Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Year for Saying "No" and a Brighter Future

I have had a challenging year. As readers may have noted, I have had my writing time radically reduced. As a result, I was not so free to blog. But the impact went way beyond that. I have had to turn down several invitations:
  1. an invited presentation to lawyers and others through the Ontario Bar Association on anti-cruelty legislation
  2. accompanying a few post-docs from Queen's University who invited me to come do a panel with them at the American Philosophical Association
  3. participating again in a Toronto lecture series known as the Animal Rights Academy, which I co-founded and named
  4. an invited book review for the journal, Society and Animals
  5. an invitation to be one of the main speakers at a conference at the University of Birmingham, England, on animal ethics and constructive ways forward
  6. On a related note, BBC Radio 4 contacted me to participate in a show, Agree to Disagree, in which case I would represent the anti-vivisectionist position (not that there is only one). The show is sophisticated and likes guests to explore areas of agreement as well as dissent. I actually wanted to do this, but they were wondering if I would be in London, England. It was not possible to do an audio only guest appearance. So time shortage did not dictate this lost opportunity. Just a lack of breezing through London! It was a special honour being asked to represent anti-vivisection, essentially, in the country where the movement was first started and sustained in earnest.
There may have been other things I had to nix.

However, I am pleased to report that there is a great change for the better, due to help from someone close to me who cares about the animals quite as much as I do. I am able once again to have significant time to write, and this help will be operative long-term indefinitely and in a secure manner. I cannot be grateful enough to this person. However, my lack of time to write has taught me more than ever about focusing. In short, I will not be blogging nearly as much as earlier. But I will be writing.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blog Stasis

I have been circumscribed by circumstances that have nothing directly to do with animal ethics or activism. Thus the details are not directly relevant to this blog and so are deliberatley omitted. I am well, but the fact is that I have an acute shortage of time to pursue writing activities at this juncture. It has nothing to do with discouragement by Francionists. That will never happen. Those who are not fanatically biased have expressed great appeciation for my blog, and those who are so prejudiced have done practically zero to refute its arguments. Sorry, but snide remarks just don't cut it. Unrefuted arguments have a certain cache in this world, and I am pleased with what I have been able to accomplish thus far. The other side though has suffered refutation after refutation - and never bounced back. I have not stopped writing by any means. But I am focusing more on writing for publication, aside from self-publishing in a blog that is. The blog is not dead, only in suspended animation, although I may drop some notes from time to time. And I anticipate a day when I can resume, but that will not likely be any time soon.

Peace be with you.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Denmark Claims Animal Rights Trumps Religious Freedom

The Danes have banned kosher and halal slaughter. The barbaric practice requires animals to be conscious while they are killed. As to be expected, Jews and Muslims have objected and denied there is any cruelty in slitting animals' throats while they are hanging upside down quite mindfully, often with flesh leaving the bone due to stress from the ankle shackle. When Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dan Jørgensen, was challenged, he replied: "animal rights comes before religion." Way to go, Minister Jørgensen! This is a huge increment forward which people of good sense will appreciate.

For more details, see article