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I am a professor of U.S. History at the University of Waterloo, father, companion, writer, film & TV fanatic, vegan (ex-omnivore) and a supporter of animal and human rights and nonviolence. I live with two kids, two cats and a bearded dragon

  • Behind the Vegan Scare
    A healthy vegan baby boy. Yes, they do exist. Maybe you've heard about the Florida mother, Sarah Anne Markham, who was arrested earlier this week for child neglect. Her baby was admitted to a hospital suffering from dehydration and she refused to allow the baby to be given medicine because she claimed "it contained ingredients that (...more)
    27 Jun 2014 at 5:58pm       

  • Do Animals Have Emotions?
    Here is a fascinating story from CBS New York on animals and emotions. It's a brief story (2 minutes and 43 seconds) about animal behaviour and emotions using some very moving examples of animals forming bonds with other animals and human beings (my favourite story is of Mr. G. and Jellybean - you'll love it, I promise!). (...more)
    21 Jun 2014 at 8:52pm       

  • In a Just World...
    21 Jun 2014 at 8:42pm       

  • Words to Remember
    A sentiment we'd all do well to remind ourselves - over and over again... (...more)
    21 Jun 2014 at 2:19pm       

  • Farewell Casey Kasem, Humanitarian, Vegan and Advocate for Animals - and All-Around Great Guy
    I was a huge Casey Kasem fan in the 1970s and 1980s, back in the heyday of the radio show he hosted, American Top 40. Little did I know at the time that Casey was very political. In fact, he was a lifelong supporter of a variety of progressive causes, including the anti-nuclear movement, environmentalism, social justice (...more)
    19 Jun 2014 at 10:13am       

  • One Minute and Forty-five Seconds of Pure Gold: Animals Dancing to Salt-n-Pepa's "PUSH IT"
    You have got to see this! It will lift your spirits, I promise! (...more)
    17 Jun 2014 at 7:30pm       

  • More Reasons to Be Hopeful
    Every now and then, when the posts on this blog begin to get a little gloomy, I make it a point to spotlight reasons why those who love animals should be hopeful. Despair comes so easily in our day and age. Yet if all we do is despair, if all we do is wring our hands and focus on the bad news, then we miss out on some very wonderful acts of conscience, (...more)
    15 Jun 2014 at 6:29pm       

  • Words of Wisdom
    12 Jun 2014 at 11:58am       

  • One, two, many Chilliwacks: What happens when the outrage subsides?
    The abuse of cows at Chilliwack Cattle Sales in British Columbia in May 2014. Once again, an undercover investigator has captured some deeply disturbing footage on video. The public's reaction has been one of shock and outrage, which is good. But one wonders whether the most important lessons here have been overlooked. The (...more)
    11 Jun 2014 at 7:05pm       

  • Random Thoughts on the Ultimate Invasive Species
    Nutria hunting in Louisiana. What do you call it when an "invasive species" is hunted by the ultimate invasive species - humankind?  Here's a factoid I bet you didn't know: The United States government kills millions of animals per year. In 2013, the federal government "shot, poisoned, snared, or trapped" some 4 million animals. (...more)
    9 Jun 2014 at 7:33pm       

  • Vegan Stories: Professional Boxer David Haye
    9 Jun 2014 at 1:32pm       

  • One of the Most Powerful Videos I've Ever Seen - And It's Just Someone Talking!!!
    There is NOT one ounce of gore, not one drop of blood, not one scene of animal abuse in this video, but it is one of the most extraordinarily powerful videos I've ever seen. It's actually a video of a woman talking (!!). How can that be powerful, you ask? Well, watch it!  The "talking head," in this case, is Kate Cooper, Marketing (...more)
    7 Jun 2014 at 12:14pm       

  • The Video That Started Me Blogging Again...
    For those of you who haven't seen the tragic footage inside of a North Carolina Butterball turkey processing plant, I highly recommend watching it. Hard as it is to witness, it is important to see this kind of footage so we understand precisely what we're up against. The facility, near Fayetteville, has been the scene of some (...more)
    7 Jun 2014 at 11:58am       

  • Words of Wisdom
    7 Jun 2014 at 11:30am       

  • On Celebs Who Go Vegan, But Not For the Animals
    J-Lo and fur coat. Jennifer Lopez is the latest celebrity to convert to veganism for reasons that have nothing to do with animals. It seems like at least once a week, you hear about a celebrity who "goes vegan." The latest convert to veganism is pop diva and actress Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a. J-Lo. J-Lo went vegan earlier (...more)
    6 Jun 2014 at 5:20pm       

  • Back After a Hiatus to Blog as Much as I Can..
    You may have noticed that I disappeared for a while. Judging from my last Blog post - in August 2013 - it has been nearly a year. Good blogging is not easy. It requires a lot of time and thought and energy. I've been writing a lot over the past year. Alas, not much of it has been about animals. I've turned my attention to my fiction, (...more)
    5 Jun 2014 at 11:12am       

  • An Inspiring Video from the Saints at Edgar's Mission
    Have you ever heard of Edgar's Mission? It's a wonderful farm sanctuary in Australia. They've been doing great work to help animals for years. More than 300 animals live at Edgar's Mission, which consists of 60 breathtaking acres in Victoria, Australia. If you get a chance, check out Edgar's Mission's Website Here. (...more)
    13 Aug 2013 at 7:33pm       

  • A Town in Texas That Loves its Chickens (in a good way!!)
    The town of Bastrop, Texas (pop. 7,218), has become a huge chicken sanctuary! No kidding! And from watching this video, the folks in town are fiercely protective of their Poultry Population! They even have Chicken Crossing Signs in town! "This is one animal loving community," says Kay Garcia McAnally, (...more)
    10 Aug 2013 at 2:58pm       

    For the record: I'm thrilled to hear about the new Stem Cell/Petri Dish "Frankenburgers." If there's a chance these uber-costly hamburgers might one day plummet in price and take the place of millions and millions slaughtered cows, then I say hallelujah! Bring it on! The unveiling of Frankenburger ("It's alive! It's alive!") this past (...more)
    10 Aug 2013 at 2:42pm       

  • Pigs the Way Pigs Are Meant to Live!
    Here is a pair of heartwarming videos that show a different way that pigs can live. Instead of being emptied out of long trucks into slaughterhouses, they can live the good life of freedom like these beautiful pigs swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas. Two things about this video are apparent: 1) Pigs love their (...more)
    8 Aug 2013 at 8:55pm       

  • Bearing Witness: We Will Not Forget You
    Image courtesy Guelph Pig Save."Now and then a visitor wept, to be sure; but this slaughtering machine ran on, visitors or no visitors. It was like some horrible crime committed in a dungeon, all unseen and unheeded, buried out of sight and of memory."- Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906) Bearing witness is the act of seeing something, and then going (...more)
    7 Aug 2013 at 8:04pm       

  • A Few Videos of the Real Tardar Sauce (a.k.a., Grumpy Cat)
    I adore these videos of Tardar Sauce (a.k.a., Grumpy Cat). She has become a worldwide sensation, and she is quite rightly described as the World's Most Famous Cat (at least for the moment). If you're on Facebook, like me, you know that Grumpy Cat memes are a dime a dozen. A few of them are amusing (rarely laugh-out-loud (...more)
    8 May 2013 at 9:56am       

  • A Must-See Video About Circus Elephants with Alec Baldwin
    This is a superb PETA video on animals in circuses, hosted and narrated by actor Alec Baldwin. There is an excellent interview in the video with a longtime veterinarian Dr. Mel Richardson, who has worked with elephants in circuses for over 40 years. Please have a look at this video. It's not very long and it's quite informative. (...more)
    5 May 2013 at 9:51am       

  • A Gore-Free Video That Says It All
    Please show this to your friends and family who are meat eaters. It is a gore-free video. It shows a cow shedding tears over the horrific fate he is about to experience. I quote from the wonderful Facebook page Animal Rights Activist: This 34 second footage clearly shows a beautiful, sweet cow shedding tears in the seconds (...more)
    5 May 2013 at 9:45am       

  • Words of Wisdom
    "I had never seen a slaughterhouse before. My blood ran cold. This didn't just turn me into a vegetarian. It turned me into a genuinely compassionate human being. I ultimately became vegan when I aw what happens to millions of chickens - their beak burned off, millions of tiny male chicks being hurled to their death into grinders, premature calves being (...more)
    3 May 2013 at 4:47pm       

  • The Most Thrilling Thing on the Golf Channel Since it Went On the Air!
    A three-legged alligator on the fairway? You heard it here first, folks! (...more)
    3 May 2013 at 1:58pm       

  • Five Reasons for Animal Rights Activists to be Hopeful
    It occurred to me that my post yesterday contained some pessimistic observations about the human race. Whenever this blog features despairing observations, I like to counter with a more hopeful follow-up. There are plenty of reasons why Animal Rights advocates should be hopeful. Here are five! 1. In the Flushing section (...more)
    2 May 2013 at 7:11pm       

  • This Pretty Much Says It All...
    2 May 2013 at 5:55pm       

  • Of Film Footage and Animals
    I'll never forget my family's first video camera. My dad purchased it 30 years ago from an electronics store in Salt Lake City called Stokes Brothers. When I got that thing, I went around shooting movies everywhere: in the backyard; at family picnics; in the basement rec room. You name it, I shot videos. Now I look back and watch them and they're (...more)
    1 May 2013 at 1:31pm       

  • Must-See Video: Father Frank Mann's Conversion to Veganism
    Do yourself a favour: Check out Father Frank Mann reflecting on why he converted to veganism. It's one of the most eloquent and moving testimonies I've ever heard. And it shows what many of us have believed all along: That veganism and animal rights are an essential part of our spirituality and ability to feel empathy with all living (...more)
    29 Mar 2013 at 4:28pm       

  • An Incredible (and Short) Must-See Film!
    This film - from Mercy for Animals - is extraordinary and short. Please have a look. It poses a question that many people are afraid to ask: Where does my food come from? The mini-film is an extraordinary mixture of pathos and humor. I've always thought the movement needs more humor, but we should never lose sight of the tragedy all around (...more)
    12 Mar 2013 at 9:23am       

  • Should be Mandatory Viewing: Bearing Witness by Toronto Cow Save
    This is heartbreaking video shot by the wonderful activists in Toronto who organized Toronto Pig Save. It should be mandatory viewing. Thank you to the brave and inspiring Anita Krajnc for bringing it to my attention. Bless you Anita and all the activists with Toronto Cow Save! Please watch it. It does not show gore, (...more)
    2 Mar 2013 at 8:28pm       

  • The Horrors of Broiler Chicken Factory Farms
    If you get a moment, please - please - read Leah Graces' troubling article "Why We Haven't Seen Inside a Broiler Chicken Farm in a Decade" in Food Safety News. It is a must-read for those of us who are concerned about the fate of factory-farmed animals, especially chickens, who live in the worst conditions imaginable and are (...more)
    1 Feb 2013 at 10:50pm       

  • A Must-See Video: PIG VISION - The Journey of Two Brothers
    This video should be mandatory viewing, especially among anyone that eats pork and other pig products. This is one more appalling chapter in a very, very long book full of atrocities that humans commit on a daily basis against animals. This video shows us two different paths that pigs can follow: the factory farm system, with all of its horrors (...more)
    24 Jan 2013 at 1:37pm       

  • Words of Wisdom
    12 Jan 2013 at 10:17am       

  • Some videos are so powerful, they need no commentary...
    ... such as this one. Please watch. Please share. And please do your best to stay away from dairy, for the reasons explained here. (...more)
    9 Jan 2013 at 8:55pm       

  • Great Advice on Maintaining a Healthy Vegan Diet
    Here is chef and health counselor Alex Jamieson, who has so many great ideas about maintaining a healthy vegan diet. In this video, she gives terrific vegan tips, talks about her vegan cookbooks and mentions some of her favorite vegan recipes. If you aren't familiar with Jamieson's work, check out here Website here. She (...more)
    6 Jan 2013 at 8:57pm       

  • Check it Out: Steve-O Speaks Out Against Factory Farming
    Wonderful Steve-O, of Jackass fame (one of my guilty pleasures over the years), narrates a Farm Sanctuary video that looks absolutely extraordinary. It is the story of a pig, cow and chicken who manage to escape the horrors of factory farms. While I haven't seen it yet, I've watched plenty of other Farm Sanctuary videos, and (...more)
    5 Jan 2013 at 2:12pm       

  • The Sadism of Foie Gras
    Apologists for Foie Gras - one of the most sadistic foods ever concocted in the long, tragic, violence-filled history of the (in)Human Race - insist the French delicacy made from the livers of duck and geese who were force fed during their short, awful existences, is actually not that cruel. If you get a chance, have a look at (...more)
    3 Jan 2013 at 3:23pm       

  • Words of Wisdom from Gary Francione
    Words of wisdom from Gary Francione, who has been a source of so much wisdom over the years. He is absolutely right. The key is to link Animal Rights and Human Rights. One without the other is meaningless. The violence used against animals comes from the same place as violence used against humans. It is rooted in an objectification of both, (...more)
    3 Jan 2013 at 3:04pm       

  • 5 Reasons to be Hopeful at the Start of 2013
    With the start of a new year, there are ample reasons for animal rights advocates to be discouraged. Yet there are also reasons to be hopeful. Here are five: 1. As of midnight on January 1, 2013, Israel has banned the import and sale of all cosmetics and cleaning products that have been tested on animals. (Source) (...more)
    1 Jan 2013 at 8:55pm       

  • A Great Image...
    ... with words worth remembering. Have a look: (...more)
    23 Aug 2012 at 7:19am       

  • Two Gore-Free Videos That Say It All
    The first is called "I am scared and don't want to die." The second is called "A kiss before dying." Zero gore. Just pathos and tragedy. Remember: Animals savor life as much as you or I. They want to live, too. They deserve to live. No animal wants to be our food. Please watch. Please share. Let these videos strengthen (...more)
    23 Aug 2012 at 7:14am       

  • Back from Summer Break With a Powerful Passage
    I am back from a summer hiatus, and I especially wanted to post this powerful passage by Timothy Pachirat, author of Every Twelve Seconds, a book about slaughterhouses. It's an extraordinary description of slaughter, worth including here in its entirety. I wanted to understand how massive processes of violence become normalized (...more)
    23 Aug 2012 at 4:21am       

  • Horrific Brutality at Minnesota's Christensen Farms as Pork Producers Circle Wagons Around Extreme Abuse
    Mercy for Animals has exposed yet another case of extreme brutality, this time at Christensen Farms in Hanska, Minnesota. Christensen is a pork supplier for WalmartBob (The Price is Right) Barker narrates the powerful Mercy For Animals video exposing the horrific conditions inside the (...more)
    18 Jul 2012 at 7:40am       

  • Beware of Bogus Repented Bullfighter Photo
    Last week, I posted a photo making the rounds on Facebook. It shows a bullfighter sitting down in the middle of an arena and bowing his head while a bull looks on. It purports to show bullfighter Alvaro Munera having a crisis of conscience right before a bullfight and demonstrating remorse by lowering his head, as if weeping or showing shame. (...more)
    18 Jul 2012 at 7:15am       

  • Words of Wisdom
    15 Jul 2012 at 6:18am       

  • Taking it All In, One Animal at a Time
    If you're a believer in Animal Rights and Veganism, like me, then chances are you probably came to these beliefs as a result of your sensitivity. I have a theory that most proponents of Animal Rights and Veganism are extremely sensitive people. Even the ones who seem dogmatic, or who rely too excessively on guilt-tripping, or (...more)
    12 Jul 2012 at 11:06am       

  • Important Distinctions Between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare
    I keep meaning to post this. This wonderful graphic makes important distinctions between the Animal Rights and Animal Welfare movements. Even though there is a fair amount of overlap between the two movements, their ultimate goals are dramatically different. Of course, this blogger falls into the Animal Rights camp. Until we recognize that (...more)
    18 Jun 2012 at 4:45am       

  • Jonathan Safran Foer, why hast thou forsaken us?
    Facebook and the blogosphere are all aflutter with commentary about Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the bestseller Eating Animals, becoming a spokesperson for, a website that promotes the consumption of "humane and sustainable poultry." For those who haven't read Eating Animals (a book I've (...more)
    17 Jun 2012 at 10:03am       

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