Category Archives: Sentience

Why Begin Again?

Why Being Again?

Shared with kind permission of Joanna Lucas.


“Celeste left this world entirely on her own. She had been forced into existence by human greed, she had been a prisoner of a crippled body all of her short life, but she exited entirely on her own terms, just before noon, one summer day.

Celeste, wherever you are, “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, Jamais je ne t’oublierai.” “I’ve loved you for so long, I will never forget you”. This will be a life-filled year. Maybe not happy, maybe not comfortable, but beautiful, and true – like your life. Worth living. Worth beginning again.”

Joanna Lucas

Joanna also writes

“If living ethically is important to you, please remember that there is nothing humane about “humane” animal farming, just as there is nothing ethical or defensible about consuming its products. When confronted with the fundamental injustice inherent in all animal agriculture—a system that is predicated on inflicting massive, intentional and unnecessary suffering and death on billions of sentient individuals—the only ethical response is to strive to end it, by becoming vegan, not to regulate it by supporting “improved” methods of producing dairy, eggs, meat, wool, leather, silk, honey, and other animal products. For more information, please read The Humane Farming Myth. Live vegan and educate others to do the same.”

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How To Go Vegan Podcast: Sentience, Speciesism and Rights

HTGV sentience rights speciesismPart of the slow release of How to Go Vegan episodes already in existence on the site: In this episode I’ll share some thoughts on basic rights, sentience, why it matters and how it is important in relation to our recognising nonhuman animals as moral persons. And when I say moral persons, I simply mean animals are not viewed as a “thing”.

I discuss some of the inherent problems with single issue campaigns including campaigns which call for an end to certain forms of animal use, (or certain species) and which are always linked to building ties with animal industry.  I will talk about why single issue campaigns (SICs) are, by their very nature, problematic, and speciesist, and at best pointless.


To find out more, check out the recommended reading section.

Picking The Low-Hanging Fruit: What is Wrong with Single Issue Campaigns?

Sentience: The Morally Relevant Characteristic Justifying Basic Rights

Property Status and Animal Welfare: Two Deep Roots of Cruelty.

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Why Vegan? Start Here

Being vegan is easier HTGV

If animals love life as we do and they are sentient (have self awareness and so forth), then exploiting and using them for trivial reasons (which is what we use them for) is unjust.

We can go vegan right now. We just first need to get in clear in our mind why we should go vegan and then the rest is easy.

I invite you to listen to all the various episodes in this podcast and I hope they will assist you in becoming vegan. It will be one of the best decisions you make in your life. It certainly was for me  🙂

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