Animal Use

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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.

 

Trauma in Animal Advocacy

by Casey Taft

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.

 

Retiring “Vegetarian”

by Saryta Rodriguez

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?

by Jeff Melton

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 […]

 

Hayden

by Saryta Rodriguez

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 […]

 

An Open Letter to Non-Vegan Holiday Hosts

by Casey Taft

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 […]