Category: Blog

The opinions expressed in these essays do not necessarily reflect the position of ARAUNY. A few select ARAUNY members have been chosen to write on our blog.

Vegan Mindfulness

Words and picture by John Carbonaro

Recently someone was perplexed that at a mindfulness convention, participants were ordering animal products. They assumed that mindful people would naturally register the dynamics and issues that connect and disconnect us. There is little evidence to support a direct causal link between engaging in mindfulness and becoming aware/sensitized to animals and their rights. Yet as one learns about mindfulness there may be exposure to other ‘progressive’ issues such as diet, fair trade, organic, and animal use…

What I Can Do

by tinako

I was tabling for our local vegan society and a GMO Labeling Bill a few weeks ago, and I was struck by the despair expressed by a few people who came up to me. “No one cares, even when they know the facts about animals,” one woman (not vegan) expressed. She seemed to believe that the best response to this was to do nothing, even within her own sphere of influence (her plate). An organic farmer said, “Monsanto is so big. People don’t know. Who will tell them?”…

Hobson’s Choice

Horse is tired from all the rides

by Tinako

I saw a Word-a-Day Calendar vocabulary, “Hobson’s choice,” defined by the calendar as “an apparently free choice when there is no real alternative.” The example given was Henry Ford’s reported comment that customers can have their car any color they want as long as it’s black. The phrase “Hobson’s choice” apparently originated as a result of a 16th-17th century English stabler, Thomas Hobson, who rented horses out to university students. Students would have their favorite horses, and those horses became overworked, so Hobson offered his customers this choice: take the horse nearest the stable door or none at all. According to the calendar, people were soon using the term to mean no real choice.

Advocating For Animals

by JanineS

Some tactics gleaned from one of the most influential lobbying groups in America…

The leadership, thus their membership, is focused on one encompassing core issue. On the other hand, animal advocacy is comprised of a myriad of issues from raising animals for food, animals in captivity, hunting, trapping, vivisection, and so on. Perhaps if animal rights groups—particularly the national and state—concentrated on a few specialized issues, they may be more effective and avoid frustration & burnout among their members. Just a thought…

The Issue of Human Consciousness

by Linda Brink

Bryan Graczyk recently posted these extraordinarily interesting quotes on AR-Global:

Navajo warning: “If you kill off the prairie dogs there will be no one to cry for rain.”

Hopi Elder: “Water under the ground has much to do with rain clouds. If you take the water from under the ground, the land will dry up.”

The Other Victims of Animal Farming

by Tinako
I’m taking a Social Psychology course via As with everything I read, hear, or watch, I can’t help but also consider the material in terms of animal rights. This week we’re learning about situations which often cause normal people to behave pathologically, that is, badly. Sometimes very badly….