In 2016, Merritt Clifton, the editor of the online publication Animals 24-7, advised me during an email exchange arising from comments I had posted about meat industry consultant Temple Grandin on the Animals 24-7 website,1 not to present my opinion before presenting the supporting evidence. If I wanted to write something about the methods used to artificially inseminate pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows, or goats, this would be of interest, as long as I gave agribusiness sources their due. [Read more…]
UPDATED June 12 ,2017
‘No one really thinks that it can get better, it’s just a question of how worse it will get. People, both Palestinians and Israelis, are in general despair and working for animals gives people hope because there is a feeling that we are in progress’ (activist, 47 years old, 25 Jan 2017).
‘What is going on in Israel?’ This is a question that many in the Western animal advocacy movement have asked in recent years.1 Israel has been referred to as the ‘first vegan nation’ and an example to learn from because of the rapid rise in veganism and animal activism the country has experienced.2 [Read more…]
Sunaura Taylor’s monograph, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, is a powerful and original contribution to the philosophy of disability and animal ethics, and to social justice scholarship generally. Like Carol Adams’ Sexual Politics of Meat, Taylor’s book is a groundbreaking analysis of the interweavings of animal and human oppression. While Adams’ work, published in 1990, has frequently been criticized for inadequately attending to axes of oppression other than gender and species, no such critique can be made of Taylor’s book, which is exemplary in its intersectional scholarship. [Read more…]
Artist Sunaura Taylor has long grappled with the intersections between the disability rights and animal liberation movements. Her newest book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (The New Press, 2017), is an in-depth examination of the various meanings of ability, their social contexts and constructions – and the overlap between disability and animal rights. The book is an insightful and nuanced analysis of disability issues. Beasts of Burden is also deeply personal in nature and uncompromising in its defence of total liberation. [Read more…]
In this interview, we speak with the legal defence team of Gary Grill and James Silver, who represented Anita Krajnc in her criminal trial for giving water to pigs in a truck outside of a Toronto-area slaughterhouse in 2015. The case has had widespread international attention. While the outcome of the trial happily spared a conviction for Anita, any potentially positive impact for animals in Canadian law was dismissed in the decision. Contrary to the claims of many activists, the case did not put the “industry on trial” or result in a “victory for animals”. [Read more…]