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Corey Wrenn

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Corey Lee Wrenn is an Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and a graduate instructor and PhD student of Sociology. Her research focuses include social movement theory and nonhuman animal rights activism. She regularly blogs on animal rights issues and interviews activists.

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  • Donations, Organizations, and "Noisy" Abolitionist Veganism
    A colleague shared a very interesting essay with me that was recently published by the new International Vegan Association (formally the local abolitionist group, Boston Vegan Association).  The essay is titled, "Why Does the IVA Discourage Donations? (And Why Does it Exist At All?)."  I suggest readers pay attention to IVA developments because (...more)
    22 Sep 2014 at 10:48am       

  • Un-naming the Enslaved: Names, Identity, & Speciesism
    In a Huffington Post piece published today, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi (professor of Sociology and host of one of my favorite shows, History Detectives) pointed to a notebook dating to the 1700's as an excellent example of the deindividualization of enslaved persons.  The book documented its owner's business dealings and daily activities, including the (...more)
    19 Sep 2014 at 7:21pm       

  • "Ka-ching! That's What We Like to Hear": Why the Vegan Society isn't Vegan
    Many abolitionists have been very disheartened by the new Vegan Society campaign that replaced 70 years of uncompromised vegan outreach with the rhetoric favored by welfare organizations:  You no longer need to go vegan to help Nonhuman Animals, you only need to "reduce" by changing your consumption patterns in whatever way suits you, "your own (...more)
    10 Sep 2014 at 2:55pm       

  • For the Animals, By the People . . . Not the Man: A Vegan Feminist Critique of Social Movement Hierarchy
    I learned this week that another abolitionist organization has been "thrown under the bus," so to speak, as factionalism within the abolitionist vegan movement continues.  The Abolitionist Vegan Society (TAVS) , formed by Sarah K. Woodcock (an unpaid young woman of color), has been, for lack of a better word, "blacklisted," by prominent abolitionist (...more)
    8 Sep 2014 at 8:27pm       

  • Animal Suffering Motivates Behavior Change
    I came across a unique vending machine idea in Istanbul that encourages folks to recycle and to feed and water free-living dogs and cats. People insert recyclables into the vending machine, and it dispenses food (click for more images and a video).  There is also a spout for people walking buy with water bottles to share their leftover water (...more)
    27 Aug 2014 at 11:55pm       

  • The Fetishization of “Animal-Friendly” Animal Products: The Body Shop Example
    In the San Francisco airport earlier this week on return from a conference, I stopped in The Body Shop for the first time in search of a birthday present for a friend. I knew that The Body Shop had a large vegan inventory, but had to ask the sales clerk for certainty as nothing was labeled. While he was searching for a list, he informed me that (...more)
    20 Aug 2014 at 11:25pm       

  • Theorizing the Role of "Pets" Under Capitalism
    By Jon Hochschartner Companion animals, like other domesticated animals, are distinct from human proletarians in that they so not sell their labor power under the pretense of free choice. Rather, companion animals are themselves commodities. Their labor power is sold all at once, by others, unlike proletarians who sell their (...more)
    10 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm       

  • Can Non-Violent Protest Work for Animal Rights?
    I wanted to followup on my essay published yesterday on the foolhardiness of "non-violent" direct action as a drain on our resources. Some readers had questions about he effectiveness of protest and I want to flesh out these ideas. Importantly, yesterday's essay put "non-violent" in quotations for a reason:  I was specifically referring to violent (...more)
    15 Jul 2014 at 1:51pm       

  • "Non-Violent" Direct Action Protest Doesn't Work, More Importantly IT IS EXPENSIVE
    There are a variety of reasons why people support "non-violent" direct action protesting--it raises awareness, it gives activists a feeling of "doing something," or it is even supposed to challenge "free speech" restrictions.  I think these justifications are largely bogus at worst, or reflect a lack of critical thinking at best. In (...more)
    14 Jul 2014 at 11:13am       

  • Animal Exploitation in Hobbit Production: A Socialist Critique
    By Jon Hochschartner Besides overseeing the creation of a remarkably dull film, from a Marxist-animalist perspective, the capitalists behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey1 were unusually brutal on their non-human workforce. As many as 27 animals involved in shooting — including horses, chickens, goats and sheep — were (...more)
    12 Jul 2014 at 7:57pm       

  • The Social Psychology of Speciesism Lecture Series
    For those new to social psychology, I've published an introductory four part hour long lecture on the science of human-nonhuman relationships. In the first lecture, I make a case for the inclusion of Nonhuman Animal issues in the social sciences. In the second lecture, I cover a few important social psychological concepts that help explain institutionalized (...more)
    10 Jul 2014 at 2:13pm       

  • Against Security Culture in the Animalist Movement
    By Jon Hochschartner There are certain kinds of animalists, generally young and male, who are obsessed with security culture. Whatever their intentions may be, I believe the cloak-and-dagger measures they promote are ultimately harmful for our movement. In essence, security culture, as it's generally understood, are those (...more)
    3 Jul 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Call for Papers for a Book: Animals in Human Society
    Daniel Moorehead has issued a call for papers for a book on “Animals in Human Society: Amazing Creatures that Share our Planet” (title subject to change--please excuse the objectifying language!) which he will edit. The abstract deadline is July 21, 2014 and the full chapter deadline is September 1, 2014 (...more)
    2 Jul 2014 at 2:58pm       

  • Draft Horse Exploitation in Adirondack Logging Industry
    By Jon Hochschartner Writing history from the perspective of domesticated animals, the group most exploited under capitalism, is incredibly difficult to accomplish. I recently attempted this, researching the exploitation of draft horses in the Adirondack lumber industry in the 19th and early-20th centuries. Unsurprisingly, (...more)
    30 Jun 2014 at 7:17pm       

  • Will Veganism Stop Capitalism? Will Socialism Stop Speciesism? An Interview with Marxist Animalism
    By Jon Hochschartner I recently had the opportunity to interview a 31-year-old Marxist animalist who goes by the pen name Christopher Harrison due to concerns about hiring and job security. Among other things, we spoke about how he came to socialism and animalism and the connections he sees between the two. style="font-size: (...more)
    29 Jun 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Marxist Analysis of Forced Molting
    By Jon Hochschartner Photo: United Poultry ConcernsFrom a Marxist-animalist perspective, forced molting, a practice by which egg-laying hens' productivity is increased through starvation and reduced access to light, increases relative surplus value for animal exploiters. "Natural molting means a lot of lost production time, and (...more)
    28 Jun 2014 at 7:09pm       

  • Seeing "Euthanasia" as an Extension of the Capitalist Project
    Oftentimes we explore the problem of “euthanasia” (generally a euphemism for the killing of healthy dogs and cats) as a basic matter of morality or rights ethics. I argue that we should also be exploring this as an extension of anti-capitalist efforts as well.  Norm Phelps has argued that the dog and cat industry is a capitalist one, with consumers (...more)
    22 Jun 2014 at 2:47pm       

  • Wilde Discusses Species and Class
    By Jon Hochschartner The socialist animalist Lawrence Wilde is an emeritus professor of political theory at Nottingham Trent University in England. Author of the article 'The Creatures Too Shall Be Free: Marx and the human/animal distinction,' Wilde has been a member of the British Labour Party since 1975. He resigned in (...more)
    10 Jun 2014 at 12:27am       

  • Classical Marxism is Inherently Speciesist, Must Be Retheorized
    By Jon Hochschartner Classical Marxism is inherently speciesist and thus it should be the intellectual priority of socialist animalists to retheorize the position of non-humans within the system of thought. In classical Marxism, domesticated animals are literally reduced to machinery. So long as this is unchallenged, an anti-speciesist (...more)
    6 Jun 2014 at 11:10pm       

  • Soviets Exploited Dogs as Living Explosives
    By Jon Hochschartner In the Second World War, the Soviet Union exploited dogs as living, anti-tank explosives in their fight against the Germans, following Adolf Hitler's 1941 breaking of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The agreement between the two nations, which had been made in the summer of 1939, was, according to the exiled (...more)
    5 Jun 2014 at 5:00am       

  • Lafargue Promoted Speciesist False Consciousness
    By Jon Hochschartner In his 1900 essay, "The Rights of the Horse and the Rights of Man [sic]," Paul Lafargue, son-in-law to Karl Marx and a revolutionary in his own right, promoted what socialists should recognize as a speciesist form of false consciousness, in that he directed proletarian anger away from capitalists, the (...more)
    4 Jun 2014 at 6:10pm       

  • White Male VegFest Colorado: Gatekeepers & Institutional Discrimination in the Animal Rights Movement
    As I am in Colorado for the summer with fellow vegan feminist Cheryl Abbate, we've been keeping an eye on the vegan community, looking for fun stuff to do.  I haven't been to a “vegfest” of any kind since I was a teenager, and Cheryl thought it might be fun to check out VegFest Colorado 2014. But then we took a look at the speaker (...more)
    24 May 2014 at 4:20pm       

  • How Does Historical Materialism Affect Animal Liberation?
    By Jon Hochschartner Socialist animalists should consider how, if at all, the materialist conception of history, an important facet of Marxism, affects their view of the way in which animal liberation can be achieved. To be clear, I'm using the term 'animal liberation' to mean an end to domestication and other forms of exploitation (...more)
    22 May 2014 at 10:41am       

  • Jack London Inspired Influential Animalist Group
    By Jon Hochschartner Many may not be aware that the famed novelist Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild and The Iron Heel among others, was a socialist. Fewer still might be aware that the writer, who often wrote from the point of view of non-humans, inspired the creation of a powerful animalist organization. (...more)
    16 May 2014 at 8:00pm       

  • Engels Loved Killing Animals
    By Jon Hochschartner Friedrich Engels, close collaborator to Karl Marx, supported the torture of animals in the form of vivisection. This position perhaps should not be surprising given his passion for blood 'sports.' Writing to Marx in August of 1811, Engels complained about a publication's pro-animal stance. (...more)
    11 May 2014 at 11:59am       

  • There's Nothing Revolutionary about Meat-eating
    By Jon Hochschartner In late 2000, professors Teresa L. Ebert and Ma'sud Zavarzadeh wrote an unbelievably silly commentary for the Los Angeles Times called "Our American Diet Divides Us Into Classes of Workers and Bosses," that one hopes was intended as satire. As absurd as the article is, I fear that it's condescending workerism, (...more)
    10 May 2014 at 5:00am       

  • Shaw Was A Socialist Animalist
    By Jon Hochschartner The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature, was a socialist animalist. A practitioner of prefigurative vegetarianism, Shaw was a critic of many forms of non-human exploitation, but is perhaps best known as an anti-vivisectionist. In using the term 'animalist' (...more)
    9 May 2014 at 7:20pm       

  • Nibert Discusses Intersection of Species and Class
    By Jon Hochschartner David Nibert, an anti-speciesist socialist, is a professor at Wittenburg University and the author of two respected books on the intersection of human and animal exploitation and oppression. Nibert was an organizer for the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC)— a precursor to the Democratic (...more)
    8 May 2014 at 3:06pm       

  • New Study Challenges the "Emotionality" of Species Justice Work
    A new study shows that those who are sensitive to fairness and justice are not processing according to emotional reactions, but rather, they are thinking rationally and logically. The experimenters showed these "sensitive" people images of a homeless person being abused. The subjects had their brains scanned during the exposure, and, surprisingly, it (...more)
    6 May 2014 at 11:12pm       

  • Review: Social Lives with Other Animals
    You may have to be a real theory junkie to enjoy this book! I must admit, I found the first couple of chapters trying--I believe most would probably not be interested enough to continue(This is why I did not give the book 5 stars). Thus far, though, this is one of the most (if not the most) comprehensive sociological texts on human (...more)
    26 Apr 2014 at 12:29pm       

  • Lucy Robins Lang and the St. Helena Vegetarian Cafe
    By Jon Hochschartner DarlingShortly after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the anarchist Lucy Robins Lang and her husband began the process of opening a vegetarian restaurant that would become a hub for socialists of different stripes in the city by the bay. In another example of the pitfalls of the anti-speciesist left (...more)
    26 Apr 2014 at 9:00am       

  • Pankhurst Practiced Prefigurative Vegetarianism
    By Jon Hochschartner Sylvia Pankhurst, a socialist, Ethiopian nationalist and a feminist, practiced prefigurative vegetarianism for some time, apparently out of concern for non-human animals. style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;" />According to John P. Gerber, Pankhurst's (...more)
    25 Apr 2014 at 9:11am       

  • How Did African American Author Richard Wright Feel about Animal Testing?
    By Jon Hochschartner It's difficult to assess the species politics of Richard Wright solely based on his account of direct participation in vivisection. Near the beginning of the Great Depression, the Black writer and communist assisted in animal experimentation after being assigned by a relief agency to work in a Chicago (...more)
    24 Apr 2014 at 11:12am       

  • 'Man, Controller of the Universe' is Speciesist
    By Jon Hochschartner Given the piece's title, it should come as little surprise that Diego Rivera's Marxist-inspired mural "Man, Controller of the Universe" is most likely speciesist. Among other things, but perhaps of primary concern for socialist animal liberationists, the 1934 composition features Charles Darwin (...more)
    23 Apr 2014 at 8:00am       

  • I'm Scared of Networking with Pro-Animal Socialists
    By Jon Hochschartner I'm vaguely fearful of connecting with the anti-speciesist left on social media like Facebook, as I am of connecting with other explicitly political contacts with different ideological focus. Because like all such subcultures there will no doubt be a high degree of personal point scoring, (...more)
    22 Apr 2014 at 5:00pm       

  • Sue Coe: Vegan-Socialist Illustrator
    By Jon Hochschartner The contemporary British artist Sue Coe, whose work and public statements strongly condemn both capitalism and animal agriculture, is by all indications a vegan socialist. If an interview with the illustrator conducted in 2005 by Elin Slavick, now only available on an obscure blog, is to trusted, (...more)
    21 Apr 2014 at 4:22pm       

  • 'Beasts of Burden' was an Influential Vegan-Socialist Text
    By Jon Hochschartner Beasts of Burden was an influential vegan-socialist pamphlet, first published in late 1999 by Antagonism Press. It's authorship remains a mystery, so far as I'm aware. The text is written using the pronoun, 'we,' but of course that does not necessarily mean the pamphlet was a collaborative project. (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 2:40pm       

  • Are Animals Part of the Working Class?
    By Jon Hochschartner Horses so often died from exhaustion, their bodies were left to rot in the streets of major cities Vegan socialist Jason Hribal's challenge to anthropocentric leftism, from a 2003 issue of the academic journal Labor History, in which Hribal attempted to redefine the proletariat to include animals, (...more)
    17 Apr 2014 at 2:01pm       

  • Carpenter was Fabian Animal Advocate
    By Jon Hochschartner Edward Carpenter was a socialist and early gay-rights activist, who practiced prefigurative vegetarianism and advocated on behalf of animals. It should be said that Carpenter's brand of socialism, Fabianism, was despised by many revolutionaries of his era, such as Leon Trotsky, who regarded it as overly (...more)
    16 Apr 2014 at 1:20pm       

  • Make Your Reservations! Vegan Cuisine in Jeffery Dahmer's Murder House
    No, you can't actually eat vegan cuisine in Dahmer's home . . . but yes, this is for real.  And, I'm sure no one is surprised to learn that PETA is behind the stunt. Per usual, PETA cashes in on horrific human tragedies to draw attention to violence against animals.  In doing so, they effectively alienate veganism from the (...more)
    15 Apr 2014 at 3:26pm       

  • Review: The Ecological Hoofprint
    The Ecological Hoofprint:  The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock was recommended to me by David Nibert as it is sociologically oriented and critical of animal product consumption.  It provides an excellent summary of the major environmental arguments against meat in the context of global inequality and the agricultural industrial complex. (...more)
    14 Apr 2014 at 4:45pm       

  • Guevara Defended Animal Space Flight
    By Jon Hochschartner Lakia In late 1957, in the midst of the Cuban revolution, the iconic revolutionary Che Guevara defended the Soviet Union's plan to launch a homeless dog found on the streets of Moscow into space, on a flight in which there was no possibility of survival. Laika, the stray in question, was being used as an involuntary (...more)
    14 Apr 2014 at 11:33am       

  • In Search of the Vegetarian Bolshevik
    By Jon Hochschartner Numerous sources suggest vegetarianism was banned in the Soviet Union. But one must assume this wasn't immediately the case, as a prominent member of the Bolshevik Old Guard, meaning one active prior to the 1917 revolution, was a vegetarian. Whether his dietary choices were due to solidarity (...more)
    13 Apr 2014 at 11:30am       

  • Science was a Founding Principle of the Vegan Movement, Have We Heeded the Warning?
    The primary argument in my upcoming book, A Rational Approach to Animal Rights, is the unfortunate disconnect between activism on behalf of other animals and scientific evidence.  Tactics and theory in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement are largely designed according to personal leanings, hunches, religious beliefs, or that which brings the biggest (...more)
    12 Apr 2014 at 10:10am       

  • Zizek is Reformist on the Animal Question
    By Jon Hochschartner The public statements of Marxist writer Slavoj Zizek, which are sometimes difficult to interpret given his predilection for irony and contrarianism, suggest he supports a lukewarm reformism in regards to the treatment of animals, which, pathetically, makes his species politics more progressive than (...more)
    9 Apr 2014 at 3:25pm       

  • Critique of Capitalist Environmentalism Applies to Prefigurative Veganism
    By Jon HochschartnerEditor's Note:  I agree with the author that animal liberation efforts must focus on the capitalist structure rather than individuals living under oppression.  However, veganism must be the moral baseline, something everyone should strive towards as is reasonably within their means.  Animal liberation (...more)
    8 Apr 2014 at 2:56pm       

  • The Science of Authority
    In the Spring issue of Chickpea Magazine, I have contributed a piece that explores a social psychological phenomenon known as food-in-the-door. This phenomenon is increasingly pulled on by welfarist organizations to legitimate their reformist positions.  The assumption is that activists can get their foot in the door by selling higher welfare products, (...more)
    7 Apr 2014 at 12:56pm       

  • Does Sawant's Diet Reflect Her Species Politics?
    By Jon Hochschartner If the American revolutionary left held an annual award show akin to the Oscars — I'm imagining they'd be called the Debsies — newly elected Seattle City council member Kshama Sawant would undoubtedly win the category of Best Socialist of the year. So it might surprise anthropocentric leftists to learn that (...more)
    7 Apr 2014 at 9:33am       

  • Vegan Socialists Need their Own Publication & Unifying Term
    By Jon Hochschartner In a recent article for the Weekly Worker, a publication of the Communist Party of Great Britain,  Maciej Zurowski suggested that Assoziation Dämmerung, a Marxist animal liberation group, establish a publication centered on the intersection of species and class. "I would suggest you write more theory, (...more)
    6 Apr 2014 at 2:45pm       

  • What the IJC Whaling Ruling & Social Media Response Tell Us about Racism and Western Imperialism
    By Stevie Lynne TRIGGER WARNING:  This post discusses racism and includes racist and racially insensitive screengrabs. Before we get this post under way, I want to make it absolutely clear that from my perspective I would prefer that no nonhuman animal be exploited or die unnecessarily. (...more)
    5 Apr 2014 at 4:33pm       

  • Socialist Writer Richard Seymour Refreshingly Sympathetic to Animal Liberation
    By Jon Hochschartner For someone who runs a blog called Lenin's Tomb, Richard Seymour, author of The Liberal Defense of Murder, has relatively modern views of non-human animals. While by no means advocating an end to animal exploitation, and benefiting from the low expectations created by the typically hateful speciesism of his socialist (...more)
    5 Apr 2014 at 9:59am       

  • Chomsky Envisions Vegetarian Future
    By Jon Hochschartner Noam Chomsky, the renowned socialist intellectual, believes that human society will eventually transition to vegetarianism due to concern for animals. Chomsky's academic influence is hard to overstate. According to the Chicago Tribune, in 1993 he was "the most often cited living author. Among intellectual luminaries (...more)
    1 Apr 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Laurie Penny's Species Politics are Disappointing
    By Jon Hochschartner NOT SAFE FOR WORK: Contains strong language. Laurie Penny, a talented British writer, is a rising star among the current generation of international leftists. Her blog, Penny Red, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, and she has subsequently written for the socialist Morning Star and (...more)
    31 Mar 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Imprisoned Luxemburg Identified with Animals
    By Jon Hochschartner While imprisoned for her opposition to World War I, the German communist leader Rosa Luxemburg identified with non-human animals in her letters on a number of occasions. Perhaps most interestingly she did so in a message to her comrade Sophie Liebknecht, in a letter dated mid-December, 1917, after the Russian Revolution. (...more)
    30 Mar 2014 at 12:27pm       

  • Animal Rights and the Indigenous Fixation
    Will Kymlicka and Sue Donaldson released a paper on Nonhuman Animal rights and aboriginal rights this week which makes at least two important points. First, the Nonhuman Animal rights movement has tended to avoid indigenous speciesism for fear of coming off colonialist or racist. Second, activists should overcome this avoidance and meet aboriginal communities (...more)
    25 Mar 2014 at 11:29am       

  • How Non-Profitization Euthanizes Animal Activism
    Euthanasia implies a "soft" killing, one that is not done maliciously, but takes life by surprise, so to speak, or without full awareness. In this manner, dogs and cats are killed by the millions each year under the premise that this is a rational strategy in the face of insurmountable speciesism.  But I don't think this is a species-specific phenomenon; (...more)
    24 Mar 2014 at 5:43pm       

  • Marx's Son-in-Law Defended Vivisection, Citing Animal Advocates' Class Privilege
    By Jon Hochschartner Paul Lafargue, son-in-law to Karl Marx and a revolutionary in his own right, supported vivisection in the socialist newspaper L'Egalité in late 1881. Lafargue, who would die in a suicide pact with Marx's daughter, defended the exploitative practice in a manner that revealed his deep speciesism and scathing (...more)
    23 Mar 2014 at 10:00am       

  • Socialize Veterinary Care
    By Jon Hochschartner Refusing treatment to sick animals whose human guardians are unable to pay for care is a "familiar" scenario to veterinarians, according to Phyllis DeGioia, a writer for the Veterinary Information Network. "Financially strapped owners often turn to euthanasia to alleviate an animal's suffering — sometimes prematurely," (...more)
    22 Mar 2014 at 6:00am       

  • How Abolitionists Expect Speciesism to End Overnight
    Just kidding, nobody thinks that. No, really, nobody thinks that speciesism will end overnight. And yet, I keep coming across this same straw (hu)man argument over and over and over. Surely, reformers and welfarists can't honestly believe that abolitionist advocates expect that, given the perfect theory or strategy, factory farm doors would (...more)
    21 Mar 2014 at 4:24pm       

  • PeTA Perpetuates the Sexual Politics of Meat and Classism in their Most Recent Pokémon Parody Game
    By Stevie Lynne PeTA released their latest Pokémon parody game, Pokémon Red White and Blue, in late 2013. PeTA have a very valid criticism of Pokémon in so far as Pokémon reflects and perhaps reinforces the speciesist idea that nonhuman animals are ours to use. However, there are a few things I wish to specifically focus on in their (...more)
    21 Mar 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Salt was a Socialist and Pioneering Animal Advocate
    By Jon Hochschartner Henry Stephens Salt was a British vegetarian and socialist whose influence on the animal protection movement perhaps cannot be overstated. According to Bernard Unti, Salt's "prescient work Animals' Rights (1892) anticipates virtually all of the important modern arguments in favor of animals' interests." He influenced (...more)
    20 Mar 2014 at 5:00am       

  • Elisee Reclus: The Vegetarian Communard
    By Jon Hochschartner Elisee Reclus, the French anarchist and geographer, was a proselytizing vegetarian who held progressive views of other animals. Serving as a militia member, he was an active participant in the Paris Commune of 1871, a working-class uprising that Karl Marx dubbed "the glorious harbinger of a new society." After (...more)
    19 Mar 2014 at 8:54am       

  • How Animal Welfare Willfully Obscures Science
    In her piece for The Huffington Post, "How Animal Welfare Advances Veganism and Animal Rights," Karen Dawn makes the strange argument that avoiding vegan advocacy will somehow promote veganism. Aside from the fact that this strategy has been in place for decades with the full support of multiple heavily funded organizations and has failed to work, I (...more)
    17 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm       

  • Fat-Shaming, Sexism, and Other Horrors from the Tom Regan Archives
    TRIGGER WARNING: Contains graphic depictions and descriptions of violence against women. NOT SAFE FOR WORK: Contains sexually suggestive images and adult language. Last November, I traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit the Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive at North Carolina State University. I'm conducting a content (...more)
    15 Mar 2014 at 11:50pm       

  • Dismissive Term for Anti-Animal Socialists Needed
    By Jon Hochschartner Vegan socialists need a dismissive term for those on the anthropocentric left. It could be used in much the same way as socialist-feminists use the portmanteaus "brocialist" and "manarchist" to undermine socialists with reactionary gender politics. I'm awful at coining catchy, new (...more)
    10 Mar 2014 at 8:03pm       

  • What Can Animal Activists Learn from the Free Produce Movement?
    By Jon HochschartnerAnimal activists who view the practice of personal veganism as a prerequisite to advocating public veganism should know the history of similar perspectives and tactics in other movements at other times. Because animal activists so often associate their struggle with that of abolitionists of human slavery, it's (...more)
    8 Mar 2014 at 9:51am       

  • Should Vegans Be Organ Donors?
    From the first day I received my driver's license (at the ripe old age of 17--hey I wasn't in any hurry!), I have always been an organ donor. But a vegan colleague of mine recently confided to me that she is not. Her thinking is that donating one's organs could mean sustaining the life of someone who will continue to hurt Nonhuman Animals by eating, (...more)
    4 Mar 2014 at 9:26pm       

  • Book Review: Meatonomic$
    David Robinson Simon. 2013. Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much--and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press. This book is well researched and extremely engaging. While I have been studying Nonhuman Animal rights issues for many years, I found a (...more)
    26 Feb 2014 at 6:14pm       

  • Why the Abolitionist Approach Cannot Succeed
    Kim Stallwood has been tweeting all day with variations of this request: Looking for examples of animal rights laws passed by the implementation of abolition strategy advocated by Francione et al. — Kim Stallwood (@grumpyvegan) February 24, 2014Okay, I'll bite. There are no examples, nor are there likely to be any in the near (...more)
    24 Feb 2014 at 6:49pm       

  • Best Vegan & Animal Rights Literature & Outreach Material
    As a longtime critic of popular vegan outreach literature, I am often asked what alternatives I would recommend. Many presume that the single-issue, reduction-based vegetarian literature plastered with donation requests produced by large professionalized welfare organizations like PETA, Mercy for Animals, Vegan Outreach, etc. are "better than nothing." (...more)
    21 Feb 2014 at 2:22pm       

  • It's Hard to be Looney on the "Looney Left"
    By Jon HochschartnerI'm a socialist and an animal-rights advocate. I also live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). After hearing about my mental health challenges, a typical reactionary comment might be: "Well, I should have known you were a nut from your politics!" (Of course, the joke's funny because one would have to be (...more)
    12 Feb 2014 at 1:33pm       

  • Blaming Individuals for Structural Oppression: Why I Can't Stand this Vegan Meme
    The following meme has been making its rounds on Facebook this week. I've seen it shared by Vegan Publishers, Vegan Outreach, The Thinking Vegan, and even, I'm sorry to say, Carol Adams. Well-meaning as it may be, I find it quite offensive and counterproductive. The meme reads: The difference between people who state veganism is (...more)
    8 Feb 2014 at 9:58am       

  • Does Socialist Critique of Terrorism Apply to Animal Activists?
    By Jon HochschartnerThe animal rights movement has long been divided between militants and pacifists, between those who support violence against property or institutional exploiters and those who do not. In one camp, we find activists like Steven Best, who argue the scope of animal exploitation is so great that preventative violence (...more)
    6 Feb 2014 at 8:54am       

  • Framing Violence and Science: A Protest Goes Downhill Fast...or Does It?
    My buddy and colleague Cheryl Abbate recently commented on an activist demo which involved several folks stalking out (or "staking out" depending on your perspective) the private residence of a female vivisector.  Activists staged a silent vigil outside this woman's home, and a bunch of counter-protesters were waiting to greet them. The animal (...more)
    3 Feb 2014 at 7:09pm       

  • The Tragicomic History of the OWS Animal Issues Group
    By Jon Hochschartner Lately, I've become interested in the possibilities of animal-rights activists forming sub-groups within broader left-wing organizations and movements. Today, I will recount the story of brave souls attempting to do just this and failing in spectacularly-hilarious fashion. Without further ado, I present (...more)
    31 Jan 2014 at 7:43pm       

  • Rape as an Anti-Speciesism Tactic and the Vegan Male Discourse
    TRIGGER WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS DISCUSSION OF RAPE AND THE BOTTOM OF THE ESSAY INCLUDES A CRUDE MEME ILLUSTRATING RAPE. I want to apologize for my inactivity as of late, I am working against a fast upcoming deadline (tomorrow, to be exact!) for my first book. However, a few things have come to my attention and I wanted to make others (...more)
    30 Jan 2014 at 5:54pm       

  • Vegan Angela Davis Connects Human and Animal Liberation
    By Jon Hochschartner While Angela Davis is well known for her progressive perspectives on race, gender, and class, less well known are her views on species, which are quite forward-thinking. The great socialist scholar, it might surprise some to hear, does not consume animal products. "I usually don't (...more)
    23 Jan 2014 at 4:00am       

  • Pro-Animal Comic Book Turns 10
    By Jon Hochschartner This year marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of We3, a masterful comic book miniseries that considers human exploitation of animals, specifically in war and scientific testing. Written with a haunting minimalism by Grant Morrison and illustrated in a beautiful, yet (...more)
    22 Jan 2014 at 4:00am       

  • To Charge or Not to Charge? Improving Conference Accessibility for Low-Income Persons
    I lived in Fort Collins, Colorado for about four years, which was only a little bit more than an hour away from Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.  I love PPS, they do amazing work. They are the only explicitly abolitionist sanctuary that I know of.  Not only do they provide immediate relief to farmed animals, but they also work to educate (...more)
    19 Jan 2014 at 4:00am       

  • ISO Members Might Form Animal-Liberation Tendency
    By Jon Hochschartner Alan Peck, a vegan and member of the International Socialist Organization, the largest group on the revolutionary left, hopes to launch an animal-liberation tendency within the organization. He believes capitalism and animal exploitation are connected and suspects a significant (...more)
    19 Jan 2014 at 4:00am       

  • What Adoption Discrimination Tells Us about Human/Nonhuman Intersections
    Intersections of Vulnerable Identities Sociological research on relationships between humans and companion animals has demonstrated that humans tend to project our values onto other animals. As humans, we are socialized on various social roles, those we fill ourselves, and those we expect others to fill based on their identity.  The (...more)
    18 Jan 2014 at 4:00am       

  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a Vegetarian (At Least for a Time)
    By Jon Hochschartner Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a leader in the Industrial Workers of the World and later Communist Party USA, was a vegetarian for at least a portion of her life. The texts I've been able to access suggest her choice was to some degree influenced by animal-welfarist concern. (...more)
    17 Jan 2014 at 4:00am       

  • Defining Safe Spaces with "Direct Action"
    This week I was contacted by someone putting together a conference on Nonhuman Animal rights who was inviting myself and the other two writers for my Vegan Feminist Network project to present.  As someone who has experienced considerable harassment, sexism, and violence at the hands of vegan men in this movement, I requested information about their (...more)
    12 Jan 2014 at 8:26am       

  • Examining the Species Politics of Socialist Party USA
    By Jon Hochschartner Socialist Party USA is the only nationwide anti-capitalist organization which addresses the treatment of animals in its political platform as far as I'm aware. Groups such as the International Socialist Organization, the Industrial Workers of the World, Solidarity, Democratic Socialists of America, and Communist (...more)
    11 Jan 2014 at 10:25am       

  • Was Communard Louise Michel a Vegetarian?
    By Jon Hochschartner Since I'm interested in both socialism and animal rights, historical figures who managed to reconcile the two ideologies fascinate and inspire me. That's why I find the question of whether the French communard Louise Michel was a vegetarian so interesting. During the Paris Commune of 1871, (...more)
    10 Jan 2014 at 10:04am       

  • Graphic Animal Suffering, Secondary PTSD, and Abolitionism
    The Secondary Trauma of Witnessing Violence against Other Animals Yesterday morning I finally caved to the hype and watched Blackfish against my better judgement.  Of course, I ended up in tears, I got a headache, and my entire day was ruined.  All I could think about were the suffering orcas and the exploited workers (including (...more)
    8 Jan 2014 at 10:39am       

  • Does Sex Sell Animal Rights? RESEARCH SAYS NO!
    Gosh, I kinda feel like that wonderful day last year when I learned Mitt Romney wasn't going to be leading my country for the next 4 years...exciting news everyone!  Two researchers in Australia sought to test PETA's hypothesis that sex sells animal rights: Images of scantily clad women are used by advertisers to make products more attractive (...more)
    23 Dec 2013 at 12:44pm       

  • Upcoming Web-Conference on Vegan Feminist Intersectionality: Neither Man Nor Beast
    Neither Man Nor Beast:  Patriarchy, Speciesism, & Deconstructing OppressionsFebruary 23, 2014 - Web You are invited to attend a WEB-based conference on February, 23rd, 2014 to empower minds, bodies and communities. Moving beyond the typical boundaries of social justice activism, this conference will be advocating for intersectional (...more)
    22 Dec 2013 at 9:22pm       

  • Peter Singer and the Charity of Western Imperialism
    Covert Capitalism and Western Benevolence A friend of mine who specializes in philosophy and ethics was promoting Peter Singer's "The Life You Can Save" giving project, which initiated an interesting conversation.  Basically, Singer has decided what the best and most effective charities are and then encourages donating to them. (...more)
    20 Dec 2013 at 3:05pm       

  • Vegan Outreach Schools Us on Black History...
    By telling us to be more like the white guy! And, yes, it becomes as offensive as you would imagine... Matt Ball reports having watched Lincoln, a film that has been criticized for distorting and whitewashing history, and I suppose this qualifies as a history lesson for animal advocates everywhere.  Specifically, Ball draws on abolitionist (...more)
    11 Dec 2013 at 12:33pm       

  • The City Where Genocide Lives
    If you've ever been to a place like Greeley,  Colorado, it's something you will never forget.  It is something that will, as I wrote in the comments section of one of my colleague's Facebook posts, be forever burned in your mind . . . and your  nostrils. If you've read Fast Food Nation, you should have an idea about what makes (...more)
    8 Dec 2013 at 11:56am       

  • The "Deserted Island" Vegan Scenario is a Reality for Millions of Americans
    I saw the following meme in circulation today and thought it really demonstrated how the vegan movement operates according to white worldviews: Being presented with this tired "what if" scenario is something of a rite of passage for many vegans.  So much so, that the vegan community has started to reclaim the trope and poke fun: (...more)
    7 Dec 2013 at 2:40pm       

  • Man Invites Rapists and Racists to Join Vegan Cause
    Some anonymous and very scary person by the name of "Jay" left this disgusting comment in response to my call for movement accountability (emphasis added): People shouldn't be joining the vegan club, or the feminist club, because they are happy, violence-free spaces. They should be joining because it's wrong to do otherwise. If a feminist space (...more)
    6 Dec 2013 at 9:50am       

  • The Emancipatory Promise of Veganism: Upcoming British Sociological Association Panel
    Excellent news, there will be a special event panel on veganism at next year's British Sociological Association annual conference.  See below for an overview and paper abstracts.  They all look so fascinating!  We're making progress! 1944 and All That: Sociology and the Emancipatory Promise of Veganism (...more)
    5 Dec 2013 at 10:06am       

  • The Problem with Promoting Veganism at All Costs
    As my attention has turned to issues of intersections between human and nonhuman inequality, I've come to recognize that a lot of those entanglements of oppression operate unchallenged within social justice spaces themselves.  The Nonhuman  Animal rights/vegan movement, unfortunately, is rife with sexism, racism, sizism, and classism.  What (...more)
    4 Dec 2013 at 11:20am       

  • Video Games Normalize Animal Cruelty
    By Jon HochschartnerAnimal exploitation is all pervasive in video games. Not in itself a problem, this virtual exploitation is a reflection of speciesist reality. But by presenting exploitation uncritically, interactive media helps to normalize that reality. This is not to say that, as a medium, video games are uniquely regressive (...more)
    2 Dec 2013 at 3:00am       

  • Where Do Your Donations Really Go?
    I have a real problem with Nonhuman Animal advocacy organizations who equate activism with donating.  First of all, it is really disempowering and elitist.  The presumption is that only those who can afford it can help Nonhuman Animals (when there are actually many ways to help that are low-cost or conducive to one's specific talents, skills, (...more)
    1 Dec 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: Animal Oppression & Human Violence
    David Nibert.  2013.  Animal Oppression & Human Violence:  Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict.  New York, NY:  Columbia University Press. While Nonhuman Animal studies have been gathering momentum in our field, much of the literature focuses on the human experience with other animals.  Sadly, (...more)
    30 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror
    Lee Hall.  2006.  Capers in the Churchyard:  Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror.  Darien, CT:  Nectar Bat Press. I cite this work quite a lot because of its critique of violent tactics, organizational professionalization, and patriarchy in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement.  Violence won't create (...more)
    29 Nov 2013 at 3:27pm       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: The Political Economy of Animal Rights
    Bob Torres.  2006.  Making a Killing:  The Political Economy of Animal Rights.  Oakland, CA:  AK Press. Remember Vegan Freak Radio and how awesome it was?  Today's vegan research is an amazing publication by VFR host, Bob Torres.  Like David Nibert's publications, Torres takes a sociological, anti-capitalist (...more)
    28 Nov 2013 at 5:19pm       

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