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  • Message to The Vegan Society: It's About Justice - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    said that change can be retrogressive It s 2014 It s easy to go vegan It s better for human health and for the health of the planet on which all life depends But most importantly it s the morally right thing to do It s what we owe other animals Veganism is a matter of justice And it is our obligation to make that crystal clear in creative nonviolent ways 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 By way of background I am adding the text of a Facebook post that I wrote on May 16 2014 A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE MEMORY OF DONALD WATSON 1910 2005 WHO FOUNDED THE VEGAN SOCIETY IN 1944 The Vegan Society has recently decided to explicitly disavow the idea of veganism as a moral imperative In this essay CEO Jasmijn de Boo explains why here According to CEO de Boo Research shows that young people don t want to be talked at or made to feel guilty about issues instead they want the freedom to choose for themselves to come to their own conclusions and reach that moment of realisation But creative nonviolent vegan advocacy is not about talking at anyone or making anyone feel guilty On the contrary It is about helping people in a constructive and caring way to put into practice an idea that most people already have that animals matter morally and that we have moral obligations that we owe directly to them It s about recognizing that our moral concern about animals should be applied throughout our lives and not just in sporadic moments when it feels good or fits in with some superficial concept of lifestyle CEO de Boo sets up a false choice between making people feel guilty or promoting a most flexible version of flexible veganism Those are not the only choices unless of course one wants to defend marketing a flexitarian approach which is what the new Vegan Society has clearly opted to do Imagine where the civil rights movement would be if we had decided that market research showed that people did not like being made to feel guilty about racism so instead we promoted a treat a person of color nicely when you feel like it campaign CEO de Boo explicitly adopts the language of the happy exploitation movement claiming that many people won t go vegan overnight Well that s no surprise particularly given that none of the large animal charities and now The Vegan Society promote veganism as a moral imperative that grows out of a consistent moral commitment to justice and nonviolence which by the way is explicitly what Donald Watson promoted But the issue

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  • The Economics of Animal Welfare: Some Brief Comments - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    buy chicken pies or some cheaper form of processed meat And in the end the best that welfarists can do is help industry create niche markets like Whole Foods 5 Step Animal Welfare Rating happy meat where affluent people can pay a higher price and get a stamp of approval from the animal groups that praise and express their appreciation and support to Whole Foods Welfarists are claiming victory because in recent years meat consumption in the U S has dropped They claim that this is because of animal welfare campaigns There is no support for that and the far more likely explanation is that meat prices have remained stable or even increased and the economic slump is affecting the ability of consumers to buy the forms of meat measured in those surveys Second there is increasing concern about the detrimental health affects of animal foods 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 Some Clear Thinking About Animal Welfare Science Weighs In Animal Welfare Reform Is Useless Some Comments on the Kristof Happy Meat Editorial Animal Welfare Militant Direct Action Mantras and Blind Faith The Four Problems of Animal Welfare In a Nutshell 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

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  • "But it took me 10 years to go vegan." So What? - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    concerned For example if it took someone ten years to recognize that racism was wrong and to stop using racist epithets does that mean that we should not be crystal clear that racism is wrong Of course not Would anyone suggest that we have Racist Joke Free Friday to provide a baby step approach for those on the journey away from racism Of course not Similarly the fact that it might have taken some people many years to see that the moral status of animals required that they go vegan does not mean that we should promote Meat Free Mondays cage free eggs crate free pork and all of that other nonsense to accommodate those who are still on the journey away from speciesism We should always be clear that we cannot justify animal use and that veganism is a moral imperative a moral baseline If someone wants to do less than go vegan that should be that person s choice and never because we have put a stamp of approval on any form of animal exploitation And being clear about moral obligations does not mean judging people I have many acquaintances who are not vegan I do not judge them but I am always clear with them that we cannot justify animal use morally and veganism is a basic moral obligation for us all 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 After 30 Years Morrissey Goes Vegan But Calls Veganism Purist Vegan Advocacy is the Only

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  • What? The Humane Slaughter Act is Not Being Enforced? - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    public that the problem is abuse in one place or another There are only welfare campaigns that reinforce again and again and again that the issue is a matter of treatment and not one of use and that the solution is to donate to animal charities so they can do research and undercover work to reveal what is already well known and has been well known forever and fix the problem by having a plant here and there fined or closed temporarily or even permanently as animal charities declare non existent victory and as production just shifts to another slaughterhouse There are only welfare campaigns that again and again and again promote the idea that the problem is the slaughterhouse the factory farm the livestock market the individual worker or some other supplier of the products of death when the real problem is that we demand the products of death in the first place The problem is one of use and there is one and only one fix going vegan and having a grassroots movement that makes crystal clear to the public that moral concern about animals means going vegan Let s start educating the public with the right message and not reinforcing the wrong one which is what animal welfare charities have been doing forever This is all part of the same thinking that leads animal welfare charities like Farm Sanctuary to make public statements expressing appreciation and support for pioneering programs of happy exploitation Although I do not question the sincerity of those at Farm Sanctuary I sincerely believe that this is all wrong 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

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  • "Kicking Animals is WRONG." So Is Killing Them. - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    people like Temple Grandin the queen of happy exploitation to support their campaign Once again MFA pretends that the people who abuse animals are different morally from all of those who demand and consume meat and other animal products The livestock market and in particular the workers at the livestock market are the problem the bad people not those of us who happily demand and consume the products of that industry and who may even donate to groups like MFA so that they can continue to consume animals with compassion and mercy This is all part of the same thinking that leads animal welfare charities like MFA to make public statements expressing appreciation and support for pioneering programs of happy exploitation Although I do not question the sincerity of those at MFA I sincerely believe that this is all wrong 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 Killing Animals and Making Animals Suffer More on Andre Robinson Kicking Cats and Consuming Animal Products The Kapparos Campaign A Good Example of What s Wrong with Single Issue Campaigns A Betrayal of the Animals Animals as Property and the Rape Analogy A Postscript 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

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  • EAT LIKE YOU CARE-IN SPANISH! - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    device to read the book The book may be read on any phone tablet PC or Mac with a free Kindle app Amazon allows you to send a copy of this to anyone with an email address Anna Charlton and I are grateful to Joanna Porter and Marianna C Gonzalez for their very hard work in translating the book 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 Spanish and Portuguese Versions of Pamphlet Now Available Spanish and Portuguese Versions of Blog Essays Available Do you Eat Like You Care Humane and Compassionate Pedophilia Veganism without Animal Rights 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 a Moral Baseline Animal Kill

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  • The Kapparos Campaign: A Good Example of What's Wrong with Single-Issue Campaigns - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    to make money It is however to explain the practical motivation that helps to account for why such welfare reform campaigns and single issue campaigns are chosen and the failure to see how counterproductive they are 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 June 16 2014 I respectfully request that if the Alliance for Kaporos continues this campaign that it place on the Alliance website and include in all future petitions correspondence and presentations a statement to the effect that The Alliance acknowledges that the use of chickens as Kapparos is not distinguishable from the transport and slaughter of chickens in non religious contexts and the Alliance does not maintain that anyone involved in the Kapparos event is engaged in conduct that is morally more odious than those who engage in the slaughter of chicken in non religious contexts or those who consume chicken or other animal products Therefore the Alliance promotes veganism and its opposition to Kapparos should be seen in that context and not as directed specifically at the community involved in this practice This is not to say that I would then agree with or support the campaign I would not I am still concerned that such a campaign segregates a group and makes them the bad people for doing whatever everyone else does I am only suggesting a possible way that may help to mitigate the problematic tone of this campaign and make clear that animal exploitation is not something others do and on the contrary is something engaged in by almost everyone Gary L Francione ADDENDA ADDED JUNE 18 19 2014 I have received a number of disappointing messages in connection with my concern about this campaign from Will Anderson Green Vegans Karen Davis United Poultry Concerns Mary Finelli Fish Feel Veda Stram all creatures org Will Tuttle World Peace Diet One of these advocates Karen Davis claimed that opposition to this campaign constitutes bigotry Another advocate Will Tuttle stated in response to my concerns it s best I think to focus more on acknowledging and appreciating each other rather than criticism that can be hurtful and discouraging But that just says that we should be complicit in campaigns that facilitate discrimination and segregation rather than speaking out against them we should be tolerant of intolerance That is a call to ignore our moral responsibility It is not acceptable Several advocates said that because the Kapparos campaign was being conducted by vegans who were opposed to all animal use the campaign was really about veganism and wasn t problematic But that s just wrong If a campaign identifies some group as involved in conduct that is indistinguishable from the conduct that every

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  • Commentary: Vegan Education/Advocacy, "Forcing" Others to Go Vegan, and Animal Ethics as Involving Obligation and Not Choice - 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 2014 Gary L Francione Related posts Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy Education Tips On Health Commentary 4 Follow Up to Pets Commentary Non Vegan Cats Making a Vegan Education Kiosk Commentary 23 Lennox and Moral Reasoning in Animal Rights Video of Rutgers Conference Animal Ethics Abolition Regulation or Citizenship 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

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