In the Introduction to the book, Stallwood writes that, while animal rights is "about our relationship with nonhuman creatures, it's also about locating meaning in our lives and finding out who we truly are." Many passages in the book mirror my own experience as I went vegetarian in my 20s, then fully vegan in my 30s (for example, "being squeamish about certain forms of animal bodies and relishing others was illogical and inconsistent").
Though I've followed his LinkedIn updates for a few years, I was surprised to learn about his culinary training, and I appreciated his hope that future chefs would be able to pursue their creativity without having to use animals—indeed, that they wouldn't even have to use the word "vegan" to describe their entirely cruelty-free cuisine. It'd be a future where vegan food is just food—kind of like "Italian food" is just "food" in Italy and "Indian food" is just "food" in India.
Much of Growl is a personal chronicle of Stallwood's work within organizations—the infernal and exhausting work of managing infighting, politics, power struggles, internal disputes, and bureaucracy. He describes how some vegans simply give up and retreat to spending too much time in what Stallwood calls our "Misanthropic Bunkers"—our safe havens, our vegan sanctuaries, our vegan blogs.
To hear Stallwood speak in person, visit the most updated list of his upcoming U.S. appearances in the Events section of his website. The list below is a guide, but please confirm before attending.
Presenting ‘The Animal Rights Challenge’ at a public meeting hosted by NYU’s Animal Studies Initiative
Interview with Caryn Hartglass of REAL Radio
Presenting ‘Growl’ at Professor David Cassuto’s Animal Law Class, which is followed by making the same presentation to Professor Len Mitchell’s Business Ethics Class at Pace University
Second ‘Growl’ presentation for Professor Mitchell’s Business Ethics Classes at Pace University, which is followed by a meeting with Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House
Speaking at the launch party for the anthology, Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals & the Earth, at Bluestockings bookstore, NYC
Meeting with attorneys Sarah Griffin and David Wolfson about Minding Animals International
Presenting ‘Growl’ at the vegan cafe, Grindcore House, hosted by The Humane League in Philadelphia, PA
Presenting ‘Growl’ at Red Emma’s bookstore and vegetarian cafe in Baltimore, MD
Lunchtime presentation of ‘Growl’ for the staff, volunteers and trustees of Alley Cat Allies, Bethesda, MD, which is followed by presenting ‘Growl’ at a public meeting hosted by ACA at the Washington Humane Society’s Behavior and Learning Centre
Consultation with Dawn Moncrief, A Well-Fed World, which is followed by an afternoon presentation of ‘Growl’ for the staff of the ASPCA’s Washington DC office
Evening presentation of ‘Growl’ hosted by Maine Animal Coalition at University of Southern Maine
Evening presentation of ‘Growl’ at the vegan Grasshopper Restaurant hosted by the Boston Vegetarian Society
Evening reception hosted by GREY2K USA Worldwide at their offices in Arlington, MA