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  • Veganism without Animal Rights - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts Veganism It s Not Just a Animal Rights Issue Abolitionist Animal Rights Abolitionist Veganism in a Nutshell OUR NEW BOOK Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach Animal Rights Marginalized By The Animal Movement Short Videos on Animal Rights Rights vs Welfare Animals as Property Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Share on Vk Share on Reddit Share by Mail Français Visitez notre site miroir français Recent Posts Guest Essay This is Why New Welfarists Should Stop Equivocating on Moral Principles Concerning Animals A Response to Mercy For Animals Incremental Reform in the Human Context Is Not Analogous to Welfare Reform and Single Issue Campaigns in the Nonhuman Context The Animals Need YOU A Report from the Intersectional Justice Conference Why Welfare Reform Campaigns and Single Issue Campaigns Necessarily Promote Animal Exploitation When Intersectional Justice Means Promoting Meat Fish Dairy Imagine

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  • Welfare Reform Campaigns, Single-Issue Campaigns, and Animal Exploitation: Perfect Together - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    defensible but eating eggs from conventional cages is not And this amounts to promoting animal exploitation SICs The same analysis holds for single issue campaigns SICs For example an SIC that targets foie gras seeks to build a coalition that includes people who think that eating foie gras is barbaric but who have no problem eating other animal foods The only way that such a campaign can work is if it promotes the eating of animal foods other than foie gras as morally defensible That is SICs necessarily promote the idea that certain animal foods represent morally acceptable choices while others such as foie gras do not I have yet to see an SIC that is explicitly abolitionist These campaigns cannot be abolitionist if they seek to build coalitions involving exploiters Animal advocates who support welfare reform campaigns or SICs necessarily promote animal exploitation whether they intend to or not If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts Why Welfare Reform Campaigns and Single Issue Campaigns Necessarily Promote Animal Exploitation Single Issue Campaigns and the Adoption Fostering of Homeless Nonhuman Animals Single Issue Campaigns in Human Nonhuman Contexts A Short Note on Abolitionist Veganism as a Single Issue Campaign On Johnny Weir Single Issue Campaigns Treatment and Abolitionist Veganism Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on

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  • A "Movement" of Relentless Narcissism - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    on the journey and recovering from all of the trauma they have suffered The welfarists tell us that the ideology of animal exploitation is invisible Nonsense The welfarist ideology is anything but invisible It is explicit and it is promoted by all of the welfarist groups The welfarist ideology which is itself speciesist normalizes our speciesism And the welfarists claim that pursuing welfare reform is just a matter of strategy not ideology That is absurd If animal exploitation is not morally justifiable promoting supposedly humane exploitation is not a matter of strategy I am always asked about how it is that I don t burn out given that I have been doing this now for more than 30 years The world is a horrible place for all but a small fraction of nonhuman animals And the world is a horrible place for the vast majority of humans who live in poverty or who are mistreated as a result of racism sexism homophobia etc or who are imprisoned or harmed for their political views etc I could understand if all of these real victims gave up Frankly I think it must be horrible to be a person of color in a racist society or to be a woman in a patriarchal society which is just about everywhere or to be animal anywhere Interestingly many of the real victims don t give up They keep struggling And think of the animals who are treated horribly but who still often interact with humans with trust and hope In any event I am not one of these victims I am honored to be able to what little I can do to contribute to a shifting of the paradigm away from the default position of violence and exploitation of the vulnerable I am not an animal in a laboratory or in a feedlot or in a slaughterhouse or one of the farms that are praised by welfarists as being compassionate or trapped in a snare I am not a woman who is being subjected to physical or emotional abuse Bottom line Why would I burn out That are a zillion more beings human and non who have a much better reason to do that than I do So I just avoid ever thinking of myself as the victim here I am not one I have met many animal people over the years who think a lot about their sensitivity and their suffering I understand where they are coming from I just do not participate in that way of thinking If we are ever going to make any progress we must reject the welfarist ideology and focus on what a social justice movement for animals should focus on the animals If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it

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  • The Anti-Hunting "Ban" in the UK: A Great Business Opportunity for Animal Welfare Groups - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    t a ban at all When they get the ban that is not a ban they declare victory and ask for more support And now these same groups will solicit donations once again to fight the repeal of a ban that is not a ban at all and in reality pivots on a fight between Tories and Labour about a perceived matter of class Yes indeed it s just a matter of time before we start seeing the appeals with cute pictures of fox cubs and horrific pictures of foxes being ripped apart by hounds telling people how they can help to stop it all and save the animals if only they donate The rallying cry of the welfarist movement And abolitionists who point out the absurdity of the campaign and the obvious fact that the primary beneficiaries of the campaign are the groups promoting it will be denounced as divisive and told that they are not activists because they are not marching to the tune of the corporate welfarist groups who have declared that activism is making a donation to a large group and serving as free labor for welfarist and single issue campaigns that raise lots of money for those corporate groups But the reality remains single issue campaigns and welfare reform campaigns generally are nothing but business opportunities for the large groups They have nothing to do with helping animals Indeed these sorts of campaigns do nothing but promote exploitation by in this case characterizing fox hunting with hounds as worse than fox hunting by other means any other hunting or the use of animals for entertainment or any other purpose It s a business plan that works Think of how many careerists do not have to work a regular job and have the luxury of being full time activists treated as celebrities by people who serve as free labor for them But let s be clear it s got nothing to do with helping animals If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione ADDED May 18 2015 I see that Ricky Gervais has now picked up the banner for those fighting the repeal of the ban that is not a ban This assures that the large groups won t be far behind And it illustrates a central problem with single issue campaigns Foxes have no greater value than the animals whom Gervais a nonvegan exploits ADDED May 20 2015 And they re off In the lead right behind Gervais is Animal Aid a welfarist group

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  • Animal Exploitation: Brought to You by "Animal Advocates" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    Canada and Australia through our 5 Step animal welfare standards and third party certification We are committed to informing and empowering consumers and recognizing and rewarding farmers and ranchers for raising their animals in a welfare friendly way ALL of the major animal advocacy organizations gave their public blessing to the Whole Foods Animal Compassionate standards that became the GAP 5 Step happy exploitation program click to enlarge Although these organizations will when talking with vegans claim to not support happy exploitation any such claim is clearly unequivocally and unquestionably false The calf in that picture will be dead soon And his death will bear the stamp of approval from the animal movement I am regularly attacked by animal advocates who say that I should not criticize other animal advocates because we re all on the same side and we need unity To my welfarist friends I am not on the side of this obscenity I oppose animal exploitation You promote it Please stop If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts Some Animal Advocates Never Miss An Opportunity to Exploit Animal Exploitation The Problem Animal Advocates Who Promote Animal Exploitation Enabling Animal Exploitation The Happy Exploitation Partnership Animal Welfare Regulation Happy Exploitation and Speciesism Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google

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  • "Journeys" Into Speciesism - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    say this in the animal context are similarly seriously confused about what morality means And if they agree that baby steps are not acceptable when it comes to racist discrimination but are acceptable in the animal context they re just being speciesist We should always seek to teach others in a nonviolent manner But we have an obligation to the animals to be crystal clear that the moral status of nonhumans means that any exploitation however humane is morally unjustifiable We would never say that racism or sexism or homophobia or any other sort of human discrimination is acceptable if it is humane or if we eliminate the worst abuses We would never say that we should meet racists or sexists or heterosexists where they are and respect that they are on a journey Let s stop being speciesist and saying such things where nonhuman animals are concerned Let s embrace animal rights If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts On Journeys There Is No Third Choice The Paradigm Shift Requires Clarity About the Moral Baseline Veganism Animal Welfare Regulation Happy Exploitation and Speciesism Our Grassroots Movement is Growing Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Share on Vk Share on Reddit Share by Mail Français Visitez notre site miroir français Recent Posts Guest Essay This is Why New Welfarists Should Stop Equivocating on Moral Principles Concerning Animals A Response to Mercy For

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  • The Ringling Circus Elephants: Another "Victory" That Isn't - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    is done If that is a victory I d hate to see what defeat looks like Third Ringling is continuing to use other animals and is adding new animal acts They just added camel stunt acts It s not as if the removal of elephants means a reduction in the numbers of animals used It just means that different animals will be used And elephants are not morally more valuable than any of those other animals Fourth the animal welfare corporations have spent 35 years focused on and fundraising off of elephants in the circus And what is the result Elephants are moved from one exploitative context to another one and other animals keep getting exploited Great Some victory Fifth and what about all of the animals who are being tortured and killed so that people who go to the circus can stuff their faces with meat cheese ice cream milk etc Bottom line if we focused on unequivocal vegan education for those 35 years and put all of the millions and millions of dollars and other resources into abolitionist vegan education that have been wasted on the elephant campaign we d have far more vegans than we presently have now and these vegans would be vegans for the right reason that it s wrong to exploit sentient beings however humanely we may treat them And vegans don t go to circuses I hope you understand things more clearly now Gary L Francione Professor Rutgers University If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University

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  • Is Veganism Elitist? No. But Nonveganism Is! - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    Is the vegan ethic of egalitarianism better than or superior to the position that it is morally acceptable to exploit the vulnerable Yes of course it is A moral position is always better than an immoral one A position that protects fundamental rights is always better than one that violates fundamental rights To say that veganism is elitist is like saying that thinking that all humans are equal morally is elitist The next time someone tells you that veganism is elitist take that opportunity to educate that person in a creative nonviolent way that the opposite is true If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about nonviolence First and foremost it s about nonviolence to other sentient beings But it s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts Sea Shepherd Weighs In on Cecil the Lion Insisting on Veganism is Purism and Elitist Some Comments on Vegetarianism as a Gateway to Veganism The Paradigm Shift Requires Clarity About the Moral Baseline Veganism After 30 Years Morrissey Goes Vegan But Calls Veganism Purist Vegan Society Ambassador Fiona Oakes Veganism is not for everyone and it s not probably for very many people Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Share on Vk Share on Reddit Share by Mail Français Visitez notre site miroir français Recent Posts Guest Essay This is Why New Welfarists Should Stop Equivocating on Moral Principles Concerning Animals A Response to Mercy For Animals Incremental Reform in the Human Context Is Not Analogous to Welfare Reform and Single Issue Campaigns in the Nonhuman Context

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