Dr. Casey Taft discusses the pursuit of money in the animal movement and how it ultimately may harm animals, both human and non-human.
Excerpt from the Introduction of Joshua Katcher’s upcoming book, “Fashion Animals.”
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]