We All “Drank the Kool-Aid” with Respect to Animal Testing

by Saryta Rodriguez

For decades, testing on nonhuman animals has been considered standard practice in order to develop medications and ensure that consumer products are safe for humans. However, not only is this patently unethical, whatever the reason it is being done, but also there now exist several more accurate methods of testing and research that do not involve abusing nonhumans.

Fictionalizing Animal Identities

by Robert Grillo

An important strategy in the propaganda used to oppress inferior groups is a concerted assault on the identity of those groups. The fictions of animal identity covered in this chapter have been enormously successful at distancing us from the animals we exploit. If we think of farmed animals at all, we are most likely rationalizing away why they don’t matter, why they shouldn’t be given the same consideration as other animals, and even why they deserve their fate.

Power and Responsibility

by Ren Hurst

“Power and Responsibility” by Ren Hurst. Chapter 17 of Riding on the Power of Others: A Horsewoman’s Path to Unconditional Love.

Psychological Abuse in Animal Advocacy

by Casey Taft

For the blog this week, Dr. Casey Taft discusses the harmful impacts of psychological abuse, how we can identify such abuse in animal advocacy, and the benefits of non-abusive communication approaches.

Why I’m a Pro-Intersectional Animal Advocate

by Casey Taft

Dr. Casey Taft discusses his pro-intersectionality stance as it applies to animal advocacy and principles of clinical psychology. Excerpts of this article are from the recently released Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective.