Hello! I am Trudi (Geertrui in Dutch, and yes, that’s Gertrude 😉 ), 50 and living near Bruges (Flanders, Belgium). I went vegetarian in the mid nineties, and – together with my husband- went vegan around 2010. My main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although I am also inspired by the environmental and health aspects.
After my studies in criminology and environmental sciences (1995) I spent some years as a research assistant exploring the sociology of human-animal relations, which resulted in my PhD on ‘antropocentrism and speciesism in contemporary criminology ‘ (Ghent University).
In 2001 I initiated and edited the book ‘Mensen en Andere Dieren‘ (Humans and Other Animals).
After my academic years, I worked in youth care, and as a policy advisor for the Flemish Government (Vlaamse Overheid).
Since a couple of years, I am no longer professionally engaged, because of chronic diseases. So I am ‘at home’ now, where – together with my sweet and loving husband – I take care of our animal family, and enjoy getting my hands dirty in our veg garden.
And, as you can tell by the number of restaurant reviews, we also enjoy exploring new restaurants, and the occasional city trip.
Some more personal stuff on why I started blogging, interests in music, gardening and more in this interview (2017) .
See also and this interview for The Vegan Rainbow Project (2018).
I also blog about veganism and animal rights in Dutch on Graswortels (formerly Veggieleven), and some of those posts also appear translated here, and the other way around. And I’ve also made some vlogs about veganism and animal rights.
At the end of 2018, I created a new platform, to address the interconnections between ableism and speciesism: Crip HumAnimal.
More recently, I have given presentations about veganism, animal rights, healthshaming in the movement, inclusiveness, about representation of other animals at various festivals and events.
In 2020 I co-edited the book ‘Een Ander Soort Zuster‘, with contributions of 34 female animal rights activists from the Netherlands and Flanders.
I would love to hear your feedback, any thoughts or suggestions. So do not hesitate to leave me a comment 🙂
Geertrui Cazaux (aka TrudiBruges)
Updated December 2020