Though people, in my experience, seem to be less willing to offer up this canard in face-to-face conversations, something we frequently come across in online forums is the claim that "my [relative] owns a small farm, he treats his livestock humanely, and this is the exception rather than the rule" in response to an exposé … Continue reading Why Everyone Knows a “Humane” Small Farm
There’s a very common argument floating around that says that if you wouldn’t personally feel comfortable slaughtering (or castrating, or debeaking, or fill-in-the-blank) an animal, then you shouldn’t pay for another person to do it. Sam Harris has even identified this as the linchpin of his vegetarianism—the argument that prevents him from eating those organic, … Continue reading The Anti-Meat Argument I Don’t Understand
Eating Animals is a landmark book in the genre of contemporary animal rights literature—not because it has benefited from Jonathon Safran Foer’s fame as a novelist, or because of its celebrity endorsements, or because it’s being turned into a movie produced by Natalie Portman. The book succeeds because it so successfully balances clarity about its … Continue reading What Story Should we Tell About ‘Eating Animals’?
Although most people overestimate the difficulty of transitioning to veganism, it is a lie to claim that it's a breeze. As with any lifestyle change, veganism requires an upheaval and reassessment of one's daily routine. There's a learning curve, to be sure, but once you've ironed out the wrinkles you can return to the automaticity … Continue reading The Worst Thing About Being Vegan
Daiya, the major player in the vegan cheese market, was recently bought out by a Japanese pharmaceutical giant, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (OPC). This has stirred up a great deal of controversy in the vegan community because Otsuka uses animal testing. Many have called for a boycott, small vegan grocery stores have pulled the product … Continue reading 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Boycott Daiya
Every week, my mother, and my younger brother and I used to drive twenty minutes or so to Taco Bell. It was as habitual as it was ritual; I’d eat my cheesy gordita crunch and drink my Starbucks coffee as my mother reminded us to complete our weekly chores. I looked forward to it every … Continue reading On Vegetarianism
Scout Hartley, Mike Favata and Evan Anderson discuss the emerging science of lab-grown meat, delving into the promise and problems of this new technology.