Animals and Animal Welfare

The global benefits of not eating meat

In the second half of the 20th Century, worldwide meat production increased roughly five-fold; per capita consumption more than doubled.…

No to chocolate, yes to garlic!

In the previous edition of Biophile, my article “Holistic Pet Nutrition”, highlighted the nutritional and medicinal properties of herbs for…

Compassionate Christmas

My wife Lynn and I have been vegans for approximately a decade, and vegetarians for much longer. We became vegetarians…

Food pets die for: the multi-billion dollar lie about your pet’s food

We see pictures of whole grains, prime cuts of meat and human grade vegetables on the bag, and we assume…

Behind farm gates

Raising animals for human consumption is nothing less than animal abuse Outrage and shock rippled through the ranks of South…

Say “No!” to animals in pet shops

Say NO to Animals in Pet Shops is a campaign originally founded in Australia by June Bird (of Adam and…

Say “No!” to the quill trade

Many years ago, the writer and wilderness advocate Laurens van der Post wrote poignantly that “We have to become once…

M.E.R.C.Y. Animal rescue

M.E.R.C.Y. Animal Rescue began life as the Waterfront Cat Sterilisation, Feeding and Monitoring Project dedicated to the ending of the…

A Natural, Wholesome Diet For Your Pets

The concept of a natural, diet for our pets is no new revelation. Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, certainly…

Animal Sacrifice

My father was the Chief Justice in Botswana in the late sixties and early seventies and I remember walking into…