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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.

She also blogs at: www.examiner.com/vegan-in-roanoke/corey-wrenn

  • Why I am No Longer an Animal Rights Activist
    Trigger Warning for anyone who has been a victim of violence and oppression. This essay discusses violent ideologies and behaviors promoted and protected in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement. I have been vegetarian since the age of 13, vegan since the age of 17, and active in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement ever since. (...more)
    17 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm       

  • Intersectionality is a Foundational Principle in Abolitionism
    I have written many times on the importance of intersectionality in abolitionist advocacy as both a matter of ethics and efficacy. For succinctness, I will not repeat the arguments in this essay, but readers can access these articles by utilizing the search function in this blog. As racial violence and discrimination against people of color continues (...more)
    13 Dec 2014 at 3:59pm       

  • The Non-Profit Bias: Studies by Non-Profits, for Non-profits
    Networks, community support, and Nonhuman Animal rights turn people vegan and keep them vegan. Last week the Humane Research Council published a study on vegan and vegetarian numbers and recidivism, which was widely shared in the Nonhuman Animal rights community. The report was created with the assistance of Vegan Outreach's Matt Ball and Farm (...more)
    10 Dec 2014 at 3:49am       

  • Cork Vegans, Misogyny in Ireland
    TRIGGER WARNING: Contains rape meme and dismissive comments about violence against women. I have been in Cork, Ireland for the winter, and, since my arrival, I have been absorbing the state of speciesism outside the U.S. and have been checking out the vegan scene as well. Unfortunately, I can't say I'm all that impressed in either (...more)
    3 Dec 2014 at 1:46pm       

  • Post-Speciesism and the Commodification of Animal Rights: Aldi's "Love Ireland" Campaign
    I'm living in Cork, Ireland for the semester and have been exploring new stores, new vegan food, and new ways of advertising food products. Something I quickly noticed was the "Produced in Ireland" labeling scheme. The "Love Ireland" campaign seeks to challenge globalized food production, an environmentally taxing process that outsources agricultural (...more)
    1 Dec 2014 at 11:00am       

  • Racism and Mixed Messages: What's Wrong with Australia's Animal Rights Movement?
    By Anna Adey Trigger Warning: Features messages of racial violence Violence to animals is considered cruel until it is carried out by white people in white establishments, then it is considered humane.Firstly, the ideas expressed here are based on what I have observed in the animal rights movement while (...more)
    30 Nov 2014 at 6:56am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Scripting
    Today is the last day of World Vegan Month, 2014.  To contribute to this month's activities, I have presented a social psychological concept or theory each day and applied them to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights.  I have discussed various methods of persuasion, how pro-social behavior can be suppressed but how it can also be harnessed, (...more)
    28 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Free-riders
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. I have also discussed what predisposes some to help as well as some important barriers. For social movements, (...more)
    27 Nov 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Bystander Effect
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion.  I have also discussed what predisposes some to help, like one's gender or the norms of social (...more)
    26 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Distraction
    Will audiences remember the message or the sex? November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. Explorations into persuasion can be divided into research (...more)
    25 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Forewarning
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. Explorations into persuasion can be divided into research on the messenger, message, channel, and audience. (...more)
    24 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Age
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. Explorations into persuasion can be divided into research on the messenger, message, channel, and audience. (...more)
    23 Nov 2014 at 9:53am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Decision Paralysis
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. Explorations into persuasion can be divided into research on the messenger, message, channel, and audience. (...more)
    22 Nov 2014 at 4:48am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Gendered Helping
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. Explorations into persuasion can be divided into research on the messenger, message, channel, and audience. (...more)
    21 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Haste
    November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or theory applied to abolitionist Nonhuman Animal rights. I began this series with a discussion of persuasion. Explorations into persuasion can be divided into research on the messenger, message, channel, (...more)
    20 Nov 2014 at 11:19am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Ingroup Bias
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    19 Nov 2014 at 8:00am       

  • Domestication & Euthanasia: A No-Kill Nation of Violence
    Domestication creates a situation of dependence and represents systemic violenceI am a huge supporter of Nathan Winograd and his battle against PETA and the movement's drive to kill healthy companion animals. A few months ago, a reader mentioned to me that Winograd was against the extinction of domesticated species. Until now, I had seen only minimal (...more)
    18 Nov 2014 at 10:25am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Social Responsibility Norm
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;" (...more)
    17 Nov 2014 at 8:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Reciprocity
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. Handing out a cupcake for conversation pulls on reciprocity norms November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, (...more)
    16 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Door-in-the-Face
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    15 Nov 2014 at 5:30am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Just-world Phenomenon
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    14 Nov 2014 at 7:30am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Selective Exposure
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    13 Nov 2014 at 8:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Opinion Leaders
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    12 Nov 2014 at 8:30am       

  • Review: Our Children and Other Animals
    Readers can purchase this book at a 50% discount through Ashgate using discount code A14izl50 (offer expires 12/31/2014). The first chapter is available for free download on the publisher's website. Cole & Stewart's 2014 release, Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood, (...more)
    11 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Channel
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    10 Nov 2014 at 7:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Mere Exposure Effect
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    9 Nov 2014 at 8:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Primacy and Recency Effect
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    8 Nov 2014 at 5:30am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Two-Sided Appeals
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    7 Nov 2014 at 8:30am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Fear-Framed Persuasion
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    6 Nov 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Good Feelings
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts. November is World Vegan Month. To contribute to this month's activities, each day I will be presenting a social psychological concept or (...more)
    4 Nov 2014 at 8:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Fatty Acids and Aggression
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts.  style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: (...more)
    3 Nov 2014 at 6:00am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Reason and Emotion
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts.  style="background-color: white; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;" /> style="background-color: white; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;" (...more)
    2 Nov 2014 at 8:31am       

  • Applying Social Psychology to Vegan Outreach: Persuasive Messengers
    The following essay was originally published with The Examiner in 2012.  Because I am publishing a book on this topic in 2015, posts will be significantly edited due to potential copyright conflicts.  In celebration of World Vegan Month, I am presenting a daily blog series applying the science of social psychology to vegan outreach. (...more)
    1 Nov 2014 at 1:37pm       

  • The Thug Kitchen Cookbook: Whole Foods Go "Ghetto"
    The Animal Liberationists of Color group shared a disturbing commercial today for the Thug Kitchen Cookbook.  This project seeks to make vegan eating more accessible with basic ingredients and a "colorful" use of language.  Pun intended.  The book and blog are rather similar to the Vegan Black Metal Chef in trying to make vegan (...more)
    30 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • '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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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 Dmmerung, 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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 Pokmon Parody Game
    By Stevie Lynne PeTA released their latest Pokmon parody game, Pokmon Red White and Blue, in late 2013. PeTA have a very valid criticism of Pokmon in so far as Pokmon 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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       

  • 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
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  • Defining Safe Spaces with "Direct Action"
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  • Examining the Species Politics of Socialist Party USA
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    11 Jan 2014 at 10:25am       

  • Graphic Animal Suffering, Secondary PTSD, and Abolitionism
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  • Does Sex Sell Animal Rights? RESEARCH SAYS NO!
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  • Upcoming Web-Conference on Vegan Feminist Intersectionality: Neither Man Nor Beast
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    22 Dec 2013 at 9:22pm       

  • Peter Singer and the Charity of Western Imperialism
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    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       

  • 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       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: A Nonpatriarchal Metaethic of Animal Liberation
    Luke, B.  1995.  Pp. 290-319, Taming Ourselves or Going Feral?  Toward a Nonpatriarchal Metaethic of Animal Liberation in Animals and Women:  Feminist Theoretical Explorations, edited by C. Adams and J. Donovan.  Durham, NC:  Duke University Press. Yesterday, I posted a brief review of Adams' and Donovan's (...more)
    27 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: Animals and Women
    Carol J. Adams and Josephine Donovan.  1995.  Animals and Women:  Feminist Theoretical Explorations.  Durham, NC:  Duke University Press. This edited book covers way too much information to share here concisely, but, in a nutshell, this book encapsulates vegan feminist theory, arguing that all oppressions are interconnected (...more)
    26 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation
    Nathan Winograd.  2007.  Redemption:  The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America.  Almaden Books. I first learned of Nathan Winograd's work from a Vegan Freaks Radio interview many years ago.  Like most, I had been indoctrinated with the "common sense" of "euthanasia."  Too many (...more)
    25 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: The China Study
    T. Colin Campbell.  2006.  The China Study:  The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health.  Dallas, TX:  BenBella Books. While most people go vegan and stay vegan for ethical reasons, a common stereotype is that advocates face is (...more)
    22 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: An Empirical Look at Becoming Vegan
    Barbara McDonald.  2000.  "'Once You Know Something, You Can't Not Know It.'  An Empirical Look at Becoming Vegan."  Society & Animals 8 (1):  1-23. In spite of a growing body of vegetarian literature, there remains a lack of information about how people learn to become vegan. Using qualitative methodology, this research (...more)
    21 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       

  • A Month of Vegan Research: Recruiting Strangers and Friends
    J. Jasper and J. Poulsen.  1995.  "Recruiting Strangers and Friends:  Moral Shocks and Social Networks in Animal Rights and Anti-Nuclear Protests."  Social Problems 42 (4):  493-512. I have cited this study many, many times.  The social movement literature has been interested in Nonhuman Animal rights activism (...more)
    20 Nov 2013 at 3:00am       



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