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  • Animal Abuse: Us and Them - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    unnecessary Unfortunately many supposed animal advocacy organizations promote the idea that the humane use of animals for food is not only not objectionable but morally just fine Just this week the New York Times announced that McDonald s will begin phasing out using eggs from hens who have been confined in conventional battery cages in favor of aviary systems that allow the birds some movement McDonald s estimates that it will take about 10 years to achieve a completely cage free supply The Humane Society of the United States HSUS and Mercy for Animals MFA are uncontrollably delighted about this HSUS has declared this move to be a watershed moment for animal welfare and calling McDonald s admirable and in the words of HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle this results in the elimination of the cruelest confinement from our food supply at least as far as McDonald s is concerned MFA is claiming that its investigation of McDonald s egg suppliers was responsible for the announcement We applaud McDonald s for its commitment to phasing out cruel cages in its North American egg supply chain said MFA s president Nathan Runkle It s high time that McDonald s acknowledged that cramming animals in cages barely larger than their bodies is inhumane and unethical Runkle tells us that McDonald s should continue this praiseworthy progress by adopting meaningful standards for chickens killed for Chicken McNuggets MFA advises those concerned You can help Tell McDonald s that chickens raised for meat deserve protections just like those raised for laying eggs Once again we see the us them distinction those businesses who use conventional eggs are abusers those who use the cage free eggs promoted by animal advocates are morally enlightened We believe that is wrong First of all it is folly to maintain that cage free eggs involve anything more than moving the birds from a cage to a large shed in which the birds are cramped and living in hideous conditions Paul Shapiro Vice President for Farm Animal Protection at HSUS is quoted in the New York Times story as praising McDonald s decision He sent an email just today with the subject line wow and telling us that the battle over battery cages is far from over but that animal advocates should use this momentum to place the battery cage where it belongs once and for all in the dustbin of history Click to enlarge Wow indeed But in 2004 before Shapiro went to work for HSUS he had a distinctly different view of cage free systems But cage free doesn t necessarily mean much in terms of quality of life for hens Eggs labeled cage free often come from hens packed side by side in massive sheds Shapiro says That s right That s Paul before he went to work for HSUS And that s astonishing Again Wow The fact remains that cage free eggs do not involve a significant increase in the protection of animal interests Indeed the cage

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  • Vegan Elitism: Ronnie Lee on "Ordinary People" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    more from Ronnie Lee I don t agree with Lee about a number of things but I am really disappointed to see him buy into the completely reactionary and elitist idea peddled by the bloated corporate charities that the ordinary people are just not smart enough or moral enough to be at our level Lee claims to be a supporter of social justice How about justice for ordinary people How about not buying into the corporate welfarist view that people are all stupid and immoral How about educating people in an honest and straightforward manner that respects both their intelligence and their moral sensibilities In 2010 I did a blog post podcast in which I outlined the Abolitionist Approach to Education Principle 1 People are good at heart Our default position when we talk with people ought to be that they are good at heart and interested in and educable about moral issues There is a tendency among at least some advocates to have a very misanthropic view of other humans and to see them as being inherently immoral or uninterested in issues of morality I disagree with that view Principle 2 People are not stupid There is a tendency among animal advocates to believe that the general public is not able to understand the arguments in favor of veganism and that we must go easy and instead of talking about veganism we should talk about vegetarianism Meat Free Monday happy meat and animal products etc I disagree with this very elitist way of thinking about other people There is no mystery here there is nothing complicated People can understand if we teach effectively Principle 3 Do not get defensive respond don t react Yes some people will try to provoke us or will ask questions or make comments that we find insulting or that we take not to be serious If someone is really not interested in what we are saying they will as a general matter walk away Treat every comment and question even the ones you find abrasive rude or sarcastic as an invitation being offered to you by someone who is more provoked in a positive way by you and engaged than you might think Principle 4 Do not get frustrated Education is hard work You will get the same question many times you will be asked questions that indicate you must start at the beginning with someone But if you want to be an effective educator you have to answer every question as if it is the first time you heard it If you want others to be enthusiastic about your message you have to be enthusiastic about it first Principle 5 Learn the basics You have to be a student first before you become a teacher Many animal advocates become excited about abolitionist veganism and the next thing that happens is that they set up a website or start a blog that is motivated by the right feelings but not informed by clear ideas

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  • After 30+ Years, Morrissey Goes Vegan But Calls Veganism "Purist" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    It is murder And for 30 years he hasn t recognized that to consume milk cheese etc necessarily involves the deaths of calves And to recognize and act on that involves being a purist All animal foods involve suffering and death and the only justification for any of it is palate pleasure As the song states It s death for no reason And death for no reason is murder But to recognize that and act on it is a matter of being a purist That s wrong Respecting the fundamental rights of nonhumans is not a matter of being a purist It is a simple matter of doing what we are morally obligated to do Third a diet of vegetables fruits grains beans and seeds is invariably cheaper than a diet of animal foods It does not help for him to reinforce the completely false and counterproductive idea that veganism is only for the affluent And even if being vegan were more expensive which is not the case why would that stop Morrissey from going vegan for 30 years He s quite well off Fourth what is this nonsense that it s hard to find vegan food It s not difficult to find vegetables fruits beans grains and seeds Indeed it s hard not to find them It took him 30 years to go vegan That s strong proof that the animal movement has failed miserably in promoting veganism as a moral baseline Veganism is sidelined as just another way of reducing suffering along with going vegetarian consuming crate free pork eggs from cage free hens milk from happy cows etc And that s the problem If animals matter morally we cannot eat wear or use animals Morrissey showed King his Stella McCartney non leather shoes made in Italy I suppose that was to reinforce the idea that going vegan is difficult because not many people can afford Stella McCartney shoes That of course is also silly Good vegan shoes cost less than what a decent not designer pair of leather shoes cost And Stella McCartney supposedly a vegan produces clothing made from wool But she claims that the sheep are not mistreated That of course is also complete nonsense It s bad enough that high visibility people like Morrissey and Paul McCartney pose as animal people when they are not vegan They send a message to people that animal people don t have to be vegan as long as they care Although that is the message that the large animal charities want to promote it allows nonvegans to feel comfortable in donating it s a very wrong and very damaging message And it is also damaging to make the sort of announcement that Morrissey made when he decided to go vegan He regurigated the idea that going vegan is just an option and not a moral imperative and that it is difficult and expensive But I am not sure that it is reasonable to expect more from a person

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  • Vegan Advocacy is the Only Solution - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    there would be 15 million vegans If every one of those persuaded one other person in the second year there would be 30 million If we repeated this every year the entire country would be vegan in fewer than six years And even if the number of present vegans is only 1 million it would take nine years to get to a vegan U S population still preferable to another 30 years of taking baby steps backward In any event if those who claimed to care about animals stopped supporting welfare reforms happy exploitation and narcissistic street theater we could make veganism the prevailing paradigm So get out there and talk to everyone you know about why veganism is the only rational response to the recognition that animals matter morally The World is Vegan If you want it 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 If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Learn more about veganism at www HowDoIGoVegan com Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts The Meaning of THE WORLD IS VEGAN If you want it Direct Action Everywhere DxE Vegan Advocacy is Harmful to the Animal Rights Movement Commentary Vegan Education Advocacy Forcing Others to Go Vegan and Animal Ethics as Involving Obligation and Not Choice The Vegan Society Senior Officer of Advocacy and Policy Rejects Veganism as a Moral Baseline Compassionate Violence is Not the Solution

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  • Sea Shepherd Weighs In on Cecil the Lion: Insisting on Veganism is "Purism" and "Elitist" - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    that is not morally different from the behavior that is the target of the single issue campaign So a single issue campaign focused on the Taiji dolphins will have many people who object to the killing of dolphins but who shovel animal products into their mouths as they voice their concerns The only way that such people are going to support such a campaign is if they are made to feel comfortable about their exploitation And they are made to feel comfortable by an insidious pretense that the target of the campaign is immoral and their own conduct is not immoral or is so much less immoral that they can never be thought of in the same way as the people who kill the dolphins This makes people feel more comfortable about their own behavior that exploits animals and perpetuates it and it also means that they donate As part of providing the comfort level that encourages support these campaigns demonize those people who are involved in the targeted behavior in an effort to distinguish between them and the good people who are protesting the killing of the dolphins This often results in and reinforces racist ethnocentric and xenophobic conduct on the part of animal people One need only look at the sorts of vile anti Asian comments that appear almost immediately following any story about Taiji Japanese whaling or the eating of dogs in China and Korea The campaign against Andre Robinson elicited horribly racist slurs as did the campaign against Michael Vick Watson thinks that to not support and to criticize these campaigns is elitist and represents purism He s wrong Abolitionists just refuse to participate in and perpetuate the unjust fantasy that there is a difference between killing a dolphin and killing a chicken so that people who care can become nurtured by Sea Shepherd and other groups and never be confronted with the moral reality Abolitionists want to promote the idea that if animals matter morally veganism is the only rational response Abolitionists want to promote the idea that we cannot justify treating any sentient nonhuman exclusively as a resource Watson disagrees with all of this He admits that he thinks that marine mammals are special He makes clear that Sea Shepherd is promoting veganism not for animal rights reasons but for environmental conservation reasons It can t get any more clear than that He rejects the very foundation of the abolitionist movement which is that all sentient beings are equal in that all should be accorded the moral right not to be used as human resources And that we ought to make that crystal clear today right now We re delighted that Watson serves vegan meals on his ships even if he does so for reasons of conservation alone But go to the Sea Shepherd website We did We were unable to find anything that even hinted at the moral obligation to go vegan if one thought that killing marine mammals was morally wrong We found one essay by Watson where he said The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is one of the very few if not the only marine conservation organizations in the world that actively promotes and practices veganism Why Because we see the connections between animal husbandry and pollution in the ocean diminishment of life in the seas the destruction of the rainforests and climate change Veganism is real conservation in action It goes beyond talking about climate change and diminishment of biodiversity and actually does something to address the problems But he made clear that veganism has nothing to do with any moral obligation that we owe other animals apart from marine mammals The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is not a vegan or vegetarian organization however nor are we an Animal Rights or an Animal Welfare organization We are a marine wildlife and habitat conservation movement So why are all the meals on Sea Shepherd ships vegan The answer is because vegetarianism and especially veganism are powerful alternatives to eight billion human beings and their domestic animals eating the oceans alive Watson s environmental arguments for veganism are terrific but they do not in any way involve getting compassionate people to see that there is no difference between killing a whale and eating a chicken Indeed Watson rejects that position Do Chickens Matter as Much as Whales Watson claims that Social revolutions do not happen overnight I have watched the vegan movement grow from something no one had ever heard of to the dynamic and ever growing movement it is today The growth in awareness has been incredible What we don t want to do is isolate or discourage potential advocates of veganism We have been involved in this movement for about the same period of time that Watson has We like Watson we just disagree with him We could not disagree more that the vegan movement is doing well as he seems to think On the contrary the vegan movement has been hijacked by the happy exploitation movement that is now ubiquitous Peter Singer the so called father of the animal movement declares himself to be a flexible vegan and all of the large groups reject veganism as a moral baseline and promote it only as a way to reduce suffering along with cage free eggs crate free pork and the Whole Foods Animal Welfare Rating program Abolitionists are trying to create a vegan movement of people who see veganism as a principle of fundamental justice Watson seems to think that we cannot make the abolitionist argument because there are lots of stupid people out there who just don t see the connections and who must be nurtured Putting aside that Watson s characterization of everyone as idiots is curious given that he claims that vegans are elitists who look down on others abolitionists believe that people are not stupid and that most or at least a great many care about nonhuman animals People also know that animal products do not

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  • Adventures in Moral Schizophrenia: Cecil the Lion - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    think animals matter go vegan It is the only rational response to the recognition of the moral value of animals 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 If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts Sea Shepherd Weighs In on Cecil the Lion Insisting on Veganism is Purism and Elitist Moral Schizophrenia Again and Again and Again A Note on Moral Schizophrenia Yet Another Example of Moral Schizophrenia Moral Schizophrenia Alastair Graham the Michael Vick of Scotland 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

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  • Once Again, The U.K. "Vegan" Society Trashes Veganism - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    are I think it s probably on a sliding scale I suppose that the appointment of a comedian who holds such views as an Ambassador makes sense for an organization that has become nothing but a joke Vegan Society founder Donald Watson must be spinning in his grave 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 If animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione ADDENDUM added August 1 2015 I was informed that Sara Pascoe is no longer an Ambassador of The Vegan Society Now perhaps they can remove Fiona Oakes who not only trashes veganism but sells happy eggs 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 The Vegan Society Senior Officer of Advocacy and Policy Rejects Veganism as a Moral Baseline I Brought The Vegan Society Into Disrepute I Insisted That The Vegan Society Be Vegan Banned by The Vegan Society for Promoting 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

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  • Abolitionist Vegan Starter Kit Launched! - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
    animals matter morally veganism is not an option it is a necessity Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative The World is Vegan If you want it Gary L Francione Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Rutgers University 2015 Gary L Francione Related posts Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy Education Tips On Health Statement on Abolitionist and Abolitionist Vegan Groups Abolitionist Vegan Theory in Canada Abolitionist Vegan Literature Abolitionist Intersectionality 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

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