Animal rights

Rebels with a Cause

Beginning in 1951, Solomon Asch, a Gestalt psychologist and pioneer in social psychology, devised a series of experiments to examine the extent to which pressure from other people could affect a person’s judgment.  Groups of seven to nine individuals were gathered in a classroom to participate in what they were told was an experiment in visual discrimination.  They were asked to match the length of one line with three other lines.  Each group did 18 comparisons,...

Animal rights

She Lived–and Died–Defending Animals–and Her Beliefs

On Friday, June 19, the life of one human was added to the horrific toll of the nearly 55,000 pigs who met a gory end in Canadian slaughterhouses that day. Regan Russell spent her final moments bearing witness to some of those animals’ suffering. A slightly built woman powerful in her convictions, Regan was volunteering for Pig Save in Hamilton, Ontario, when a pig transport truck slammed into her.


Four Ways Life as an Animal Activist Taught Me to Change the World

Today's post is by contributing writer Rima Danielle Jomaa, MFT.

When I became a vegan 10 years ago, I experienced many emotions. I was excited to embrace a new lifestyle that protests injustice. I felt liberated from the belief that I had to harm animals to be healthy and normal.

The thrill of living oppression-free soon turned to rage as I opened my eyes to the crimes committed against nonhumans.

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They Can’t Breathe

Today's post is by contributing writer Shiri Raz, PhD candidate in the psychoanalysis and hermeneutics program at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
"I can't breathe," gasped George Floyd during his final moments, begging for Officer Derek Chauvin to take his knee off his neck, but to no avail. Chauvin did not respond, even when Floyd's cries became "Mom, Mom" ​​- the desperate cry of a man realizing he will never rise again. Less than a week later in Israel, another tragic and horrific death occurred as the cries of Iyad Al-Halak - a 32-year old Arab with Autism – were also ignored as he pleaded for his life. Border Police officers did not listen to his cries or those of his caregiver, who knew him and called out to the police that Al-Halak was disabled – and they shot him dead. 

When Clients Talk to Me About Their Dogs and Cats

Companion animals occupy a big part of many of my clients’ lives, so it is not surprising that they talk about them in therapy. As an ethical vegan therapist, however, sometimes I hear things about their animals that stir in me feelings that make it hard for me to fully attend to what the client might be experiencing.

For example,

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“What Is It Like to Be a Bat?”

This post is by contributing writer Shiri Raz, PhD candidate in the psychoanalysis and hermeneutics program at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

In his well-known article "What Is It Like to Be A Bat?" from 1974, philosopher Thomas Nigel argues that though anyone can imagine how a bat feels, they can never truly experience the world from a bat's point of view. In his opinion, human experience is limited in its senses and its structure of consciousness to understanding itself and that alone.

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