Vegan activist whistle-blowers: understanding their aims, and why defending them is defending democracy

Recently the Australian government has been cracking down on vegan activist whistle-blowers. Activists entering farms to capture footage may be able to face up to $200 000 fines as of this year, this is despite the fact that activists have captured countless footage of animal cruelty (both legal and illegal practices) in Aussie farms and … Continue reading Vegan activist whistle-blowers: understanding their aims, and why defending them is defending democracy

Vegan FAQ: Responses to Common Debates about Eating Animals

Currently conversations about eating animals and veganism are happening countrywide after the recent bold and controversial nationwide animal rights protest. Many questions and comments that arise tend to be commonly held. So below are a list of 18 of the most common ones I come across, with my responses to each. 1. "We should continue … Continue reading Vegan FAQ: Responses to Common Debates about Eating Animals

The Australia-wide vegan protest: A reflection on the different responses

This week has been big in Australia. Never have I seen a protest create so much heated debate! In case you missed it, on Monday 8th April 2019, hundreds of animal activists held a bold nation-wide animal rights action. In Melbourne, they stopped the CBD with a peaceful protest holding signs about the film Dominion, … Continue reading The Australia-wide vegan protest: A reflection on the different responses

What’s the issue with ‘hero worshipping’ in activism?

We hear the phrase 'hero worshipping' a lot in the animal activist community, especially with the recent rise of public celebrity faces in the movement. Usually it's described as a problem, but I think there's a little more to understand about the rise of celebrities in activism. So I thought I'd break down my thoughts … Continue reading What’s the issue with ‘hero worshipping’ in activism?

Veganism is not a black or white concept

It can be easy to see things in black or white - that something is good or bad, right or wrong, perfect or a failure. Termed as 'polarised thinking' in psychology, this type of thought pattern is recognised as unhelpful due to its irrational and simplistic approach. Most of us think in this way from … Continue reading Veganism is not a black or white concept

A world without slaughterhouses

After the incredible 2018 Melbourne March to Close All Slaughterhouses, which had approximately 1000 people colouring the city red, I began pondering what a world without slaughterhouses would look like.  Here's what I envision: Given animal agriculture is currently the leading cause of environmental damage,  including air and water pollution, mass land clearance and habitat … Continue reading A world without slaughterhouses

The first rule of vegan club: do not make it a club

  As people who aim to protect animals with each meal we eat, identifying as vegan can become a badge of honour. It can permeate into so many aspects of our lives that we no longer see ourselves as simply living vegan, behaving vegan, or thinking vegan, but rather we see ourselves as being vegan. … Continue reading The first rule of vegan club: do not make it a club

March To Close All Slaughterhouses

With the 2018 global March to Close All Slaughterhouses around the corner, I thought I would revisit and share with you my words from the Adelaide March in early 2017. As part of the grassroots activist team I co-coordinate (Animal Rights South Australia), we brought the March to Adelaide for the first time last year, … Continue reading March To Close All Slaughterhouses

Street conversations: talking about veganism effectively

When you are talking to someone not only about a sometimes unpopular topic, but one that may also attempt to dismantle their lifelong beliefs, there are some important things to consider. As part of my team at Animal Rights South Australia, one of the more regular forms of outreach we engage in is street education. … Continue reading Street conversations: talking about veganism effectively