Animal Ethics in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism

Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions. There are many sub-traditions within Hinduism, but there are two beliefs about humans which seem to dominate the religion’s view of animals. The first belief recognises that humans exist on a continuum with the rest of life and that we are not completely separated from other animals. The…

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Paul Lamb’s Battle for the Right to Die

Paul Lamb, who was previously known as ‘L’, has revealed his true identity in an assisted dying court case. Previously he had the right to anonymity but has decided to waive this right as a way to show his passionate support for his case. Paul Lamb is seeking to establish the right to a doctor-assisted…

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The Organic and Free-Range Myth

The terms ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’ suggests that the meat, dairy or eggs you are buying are humane, ethical and cruelty-free. But for the most part, this is not the case. First of all, just because some eggs are labelled as ‘organic’, this does not mean that the hens were ‘free-range’ – their movement could still…

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The EU Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics is a Victory for Animal Rights – But More Needs to Be Done

There is now a complete ban on the sale of cosmetics that have relied on animal testing. So for those who are worried about their cosmetics being cruelty-free or not, there is now no need to worry. There is no longer a need to look for cosmetic products which are labelled ‘free from animal testing’.…

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Adopting a Vegan Diet for Humanitarian Reasons

People choose a vegan diet usually for ethical, health or environmental reasons. These are all valid reasons and I expect that most people justify their plant-based diet on the basis of either animal welfare or animal rights. However, not everyone is receptive to the idea of valuing animals because they are sentient or because they…

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