Saturday, 14 December 2013

'A Turkey's Dream of Christmas'

From The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review (December 1933) ~ original source of cartoon unknown

Sunday, 3 November 2013


Punch magazine enjoyed vegetarian ideals from the earliest days of the Vegetarian Society in Britain. Mostly secular, and not always completely scathing their take on matters occasionally touched upon religious scenarios of sorts. As with many such slants and slights, the VS saw the funny side, eventually and reprinted the above piece from Punch as a 70th Anniversary retrospective in the February 1949 edition of their journal The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review .

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Friday, 11 January 2013

Outspoken guests

Including a Veggie Vicar - as playfully portrayed in The Vegetarian Handbook (1990)

Friday, 4 January 2013

I can say what I like, they're only lurkers

It appears the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (the pioneering, groundbreaking, scholars we keep hearing about in their press releases) will eventually be putting together an on-line, educational archive. Now why do I suspect it may cost infinitely more to access than the content of amateur websites which have been leading the way for years:

Friday, 6 July 2012

Orwell's heirs

The latest edition of Socialist History contains a particularly extensive review of Familiar Strangers in which Will Boisseau presents an interesting parallel scenario between the churches and "...British socialists, who rejected vegetarianism for fear of being out of touch with the general electorate, particularly in rural areas. Moreover, both movements were worried about an economy of sympathy, in which the public's compassion could not stretch to concern for both down-trodden humans and animals." I'm inclined to take that precept a stage further and suggest that certain Christian journals - such as the 'thinking Catholic digest' - would prefer to dwell on just about anything other than their ethical relationship with creation these days.