Backyard Hens

There are two key reasons that backyard hens are not as innocent as people may think. 1. The boys; and 2. Genetics.

Annoying vegan questions

One of the key findings in my research into campaigns promoting meat reduction & veganism is the enormous difficulty social barriers can present, especially to new vegans. One way this manifests is annoying vegan questions. Any vegan out there probably knows what I'm talking about. You're at work, sitting down to lunch, and suddenly someone's … Continue reading Annoying vegan questions

Is criticism helping the animal movement?

At its core, animal advocacy is based on the recognition that billions of land animals and trillions of sea animals are killed each year for human consumption, while countless more are tortured for medical "research," and more are used and abused as commodities. This is the common purpose that unites us. But, animal advocates are … Continue reading Is criticism helping the animal movement?

Why our understanding of impact needs a makeover

Within the animal protection movement -- and many other social justice movements -- there is a current obsession with numbers: helping the most animals, reaching the most people... But does any of this mean a campaign is actual effective? Quite simply: no. Some within the movement have openly rejected animal sanctuaries as useful in helping … Continue reading Why our understanding of impact needs a makeover

Do meat reducers eat more chicken and fish?

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. In short: it … Continue reading Do meat reducers eat more chicken and fish?

Why vegan campaigns need to stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. As I have … Continue reading Why vegan campaigns need to stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit

Should we promote meat reduction or veganism?

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. Those pursuing a … Continue reading Should we promote meat reduction or veganism?