Deconstructing the Boar’s Head Logo: Turning Animals into ‘Beasts’

Have you ever taken a close look at the Boar’s Head logo? Have you ever seen this popular banner they offer to all of their retail customers to hang prominently in their store windows or walls? Boar’s Head draws on an ancient, mythological representation of the wild boar, which has actually nothing to do with its products, to reinforce the perception of the “wild beast” that must be killed or will kill us. Continue reading

Seven Reasons Why We Have NOT ‘Evolved’ to Eat Meat

How many times have you heard someone justify their behavior based on the illogical premise that history somehow makes it right and assures its ethical legitimacy into the future? In fact, throughout history influential leaders and thinkers have used this same troubled logic to defend slavery, genocide, the oppression of women, racism, and discrimination based on a whole host of irrelevant criteria including sexual orientation, religion, color and now species. Continue reading

Video: What Can One Person Do? Philip Wollen Answers the Question

Many of us first heard of Australian philanthropist and former banking mogul Philip Wollen from his brilliant speech to the St James Ethics Centre and the Wheeler Centre debate in Australia on May 16, 2012. This video went absolutely viral on our website, clocking close to 200,000 page views to date. For those who haven’t seen the speech, we highly recommend seeing it first, and then watching this short video which addresses the question, “What can / should one person do?” Wollen’s response is simple yet instructive. He provides a basic blueprint for how and why each of us should be an activist for better world based on the principles of non violence and justice for all. Continue reading

Eating Animals and the Illusion of Personal Choice

The artificial breeding, exploitation, enslavement, killing and profiteering from the slaughtered corpses of some 60 billion land animals and another approximate 60 billion to 1 trillion marine animals every year globally is certainly not a personal matter for individual consumers. On the contrary, the animal industrial complex depends on a system of laws, standards, political power structures, institutionalized violence, economics and distribution. Continue reading

When Animal Groups Promote Happy Meat: Activist Jamie Cohen Speaks Out

Jamie Cohen has been vegan since 1994 and an animal activist for over two decades. She has volunteered for many organizations and is currently supporting Tribe of Heart with their efforts to promote the award winning documentary “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home” through home-screenings and planning the Baltimore Premier. Cohen just recently gave this rousing talk at the 2012 Animal Rights Conference as part of panel discussion. Following is the audio transcript from that speech: Continue reading

Video: German Demonstrators Hold Corpses of Farm Animals

On July 29th, 2012, 40 activists from Animal Equality Germany participated in a demonstration in Regensburg, Germany to shine a light on the casualties of modern animal agriculture. The activists held the bodies of dead animal corpses — piglets, chickens, chicks, fish and other farmed animals — the invisible victims of exploitation who no doubt experienced pain, sorrow and anxiety during their short and miserable lives. They represent the billions who are massacred daily in farms and slaughterhouses all over the world. Continue reading

Book Trailer: The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown

Pioneering animal advocate Jenny Brown has a fascinating personal story to tell in her newly released book, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals. In it Jenny describes her early childhood experience with bone cancer, her early animal activism, her “investigative” travels to stockyards in Texas and the founding of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. This well-produced book trailer captures the spirit of this new book and Jenny’s work. Continue reading

Animal Welfare Labeling: What They’re Not Telling You

Ninety-five percent of meat eaters today express an avid interest in animal welfare. Given the extent of this concern, certification has become big business. Unlike “organic,” however, there’s no legal definition for “humane.” Interpretations therefore flex as far as industrial producers can convince their certifiers–who are paid by producers–to stomach. Turns out the biggest certifiers can stomach quite a bit of suffering. Consider the following sketches of the dominant welfare labels, the ones you are likely to see in high-end chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Fields, and Wegman’s: Continue reading

Why Veganism Must Be the Baseline

In 2007, I wrote a newspaper editorial, which was republished in 2009, arguing that Michael Vick’s dog fighting was, as a moral matter, no different from our consuming animal products. I have received literally thousands of responses to that editorial. Many people agree with my position; many people have said that the editorial provoked them into thinking about veganism; many have said that they have become vegans after thinking about my argument. But no one–no one–who disagreed with my position has been able to articulate why what Vick did was any worse than what the rest of us do. That is because there is no coherent way to distinguish what Vick did from what everyone else does. Continue reading

Love and Liberation: Insights on Animal Liberation from James McWilliams

When we drift into the vexed territory of benevolent control and ownership over animals, by what set of standards do we determine what makes an animal happy, or what kind of environments are conducive to the development of their mental and emotional lives? Given that answers to these questions are beyond the ability of humans to grasp for themselves, is it possible to own or oversee an animal while creating settings that foster genuine satisfaction? Continue reading

The Excusitarian Syndrome: “That’s Why I Can’t Be A Vegan or Vegetarian”

Last week I sat in a brew pub and spoke with a 55-year-old cyclist who was really into fitness. He looked good for his age. When he learned I was a vegan for three years now, he explained to me that he had tried to be a vegetarian for a while and then described the many obstacles that made him defect. Continue reading

French Foie Gras Investigation: A Haute Cuisine Hell

France is the largest producer and exporter of foie gras. Over 20,000 tons are produced and approximately 700,000 geese and 37 million ducks are slaughtered by the French foie gras industry each year. Over 4,200 tons are consumed in Spain, and 850 tons are produced. Over 1,150,000 ducks are slaughtered by the Spanish foie gras industry each year. In this unflinching look at the Foie Gras industry, Animal Equality documents the shocking reality of life for ducks and geese confined and force-fed for foie gras production in France. Continue reading