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

I dream of a world without zoos

The polar bear in the picture, Taco, was kept in captivity for 16 years at the Santiago Zoo in Chile. He was confined to a small space, with a shallow pool of water, in sharp contrast to the vast Arctic ice sheets polar bears roam and coastal waters they swim in. He suffered the hot Chilean...

They’re Cecil too

I was astounded by the outpouring of public outrage and anger over the killing of Cecil the lion by Walter Palmer in a Zimbabwe sanctuary. I do not recall ever seeing such an intense and negative response to any mistreatment of animals. I’m happy about it; it demonstrates the public’s ability to feel compassion towards non-human...

Delicious and super simple vegan pancakes!

Before I became vegan, on winter weekend mornings, we used to eat pancakes filled with either caramelized apples or blueberries. I missed eating them, until my friend Robin sent me this amazing vegan pancake recipe. The pancakes are better than the non-vegan ones: fluffy, light and delicious, really! So here is the recipe (with a few...

Time for a plant based diet!

One of the first comments I received after launching my blog really pleased me. It was a request to incorporate guidance for people considering becoming vegetarian or vegan. That comment meant they were contemplating an important step towards compassionate living, by eliminating animals, and perhaps animal products, from their diet. I stopped eating chicken first, many...

Between our morals and our actions falls the shadow

I’d like to tell you about something I’ve thought about a lot, why is there such an enormous inconsistency between our moral codes on one hand, and our actions on the other? We say or think we believe in certain ethical values (justice, fairness, etc.), and can differentiate right from wrong; but do our daily actions...

Pigs are smarter than dogs, what else don’t you know about pigs?

Many of us have companion animals, usually dogs, cats, or other small animals. We love and care for them. Even people who do not have companion animals may feel a connection to them, they’ll tell you they love dogs, or cats. I admit, I too love dogs. But, I ask myself, thinking about the big picture,...

Are you an animal?

My friend asked me how I came up with the name “i’m an animal too”. I could not recall how I first arrived at the name, but my choice of name represents a realization. I’m into science, and it’s a scientific fact, I’m an animal, and you are an animal too, all humans are. The word...

In the beginning…

I’m writing this blog after a long time of contemplating thoughts and ideas about our relationship with non-human animals and being urged by my husband, Marc, who insisted I should share them in a blog. I have been thinking about and empathizing with animals since I was a child. My very first memory involves animals –...