Articles by Kris Lecakes Haley

  • Aug
  • 15

Creating Compassionate Classrooms

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Think back to your favorite book as a child or the movie that had the character or message that stayed with you-and don’t forget your favorite nursery rhyme, fable, or cartoon. Odds are that there was an animal involved. Animals are masterful teachers, and their lessons usually begin in the cradle and, if we’re lucky, remain with us to the grave.

I was a …

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  • Feb
  • 13

Speciesism and Social Justice

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It’s common to see comparisons where an animal’s intelligence is measured against that of a human. To some, the nonhuman animal’s own, innate intelligence and sentience is not sufficient and is considered only relevant as it compares to our own. Quite the self-preservation strategy for humans, isn’t it? Would we as a species ever really allow an …

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  • Jan
  • 30

Nonviolence Extends to All Species

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Just mentioning the word “nonviolence” brings to mind two hallowed peace patriots: Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. There is some debate on whether nonviolence is the opposite of war, but in a world where animals are subjected to reprehensible degrees of violence every moment, almost exclusively at our hand, war is only the tip of the …

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  • Nov
  • 1

Inhumane Education?

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The word “education” typically produces a positive reaction inspired by warm memories of school. Humane education is an empathy-driven framework that complements all other educational models, expanding a child’s compassion toward all living beings, and it’s becoming more and more mainstream as parents and educators seek to raise kind children. However, lurking in the shadows of …

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  • Oct
  • 23

Paper, Plastic, or Dog: Our Disposable Society Takes On a New Life

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Paper, Plastic, or Dog: Our Disposable Society Takes On a New Life

These days, you can’t turn on the TV or look at a magazine without being “greened.” We’re guided to the best green car, the most savory green restaurant, or the most efficient green energy system. Emissions are examined, and thermostats are tightened-and our belts are not far behind. We compost, compact, and conserve, lest our carbon footprint inch …

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  • Oct
  • 12

Nothing Passive About Neglect

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Nothing Passive About Neglect

Those who advocate for animals have become accustomed to the buzzwords typically used to describe what animals endure—we hear words like “cruelty,” “abuse,” “abandonment,” and “neglect.” Interestingly, however, I’ve noticed that these words are typically phrased in a hierarchy, with “neglect” rarely garnering first mention.

Intrigued, I decided to query a few friends, asking them the following …

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  • Jul
  • 26

Common Objections to Activism

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As advocates for the intrinsic rights of animals to live peacefully and free from the impositions bestowed upon them by humans, we may occasionally have our motives questioned. Most times, individuals have an authentic curiosity and ask us out of a genuine sense of interest and integrity. Let’s look at two of the most prevalent objections that …

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