Dr. Casey Taft, author of “Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy, A Clinical Psychology Perspective,” discusses an important but rarely discussed topic in animal advocacy: the impacts of exposure to trauma.
As 2016 dawned upon us, a natural time of change and reassessment, I found myself wondering if the time has come to put the term “vegetarian” to bed. Perhaps the word had more meaning in the nineteenth century and was of greater value in terms of sparking dialogue around the role of nonhuman animals in […]
Foot in the Door to Nowhere? Many years ago, social psychologists Jonathan Freedman and Scott Fraser conducted research on a previously unstudied influence tactic called the “foot in the door technique.” The approach involves preceding a request for some behavioral change that people are unlikely to initially agree to with a smaller request that a […]
It’s been almost two years since my husband and I transitioned our nine-year-old dog to a vegan diet. This time has been filled with curious questions, skepticism, and a great deal of criticism from omnivores and vegans alike. Although we do our best to ignore the disapproving looks and comments, I’ve realized that it makes […]
What follows is a sneak peek at Saryta Rodriguez’s next book project— a compilation of essays, from various contributors, exploring the many facets of the struggle for food sovereignty through a vegan praxis. This excerpt comes from the first essay: “Animal Agriculture,” by Saryta Rodriguez. Enjoy! It may be surprising to some readers that a […]
This is Hayden. Hayden was tortured for many years in a science lab, where tests were run on his skin. Even before the testing began, Hayden was enslaved from birth by having been bred to be hairless, so as to facilitate testing. This is just one of many examples of how domestication and breeding violate […]
As Thanksgiving fades into the background and you prepare to see your vegan family member for upcoming holidays, I’d like to say a few things that your loved one may not be able to. I’m not writing this letter to anger or shame you, but rather to encourage you to attempt to develop greater insight into […]
Tensions between vegan and non-vegan loved ones are often heightened during the holidays. Some vegans decide that they simply can’t attend a holiday or event where others celebrate by dining on an animal carcass. Others don’t feel that this is a good option for them. The following article offers some tips for vegans who spend the holidays with their non-vegan loved ones.
Should animal advocates base their advocacy on “market research” with those who wish to continue eating and using animals? For this week’s blog, Casey discusses how our ethical argument is undermined by such strategies.
What follows is an excerpt from Chapter Three of Saryta Rodriguez’s Until Every Animal is Free. The book is currently available on Amazon, our website, and in select bookstores. Enjoy! *** Cruelty isn’t Fun When speaking about veganism to those who are less engaged in the broader movement but have made or are considering making a […]
Concern for human problems is often used in an attempt to negate the importance of going vegan. Veganism is trivialized as something for “animal lovers,” not social justice advocates. The good news is that you don’t need to prioritize animal issues to go vegan, and here’s why.
For today’s blog, Saryta discusses how promoting “cutting down” on animal exploitation, or reducetarianism, is illogical and entirely counterproductive from a social justice perspective.