‘The Oxen’ (a Poem)

In factories Secluded from the lights Of your civilisation (Cold walls, Screeching steel) We stand and wait. Comfort is found In scraps of peace: The lightest pressure Of breath against skin, A wet nose, A slow blink Of thick-lidded eyes. In factories Shielded from the glories Of your progress (Hoarse voices, Electric jolts) We stagger…

People Who Prove We’re Not Going to Hell in a Handcart

Animal rights and environmental advocacy are two of my major passions in life, but – as anyone who strives to raise awareness of these issues will know – talking about them can be demoralising. Whenever I speak or write about these issues, I strive to remain optimistic, spread the word about positive developments, and share…

‘Habitat’ (a Poem and a Reflection)

It has been a long time since I wrote anything substantial for this blog. During December, I’ve felt disinclined to write (#NaNoWriMo drained me of my creative powers, clearly 😉) and have instead been focusing on my off-screen life, which is no bad thing. Right now, I’m enjoying that calm, lazy post-Christmas feeling. 😌❤️ I…

Wildlife Rehab With KAF: One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

This August, I started volunteering with Kildare Animal Foundation (KAF)’s Wildlife Unit – I was inspired by the incredible dedication of a close friend who had been a regular volunteer there for several months – and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve learned so much about animal…

Animal Healing: What They Taught Me

This morning I was going through some old Google Drive documents when I came across a file containing a few notes about a short course I had taken in animal healing a few years ago, together with images of some of the animals I met that day. I have briefly discussed my interest in energy…

When Animals Have to Say Goodbye

A while ago, I wrote about the much-loved Internet celebrity Esther the Wonder Pig and a few of her friends. Among them was a gorgeous pit bull-type dog named Shelby. She was the unofficial “mother” figure of Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary (HEEFS), who eagerly welcomed all new arrivals with unconditional acceptance and love. On…

The Esther Effect: What One Pig and Her Friends Mean to Me

One of my major idols in life is a 650-pound pig named Esther. She lives in Canada and we have never met, but she is a heroine of mine nonetheless. This sassy, hilarious, heartwarming girl first came into the lives of her “daddies” – Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter – as a supposed “mini-pig” in…

Veganism: My Past, Present and Future Journey With It

I was about five or six years old, and sitting on the floor of my great-grandmother’s kitchen, when I first heard the word “vegetarian”. The story of my great-grandmother’s house is a wonderful one in itself. Prior to her death in 1998, my parents, brother and I lived right next to her. Our back gardens…