‘The Last Island’ free worldwide until April 7.

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My publisher, Betimes Books (Ireland), is making the Kindle version of my book free worldwide until April 7. Order it here: The Last Island.

4.6 out of 5 Stars on Amazon.com.

“The novel transports the reader to this tiny piece of the world and magnifies it through his extraordinary prose, leaving the reader moved in unexpected ways. David Hogan’s The Last Island is a wonderful gift to writing.”

– Marvin Minkler, Modern First Editions

“Hogan’s adept storytelling makes us ponder our spiritual essence.”

– The Greek Star

“Delivers an unforgettable experience you won’t get anywhere else.”

 – The Reader and The Chef

“The pacing is brisk, the dialogue crisp, the imagery evocative, and the ideas and themes Hogan explores are timeless. This is a great story.”

 – 5 Star Amazon Review

You can download it here: The Last Island.

The Practices of Compassion and Cruelty

“I don’t understand these people trying to help animals when there’s so much human suffering in the world. Shouldn’t they be helping humans instead?”

I was asked this question at dinner the other day. One of the characters in my novel, The Last Island, is an animal rights activist. The questioner thought that her passion, like that of many other animal activists, was misplaced. I answered the question as best I could at the time, but after some thought I realized that my response was inadequate. I’ve since come to a new conclusion. Continue reading “The Practices of Compassion and Cruelty”

The Ag-Gag Reflex: The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act’s Impact on All of Us

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On November 27, 2006, after heavy lobbying by the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was signed into law. The AETA makes it a terrorist offense to engage in certain speech and activity that causes an “animal enterprise” the loss of real or personal property. (There is a dispute as to whether the term ‘loss of property’ means ‘loss of profits.’)

The authors of this designer legislation were certainly aware of its problematic reach and so included within it a ‘rule of construction.’ This ‘rule of construction’ is, in itself, a great legal construct because it means that, notwithstanding what’s actually in the law, nothing shall be construed to prohibit any conduct that is protected by the First Amendment. Continue reading “The Ag-Gag Reflex: The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act’s Impact on All of Us”