Why Schools Should Teach Critical Thinking and Ethics From an Early Age

Critical thinking is a skills-based subject, as opposed to a content-based subject. The majority of what kids learn at school is content-based and little (if anything) is taught about how to think critically. You will have to wait until AS/A Levels until studying critical thinking becomes a subject option and even then only a handful…

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Questions I Always Get Asked As a Vegan (#4): “Do You Really Think You Will Make a Difference?”

A question I often get asked is, something along the lines of, “Do you really think you will make a difference?” People are sceptical that someone changing their diet could have any impact on stopping the death machinery that is factory farming. I’ve often heard people say that me going vegan isn’t going to stop…

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How Palm Oil Threatens Ecosystems and Endangered Species

Western consumerism continues to devastate ecosystems and endangered species with its demand for palm oil. Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil which is very attractive to profit-driven businesses and corporations because the tree from which it is derived has a high oil yield. Palm oil is ubiquitous – it’s added to many types of…

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Denmark Bans Kosher Slaughter Methods

Denmark has recently decided to ban the kosher and halal methods of slaughter. Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Ministry announced that this new ban will come into effect today. Similar bans already exist in Poland, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. The halal and kosher method of slaughter involves exsanguination – slitting the throat of the animal…

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The Moral Case Against Zoos

Blackfish is a documentary which focuses on Tilikum, an orca whale held captive in SeaWorld, who went on to kill three individuals. It looks at the negative consequences (for orcas and humans) of keeping these highly intelligent, emotional and social animals in captivity for their entire life. These orcas would attack each other, as well as…

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