Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

This weekend I got into a rather passionate debate with some friends of friends about animal rights. After a lot of back and forth about how animals are treated, how ethical meat consumption is, and why I’m vegan, we ended up with them stating that animals wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for humans to eat them – as in, they were put on this earth specifically for us to use as we see fit. “To eat animals.&#.

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Let’s Catch Up!

Creature Talk

It is a haunting, disturbing, thrilling, and often heartbreaking film about the dolphin trade and consequent slaughter in Japan. Alec Baldwin wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post about the vilification of Michael Vick, and how in a lot of ways it’s hypocritical of a lot of people – specifically, if you are a meat eater, a leather-wearer, and an animal user. It talks about the need for retirement homes, essentially, for these majestic animals.

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Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

Critter News

Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. He also introduced LB 306, otherwise known as the Livestock Animal Welfare Act. nebraska horses horse slaughterFrom the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen.

On "Animal Activism"

Animal Person

I've used the term "animal activism" lately as an experiment. I notice that if I use "animal rights activist" or anything with the word "rights" in it, because it's loaded and misunderstood, my listener often has an immediate bias of some kind. People have a relationship, whether or not they are aware, to the term "animal rights." I want to talk about why we shouldn't be using animals and that it's infinitely easier to be a vegan than it was 20 years ago.

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Tom Regan (1938-2017), R.I.P.

Animal Ethics

Yesterday, the world lost its most powerful voice for animal rights, Tom Regan. Regan devoted his professional life to defending animal rights in his numerous books (including: T he Case for Animal Rights ; The Animal Rights Debate ; Animal Rights, Human Wrongs ; and Empty Cages ), in his countless articles and public lectures, and in his testimony before Congress. CAF’s grants help make possible the next generation of animal rights scholarship and artistry.

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Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! The University of Puerto Rico, an "1862" LGU founded in 1900, operates a slaughter facility killing small ruminants -- typically goats and sheep, cattle being large ruminants.