Contemplating ideas, observations and thoughts about our relationship with non-human animals Blog

Think you are not a racist? Think again

Racism is a word that is tossed around a lot lately and one that creates a buzz. Race and ethnicity based bias is an attitude which many say they oppose, deplore and condemn. But why? What’s wrong with racism? Why shouldn’t you feel superior to other human beings because of their origin? Is it immoral to...

'Beauty and the Beast' by Raj Singh Tattal

Can beauty be ugly?

Who doesn’t love beauty and cleanliness? That’s why we use body care products – cosmetics[1] – shampoos, body lotions, hair conditioners, deodorants, lip balms, and more (and before the men among you leave this post, keep reading, I’m sure you also use soap, shampoo, shaving cream…). However, there is one major aspect of those beauty products...

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Vegan in Havana

I was so excited and looking forward to our vacation in Havana, Cuba! I knew before our trip that one aspect we needed to research was plant based food. I’m vegan; a quick explanation to those of you who haven’t read my previous blog posts: I believe that exploiting animals for any purpose is wrong and...

All about mothers

This blog post is dedicated to my mother, Mazal Katz (nee Nissan), 1929-2016. Recently I lost my beloved mother, Mazal, she was 87 years old. I dreamt about her again last night and the dream was very vivid; I told her how much I loved her. There is so much I can say about my mom,...

What’s wrong with dairy?

What is wrong with consuming dairy products? Nothing, if you are a calf – your mother’s milk is the best food and produced especially for you. But if you are a human, a lot is wrong with buying and consuming animal’s milk. For many years I drank cow’s milk and loved eating dairy cheeses. “Cows need...

The power of art for change: an interview with artist Dana Ellyn

Renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn’s paintings are thought provoking, norm challenging, and evocative on many levels. Her artwork conveys political and social ideas, including the plight of non-human animals; it also encourages viewers to carefully consider how their daily choices impact the lives of animals. When I first saw her paintings on social media they struck...

The hypocrisy of the left

There is one issue that has been weighing heavily on my mind: the double standard of the political left. I thought that those who define themselves as liberal, or progressive, deeply believe in social justice, reject prejudice and exploitation, and support the most vulnerable and defenseless. However, as my eyes opened to our oppression of non-human...

What about “humane” meat?

What about “humane” meat? What if an animal lived a good life and then was slaughtered? Those are some of the questions I get asked often. My simple answer is, there is no such thing as “humane” meat; it’s a euphemism, an oxymoron. Humane is “marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals”. How...

My fear

None of us really know how other people or animals experience pain; we only know what we ourselves sense when we are in pain. However, we can safely say that human and non-human animals are sentient creatures, who have the ability to suffer. The fact that we don’t share a common language with animals does not...

“Now I can look at you in peace…”

Food is tasty! It’s the basis of our life, comforting and at the center of our social, cultural and religious events: holidays, weddings, parties. But what do we know about our food and why don’t we know it? For instance, tomatoes. Whether you have grown tomato plants or not, you know that a tomato seed germinates...

I’m not giving thanks

When I first arrived to the U.S. years ago, I did not know much about Thanksgiving. The impression I got from the people around me, and the media, was that the primary focus of the holiday is food, more specifically the turkey. As someone who considers chickens and turkeys as birds, not food, I felt aversion...