Life and death: a response to Lierre Keith’s animism

This is a response to Lierre Keith’s argument in The Vegetarian Myth, a poorly researched, fallacious and dishonestly argued anti-vegan screed. It was originally written for www.thevegetarianmyth.com, a never-completed crowdsourced response to Keith’s book.   Inconsistent animist ethics Keith defends her position with a confused animist-type ethics that veers unclearly and inconsistently between hylozoism (everything ...

Lunch

It’s lunchtime, and I haven’t brought anything with to the office today, so I decide to pop down to the supermarket across the road to find something. My requirements are simple: It must be vegan. I don’t eat processed bits of dead tortured animals – I’m weird that way. Because I like orangutans (and rainforests ...

Rethinking the politics of animal liberation

* This is a talk I delivered at an academic animal rights conference in Hunterstoun early 2010. It addresses the dangerous political apathy and single-issue campaigning of the contemporary mainstream animal rights crowd. *   It is clear to most reasonable people that apart from the Eternal Treblinka of non-human animals, other crises weigh heavy ...