Awkward Vegan Travel: Turning Down Hospitality

Travelling as a vegan can sometimes present a few challenges. There’s no doubt that in some countries it’s much easier to find vegan food than others. Yet, even if you’re in a small town without a single place that offers something vegan or ‘veganisable’, you shouldn’t have a problem buying fruits, veggies, grains and everything…

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Travelling Ethically and With Personal Integrity

Travelling ethically means taking into account the consequences of your actions – how your travel choices and experiences impact people and the environment. You can do certain activities abroad that benefit cruel industries or you can make decisions that benefit local communities and wildlife instead. When these decisions are consistent with your moral principles, this…

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Having CCTV in Slaughterhouses Won’t Prevent Animal Cruelty

Animal rights organisation Animal Aid has long campaigned for the introduction of mandatory CCTV in UK slaughterhouses. Animal Aid has secretly filmed inside 13 randomly chosen slaughterhouses and found that 12 of them were violating animal welfare laws; so it seemed clear that stricter regulation was needed. Without transparency, animal abuse can continue unabated. Mandatory…

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Whether Harambe Should Have Been Killed or Not Misses a Deeper Point

Following news that Harambe, a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo, was killed, people have been arguing over whether it was right that she was killed. First, let’s address this question. A human life was in danger and so anybody with any moral sense must see that the child’s life takes precedence. Others have shifted blame onto…

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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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