Wesleyan U. Social Psychology Professor Scott Plous studies people’s attitudes towards using animal products. I’m taking his intro to social psych online course and we had to participate in this interesting survey. I plan to read his research, but this survey shows you what the front end looks like (at least part of it – your answers determine what further questions you get, like a “Write your own adventure.” It’s open to the public, so give it a try, help Prof Plous figure out what’s going on.
Posted by tinako on March 6, 2015
I think this book excerpt from The N.Y. Times, “On Smushing Bugs,” is just beautiful.
I love his wording – a “karmic broken-window theory,” “the oubliette of the vacuum bag,” and his natural compassion tested by “the tiny black turd in my mug.”
I love the picture; this man is about to kill, but he is looking, peeking even though it is painful, and he sees. He sees an anthropomorphic cartoon ant, but… more metaphorically, he sees himself in the ant, as the Buddha said:
All beings tremble before violence.
All love life.
All fear death.
See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?
But mostly I love his humility, his questioning, his looking deeply into himself, looking for the truth no matter where it takes him, even to a cliff or dead end of choices he doesn’t want to make.
This isn’t a how-to essay, and claims only to ask questions, not answer them, so he doesn’t mention that prevention adds a choice between re-washing all your dishes every day or pulling on your executioner’s hood.
I must admit to mixed results with prevention. But maybe we don’t need all the answers right away. Maybe looking, within and without, is the path to figuring out how we want to be in the world.
Posted by tinako on March 5, 2015
I don’t usually just repost news stories, but this one is so close to my heart and so exciting I just have to share:
Mr. Feld says they’re reacting to the changing public mood. Thank you to everyone who told him what you think of Ringling’s use of elephants.
Posted by tinako on March 2, 2015
I’m in the local AR group Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate N.Y. We just re-launched our website, arauny.org, with a schedule of local writers contributing to our blog a few times a week.
Check it out and subscribe by email or social media for updates.
Posted by tinako on February 28, 2015
As February winds down and we look forward to spring, a grim reality disguised as “tradition” comes forth. The annual slaughter of baby harp seals begins as soon as the pups start shedding their white coats and ice conditions permit. A white, pristine nursery where hundreds of thousands of seal mothers nurse their young becomes a horrifying, bloody killing field.
Posted by tinako on January 29, 2015
I’ve been listening to old podcasts by Gary Francione while I clean, and while I don’t agree with everything I’ve read of his, I’ve found an awful lot of sense in these audio commentaries. One of the points he makes is to stop telling people that vegetarianism is morally better than omnivorism.
This has sunk in, and a concrete effect is that when people ask how long I’ve been vegan, I have made a personal choice to stop mentioning when I went vegetarian, which was 15 years earlier. I’ve also removed it from any social website bios. I had been taking credit for that 15 years, but the dairy cows and egg-laying hens are unimpressed, and I no longer want to trumpet it.
I’m vegan. I’ve been vegan since Easter 2008, full stop. Before that I was an omnivore.