Welcome (back?) to Animal Person Redux!
As you may know, I began blogging in May of 2006 with “Barbaro Made Me Do It” and continued daily, and sometimes twice a day, for about four years. Though I went vegan over two decades ago, I also became an ex-vegan about a decade later for a few years. Fortunately, I evolved into that rare breed, the ex-ex-vegan, but I had a terrible flaw in my thinking that was responsible for my advocating certain animal products (happy meat, anyone?). That’s when I started blogging.
My original tagline was: Mary Martin, PhD deconstructs the language, ethics and economics of our relationship with nonhuman animals, and it was apropos most of the time. The doctorate I earned from New York University in the early 1990s was just one symptom of my lifelong preoccupation with language and learning. But I also wrote about:
- atheism, which I haven’t found compelling evidence (or any evidence) to stray from;
- the abolition versus welfare debate, which in my opinion I spent far too much time on;
- Project Treadstone, which is a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) effort I accidentally started in 2009;
- “Thinking Critically About The Animals We Use” (pages for translations are above);
- my own greyhounds as well as greyhound racing;
- canine diabetes (Violet Rays is diabetic); and
- the adoption of my daughter, Baby Sky, and raising a vegan baby.
That’s a lot, but I mention it all because the Search box to the right and above the social media links is now your best friend. If you’re new to Animal Person you now know the topics I wrote about most frequently. It really is the fastest way to locate possible matches for what you want if you want to look around. When it comes to language as a topic, things are a bit trickier, and I suggest searching for the exact word or phrase you’re thinking I may have addressed (“humane,” “compassionate,” etc…). I’ve also written book reviews and discussed veganism as a social justice issue (and how it intersects with environmentalism, among other issues), both here and over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come by again soon.
Mary Martin, PhD