“No higher than the epiglottis . . . “

Denmark is banning halal and kosher slaughter of animals, because such killing requires that the animal be conscious when killed. “Hooray! ‘It’ almost didn’t suffer!” They want them to feel it, I guess. And because some folks in Denmark thinks it’s unnecessarily cruel (cough, giraffe, cough cough, zoothanasia, cough), others folks are referring... Read More

In need of a title (and more sloth)

I’m finally getting close to finishing a book discussing my time working in a zoo (as well as time spent in various animal sanctuaries and wildlife centers), but I’m in desperate need of a name for the book. My boy, Dudley, has moves, too. I bet he has mad pole-dancing (or, at least, pole-hanging) skills. It addresses numerous issues regarding the place of zoos and sanctuaries... Read More

Not so ‘cocky’ now, huh, Mr. Cockroach?

You know, I’ll never be accused of being a fan of the cockroach. Indeed, I kind of wish they would keep to themselves and never pop up in my space. That being said, this is some genuinely messed up stuff. This is a DIY controlled cockroach. Use your ‘smart’ phone to control the creatures movements. It’s the same old tired refrain: every other creature on... Read More

The Defecation that is, often, Christian Nonviolence

Over the last few weeks I’ve had to deal with so many critiques of Christian pacifism that I decided to level one myself. Anytime I get very defensive, to the point of making fun of my critics, I figure it’s a good time to level a criticism at myself or, at the very least, my bestest best friends. Well, actually, I should say, I’m not critiquing Christian nonviolence... Read More

Ignoring Nature No More

“If all (hu)mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson My wonderful friend Marc Bekoff (who just so happens to be super-tight buddies with Jane Goodall–which almost makes me friends with her) sent... Read More

Oh God, You Big Chicken

I often use the strip below in some of my courses to discuss Feuerbach, Augustine, and the genius that is Bill Watterson. It never goes as well as it should. Why do you think that is the case? I mean, isn’t the kind of theological conversation that should follow from this two panel piece of brilliance self-evident? Isn’t it?!        Read More

Five Questions with Marc Bekoff

Dr. Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He’s written numerous books in his discipline, has been on television many times, and is considered one of the foremost writers in the realm of animal welfare. He was also kind enough to write the foreword for my co-edited book, A Faith Embracing All Creatures (which,... Read More

A Faith Embracing All Creatures (40% Off!)

Volume II (A Faith Embracing All Creatures) of The Peaceable Kingdom Series is now available. If you order it now, it’s 40% off. Simply visit the publisher’s website, type in this code, CREATURES, and viola! A great book at almost half the price! As the point of the series is to think about what it means to embody God’s peaceable kingdom, each volume attempts to... Read More

Animal Crackers

To celebrate the publication of the second volume of The Peaceable Kingdom series (A Faith Embracing All Creatures), for the next few weeks I’ll be randomly posting on animals, Christianity, and why, three times a day, most of my nonviolent friends live lives that are the absolute antithesis of nonviolence. Ya’ flesh-eating, ‘bodies consuming other bodies’... Read More

Why Killing the Useless is an Ecologically Sound Thing to Do (Or, Why Eating Academics Sure Taste Good)

Even those concerned with issues regarding ‘social and ecological justice’ are not immune to treating other living beings as nothing more than mere commodities. Oxen Bill and Lou, who have served Green Mountain College for ten years, are headed for slaughter. “No big deal,” you say. After all, at least these cows lived free from the horrors of a slaughterhouse.... Read More