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‘Zero-Compromise Veganism’: Should vegan parents raise their children as vegans?

JOSH MILBURN: Should vegan parents raise their children as vegans? In a recent paper, Marcus William Hunt contends that there are good reasons not to raise children as vegans grounded in concerns about the impact of veganism on children’s wellbeing. Carlo Alvaro, in response, contends that parents should raise their children as vegans. This debate is interesting, important, and worth attending to.1 In this paper, I want to focus on a specific and novel contribution Hunt makes concerning vegan parenting. In a separate piece, Hunt argues that when parents disagree about whether to raise…

The animal feed industry’s impact on the planet

VICKY BOND: Take a moment to picture a farm animal enjoying dinner. Are you imagining a cow grazing on grass or perhaps a chicken pecking at the ground, foraging for seeds and insects? In today’s factory farming system, the “feed” these animals eat is far removed from their natural diets. Rather than munching on grass or insects, most animals on factory farms eat some type of animal feed—a cost-effective mixture of grains, proteins, and often the addition of antibiotics designed to make them grow as quickly as possible. The ingredients in animal feed don’t just matter to the animals’…

FAUX OUTRAGE: Animal rights activists have carried out a ‘shocking’ protest

NEIL SHAW: Animal rights activists have carried out a shocking protest in London - displaying a dead dog, cat and pig. Farm investigations group Viva! hung the dead animals from butchers' hooks with a sign reading ‘Are You an Animal Lover?’. It held the stunt across various landmarks - including the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. Viva! said the stunt was designed to challenge people’s perceptions of how they view animals. The stunt marks the start of a new wave of campaigning by the organisation as it promises to use more provocative tactics to encourage people to go…

BEHIND THE MASK: How ‘One Health’ instrumentalizes nonhuman animals

L. SYD M JOHNSON: One Health (OH) is an approach to health that views the health of humans, nonhuman animals, and ecosystems as interconnected. Conceptually, it emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges. The World Health Organization notes that OH “is particularly relevant for food and water safety, nutrition, the control of zoonoses … pollution management, and combatting antimicrobial resistance.” This statement of priorities is reflected in the growing literature on OH and pandemics, wherein the emphasis has often been on nonhuman animals as vectors of disease and…

The ‘Animal-Based Food Taboo’: Climate change denial in media and journalism

NURIA ALMIRON: Climate change denial refers to the stances that advocate against the evidence posited for human-induced global warming... Since the publication of Livestock's Long Shadow by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 2006, an increasing number of governmental and non-governmental organizations and independent researchers have pointed at animal agriculture, and, by extension, animal-based diets, as a primary contributor to global warming. At the same time, over the last few decades, animal advocates, animal rights organizations, and many scholars and experts from a wide array…

Five people on how Veganuary changed their lives

MORGAN OFORI: It has been 10 years since Jane Land and Matthew Glover started a plant-based revolution. In the last decade, the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled to one million. Here, five readers share how they fared with Veganuary since it launched a decade ago... ‘The only thing I regret is not doing it sooner’. I tried veganism in January 2014, which coincided with the first Veganuary. I only committed for six weeks, thinking it would be too difficult to go without cheese. I still remember taking a couple of hours to do my first food shop, reading all the labels. Now I’ve been…

From ‘Cowspiracy’ to ‘Seaspiracy’: Discursive strategies in contemporary vegan advocacy documentaries

ENRIC BURGOS: This article offers an analysis of the discursive strategies implemented in Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy, contrasting them with those employed in other vegan advocacy documentaries, and in environmentalist documentaries in general. The first part of this analysis focused on the central role given by both films to the environmental argument in their call for a change of diet. In this sense, Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy demonstrate the position occupied by pro-vegan documentaries within environmentalist non-fiction, and both films have helped place the environmental impact of…

Veganuary 2024: Total number of global participants could be 25 million

VEGCONOMIST: With Veganuary 2024 having recently come to a close, the organization has revealed that over 1.8 million people received its support and guidance to try veganism, in the form of emails, videos, social media posts, and podcasts... Veganuary has calculated that the actual number of participants is likely to be even higher than the figures indicate, as many people take part without officially signing up. To gain an estimate of the true number, the organization has commissioned YouGov surveys in its core campaign countries. The results suggest that the total number of participants…

Communicating Vegan Utopias: The counterfactual construction of human-animal futures

MATTHEW ADAMS: There can be little doubt that industrialized animal agriculture reveals human-animal relations defined by routinized, institutionalized violence on a staggering scale. The number of animals involved is astonishing. There are an estimated 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, roughly three chickens for every human, by far the most numerous bird species alive today. The number slaughtered annually is estimated by the United Nations at 66 billion; compared to 1.5 billion pigs and 0.3 billion cattle. The overwhelming majority of these animals are reared and killed in…

‘UP IN THE AIR’: Is there a convincing case for climate veganism?

T. KORTETMAKI: Climate change compels us to rethink the ethics of our dietary choices and has become an interesting issue for ethicists concerned about diets, including animal ethicists. The defenders of veganism have found that climate change provides a new reason to support their cause because many animal-based foods have high greenhouse gas emissions. The new style of argumentation, the ‘climatic argument(s) for veganism’, may benefit animals by persuading even those who are not concerned about animals themselves but worry about climate change. The arguments about the high emissions of…