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  • Chris Hedges: "All Forms of Life Are Sacred" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    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 Chris Hedges and I Talk About Veganism Peter Singer and the Welfarist Position on the Lesser Value of Nonhuman Life A Facebook Exchange About Religion and Animals Vegan Education Made Easy Part I My Participation in The Conversation 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

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  • The Vegan Society is a "Proud" Partner With Vivisectors - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    safety toxicity of a drug in animals human trials can start Otherwise when people come to us with questions about the use of animals in experiments we generally point them to Understanding Animal Research http www understandinganimalresearch org uk Please do let me know if you have any further questions about our work I then visited the website that Sense for Science refers people to which also happens to be one of its funders Understanding Animal Research The site is a completely pro vivisection website click to enlarge The website of Understanding Animal Research states explicitly and clearly Understanding Animal Research was founded at the end of 2008 by bringing together two UK organisations Research Defence Society and Coalition for Medical Progress It is a membership organisation with over 110 member organisations and many more individual supporters Organisational members are drawn from various sectors including academic pharmaceutical charities research funders professional and learned societies The leader of both the Research Defence Society and the Coalition for Medical Progress that formed Understanding Animal Research was none other than Colin Blakemore the notorious defender of vivisection And here Understanding Animal Research states that UAR is delighted that Colin Blakemore was awarded a knighthood in the Queens Birthday Honours Sir Colin was recognized for services to scientific research policy and outreach Sir Colin was instrumental in the creation of UAR He chaired the councils of both the Research Defence Society and the Coalition for Medical Progress as they fused to become UAR and then chaired UAR s council in its first year And Understanding Animal Research is the group that Sense About Science refers people to The Vegan Society proclaims publicly We have many values in common with Sense About Science and are therefore proud to be part of their Ask for Evidence campaign Colin Blakemore must be delighted that The Vegan Society is now involved with groups that promote his views This is absolutely shocking on many many levels I can understand that The Vegan Society wants to be an evidence based group They should be But I am completely bewildered as to why The Vegan Society would formally join any campaign with a group that so shamelessly promotes pro vivisection propaganda much less be proud to do so Putting aside the scientific controversy about the efficacy of vivisection vivisection cannot be morally justified despite any efficacy As my past posts have made clear there is a great deal about The Vegan Society that bewilders and deeply troubles me not the least of which is that they have explicitly rejected veganism as a moral baseline So I suppose that its partnership with pro vivisection PR groups should not surprise me The one thing that is crystal clear Donald Watson who founded The Vegan Society in 1944 would not recognize what now bears that once magnificent name 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

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  • Some "Animal Advocates" Never Miss An Opportunity to Exploit Animal Exploitation - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    rescued and brought into the United States where a brisk demand for adopted dogs and cats is met by a thriving network of animal rescue groups and shelters All 23 South Korean dogs the second batch is due to arrive Tuesday will undergo veterinarian checks in Alexandria before being distributed among five other shelters in the Mid Atlantic states for adoption By helping these 23 dogs we ll be helping a lot of other dogs in South Korea by raising public awareness of the dog meat trade said Megan Webb executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria which finds homes for about 1 000 dogs a year Okay So let s see if I have this right HSUS HSI objects to the eating of dogs Okay I understand that I don t think anyone should eat dogs either Surely it makes no sense to object to eating dogs if you eat other animals But HSUS CEO President Wayne Pacelle sits on the Board of Directors of the Global Animal Partnership which develops the 5 Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards of happy exploitation used by Whole Foods and other vendors of happy meat such as the Niman Ranch Pork Company click to enlarge And Joe Maxwell a Vice President of HSUS is a pig farmer click to enlarge And HSI has it s own happy exploitation label click to enlarge So the evil Koreans should not eat dogs but good folks elsewhere should feel just fine about consuming other animals and animal products especially if they have the stamp of approval from HSUS HSI And the reason why HSUS HSI is flying dogs from Korea to be adopted in the United States is because in the U S there is a brisk demand for adopted dogs and cats that is met by a thriving network of animal rescue groups and shelters Really But HSUS itself states that 2 7 million healthy animals are killed in shelters every year According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 2 million of the 2 7 million animals killed in shelters are dogs So HSUS HSI is objecting to Koreans eating dogs while HSUS explicitly promotes consuming happy animals an HSUS Vice President is a pig farmer and HSI has its own happy exploitation label The reason for this is that we need to fly dogs from Seoul to Washington D C so that we have more dogs to adopt in the United States even though we are killing 1 2 million dogs per year You can t make this stuff up And 23 dogs who are in languishing in U S shelters won t be adopted so that HSUS can have photo ops and do fundraising If you think this has anything to do with anything other than exploiting animal exploitation as well as promoting xenophobia you ve lost sight of what it s all about It makes me sad that my friends at HSUS HSI most

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/animal-advocates-never-miss-opportunity-exploit-animal-exploitation/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Veganism, PETA, Farm Sanctuary, Peter Singer, "Personal Purity," and Principles of Justice - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    convenient enough and we all know people whose reason for not going vegan is that they can t give up cheese or ice cream But instead of making it easier for them to help animals we often make it more difficult Instead of encouraging them to stop eating all other animal products besides cheese or ice cream we preach to them about the oppression of dairy cows Then we go on about how we don t eat sugar or a veggie burger because of the bun even though a tiny bit of butter flavor in a bun supports significantly less suffering than eating any non organic fruit or vegetable or using a plastic bottle or about 100 other things that most of us do Our fanatical obsession with ingredients not only obscures the animals suffering which was virtually non existent for that tiny modicum of ingredient but nearly guarantees that those around us are not going to make any change at all So we ve preserved our personal purity but we ve hurt animals and that s anti vegan Peter Singer considered by some to be the Father of the Animal Rights Movement says I think it s more important to try and produce a change in the right direction than to be personally pure yourself So when you re eating with someone at a restaurant and you ordered something vegan but when it comes there s a bit of grated cheese or something on it sometimes vegans will make a big fuss and send it back and that might mean the food is wasted And if you re in company with people who are not vegan or not even vegetarian I think that s probably the wrong thing to do It d be better off just to eat it because people are going to think Oh my god these vegans I agree that being vegan is not about personal purity But I don t see not exploiting vulnerable beings human or nonhuman as being about personal purity I see it as a matter of caring about fundamental justice and acting on it To call that a matter of personal purity is simply to say that justice should not be a matter of clear moral principle And I could not disagree with that more So if the restaurant won t give you a vegan meal don t eat the non vegan meal just because you think it will help animals It won t What it will do is to send a very clear message that you do not regard animal rights as a matter of moral principle And that is very harmful to animals People are more likely to embrace veganism if they agree that there s something serious and important at stake And as long as you choose to eat any amount of meat dairy and eggs they will never see veganism as a matter of fundamental justice If you are not vegan please go vegan Veganism is about

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  • A Betrayal of the Animals - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    Third MFA suggests that cage free addresses needless suffering Since we do not need to consume eggs for optimal health all suffering in this context is needless Fourth MFA tells us that cage free is what a civilized nation does Fifth And for a so called animal advocate to suggest that cage free barns are not cruel and inhumane is nothing short of a betrayal of nonhuman animals Sixth The word vegan appears nowhere in the press release This is nothing more than happy exploitation propaganda and for groups like MFA to claim that statements like this are not intended to make people feel better about consuming happy animal products is either a matter of dishonesty or delusion Here what cage free looks like This is what Mercy for Animals calls respect Photo New York Times This comes as no surprise Ever since 2005 Mercy for Animals along with Peter Singer and the other large animal welfare groups have explicitly and publicly embraced happy exploitation 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 And never ever buy into the nonsensical notion that we need to promote happy exploitation in order to get people to go vegan It s the opposite the entire happy exploitation industry has one goal to make the public more comfortable about animal exploitation The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Professor Rutgers University 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts Killing Animals and Making Animals Suffer Kicking Animals is WRONG So Is Killing Them A Disturbing Partnership Farmed Animals vs Farm Animals The European Commission and the Ban on Battery Cages Share this entry Share

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  • Happy 2015! - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts My Happy Exploitation Label is Better Than Your Happy Exploitation Label The Happy Exploitation Partnership Speciesism in a Nutshell An HSUS Reprimand and My Reply The Vegan Society Corporate Partners With Sustainable Animal Agriculture 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 If There Were a Real Animal Rights Movement Challenging Peter Singer s Paternity Claim Business As Usual VegfestUK and the Animal Welfare Industry The Vegan Society Senior Officer of Advocacy and Policy Rejects Veganism as

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  • The Focus on "Factory Farming" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    tortured and killed Their primary impact is to reassure consumers that they can be conscientious omnivores and keep contributing to animal groups as they feel good about continuing to eat and wear animals Third if animals matter morally we should not be eating wearing or using them whether they are from factory farms or from family farms or have a happy exploitation label slapped on their corpses We cannot justify inflicting any level of pain and suffering on another sentient being when the only justification is palate pleasure or fashion We don t even need a theory of animal rights for that it follows simply from the position that animals are not things and that they have moral value The problem is not factory farming The problem is all animal farming the problem is all animal use These factory farming campaigns have nothing to do with animals They are fundraising vehicles for the large groups If you care about animals and think that they have any moral value you go vegan It s that simple 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 your body The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts Farmed Animals vs Farm Animals Professor Francione Delivers Keynote Speech at the 2013 DePaul University College of Law Event Animals as Food The Legal Treatment of Animals in Contemporary Agribusiness and Factory Farming October 30 2013 Important Announcement No Factory Farmed Small Fish Friday Swine Flu A Problem of Animal Treatment or Animal Use A Brief Note on Ag Gag Laws Share this entry

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  • A Thought for Christmas Eve - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    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 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts A Simple Thought for Christmas 2010 A Thought for Thanksgiving 2010 A Thought About The Meaning of Love A Simple Thought for Martin Luther King Day Interview on Brian Oxman Show 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 If There Were a Real Animal Rights Movement Challenging Peter Singer s Paternity Claim Business As

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