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Effective Altruism for Animals: Utilitarian equivocation and moral consistency

I recently came across a comment from William MacAskill that helped me to think a bit more about Effective Altruism (EA) and utilitarianism.  Previously I hadn’t really thought it possible to move beyond the association between them, especially with Peter … Continue reading

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The Unilateralist’s Curse and Effective Altruism for Animals

This is a short article that seeks to examine how it could be possible to apply some of the ideas associated with the Unilateralist’s Curse to EAA and veganism. I was initially drawn to this idea by the way that … Continue reading

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Advocacy tips from Tom Regan

The following ideas represent some really helpful advocacy tips that featured in Tom Regan’s War Analogy article. ‘From my reading of Gandhi, I have come away with five principles: 1. Practice humility The last thing other animals need is another … Continue reading

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An interview with Tom Regan

The Vegan, Winter 2006, Archive. Tom Regan is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Carolina State University. He is also an uncompromising ‘Animal Rights Advocate’ (ARA). In his latest book Empty Cages – Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights he … Continue reading

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Addressing movement politics to improve animal advocacy

I think it could be fair to say that people are generally reluctant to deal with the fairly opaque politics of the animal movement.  This could be for several reasons, including the idea of taking time away from grassroots animal … Continue reading

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The paradox of neocarnism in mainstream ‘vegan’ advocacy

(This blog first appeared as an article for ARZone) In recent years there has been increasing popularity within the mainstream animal ‘rights’ movement to try and bridge gaps between different ideas in the animal movement.  This has frequently led to … Continue reading

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The Cows of Bristol Harbourfront

This is a guest blog that originally appeared at Vegan Bristol. The recent Bristol Post article titled ‘Two cows to mooove into Bristol Harbourfront’ provided a distinctly one sided account of animal farming, that appears to have been devised to … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the animal rights movement

It seems fair to say that Tom Regan has made a profound contribution to the modern animal rights movement, and in this television interview with William Friday, Regan offers a broad introduction to animal rights theory.   In more recent times … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on elitism in the animal movement

One of the central tenets of veganism is how the vegan lifestyle should be generally accessible to all.  This is to say that emphasising animal rights ought to lead to a way of social organisation that includes foundational ideas of … Continue reading

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Tolerance, ‘division’ and appropriation: Strategy for a mainstream monoculture

In some ways it might be claimed there are two prevailing views within the animal movement; one suggests that we can achieve our aims within the system (mainstream) and the other which suggests that a ‘justice for all’ approach is … Continue reading

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