J. J. C. Smart on Ethical Progress

Animal Ethics

If there has been progress in ethics recently it has been through the realization of some ethicists that animal happiness and suffering has to be considered equally with that of human beings. Smart , "Ethics and Science," Philosophy 56 [October 1981]: 449-65, at 450 [footnotes omitted

Where Does Vegan Baby Sky Get Her Protein?

Animal Person

Of course she eats a bunch of batter first, then a couple of pancakes. Activism Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink parenting environmentalism green parenting veganismI'm constantly asked about the details of Baby Sky's life. Where does she get her protein?

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An Affront to the Idea of Family

Animal Person

Of course, you're supposed to hop onto the following train of thought: These are good people. What you're supposed to be buying into is the idea that if a family owns a farm it is somehow qualitatively different (and of course, better) than a farm that isn't family owned.

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To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

Of course, the world outside of our home tells a different story. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Greyhound Matters Language Thanksgiving veganism

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

He is an unabashed speciesist, putting humans on “a different moral plane from that of other animals” (11) due to various reasons, such as our “vastly greater capacity for symbolic language, culture, and ethical judgment” (11). Of course that can be debated.

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

And what follows, as you might imagine, is his support of "ethical meat" (for those who insist on eating animals). Tags: Activism Books Ethics Language

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On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

Of course, she teaches Jake the prayer that makes killing the animal all better. If you're going to claim that it was good for Native Americans so it's good for us, please know that they had an ecological ethic that we simply don't share.

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On the Keeping of Endangered Fishes

Animal Person

Of course that also brings up the dilemma of feeding cats and fish, who are omnivores and actually need to eat some meat in order to be healthy. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics

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The Best in Vegan Education

Animal Person

Of course, the precise nature of the film is crucial to its success as a vehicle for conversion, and I'm sure you've all seen and perhaps even participated in debates about Earthlings and its degree of efficacy. (As Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Film

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On "The Botany of Desire"

Animal Person

And of course, the entire book is a commentary on what happens when humans decide that a plant, for whatever reason, is desirable (or perhaps, as Pollan suggests, we have been set up by the plants to desire them). Tags: Books Economics Ethics

On Ducks and Geese

Animal Person

Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course. I've written about the much-maligned Muscovy ducks before , and at our old house this time of year I was usually inundated with rescue situations and of course my patio often had images like this. This is Girlie Girl.

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Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

Animal Person

Ethics. Course. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Today is the launch of. I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. Also, it has the added bonus of organizing my content better than I have.

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

And of course that premise is only possible because the animals (and everything else on the planet) are our "resources." Tags: Activism Books Current Affairs Ethics Language 100 Heartbeats animal rights Jeff Corwin veganism

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On "The Road" and Humanity

Animal Person

Of course the man's a good guy--he hasn't killed and eaten his dog. Tags: Ethics Film Language " animal rights "The Road movie review

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On The Respectful Emperor

Animal Person

Of course, what they are talking about and how they are changing their behavior is very frustrating for someone who doesn't believe we should be using animals at all.

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On Why a Bunny Might Have Two Noses

Animal Person

The rabbits were produced, of course, by a rabbit mill that supplies "pet" stores with live creatures whom humans will purchase without having any idea of the conditions they were produced under. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics ( AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Brian A.

Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

TD, of course, wasn't too keen on hot dogs for nutritional reasons at the very least. First of all, anyone who has taught The Princeton Review's SAT, LSAT or GRE courses knows that answers with the word "everything" in them are rarely correct. Tags: Ethics Language You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?) boyfriend of over 20 years ago.

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The Irony of The Girl Effect

Animal Person

Human slavery, of course. The central message of the program was not about enslaving animals, of course. I saw this on Oprah yesterday. Yes, I watched Oprah. Yesterday was World AIDS Day and I anticipated her doing a thoughtful program, which I think she did.

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On Peaceable Kingdom, Part Deux

Animal Person

There's betrayal, hypocrisy, speciesism, animals as commodities, animals as property, the myth of "humane" farming, the fictions our culture teaches us about animals, and of course, redemption. Tags: Activism Ethics Film

On Helping Individuals and Utilitarianism

Animal Person

Of course, I have an emotional attachment to that one individual, Violet Rays. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics I'm not a utilitarian.

On Scheduling Epiphanies. and Coral Snakes

Animal Person

One of the reasons I do this is to see what others are saying about veganism (both good and bad), vegan food, their vegan friends and family members, and of course, about going vegan (I've already seen a handful of #in2010 references to going vegan).

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Emme Loves Ami!

Animal Person

Of course, I have to be on the lookout for any changes in Emily anyway, as she's an FIP kitty and has a bloated belly but at this point no other symptoms. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Gray Matters

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On Mainstreaming Veganism

Animal Person

But of course she asked the right person and we went on a quest (and found nothing vegan) and ended up chatting about veganism. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.

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Powder Puff, RIP, and More

Animal Person

Of course, when kitties are suffering they usually hide so that's profoundly unrealistic. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Stephanie posted the first of a series of guest posts by yours truly about TNR and Project Treadstone over at her immensely popular site at Change.org.

On Charles and Project Treadstone

Animal Person

And of course, I will use the meetings as an opportunity for vegan outreach. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Just in case you were wondering what an 85-lb red fawn greyhound looks like from the back with a couple dozen acupuncture needles in him.

On Why I Pick on The Left. and Cookies

Animal Person

As for cookies, well, I am at the end of week one of gluten-reduced week, and my two favorite parts were, of course, desserts.

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On Deep Vegan Outreach and Dr. Ray Greek

Animal Person

Of course, the name brings Deep Ecology to mind, which is a plus in my mind. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Economics Ethics Language This week I asked "Is this 'War'?" over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression and I welcome comments (and will respond to the current ones shortly).

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On Taxes, Veganism and "Pets"

Animal Person

One of those is vet bills, which of course aren't deductible, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't know the total. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Greyhound Matters Language Because I'm a highly-social, party-loving gal who loves to get gussied up and enjoy an all-nighter on New Year's Eve, I. did my taxes yesterday. And by "did my taxes," I mean I went through all of my income and expenses and created a spreadsheet for my accountant (I don't know enough to do my own taxes!).

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On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

And of course, the reality that all of this involves using sentient nonhumans when that's unnecessary isn't even considered. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language Today's New York Times gives us Adam Shriver's Op-Ed " Not Grass-Fed, But at Least Pain-Free ," which presents its dilemma at the end: If we cannot avoid factory farms altogether, the least we can do is eliminate the unpleasantness of pain in the animals that must live and die on them.

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As long as it's legal, who am I to judge?

Animal Person

As if humans don't assess and judge things, people and experiences all day long and use those judgments to form a future course of action or decide which relationships they do and don't wish to pursue. Ethics and the law don't necessarily move together. Tags: Activism Ethics Language Billie commented on a bull riding post from January of this year, writing: "And whos [ sic ] to judge someone for what they enjoy as long as it is legal!" (I

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On "Wild Justice"

Animal Person

And those mythical differences, of course, have historically been used to legitimize our use and treatment of our nonhuman cousins. Tags: Books Ethics Language

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On Humane Societies and Calf-Roping

Animal Person

Calf-roping (which of course is a hideous practice, but so are the rest of the animal-related rodeo activities). Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics

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On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

Animal Person

At minute #9 for me last night was a young woman going through one of the obstacle courses and getting pummeled, just like everyone else. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language " Care2 "Wipeout animal cruelty animal rights lion meat Have you seen the ridiculous television show, Wipeout ? There's something hilarious about people intentionally putting themselves in a position to be beaten up like Wile E. Coyote.

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Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Animal Person, Part 2

Animal Person

I wrote about atheism, diabetes (which I do think is important and stay tuned for a video about canine diabetes and how to test blood sugar), dog food, feral cats, and of course, greyhound racing. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language abolition animal rights blogging veganism vegetarianism writing Yesterday's lessons learned were primarily about blogging. Today they're about language. Lesson #7 Obsessing over language can become counterproductive.

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On Flourless Cakes and Injuries

Animal Person

And of course, Emily is just as opinionated and irritable as ever, and still shows no sign of dying from her FIP. Tags: Ethics Food and Drink Greyhound Matters This, dear readers, is my new obsession.

People Who Want to Ban Circus Animals are Bozos?

Animal Person

Henican writes: The truth of the matter, of course, is that most city kids will never have the chance to visit the wilds of Africa and Asia, assuming there are any wilds left in the decades to come. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics In "Council Bozos Want to Ban Circus Animals in City" Ellis Henican ridicules the New York City Council for introducing a bill to ban the "display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement."

Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

Animal Person

It has absolutely nothing to do with any genuine environmentalist ethic. And not all organizations that advocate for animals claim to have a "genuine environmentalist ethic," and the ones that do must subscribe to his ethic or they're not genuine? Like I said, the entire animal rights "ethic" is both cynical and dishonest. As for the ethic being cynical, I don't understand that so I cannot comment. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language

Slate on Pepper: Stolen for Research

Animal Person

In a five-part series to be published over the course of this week, Slate will explore her legacy. Tags: Economics Ethics Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate , has posted the first of a five-part series about animals used for research. Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science ," thankfully wasn't called Pepper, the stolen dog that changed American science," so that was an encouraging sign. Pepper was a beloved family pet.

On Being a Minority Within a Minority

Animal Person

Of course there are oodles of vegetarians who mention veganism and how difficult and restricting it is, and overall I'm having a fairly disheartening experience. What I have found above all is that treading lightly is the best course of action. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics I've been tweeting ( [link] ) for a short time and I have more than anything else the overwhelming feeling that I am part of a minuscule minority within an already small segment of the population.

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Yet More Good News for Project Treadstone

Animal Person

The woman from the coalition knows and respects the vets at Pahokee, which of course isn't as good as my own vet being on the case, but I'm sure it'll all work out fine. Of course I still have to come up with the money to pay for the surgeries, vaccinations and microchips, but I've done well with that so far so I assume my luck will continue. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics This one's more like Good News for Mary Martin.

Preparing for the Onslaught

Animal Person

And of course if you correct someone and say "Dead Turkey Day," you're "buzzkill," or imposing your beliefs or being judgmental. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Language My husband has two friends (a male/female couple) who are transitioning from vegetarian to vegan and I also have two friends (both women) who are transitioning from omnivore and all are dreading Thanksgiving. The conversations with family and friends have already begun about "Turkey Day."

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Great Question About Obama Pup

Animal Person

Of course, a "mutt" from a shelter would have been the optimal situation, though from what they Obama's say, that would have been impossible.) Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Here's a great question I received via direct message on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/mary_martin ): "Do you think that even if Obama had adopted a shelter dog-it still may have caused a run on breeders? Would it matter?" This is why I didn't campaign for a greyhound--it raises their profile.

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"How I Learned to Dislike Henry Alford"

Animal Person

But he manages to overcome his discrimination and embrace goat to the point that he served goat parts as every course in a recent meal. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language Earlier this week, the New York Times published an article that had what is perhaps the most offensive couple of sentences I've read in a long time.

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