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darlene-quinn's picture
Feb.27.2014
  After decades of shying away from it, wearing fur appears to be back in fashion. But the main question remains, would you actually wear it? Several of the designers involved in fashion week earlier this year appeared to feel as if the use of fur in their signature lines was once again...
jill-jepson's picture
Nov.11.2013
“There is no way any of this is going to change.” This was a sentence said recently by one of the students in my class, "Justice, Compassion and the Rights of Nonhuman Animals," which I teach at my university. It had been a difficult month. We had read about and discussed brutality toward animals—...
dale-estey's picture
Aug.23.2013
Kafka was fully aware - and fully accepting - that he was an animal among other animals. If anything, the 'human' part was the chore. He had an interest in Nature and gardens and the other animals. He ate what was considered as natural foods. He visited spas to take to the waters and live the...
earl-merkel's picture
Mar.05.2013
Solely as s a matter of illustration of how far PETA and other animal-rights/anti-violence movements have come, vis-a-vis 1972 and today, we offer this visual example of "turnabout as fair play." This is certainly NOT "blatant self-promotion." Never entered my mind. Cross my heart... -- Earl...
jill-jepson's picture
Dec.21.2012
It’s hardly surprising, I suppose, that at a gathering of writers, poets, and linguists, the talk would turn to etymology. That’s what happened at my department Christmas party this week. We sipped wine, enjoyed various sweet and savory treats, and talked about word histories.  At one point,...
jill-jepson's picture
Oct.29.2012
This is a post about teaching (that impossible work to which I’ve devoted much of my adult life). This is also a post about animal rights (a topic some readers would prefer I leave alone). But mainly this is a post about writing: about the sheer force of the written word, when it is written well. I...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.30.2012
This semester, for the first time in my life, I’m teaching a class on animal rights. At my university, all baccalaureate students are required to take a course on social justice. Faculty have developed challenging, creative classes around racism, poverty, health, immigration, and the environment....
earl-merkel's picture
Feb.19.2012
A South Carolina animal-rights group built a remote-controlled surveillance drone to take aerial video of alleged offenses; so far, so good. However, their choice of venue and event for the drone's maiden flight was somewhat less well thought through, as reported in the local newspaper:...
grant-hayter-menzies's picture
Oct.20.2011
When I was a boy living in the central California foothills, my mother took my siblings and me to what was billed as a “wild animal park” not far from our home town, somewhere in the rolling golden hills around the San Joaquin Valley. I was about seven years old, but I can still remember the...
maya-gottfried's picture
Aug.20.2010
Recently, The New York Times reported on the landmark agreement reached in Ohio between farmers and those who care about the humane treatment of animals. Ohioans for Humane Farms, with a huge amount of support by organizations including Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States...