 25 Years of Saving Cats, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at their achievements in their first quarter… Read More


A delegation to the Ministry of Defence of Tony Banks MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Cox MP, and myself as BUAV’s Campaigns Officer handing in a letter to Michael Heseltine, the Minister of Defence, asking a large number of specific questions relating to experiments conducted at Porton Down, the U.K. government’s military research laboratory near… Read More


The U.S.-based advocacy organisation, Alley Cat Allies, celebrates this year a quarter century of saving cats. Alley Cat Allies is the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. By establishing and promoting standards of care, Alley Cat Allies brought the humane treatment of cats into… Read More


The University of Northampton, England, hosted the Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference on October 9-10, 2015. The conference commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the death of Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) and the fiftieth anniversary of her article, ‘The Rights of Animals,’ published in the Sunday Times on October 10, 1965 (and later collected in the ground-breaking 1971… Read More