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  • Got Faith (in Animal Welfare)? - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    them As long as people do not understand and accept the general moral principle they will fail to see the problem of specific uses And it is no answer to say as many advocates do that fur represents a gratuitous use of animals So does eating animals We eat animals because they taste good And palate pleasure is no better a justification than is fashion As I have written elsewhere supporters of welfare reform never address these questions they just declare that any criticism is divisive or that any alternative is too idealistic In other words they have nothing to say Veganism as a Moral Baseline Why Not The appeal of creative nonviolent vegan advocacy is that it challenges people to apply a moral principle that most people already accept and claim to view as important that it is morally wrong to inflict suffering and death on animals unless it is necessary and pleasure amusement and convenience cannot suffice to demonstrate necessity When people are confronted with the argument that criticizing Michael Vick for dog fighting does not make sense if we are eating animals or animal products or with the similarity between the animals whom they love and those they eat or wear they may not all become vegan immediately but we have at least gotten them to start thinking about the general issue of animal use in moral terms And to the extent that the argument resonates and it will resonate for many they will begin to assess matters of animal ethics in a different way If as I maintain we cannot justify the use however humane of animals then we ought to be clear about that We ought to be clear that we cannot justify eating wearing or using animals Period If those who are concerned about the issue are not yet willing to give up animal use and go vegan they can take whatever incremental steps they want But those incremental steps should never be characterized as normatively desirable if we really believe that animal use is unjust Just as we would never say that humane or happy sexism or racism is acceptable we should never characterize humane or happy meat or dairy or whatever as morally acceptable Finally promoting veganism as a moral baseline is no more a matter of moral purity than is promoting justice where humans are concerned We are told that even if we go vegan we cannot avoid causing harm to nonhumans That is true Living in the world and engaging in any sort of action necessarily has adverse consequences for others humans and nonhumans alike We should of course endeavor to cause the least amount of harm that we can to all sentient beings But the fact that we cannot avoid all harm does not mean that we should not at least stop all intentional harm that we inflict on sentient nonhumans just as the fact that we cannot eliminate all violence in the world means that it is morally

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  • A Note on Humanlike Intelligence and Moral Value - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    is true we may not treat all humans alike We pay a brain surgeon more than a janitor because we value the former s skill more But even assuming that differential resource allocation is legitimate would we say that the janitor is worth less than the surgeon for purposes of deciding who should be used as a forced organ donor or as an unwilling participant in a painful experiment Of course not For purposes of being used exclusively as a resource for others both are equal And unless we want to be speciesist we must conclude that all sentients human or nonhuman are equal for the purpose of not being treated as resources Third the smarts game is one that nonhuman animals can never win We have known for decades that nonhuman great apes have humanlike intelligence which should come as no surprise given the genetic similarity between humans and nonhuman great apes It is not likely that any other nonhuman animals will ever exhibit a greater degree of humanlike intelligence And yet we continue to exploit the nonhuman great apes and many other nonhuman primates in all sorts of ways The smarts game is just that a game It is yet another reason not to accord animals moral significance today in favor of more silly and harmful research to determine whether animals can solve human math puzzles and perform other tasks that have no moral relevance We already know everything we need to know to come to the conclusion that we cannot justify eating wearing or using animals that like us animals are sentient They are subjectively aware They have interests in not suffering and continuing to live Nothing more is needed If you are not vegan please consider going vegan It s easy to do so it s

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  • The HSUS-United Egg Producer Agreement: Two Reactions - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    been applied for the past 200 years The only difference between HSUS 50 years ago and HSUS now is that HSUS today is promoting its philosophy of feel good exploitation to farm animals whereas 50 years ago they were focused primarily on the animals that we fetishize as a cultural matter dogs and cats The second reaction on the part of animal advocates who claim to be more progressive than HSUS to agree with HSUS that this agreement is some sort of historic event a landmark for animals a step toward animal rights That is just plain silly Enriched cages involve torturing hens Period The torture may be slightly better just as padded water boards may be slightly better But let s be clear the hens will continue to be tortured And they will continue to end up in a slaughterhouse The only difference is that these tortured eggs will be declared to be humane by HSUS This agreement will be counterproductive in that it will encourage the belief that we can exploit animals in a kind or compassionate way Many animal advocates claim that people are going to continue to eat eggs so we have to do something for animals suffering now But this agreement like most of the happy exploitation arrangements promoted by HSUS and other organizations including those who claim to be animal rights groups does not take effect for many years in this case 18 years To the extent that this agreement provides any benefit for animals it will not occur for many many years And even if enriched cages provide some welfare benefit this sort of reform makes the public more comfortable about consuming eggs and that guarantees continued consumption The problem is that although we should expect nothing more from the Humane Society other organizations that claim to promote animal rights and ostensibly to endorse the abolition of animal exploitation also support these sorts of agreements Virtually all of the large animal groups in the United States and Europe have come out in support of one or more happy labels and virtually all are busy making deals with institutional animal users And supposedly more progressive organizations have already come out in favor of the HSUS UEP Indeed Farm Sanctuary is trying to claim credit along with HSUS for the agreement The only way that the paradigm of animal exploitation will ever shift is if we educate people to stop demanding animal products based on the recognition that animals are members of the moral community That goal is not as idealistic as it might appear most people agree that it is wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering or death on animals They understand that this moral principle excludes suffering or death for reasons of pleasure or convenience or habit That is why there was such a strongly negative reaction to Michael Vick s use of dogs for fighting Vick s pleasure in watching dogs fight did not justify his infliction of suffering and death on the

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  • Animal Care and Control: The Sad Failure of New York City's Municipal Shelter System - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    soulful photos many otherwise hard to place or even unadoptable dogs were rescued But apparently her beautiful photos of homeless dogs included something that the powers that be of the NY Animal Care and Control did not want photos of dogs receiving human contact Her amazing images were often the difference between life and death for dogs that have no ability to speak on their own behalf the touching photos were frequently the key to a life saving rescue Images that touched the heart images that elicited enough feeling from those that viewed them that a life could literally be saved But now she is gone from the facility a powerful advocate for the voiceless animals is no longer there to help Drab dreary emotionless photos are all that will remain I understand that running an animal shelter in a place like New York City is difficult for those with the very best of intentions But it is becoming increasingly apparent that ACC has a number of policies and practices that appear to be counterproductive at best And if even a fraction of the allegations of neglect at ACC are true then ACC is a hell hole for the animals who are unfortunate enough to find themselves there It is never morally justifiable to kill a healthy animal and one healthy animal killed at ACC or any animal shelter is one animal too many ACC is not only killing hundreds of animals per month but seems to be in a rush to do so and to do whatever it can to frustrate the efforts of rescue groups and committed people such as Emily Tanen to save these animals Moreover ACC places a terrible burden on rescue groups forcing them to engage in a daily frantic rush to save whatever animals they can It is high time for there to be better control of New York s Animal Care and Control And it is time for New York City shift toward a progressive no kill shelter situation This can be achieved if New Yorkers have political will to make it happen If you are not vegan go vegan It s easy it s better for your health and for the planet But most important it s the morally right thing to do If you are vegan educate everyone you can about veganism And if you can please adopt or foster a homeless animal There are so many who need your help If you do not have the room or resources for a dog or cat or rabbit there are many smaller animals such as mice rats turtles and fish who also need homes If you have land there are also many larger animals and farm animals who need homes Caring for individual nonhuman animals is an important part of what animal rights is all about And if you are involved in animal rescue remember that there is no difference between the animal you save and the animal you eat If you

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  • New Interview from the Documentary Project, "I'm Vegan" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    for the planet But most important it s the morally right thing to do If you are vegan educate everyone you can about veganism The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione 2011 Gary L Francione Related posts Another Vegan Pamphlet Interview in The Believer Reminder BBC World Service Documentary Animals and Us Interview on New Book Upcoming Interview on WRIR Indymedia Live 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

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  • The Abolitionist Approach in a Nutshell - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    we cannot do anyway Welfare reforms not only fail to provide any significant protection for animals such reforms actually make matters worse because they encourage the public to feel more comfortable about animal exploitation and to continue to consume animals and animal products The problem is use not treatment The goal is to abolish animal use not to regulate treatment The means to the goal Go vegan and educate others about veganism If you are not vegan go vegan It s easy it s better for your health and for the planet But most important it s the morally right thing to do If you are vegan educate everyone you can about veganism The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione 2011 Gary L Francione Related posts Abolitionist Animal Rights Abolitionist Veganism in a Nutshell The Abolitionist Approach and Farm Sanctuary Discuss Happy Meat Abolition and Welfare Reform Some Thoughts on the Abolitionist Approach OUR NEW BOOK Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach New French Abolitionist Approach Mirror Site 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

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  • Upcoming Debate: Abolition vs. Regulation - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    easy it s better for your health and for the planet But most important it s the morally right thing to do The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione 2011 Gary L Francione Related posts Upcoming Interview on WRIR Indymedia Live Commentary 22 A Discussion on Abolition vs Regulation with Robert Garner Commentary 21 The Animal Rights Debate the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman Video of Rutgers Conference Animal Ethics Abolition Regulation or Citizenship Two Upcoming Debates Discussions 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

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