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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

Imagining the disappearance of species (however small they are) should spur us to fight for their survival.

Could shock tactics do more harm than good to the vegan cause?

As veganism advances in popular culture it makes sense to shift the movement’s strategies from ‘horror’ to ‘hipster.’

Why human rights groups are beginning to support the rights of non-human animals

Solidarity must extend, not only to all people but also to animals, the earth, and the environment.

Why we must respect the rights of all sentient animals

The only way to recognize the moral personhood of animals is to accord them a right not to be property—and that means the abolition of animal exploitation.

It’s time to reconsider the meaning of ‘animal welfare’

Current standards simply make us feel better about the continued exploitation of animals.

How whales and dolphins can teach us to be less stupid

Learning from the other inhabitants of our ‘blue planet.’

How should we feel about the feelings of the animals we eat?

Acknowledging the sentience of other species requires us to be vegan.

When a tiger has no value

The quest for profit is transforming the natural world. Can it be halted?

The rise of veganism in politics

On World Vegan Day it’s time to recognize that veganism isn’t just a fashion statement. The decision to boycott animal products has major political implications.

Wildlife conservationists need to break out of their Stockholm syndrome

Instead of fighting a destructive economic system, international conservation NGOs are bonding with its brutality.

The sexual politics of meat

Wings, thighs and breasts: menu choices, or an individual who matters so little that her body parts can be consumed for someone else’s enjoyment?

Zoos are the problem, not the solution to animal conservation

Instead of imprisoning animals for profit, why not support shared efforts in coexistence?

I stopped eating animals because of human rights

What does the meat industry do to people’s mental health?

From the shelf to the bin: food waste and the culture of rush

A third of all food that’s produced in the world is thrown away as ‘waste.’ What’s going on? Español

Thinking like a plant

How can we act in ways that contribute to the evolving fabric of life, rather than to its dissolution? By “thinking like a plant.”

Veganism and compassion

Veganism is often seen as a vain attempt to dismantle market demand for animal products, one block of tofu at a time. This debate overlooks the radically transformative potential of compassion.

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