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Posts from the ‘Gray Matters’ Category

On In Vitro Meat: The Question

When I say: What are your thoughts? that’s what I mean. And your thoughts lead in various directions and gel in those directions (or not) among us and also often reveal one particular question. To recap yesterday and also to…

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On In Vitro “Meat”

Jason Matheny, lead author of a paper on “In Vitro-Cultured Meat Production” in the scientific journal Tissue Engineering, said (elsewhere): ‚ÄúConsumers don’t really have a sense of how meat is produced. They see the end product, which often bears no…

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On Pacifism

Please do something for me if you have the time. Please read the following and then go to the source (or not, that would be doing two things for me), and let me know your thoughts on the following quotes….

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On Organizing. Again.

First let me say I understand anyone’s wariness regarding large animal rights groups. Mission creep is their middle name, due to a need for the victories that bring the donations, and due to the desire to appeal to a broader…

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On Learning From “Eating Animals”

Did you see the mayhem over at Change.org’s Sustainable Food page with Natasha Chart’s “Eating Animals?” I’m writing about it because I’d like to learn any lesson I can to prevent parts of it from happening again (you know, the…

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On Animals, Pregnancy and Parenting

This unbelievable article in the Palm Beach Post, by one Dr. Berry Brazelton, advises a grandmother-to-be that: “It would be better for the baby if your daughter would rid herself of [her] cats. If not, the cats must be kept…

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On Death and the Worst Thing That Can Happen

Yesterday, Parke commented: “One difficulty I have with the moral hard-line is that it generally assumes that death is the worst thing that can happen to something (or someone) and inadequately acknowledges the natural cycle of life-and-death: that death enables…

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On Dog Trainers and the Banning of Birds as Pets

First, I thought it would be easy to find a dog trainer for a friend in Dallas, but alas . . . AND, I don’t even think he needs a trainer. What do you think? He adopted a dog from…

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On That Doggy in the Window

We all tell people that if they want a puppy, they should go to a shelter or a rescue group, right? Well, someone who shall remain nameless asked me about that doggy in the window, and what makes that doggy,…

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On “Free-Range Research”

Here’s a potentially Gray Matter for you brought to you by Deb Durant. In Wired, “Free-Range Research Could Save Chimps–and Our Conscience,” by Brandon Keim, introduces (to me, at least) the idea of free-range research sanctuaries. Think Save the Chimps…

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On When Doctors Tell You to Eat Animals

The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle has quit being vegan, upon her doctor’s advice. Comments follow, of the usual variety given the last paragraph of her post: “At any rate, please don’t turn this comment thread into an excuse for vegans to…

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On Token Gestures for Nonhumans and a PPS Opportunity

“Great Apes Debate Leads to EU Testing Ban Proposal” (Reuters) begins with: “Europe’s environment chief plans to ban laboratory tests on mankind’s closest relatives — chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans — in a clampdown on animal testing by the drugs…

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On Individuals and “Low-Hanging Fruit”

Yesterday, Dan directed us to his blog post, “Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit: What is Wrong with Single Issue Campaigns?” If you’re interested in the place single-issue campaigns have, and the problems they create or perpetuate, I highly recommend reading it….

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On Tax Resistance

As I believe I’ve written previously, for several years I lived with a tax resistor (“TD”). TD called himself a “Re-Director of Federal Funds.” It’s actually what broke us up, as one day I said the following: “Of course I…

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A Love Affair Ends . . .

For a handful of years, I have bought sweaters from Eileen Fisher. She has a variety of thin cotton sweaters that are perfect for Florida, they fit me, the company is privately-owned by Eileen Fisher and offers yoga and massage…

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