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  • My Plenary Talk (Audio) at the Animal Rights 2013 National Conference - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    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 2013 Gary L Francione Postscript Added July 7 2013 At the Animal Rights 2013 National Conference in addition to my Plenary Talk I had a discussion with Bruce Friedrich that you can hear here You can read a commentary on the exchange here and here I will be doing a longer discussion directly with Bruce in early August that will be released under my new podcast series VEGAN FM which was kindly given to me by Adam Kochanowicz Related posts Video of Rutgers Conference Animal Ethics Abolition Regulation or Citizenship Some Thoughts on National Organizations Chris Hedges and I Talk About Veganism A Report from the Intersectional Justice Conference Commentary 23 Lennox and Moral Reasoning in 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

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  • The Consequences of New Welfarism - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    corporate animal group HSUS PETA Farm Sanctuary Mercy for Animals Compassion Over Killing Vegan Outreach etc expresses appreciation and support for the Whole Foods happy exploitation program What should she think when Whole Foods receives an award from PETA What should she think when Whole Foods CEO John Mackey shows up on the front page of VegNews That woman clearly cares about animals morally and the animal movement has given her a way to do that that allows her to continue to consume animals and feel good about it How sad 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 Professor Rutgers University 2013 Gary L Francione Related posts New Welfarism Fails on its Own Terms A Very New Approach or Just More New Welfarism The Great Victory of New Welfarism Human beings are all going to die too Monday Your Choice 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

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  • A New Book: Eat Like You Care - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    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 Professor Rutgers University 2013 Gary L Francione Related posts Eat Like You Care Now in Paperback OUR NEW BOOK Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach Do you Eat Like You Care New Book Coming Soon Eat Like You Care at Temple University 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

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  • Some Clear Thinking About Animal Welfare - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    consumers buy tofu The only effective way to deal with animal exploitation is to focus on the demand side and to educate people about why they should not consume animal products Period There are many people out there who care about animals as a moral matter Rather than telling those people that they can discharge their moral obligations to animals by consuming happy animal products we should be educating them about why the only sensible response to recognizing that animals matter morally is to stop consuming them and to go vegan To put it another way if you think that what Michael Vick did was wrong because we should not impose suffering and death on other sentient beings just because we enjoy doing so you are committed to not consuming animals which can only be justified by palate pleasure Just as pleasure does not work for Vick it does not work for the rest of us 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 Professor Rutgers University 2013 Gary L Francione Related posts The Economics of Animal Welfare Some Brief Comments The Answers Should Be Clear Andre Robinson King the Cat and Our Confused Thinking About Animal Ethics Science Weighs In Animal Welfare Reform Is Useless Animal Welfare Militant Direct Action Mantras and Blind Faith 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

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  • "When It's Raised Right, It Tastes Right." And This is Not Right. - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    of Whole Foods as a partner in the promotion of 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 The World is Vegan Gary L Francione Professor Rutgers University 2013 Gary L Francione Related posts Farmed Animals vs Farm Animals Celebrate Peace This Holiday Season The Consequences of New Welfarism We re Going in a New Direction Are You Coming 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

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  • Human and Nonhuman Rights as Inextricably Intertwined: In a Nutshell - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    not have a position on these other forms of discrimination We cannot say We reject species as a morally objectionable criterion to discount or devalue the interests of nonhumans but we do not have a position on whether race sex or sexual orientation preference are morally objectionable criteria when used to discount or devalue human interests Our opposition to speciesism requires that we oppose all discrimination 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 Gary L Francione Professor Rutgers University 2013 Gary L Francione Related posts Human Rights and Animal Rights Perfect Together Abolitionist Animal Rights Abolitionist Veganism in a Nutshell Do Abolitionists Have a Position on Human Rights You Bet We Do Single Issue Campaigns in Human Nonhuman Contexts Single Issue Campaigns and the Adoption Fostering of Homeless Nonhuman Animals 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

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  • Single-Issue Campaigns and the Adoption/Fostering of Homeless Nonhuman Animals - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    the anti fur campaign has had decidedly sexist overtones from its inception decades ago Campaigns against eating dogs and cats are often and usually accompanied by anti Asian rhetoric Campaigns against kosher and halal slaughter have expressed anti Semitic and anti Muslim sentiment I discuss this more here A central part of the abolitionist approach is that domestication is inherently wrong and that we should stop producing domesticated animals for human use I do however maintain that we have a moral obligation to care for those domesticated animals now in existence I maintain that we should offer homes to nonhuman refugees of any species I do not limit it to dogs and cats I am very explicit in saying that there is no responsible breeding of domesticated animals Here are some additional thoughts on domestication I am not saying that some form of exploitation is morally better than another form of exploitation I am not suggesting that we replace one form of exploitation with another form of exploitation I am not for example claiming that we should adopt foster animals and then train them for use in circuses I am saying that we have a problem that we have created we have many domesticated animals who are in existence now and need homes now We have no other morally acceptable choice but to care for those animals when we have the opportunity to do so I have stressed that caring for domesticated animals is not without moral dilemmas For example some cats apparently cannot exist without eating meat I maintain that feeding meats to cats is not morally justifiable but it may be excusable in some circumstances Finally I always couple any discussion of adoption fostering and my rejection of domestication with the other central part of the abolitionist message veganism as the only rational response to the recognition that animals have moral value In sum promoting the adoption fostering of homeless animals is clearly not a single issue campaign Caring for the domesticated nonhumans of all species is a moral obligation that is central to the abolitionist approach to animal rights And it is beyond absurd to claim that promoting veganism is an SIC As I discuss here veganism as it is conceptualized in abolitionist theory as a rejection of the injustice of animal use encompasses our rejection of all institutionalized exploitation I hope that this has clarified any confusion 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 Please if you can adopt a homeless animal a dog cat bird mouse fish cow chicken anyone who needs a home do so Adoption is an important form of activism they re in this mess because of us The least that we can do is to take care of the ones we can The World is Vegan Gary L Francione Professor Rutgers University

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  • Sentience and Personhood - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    exclusively human way as say being able to think about thinking many humans including those who are severely mentally disabled lack that type of consciousness Again this deficiency may be relevant for some purposes but it has no bearing on whether we should use such humans in painful biomedical experiments or as forced organ donors In the end the only difference between humans and non humans is species and species is no more a justification for exploitation than race sex or sexual orientation This is why the similar minds approach is misguided and will only create new speciesist hierarchies in which we move some non humans such as the great apes or dolphins into a preferred group and continue to treat all others as things lacking morally significant interests If however we want to think seriously about the human non human relationship we need to focus on one and only one characteristic sentience What is ironic is that we claim to take the suffering of non humans seriously As a matter of social morality we are virtually unanimous in agreeing that it is morally wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering or death on non humans For such a prohibition to have any meaning it must preclude inflicting suffering on non humans merely for our pleasure amusement or convenience The problem is that although we express disapproval of the unnecessary suffering of non humans most of their suffering and death can be justified only by our pleasure amusement or convenience and cannot by any stretch be plausibly characterised as necessary We kill billions of animals annually for food It is not necessary in any sense to eat meat or animal products Indeed an increasing number of healthcare professionals maintain that these foods may be detrimental to human health Moreover environmental scientists have pointed out the tremendous inefficiencies and costs to our planet of animal agriculture In any event our justification for the pain suffering and death inflicted on these farmed non humans is nothing more than our enjoyment of the taste of their flesh And it is certainly not necessary to use non humans for sport hunting entertainment or product testing and there is considerable evidence that reliance on animal models in experiments or drug testing may even be counterproductive In sum when it comes to non humans we exhibit what can best be described as moral schizophrenia We say one thing about how non humans should be treated and do quite another We are of course aware that we lack a satisfactory approach to the matter of our relationship to other animals and we have for some time now been trying to find one If we took seriously the principle that it was wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering on non humans we would stop altogether bringing domestic animals into existence for human use and our recognition of the moral status of animals would not depend on whether a parrot can understand mathematics or a dog recognise herself in a mirror We

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