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  • No, They Don't "Dig" Cage-Free Eggs - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    water They don t dig being subjected to an absolutely horrendous death They don t dig being treated as commodities by a bunch of trendy wannabe do gooders who are desperate to pat themselves on the back for being compassionate as they continue to support the torture and death of sentient nonhumans for the sole reason that they like the taste of animal products They don t dig the obscenity that most of the large animal organizations express appreciation and support to Whole Foods Come to think of it there s not much that they dig actually What these poor creatures would dig is if you went vegan and stopped exploiting them 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 McDonald s Cage Free Eggs Peter McSinger and the McAnimal Movement Replacing One Cage With Another Road Kill Abandoned Eggs and Dumpster Diving A Bright Spot When It s Raised Right It Tastes Right And This is Not Right 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

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  • A Brief Note on "Ag Gag" Laws - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    animal groups are ensuring that animals are being treated humanely and keeps demanding animal products It s a win win The animal groups get praise and more important donations the public is reassured and feels better about consuming animal products Only the animals who continue to be tortured in the most humane situations lose We need to get people thinking differently about animal ethics We need to focus people away from the issue of treatment and away from the idea that there is abusive treatment and non abusive treatment and toward the idea that we cannot morally justify use Period We need to get people to see that the moral idea that they and just about everyone else already accept that animal suffering and death must be necessary and that pleasure amusement or convenience cannot suffice as necessary leads to the conclusion that we cannot justify using animals and that our recognition that animals have moral status means that we cannot eat flesh dairy or eggs even if they have a happy exploitation label that is praised or endorsed by one or more of the large animal groups I plan to write at greater length about this in the future 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 The Failure of Anticruelty Laws A Note on Humanlike Intelligence and Moral Value A Note About Our Virtual Billboard A Note About Michael Vick A Note on I Can t vs I Choose Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Pinterest

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  • Robert Jensen and Species Equality - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    his child Does that mean that the other child has lesser moral value and may be treated exclusively as a resource No of course not Moreover when we are deciding what to eat tonight we are not in any situation that is analogous to the either or situation that Jensen posits If as Jensen acknowledges we don t need to consume animal products then we are under no compulsion that forces us to choose If we eat meat dairy or eggs when we can choose to eat vegetables fruits grains beans and nuts then we are participating in suffering and death simply for palate pleasure If animals matter morally at all imposing suffering and death on them for a reason as transparently frivolous as palate pleasure cannot be justified Jensen simply ignores the very question that we need to examine can we justify speciesism If you asked a white person in 1830 whom he would save from death another white person or a black person the answer would be crystal clear In fact the white person would probably not even understand the question and would think it lunacy even to ask it So our moral intuitions are a most unreliable guide when the very problem is that our moral intuitions are affected and infected by pervasive prejudice that we cannot seem to explain or justify rationally When I say all sentient beings are equal what I mean is that with respect to any sentient being we are required to give a compelling moral reason to justify or excuse imposing suffering and death on that being I maintain that my view here is not only not controversial but that most people actually agree with it What we need to see is that pleasure amusement or convenience cannot suffice as compelling moral reasons for eating wearing or using animals That necessarily leads us to rule out 99 99 of all animal use as morally unjustifiable from the outset Robert Jensen is a generally progressive person He really needs to rethink his views on animal ethics I hope he will consider that if we fed all the grain we feed to livestock directly to human beings we could go a long way toward reducing human starvation It takes many pounds of plant protein to produce one pound of flesh it takes many more gallons of water to produce a pound of flesh than a pound of potatoes Frankly if Jensen were to think that animals have no moral value whatsoever and he accorded moral value to humans alone he would still be committed to a vegan diet 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 Equality and Similarity to Humans Commentary 22 A Discussion on Abolition vs Regulation with

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  • It's Really Very Simple - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    Rutgers University 2013 Gary L Francione Related posts Abolition Simple Concepts and a Pop Quiz A Simple Resolution for the New Year A Simple Question A Simple Thought for Christmas 2010 A Simple Thought for Martin Luther King Day 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 Counter Number of animals killed in the world by the

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  • My Participation in "The Conversation" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    may not yield any existential answers but you ll hear thoughtful and often provocative discussions emerging from a cacophony of ideas Within each episode you will almost always hear genuine conversations rather than boilerplate monologues At the same time the project itself is a single conversation that spans episodes This is because unlike most interview series Aengus told the thinkers about each others ideas This gives The Conversation a self referential quality that grows richer as the series progresses I was one of the people that Aengus Anderson interviewed We discussed animal rights nonviolence morality as a general matter etc The interview can be accessed here After the interview was over Anderson and his colleague Neil Prendergast discussed my interview I responded to their comments here 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 Let s Change the Conversation Equality and Similarity to Humans Chris Hedges All Forms of Life Are Sacred Peter Singer and the Welfarist Position on the Lesser Value of Nonhuman Life Vegan Education Made Easy Part I 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

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  • A Note on "I Can't" vs. "I Choose" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    a matter of individual option to choose to be compassionate There is a right answer Animal use is wrong morally Therefore I can t choose to do it as long as I want to adhere to those moral principles Therefore when I say I choose not to eat wear or use animals that means that my choice is constrained by moral principles that rule out animal use I choose not to do it because moral principles obligate me to do so The choice to exploit is not an option because of other things I believe If I care about morality I can t make the choice to exploit nonhumans Doing the right thing because one chooses to act in accordance with a moral principle that requires the right thing is consistent with saying I choose to x and I can t choose to do not x My point is that either locution is fine To the extent however that the distinction reflects a rejection of moral realism which rejection is rampant in the movement that troubles me Whenever I am asked I always say that I choose not to exploit because of my moral beliefs that preclude me from acting differently I always promote the notion that this is a matter of moral truth Otherwise it s just dismissed as a mere opinion or an aesthetic judgment which is as far as I am concerned not the case In sum it appears to me that don t say can t is an attempt to market veganism as some sort of optional compassionate lifestyle rather than as a moral baseline But if animals have moral value then veganism is the only rational response to to respect that moral value and constitutes a moral obligation and not an optional lifestyle choice Gary

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  • The Abolitionist Approach and Farm Sanctuary Discuss "Happy Meat," Abolition, and Welfare Reform - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    hope of avoiding execution human rights activists would be fighting to make their deaths as painless as possible as proved by the fact that this precise battle has been waged by the anti death penalty movement with regard to especially cruel execution methods Welfare reforms reduce meat consumption and move us toward animal liberation As another example EU countries that independently banned battery cages saw a decline in egg consumption relative to EU countries that didn t And a study in the Journal of Agricultural Economics documented the fact that the media coverage that accompanies animal welfare campaigns focused on specific confinement systems leads to a reduction in consumption of all animal products There isn t a counter example of which I m aware Whose side are you on Gary suggests that welfare improvements add to the bottom line of the regulated industries an argument thoroughly refuted by the millions of dollars animal agriculture spends fighting them As just one example the pork and egg industries spent 10 million trying to defeat California s Proposition 2 which criminalized battery cages gestation crates and veal crates which Gary very unfortunately in my view joined the meat and egg industries in opposing Conclusion The fact that welfare reforms lessen suffering for animals whose only alternatives are more suffering or less should be enough to earn them the support of thinking abolitionists Add to that the empirical proof that they reduce meat consumption and change society and you can understand why the vast majority of abolitionist animal groups and individuals support efforts to outlaw the worst abuses For more please watch Nick Cooney s presentation Welfare Reform and Vegan Advocacy The Facts and read Vegan Outreach s essay Welfare and Liberation Both are easily available through your favorite search engine Opening Statement by Bruce Friedrich Incremental Progress Good for Animals and for Animal Liberation At Farm Sanctuary we share our lives with farm animals and we know them as individuals We would no more eat a chicken or pig than we would eat a dog or a cat Each is an individual with the same range of emotions and needs of any dog or cat They are individuals in their own right as Jane Goodall has noted So of course we work to eliminate the worst abuses of farm animals These reforms lessen suffering decrease meat consumption and help us on our path toward animal liberation The Golden Rule Considering the Animals Point of View There is a significant difference between battery cages and cage free conditions for hens and between gestation crates and group housing for sows While it s true that animals in cage free and group housing conditions are still horribly abused moving toward these incrementally less bad systems significantly decreases suffering for the animals involved Put yourself in the animals places Gestation crates measure 2 by 7 feet Lifelong immobility causes pigs muscles and bones to waste away so that walking becomes excruciating and even standing up becomes painful Because the animals are rubbing against the bars and lying in their own excrement all day and night they suffer painful ammonia burns on their skin and their lungs become raw from breathing the putrid air They are constantly starving because they are fed about half of what they would normally consume Were these human beings with no hope of escape human rights activists would demand improved conditions even if we couldn t get them released Simply read the latest Amnesty International or ACLU mailing for information about humans who should not be in jail at all and the welfare reforms these groups are demanding If there is a political prisoner who is subject to beatings and torture even if Amnesty can t get her released they still will fight for the torture to stop even when the conditions will remain grotesquely inhumane They want liberation and of course they also want less abuse Civil and women s rights advocates did not argue that immediate and complete equality were the only things worth fighting for They combined powerful rhetoric which spelled out their broad vision for change with hard fought political battles for incremental improvements an end to slavery and then segregation the right to participate in elections an end to direct enslavement an end to discrimination in hiring practices and pay and so forth all within the context of a deeply unjust system They welcomed each reform as a step towards the ultimate goal Steps on the Path to Liberation Once society recognizes that farm animals have interests that matter the consistency principle can kick in and we can make the point that if farm animals have interests society ought to rethink killing and eating them Thus reform efforts lead to less meat consumption And of course the countries with the best animal welfare laws have the most animal rights activists and vegans and the countries with the least have none As Vegan Outreach co founder Matt Ball explains The evidence indicates that reforms draw the attention of nonvegetarians to the issue persuading many to reconsider their ethics and actions Animal groups then use their victories to gain visibility and push for further reforms In this way welfare measures tend to be a slippery slope toward abolition not away from it Conclusion You will never find Farm Sanctuary supporting animal product consumption The vast majority of our advocacy efforts are focused on promoting veganism including our Compassionate Communities Campaign our Web site all of our events and every newsletter Farm Sanctuary is a rights organization and we will never compromise that position And I ve personally written articles for the Huffington Post that make the unequivocal point that humane meat is a contradiction in terms I debated the issue on college campuses across the country and wrote five pages on the topic for Jonathan Safran Foer s Eating Animals Because we are a rights organization we also support eliminating the worst farm animal abuses It s in the best

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  • A Thought About The Meaning of Love - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    Gary L Francione Professor Rutgers University Related posts A Thought for Christmas Eve A Simple Thought for Christmas 2010 Truth Love and Liberty A Thought for Thanksgiving 2010 The Meaning of THE WORLD IS VEGAN If you want it 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 Counter Number of animals killed in the world by the

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