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  • You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Vegan Society "Ambassador" Claims That Promoting Veganism as a Moral Baseline "Damages" Animals - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    of all the animal cruelty he contributed to because the frightening enthusiasm of such people held him back Oakes expressed agreement and stated People are generally frightened of what they do not know or understand at the best of times but when it is presented to them in a frightening way also then they just back away and the aggression they are encountered with gives them the perfect excuse to do so Hard to believe isn t it Well see for yourself Click to enlarge So Oakes agrees that promoting veganism as a moral baseline is preventing people from going vegan and that explaining veganism as a moral baseline in a creative nonviolent way is aggression and frightening You really cannot make this stuff up In my judgment people like Fiona Oakes and Tim Barford are doing tremendous damage by reinforcing the idea that there are two options 1 being a fundamentalist nutter who acts like a radical extremist who just appears to be dictating to everyone what they should and should not do or 2 stating that veganism is not for everyone and not probably for very many people because many people get very ill on a vegan diet There is a third option creative nonviolent vegan advocacy But that does not fit with the new program of moral relativism and flexible veganism of The Vegan Society for which Oakes and Barford are acting as cheerleaders Many people do care morally about animals It is time that we stop treating them like idiots and engage in discussion with them about why their own moral concern should lead them to stop participating in the exploitation of animals and to go vegan 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 2014 Gary L Francione ADDENDUM added August 6 2014 Bob Linden of Go Vegan Radio invited Fiona Oakes to his show to discuss these issues with me She declined Her spokesperson stated W e don t want to continue the debate as it is essentially detrimental to the animals and the vegan cause So saying that veganism is not for everyone and not probably for very many people and referring to those who promote veganism as a moral imperative as fundamentalist nutters is not detrimental to the animals and the vegan cause but discussing it is You really can t make this stuff up Related posts Vegan Society Ambassador Fiona Oakes Veganism is not for everyone and it s not probably for very many people The Vegan Society Senior Officer of Advocacy and Policy Rejects Veganism as a Moral Baseline Banned by The Vegan Society for Promoting Veganism Once Again The U K Vegan Society Trashes Veganism Essentialism Intersectionality and Veganism as a Moral Baseline

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/cant-make-stuff-vegan-society-ambassador-fiona-oakes-says-promoting-veganism-moral-imperative-causes-damage-animals/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Moral Schizophrenia: Alastair Graham, the "Michael Vick" of Scotland - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    health And animal agriculture is an ecological disaster The bottom line is that the best indeed only justification we have for inflicting all of that suffering and death is pleasure we enjoy the taste of animal foods The animals we eat and from whom we get milk and eggs have under the best of circumstances had lives filled with suffering and distress and have been killed in violent and painful ways There may be a psychological difference between those who inflict suffering and death directly and those who pay others to do it But there is no moral difference Like Graham we are all responsible for the unnecessary suffering and death of other sentient beings If you believe that what Graham did was morally wrong and it most certainly was you should consider going vegan and thereby stop your direct participation in the exploitation of nonhuman animals Indeed if you believe that animals matter morally and are not merely things going vegan is the only rational thing to do The Graham case is yet another example of the sort of moral schizophrenia that we see all the time we all agree that it s wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering and death on animals but the overwhelming majority of us do it every single day And we never spend a second of time in jail 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 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts Mary Bale Michael Vick and Moral Schizophrenia And You Wonder Why We Suffer from Moral Schizophrenia

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/moral-schizophrenia-alastair-graham-michael-vick-scotland/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Manager of VegFestUK Tim Barford: "Many people . . . get very ill" on a Vegan Diet - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    resources for human use than veganism is the only rationally response If you are not vegan please go vegan Going vegan is easy better for your health as a matter of plain fact and the heath of the planet and most important it is what we owe morally to nonhuman animals The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2014 Gary L Francione ADDENDEUM added August 4 2014 On August 3 Tim Barford and I discussed this issue on Go Vegan Radio The discussion can be heard here During the discussion I asked Tim to retract his statements On August 4 he retracted them Click to enlarge Neither Fiona Oakes nor Vegan Society CEO Jasmijn de Boo participated in the discussion despite being invited by Bob Linden ADDENDUM Added August 6 2014 According to the website for London VegFest London 2014 Click to enlarge This is to say the least most disturbing Related posts Vegan Society Ambassador Fiona Oakes Veganism is not for everyone and it s not probably for very many people You Can t Make This Stuff Up Vegan Society Ambassador Claims That Promoting Veganism as a Moral Baseline Damages Animals I Brought The Vegan Society Into Disrepute I Insisted That The Vegan Society Be Vegan The Logic of a Vegan Diet Once Again The U K Vegan Society Trashes Veganism 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

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  • Welfarists Have Always Been Hostile to Abolishing Animal Exploitation - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    products They objected to Gompertz s veganism and moral views So they engineered a resolution that limited membership in the SPCA to Christians Gompertz was a Jew and he was forced to resign It is interesting that from the very beginning of the modern animal movement the welfarists have been hostile to vegans and those who opposed animal use It is also the case that anti Semitism has a long history amongst some animal advocates that persists to this day 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 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts The False Message of the New Welfarists The Problem Animal Advocates Who Promote Animal Exploitation Animal Exploitation Brought to You by Animal Advocates Carnism There Is Nothing Invisible About The Ideology Of Animal Exploitation Enabling Animal Exploitation 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

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/welfarists-always-hostile-abolishing-animal-exploitation/ (2016-05-02)
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  • An Observation - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    cannot morally justify eating wearing or consuming them Period End of story You can try as hard as you want to come up with excuses justifications and rationales You will however only generate nonsense Going vegan is the only rational response to the recognition that animals matter morally If you reject the idea that animals are things that exist only as resources you have no rational option other than to go vegan 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 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts Adventures in Moral Schizophrenia Cecil the Lion Opposing Views On Violence It s Really Very Simple Vegan Advocacy is the Only Solution Compassionate Animal Use is Nonsense 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

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/observation/ (2016-05-02)
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  • The Animal Confusion Movement - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    All of the large animal charities and their supporters simultaneously claim to be abolitionists who support welfare regulation happy exploitation single issue campaigns and reject the human rights animal rights connection Click to enlarge image The level of confusion is profound To those who claim that no one has a monopoly on abolition and they can describe themselves as abolitionists even they support welfare reform happy exploitation and single issue campaigns I would reply that no one has a monopoly on apple either You can choose to call a banana an apple if you want But that does not mean that a banana is an apple If animals matter morally at all if animals are not mere things that exist as resources for human use than veganism is the only rationally response If you are not vegan please go vegan Going vegan is easy better for your health and the heath of the planet and most important it is what we owe morally to nonhuman animals The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts Animal Rights Marginalized By The Animal Movement Sexism and Racism in the Animal Movement A Reply to Ruby Hamad Direct Action Everywhere DxE Vegan Advocacy is Harmful to the Animal Rights Movement Got Faith in Animal Welfare New to Abolition Start Here 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

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/animal-confusion-movement/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Statement on "Abolitionist" and "Abolitionist Vegan" Groups - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    overtly new welfarist efforts My experience is the moment I observe that these abolitionist vegan groups are engaging in advocacy that involves welfarism single issue campaigns or any of the things that I have argued are inconsistent with abolition or that they engage in advocacy that I believe is superficial and trivializes or even misrepresents the abolitionist position or that they are engaging in deliberate efforts to keep people away from my work in favor of promoting their brand for the sake of it these abolitionist groups complain that they have been victimized in some fashion by my observation They apparently believe that I have some obligation to support them because they are supposedly representing my views even when I believe that they are not and in some cases have seriously misunderstood and misrepresented my views Some attempt to denigrate my ideological concerns by claiming or intimating in a dishonest way that my criticism is a matter of personal conflict or engaging in overtly ad hominem or defamatory attacks But all go on to claim that they are really abolitionist vegan groups even though they incorporate some element or elements that I reject as inconsistent with abolitionist theory as I have developed it over the past three decades I cannot stop people from calling themselves abolitionists abolitionist vegans or from starting groups of this sort that purport to represent my position while not doing so But I want to be clear that I have nothing to do with any of these groups and I believe that some of them are contributing in significant ways to the confusion that is impeding effective advocacy for nonhuman animals I do believe that there is room for collective think tank efforts that will develop intellectually sound materials to facilitate grassroots abolitionist advocacy and develop and promote reading groups and other similar activities I regard reading groups as extremely important But these efforts should never become efforts in merchandizing branding or the promotion of superficial or trivial actions and they should adhere to the main tenets of the abolitionist approach a rejection of animals as property and and recognition of nonhuman personhood veganism as the moral baseline a complete rejection of welfare reform and single issue campaigns and a recognition that human rights and animal rights are inextricably intertwined Those who are persuaded rationally by the abolitionist theory I have developed would be better advised to educate themselves thoroughly both as to the theory of abolition and how to teach others and then go and advocate in creative nonviolent ways In my experience groups of this sort have nothing to do with helping animals and everything to do with why the animal movement is in the mess it is in If animals matter morally at all if animals are not mere things that exist as resources for human use than veganism is the only rationally response If you are not vegan please go vegan Going vegan is easy better for your health and the heath

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/statement-abolitionist-abolitionist-vegan-groups/ (2016-05-02)
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  • An HSUS Reprimand and My Reply - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    friends at HSUS Click to enlarge And here s a combined one Click to enlarge 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 criticizing welfare reform and happy exploitation does not make you divisive It means that you realize that animal rights means we reject animal exploitation not seek to make the public more comfortable with it The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts The HSUS United Egg Producer Agreement Two Reactions The Absurdity of Competing Humane Labels HSUS v Perdue Sexism and Racism in the Animal Movement A Reply to Ruby Hamad The Vegan Society Corporate Partners With Sustainable Animal Agriculture Abolition Making Sure the Means and the End Are Consistent 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

    Original URL path: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/hsus-reprimand-reply/ (2016-05-02)
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