Mescaline, Veganism, and Schopenhauer’s Philosophy

A psychedelic experience can often be a chance to put our fundamental beliefs and opinions under the spotlight, whether intentionally or not. I’ve had a few experiences like this, particularly through solo experimentation with mescaline HCl, with the most profound experiences featuring major shifts in how I view myself and existence itself. In moments of…View Post

Is the Hype Surrounding Lab-Grown Meat Justified?

Lab-grown meat is being heralded as a viable solution – the solution we desperately need – to the ecologically destructive effects of animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is responsible for at least 16.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is more than that caused by all transportation combined. In addition, it takes 2,500 gallons…View Post

The UK’s Legal Recognition of Animals as Sentient Beings: Encouraging But Contradictory

The UK has decided to formally recognise non-human animals as sentient beings (this includes all vertebrates by default). Invertebrates could be included later based on new evidence, although there is already strong evidence that some invertebrates (crustaceans and cephalopods) can feel pain. This is the first contradictory aspect of the legislative decision. The introduction of…View Post

Can You Oppose Animal Abuse and Still Eat Meat?

The well-known travel blogger Matt Kepnes (better known as Nomadic Matt) previously wrote a blog post on how to stop animal abuse in the tourism industry. As someone who’s deeply interested in the ethical dimension of travel, I was glad to see this post. He describes the scale of abuse, which depends on tourist money, and offers suggestions…View Post

Book Review: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is incredibly well researched, features a balanced and mixed source of opinions and expertise, and covers the entire spectrum of moral issues raised by animal agriculture. Safran Foer writes in an accessible and relatable way about the uncomfortable horrors of meat production, using touches of humour and urgency when appropriate…View Post