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

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

Responding to the infamous ‘But plants have feelings too’

During a recent presentation I gave about veganism, I was asked by a member of the audience during Q&A - "plants are living things too, so why eat plants?" I know many advocates roll their eyes at this question, and fair enough, many people ask it to be deliberately antagonising. But then there are people … Continue reading Responding to the infamous ‘But plants have feelings too’

Coping after witnessing animal suffering

Bearing witness to the suffering of animals can be powerful yet traumatic. Not only are we exposed to violence, but the empathy we feel for the victims can cause us to suffer vicariously. Add to that the vastness of the cruelty, and the knowledge that it is largely unknown or ignored by most of society. … Continue reading Coping after witnessing animal suffering

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

Bearing Witness: Animal Activists and Compassion Fatigue

  Authors: Apoorva Madan, Tania Signal, Nik Taylor Behind each story of a suffering animal is an individual who has witnessed and retold it. But the retelling of these stories carries a heavy burden: intimate knowledge of animal abuse. Human abuse of animals is deeply entrenched in our global cultures, what does this mean for … Continue reading Bearing Witness: Animal Activists and Compassion Fatigue

A lasting image

As an activist, I've seen a lot of animal suffering. From starved dogs during my work in a rehabilitation animal shelter, whose bones protruded from their skin after having been abandoned for weeks by their human adopters; to young cows running bewildered among a crowd of noisy onlookers as they were chased by a stranger with a … Continue reading A lasting image

Emotionalism in Animal Rights

To be emotional is to be weak - This is what we are conditioned to perceive from a young age. "Stand tall", "be strong"; the use of strength as an antonym to the expression of emotion is embedded in our language. Where there is credit in our emotions, we find ourselves battling to present the … Continue reading Emotionalism in Animal Rights