Category Archives: vegan/vegetarian

Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.” You’re told to “shut the f up.” Oh, and look, here’s Yoda in an Internet meme: “The retard … Continue reading

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Eating Earth: an ethics-based guide for enviros & animal activists

They’re eating me out of house and home! Idioms, as you know, are shorthand codes for more complex ideas. As I read Lisa Kemmerer’s latest offering, “Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics & Dietary Choice,” I kept returning to that idiomatic gluttonous … Continue reading

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Deer-feeding video draws praise, criticism

A man emerges onto his deck in a rural Colorado neighborhood. He whistles and calls, “Who’s hungry? Come on, who’s hungry? Single file!” Like a pack of trained dogs–Pavlov comes to mind–some 20 deer come running for the chow about to … Continue reading

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Vegan thank you notes: “Just thought you’d want to know”

One last hurrah is on the holiday season horizon–the New Year’s celebration. The holidays (regardless of which ones you celebrate) are a time fraught with pitfalls for ethical vegans in a speciesist world. Gifts…food…gifts of food…argh. Food. You can always … Continue reading

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Animal rights Halloween hazards: Candy corn, chocolate milk, and squid ink pasta with baby octopus

Ever notice how those “scariest animal” lists that appear around Halloween (bats! spiders! snakes! sharks!) always omit the most truly frightening candidate–Homo sapiens? I mean, what could be scarier than realizing you’re of the same species as the callous, wolf-killing Idahoan … Continue reading

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It’s June! Time to luv-a-turkey, hug-a-cat, eat-yer-veggies…and panic!

June is upon us, and with it comes special day designations that prompt both cheering and jeering from the animal advocacy crowd. Ready? Let’s get start with the big, month-long picture. June is Turkey Lovers Month! But sadly–and predictably–that “love” … Continue reading

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Rabbit ranching: Pat the bunny, whack the bunny

Easter morning dawned bright and beautiful in Western Montana. I glanced out the window and there sat Sylvilagus nuttallii, the mountain cottontail. Though our mostly-wild, predominantly-native property is perfect habitat, rabbits don’t show themselves readily, and  the sighting was a special … Continue reading

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Wielding words for animal rights: Rapping, religion & blogging

Do you ever suffer from weariness of words? I do. Words piled on words. Remember when Polonius–attempting to determine if Lord Hamlet had gone mad–asked him what he was reading? “Words, words, words,” was Hamlet’s crafty reply. So many words. Too … Continue reading

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Departures, arrivals, & taxidermy: Welcome to our neck of the woods

In these troubled times, we’ve come to expect the steely-eyed gaze of TSA screeners and security personnel following us in every airport, everywhere. But what you might find shocking is the glassy-eyed gaze you’ll get from wild animals when you visit … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: Nothing says “I want you (and the pig) dead” like bacon roses

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the question on many a mind–or maybe just mine–is, Where’s the dissonance in “cognitive dissonance”?  According to About.com Psychology, The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting … Continue reading

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