Vegetarian Horror

The subject of meat is fertile ground for the horror genre. Here's a brief rundown on 2 horror movies and a novella for those Reasoned Vegan readers feeling brave this Halloween season. Raw (2017) Raw follows the story of Justine, a vegetarian college student forced to eat raw rabbit liver during a hazing ritual—an incident … Continue reading Vegetarian Horror

The Anti-Meat Argument I Don’t Understand

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

What Story Should we Tell About ‘Eating Animals’?

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’?

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Boycott Daiya

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

Reflection on a Year of Being Vegan: Beyond Diet and Lifestyle

The powerful thing about veganism is that it is both philosophy and practice. It gives the gift of realizing your own agency in embracing or limiting suffering. A year into being vegan, I’m particularly proud of the way being vegan impacted my life in far-flung ways that go beyond proscriptions on diet and lifestyle. It … Continue reading Reflection on a Year of Being Vegan: Beyond Diet and Lifestyle

Effective Altruism for Animals

Many vegans will know Peter Singer as the godfather of the animal rights movement, but less well known is the foundation he provided for another burgeoning area of practical ethics, effective altruism (EA). In his essay “Famine, Affluence and Morality” (1972), Singer, appalled by the famine and poverty in East Bengal, came up with a … Continue reading Effective Altruism for Animals

What’s Behind Jordan Peterson’s Hostility to Veganism?

Jordan Peterson is part public intellectual, part anti-PC free speech crusader, and part self-help guru. He gained most of his fame opposing bill C-16, a Canadian statute that critics argue polices language and enshrines postmodernism into law. Since speaking out against the bill, Peterson has gained legions of fans online, many of whom attribute his … Continue reading What’s Behind Jordan Peterson’s Hostility to Veganism?