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Things You Already Believe


You already believe you are a good person who would not want to hurt others.


You already believe it is better to be helpful and kind whenever you can.…


Added by Tim Gier on July 18, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

By Eric Schwitzgebel: Moral Reasoning (or the lack thereof?)

Eric Schwitzgebel, Professor of Philosophy at University of California at Riverside, writes a blog called The Splintered Mind. His latest post is about how people do moral reasoning and how that reasoning is affected by seemingly irrelevant things. His findings, even among professional Philosophers, may suprise you....

People's responses to…


Added by Tim Gier on March 3, 2012 at 7:59 — 5 Comments

By Dale Carrico: Evadeus Corpus: Absenting the Referent in the Meat-Industrial Complex

Dale Carrico, Ph.D. Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, at the University of California, Berkeley writes at the blog amor mundi. Today's entry talks about "ag-gag" legislation as it relates to Carol Adams conception of the absent referent as well as how the animal-industrial complex devalues and damages human animals along with the non-human…


Added by Tim Gier on March 2, 2012 at 4:51 — No Comments

The Spectrum of Acceptable Opinion - A Response to Rob Johnson

It seems like Rob Johnson just can’t let go of his obsession with ARZone.


On Brandon Becker's Facebook page, Rob Johnson said a number of things that are all equally banal, but I’d like to focus on just this:

Similarly the latest ARZone blog, which I am told Yates was promoting yesterday, is on the fact that they deem ARZone to be successful and so they deem the AR movement to be successful as ARZone supports open debate. There's a famous Chomsky quote that…

Added by Tim Gier on January 23, 2012 at 14:30 — 7 Comments

Is this world ruled by violence?

Yale University Professor of History Timothy Snyder reviews Steven Pinker's new book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why violence has declined.

According to Snyder, Pinker's libertarian bent contributes to a basic flaw in his analysis: he "overlooks the crucial relationship between…


Added by Tim Gier on January 3, 2012 at 2:40 — 2 Comments

More Thoughts on “Humane Meat” by James McWilliams

"The outrage generated by exposes of factory farming have led to a number of responses, but by far the most popular has been the rise of progressive systems of animal production designed to be more humane. Free-range pork and chicken, cage-free eggs, and grass-fed beef are prime examples of consumer options that have become mainstream alternatives to factory farmed meat. Within these arrangements, farm animals enjoy greater freedom to move about, socialize, eat from the land, interact with…


Added by Tim Gier on September 20, 2011 at 2:28 — 9 Comments

Vegans/Vegetarians on College Campuses

This is an interesting article. It's too long to post the whole thing here, so I'll just excerpt a couple of bits, but I encourage everyone to read the whole thing.

This part talks about the change in how people identify themselves in 2009-2010 compared to in 2005-2006.

Bon Appétit Management Co., which services Penn's dining facilities, has noticed an upswing in the number of students who say that they are vegetarian or vegan, said Terri Brownlee, the regional…


Added by Tim Gier on August 18, 2011 at 4:37 — 1 Comment

A Very Short Survey

Would you please take 2 minutes to help me? Please complete this very short 2 question survey (and then share it!!). Thank you!

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Added by Tim Gier on June 2, 2011 at 0:07 — 2 Comments

ARZone Visitors and Site Traffic - May 2011

As of the end of the day May 31, 2011, ARZone had 1936 members and should surpass 2000 members by the end of June.


During the month of May, according to Google Analytics, the ARZone website (www.ARZone, was visited by 2706 unique visitors from 80 countries across the planet for a total of 6040 visits. Those visits resulted in 16917 total page views.


ARZone is a global social network organization dependent on…


Added by Tim Gier on June 1, 2011 at 22:20 — 1 Comment

Frustration in Action

I wrote a blog post today about how I see the problem of the exploitation of others as one that will not be solved in my lifetime. I don't think of myself as a pessimist, but as a realist. The reality seems to me to be that the kind of radical change our movement seeks can only happen by way of a sweeping cultural awakening. Individuals making…


Added by Tim Gier on May 27, 2011 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

M. Butterflies Katz writes: Debunking ‘I Tried the Vegan Diet and Almost Died!’

You probably have heard or seen reports online of people who say “I tried being vegan and almost died” as their reason for why they are no longer attempting to be vegan. Celebrity; Angelina Jolie remarked in a news interview “I joke that a big juicy steak is my beauty secret,”- “But seriously, I love red meat. I was a vegan for a long time, and it nearly killed me. I found I was not getting enough nutrition.” Angelina was obviously not vegan, ever. Veganism is not a plant-based diet.…


Added by Tim Gier on May 2, 2011 at 8:46 — 1 Comment

On Fighting for "Animal Rights" by Mary Martin

"Being featured on ARZone's worldwide Live Guest Chat has reinvigorated my thinking about a couple of topics (here's the transcript). And then I read the "OMG!!!!!OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" in today's New York Times, and I couldn't resist posting.

A couple of years ago I wrote about whether it's a good use of my time to be a purist about the term "animal rights" when most of the world doesn't have…


Added by Tim Gier on April 6, 2011 at 3:28 — No Comments

Anti-Vivisection Panel Discussion

The following is a series of videos posted on YouTube. It depicts a panel discussion on animals used in research and education that occurred on April 21, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at the University of Toronto, Hart House, Music Room. Featured is an introduction by graduate student PaulYork, and three panel contributions with Q & A to… Continue

Added by Tim Gier on January 13, 2011 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Nathan Winograd's "Biological Xenophobia"

Published on his blog on January 8,…


Added by Tim Gier on January 10, 2011 at 5:38 — 15 Comments

Thinking Critically About The Animals We Use

In a new blog post, Mary Martin, PhD links to a new…


Added by Tim Gier on January 7, 2011 at 11:20 — 4 Comments

Is Abolition Intuitively Odd??

In the new book, Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation, Co-author Professor Robert Garner says this:…


Added by Tim Gier on December 28, 2010 at 1:39 — No Comments

Boycotting Boycotts

The following is an adaptation of something I wrote in March of this year in response to a proposed boycott of the State of Alaska. Friends of…


Added by Tim Gier on October 31, 2010 at 12:03 — 8 Comments

Predators and Prey - Oscar Horta

Oscar Horta, a Professor of Philosophy who is currently working at Rutgers University has written an interesting and thought provoking article about how speciesism impacts our thinking and actions towards free-living animals. Here is the introduction, followed by a link to the entire piece.…


Added by Tim Gier on September 13, 2010 at 2:26 — 16 Comments


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