Category Archives: Animals and ethics

The ethics of human interaction with animals

They’re Not Your Animals

Green Mountain College in Vermont has, in the name of “sustainable agriculture,” chosen to kill its two working oxen — Bill and Lou — rather than allow them to retire in peace at Vine Sanctuary. The attempt to defend the … Continue reading

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Slaughter as Art — update

UPDATE Feb. 29: the “slaughter for art” project has been cancelled. Local activist Judy Carman met with Amber Hansen (the artist), her partner Nicholas, and KU professor Elizabeth Schultz on Monday. Amber will still display the empty coop and there … Continue reading

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Slaughter as Art

“The Story of Chickens — a Revolution” is an art project sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.  The stated purpose of the project is “to transform the contemporary view of chickens as merely ‘livestock’ to the … Continue reading

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The Fish Stories in the New Testament

One of the big problems that people have with the idea that Jesus was a vegetarian is the “fish stories” in the New Testament — stories in which Jesus distributes fish as food to people, or in one case actually … Continue reading

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The Abolition of Slavery and Veganism

Can we compare the abolitionists in the animal rights movement, who will settle for nothing less than the abolition of all animal exploitation, with the abolitionists in the anti-slavery movement of the 18th and 19th centuries?  Absolutely!  But I would … Continue reading

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On Raising Rabbits (review)

Comments by Nancy LaRoche on Chapter 13 “Raising Rabbits” From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading By Sundari Elizabeth Kraft Nancy LaRoche is the co-Manager of the Colorado House Rabbit Society First I must state that I adore rabbits … Continue reading

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Rules and Regulations Governing Food Producing Animals

The ordinance on “food producing animals” (chickens, ducks, and goats) in Denver was passed last June.  What follows below is the statement I submitted to the Board of Environmental Health on the proposed rules and regulations.  You can read the … Continue reading

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The Ethics of a Natural Foods Diet

What revisions would I make to section III of A Vegetarian Sourcebook (AVS) on “Vegetarian Ethics,” if I were to rewrite it today?  In this section, I took a historical approach to the “timeless issues” of a more philosophical nature. … Continue reading

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Akers, the Chicken

In case you don’t already know, the Denver “Food Producing Animals” ordinance passed at the Denver City Council on June 20 by a vote of 7 – 3. This is actually closer than it sounds, because there are 13 members … Continue reading

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My Concerns About Backyard Livestock

(Statement at Denver City Council’s Public Hearing about the “Food Producing Animals” ordinance) My name is Keith Akers and I live in District 4. I urge a vote against the proposed food producing animals ordinance unless substantial concerns are addressed.

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