The Death of Activism and the Rise of Branding Spectacle in Animal Advocacy

The traditional animal welfare groups never bothered much with activism. These were charities that just wanted donations. Then, in the 1980s, the “animal rights” movement arrived in the U.S. Although the movement started off with a focus on grassroots activism, the movement morphed into the new welfarist movement–a conglomeration of corporate charities that talked about […]

Animal Rights and “Pets”

Oxford University Press published a collection of essays by philosophers, Pets and People: The Ethics of Our Relationships with Companion Animals. I reviewed the book for the Journal of Value Inquiry. You can find my review here. ********** If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about […]

Tom Regan and the Animal Rights Movement That Once Was

Between the Species, an online journal for the study of philosophy and animals, did an In Memoriam issue focused Tom Regan, who passed away February 20917. Here is the lead essay, Reflections of Tom Regan and the Animal Rights Movement That Once Was, which I was invited to contribute. ********** If you are not vegan, […]

Adventures in Confused Thinking About Sexism

Someone sent this PETA poster and PETA’s reply to the claim that this sort of thing commodifies women. According to PETA, it is “misogynist” to claim that this poster commodifies women because it fails to respect the decision that women make to participate in making a poster like this. To call that confused reasoning on […]

Guest Essay on Veganism as a Matter of Justice: A Short Reply to the Welfarists

Here is a Guest Essay I did for vegan site, Veganism as a Matter of Justice: A Short Reply to the Welfarists When I promote the position that veganism is a moral imperative (veganism is something we are morally obligated to do) and that justice requires that we be vegan, some welfarists respond: “But […]

Two New Essays on Open Democracy

We have two new essays on the progressive and highly-respected Open Democracy site: Why We Must Respect the Rights of All Sentient Animals It’s Time to Consider the Meaning of ‘Animal Welfare’ These essays appear on the Transformation page of the Open Democracy site. We hope that you enjoy these essays and that you will […]


Just out! Available in paperback and Kindle at This book is a call to action. Since the beginning of time, there have been—in total—about 110 billion humans who have lived and died. We kill more nonhuman animals than that every single year. Think about that for a second. Our exploitation of nonhumans represents violence […]

Veganism: History, Contemporary Views, and Common Objections

This brief essay, translated into Spanish, will be included in the new edition of the Diccionario de Filosophía (J. Ferrater Mora): VEGANISM. Veganism, as a matter of diet that may reflect broader ethical concerns, refers to the practice of not consuming meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and other foods, such as honey. Veganism as a general […]

Guest Essay: Mercy for Animals and Cage-Free Duplicity

This is a guest essay written by Linda McKenzie, a long-time Abolitionist advocate. ******* Mercy for Animals and Cage-Free Duplicity Linda McKenzie Part 1 Mercy For Animals (MFA) is a classic example of welfarist organizations that make a habit of talking out of both sides of their mouths, and of saying one thing while doing […]

Some Thoughts in Anticipation of the Podcast Discussion to Which Sivarama Swami Has Agreed

NOTE: I AM PREPARED TO DO THE PODCAST AT ANYTIME. SIVARAMA SWAMI HAS YET TO AGREE TO A DATE. On September 1, 2017, a Hare Krishna adherent named Sivarama Swami posted a video on Facebook entitled, Can Vegans Consume Milk?. I watched the video and I was disturbed by it. I posted this on the […] Essay on the Interest Animals Have in Living

Here is our second essay in The title of the essay is: A ‘humanely’ killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong. We hope that you enjoy it and that it stimulates your thinking about the issue of the interest that animals have in continuing to live–apart from their interest in not suffering. […]

Guest Essay: The Himsa of Milking and Cow Protectionism: A Response to Swami Sivarama

In an essay written for this page, Dr. Yamini Narayanan, Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, explains how Swami Sivarama has misinterpreted Hindu doctrine in his promotion of “Ahimsa milk.” The posting of this essay does not imply agreement with the views of the author as a general matter. ********** […]

Eating Animals: Our “Choice”?

In our discussions about veganism, a common—almost unquestioned—assumption is that veganism is a matter of choice. What is meant by this is not simply that we can choose whether or not to eat, wear, or use animal products because these choices are not prohibited by law, but that we have no moral obligation to choose […]

Daiya, Animal Testing, and the Meaning of “Vegan”

Some people are upset about the fact that Daiya has been acquired by a company that is reported to do animal testing. They are claiming that Daiya products are, therefore, no longer “vegan.” That is silly. It is no different from saying that a package of frozen broccoli isn’t vegan because it is made by […]

The Crowland Chicks and Our Conventional Wisdom About Animals

The BBC reported that someone dumped about 1800 chicks in a field in Crowland, near Peterborough, in the United Kingdom. The chicks were killed because they were found close to an avian flu exclusion zone. Photo: RSPCA/BBC The RSPCA, which is investigating, believes that the chicks belonged to a commercial chicken producer and were abandoned […]

The Calf at Foot Dairy and Happy Exploitation: “They produce better quality stuff for us to eat.”

Animals are chattel property. It costs money to protect their interests. Animal exploiters, as rational actors, will generally protect animal interests to the extent that it is economically efficient to do so. That will, for the most part, result in very low standards of animal welfare. There are three ways to increase the level of […]

Thought of the Year: Go Vegan Now. Stay Vegan Forever.

This was originally published on January 2, 2017 on the Abolitionist Approach Facebook page. ********** If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself. If animals matter morally, veganism is […]

Webinar: Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy: 2017

This is our second Webinar, which occurred on December 30, 2016. The organizer was Benjamin MacEllen. There were more than 400+ participants. ********** If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence […]


We are having a Thunderclap for abolitionist veganism this Saturday, December 31, at noon. This Thunderclap will create a virtual “flash mob” of people all promoting veganism at the same time, and directing those interested to our site, How Do I Go, where they can get all the information they need to go and […]

Invitation to Webinar: Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy for 2017

On December 30, we will do a two-hour webinar focused on how YOU can become a more effective vegan advocate in 2017. We’ll start with some ideas that we hope will help you. And then we’ll answer your questions and talk with you about your experiences doing advocacy. The only way the paradigm will shift […]