CAFO

CAFO. Confined animal feeding operation. See factory farming.

cage-free

cage-free. A term used mostly for the marketing of eggs to imply they do not use battery cages. The term...

castration

castration. The act of cutting off a male animal’s genitals. Bull calves, piglets, and other animals endure this excruciating mutilation...

cetacean

cetacean. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cetacea, an order of aquatic placental mammals having no hind limbs...

cognition

cognition. Refers to mental processes such as consciousness, intelligence, self-awareness, thought, and decision making. See sentience.

cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance. The anxiety and distress we feel when our beliefs, feelings and behaviour are not in alignment. For example...

commodification

commodification. When living beings are treated as resources that can be bought and sold. Instead of seeing a whole moral...

companion animal

companion animal. Term referring to the animals with whom humans most commonly share their lives and homes, for example, dogs,...

compartmentalization

compartmentalization. A coping method to alleviate ourselves from cognitive dissonance. We disassociate conflicting beliefs, feelings and behaviours, which enables us...