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Abolitionist Approach Blog

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Gary Francione discusses and explores various aspects of the idea that we ought to abolish, and not merely regulate, animal exploitation. His blog promotes ethical veganism and creative, non-violent vegan education as the primary forms of activism to move toward the abolition of animal use.

  • Moral Schizophrenia–Again, and Again, and Again
    Gavin Dingman, an 11-year old from Michigan, killed an albino deer. Many people are upset about this, with some even making death threats to Gavin. It is tragic when any healthy animal is killed for “sport” or any other purpose. And it is tragic that we teach our children that violence is “fun.” But those […] The post Moral (...more)
    25 Oct 2014 at 4:05am       

  • More on Andre Robinson, Kicking Cats, and Consuming Animal Products
    Here is an essay I wrote on the Andre Robinson that was published on October 10, 2014 in the New York Daily News. '''''''''' 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 (...more)
    10 Oct 2014 at 4:01am       

  • Veganism: It Follows From What Most People Already Believe
    You don’t need a theory of animal rights to get you to veganism. You don’t even need to believe in human and nonhuman equality to get to veganism. If you believe–as most people believe–that: (1) animals matter morally; (2) because animals matter morally, we cannot justify imposing “unnecessary” suffering on them; (...more)
    8 Oct 2014 at 3:21am       

  • My Happy Exploitation Label is Better Than Your Happy Exploitation Label
    In this article, HSUS happy exploitation czar Paul Shapiro complains that the American Humane Association American Humane Certified Label, which will be on Butterball turkeys this Thanksgiving, is inadequate: Paul Shapiro, vice president for farm-animal protection for the watchdog group Humane Society of the United States, gave an even harsher assessment: (...more)
    5 Oct 2014 at 9:42am       

  • CNN Interview on The Andre Robinson/King Case
    On October 4, 2014, I did a brief interview on the Michael Smerconish Show on CNN concerning the Andre Robinson case. You can watch the interview here. '''''''''' If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. (...more)
    5 Oct 2014 at 4:22am       

  • New York Times Debate on the Legal Rights of Animals
    The New York Times Room for Debate examined the issue of “Enforcing the Legal Rights of Animals,” and included discussion of the Andre Robinson case. The abolitionist perspective was represented. You can read the debate in it’s entirety here. Gary L. Francione Professor, Rutgers University The post New York Times Debate on the Legal (...more)
    4 Oct 2014 at 3:37am       

  • Andre Robinson, King the Cat, and Our Confused Thinking About Animal Ethics
    Andre Robinson kicked a stray cat, at the Brevoort Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Someone captured it on video. Robinson was arrested. The cat, now named King, was rescued and adopted. The Brooklyn District Attorney has announced that he plans to prosecute Robinson for animal cruelty. And now, many people are calling for his imprisonment and (...more)
    4 Oct 2014 at 3:26am       

  • Video of Rutgers Conference: “Animal Ethics: Abolition, Regulation, or Citizenship?”
    On April 11, 2014, Rutgers University School of Law had a Conference, Animal Ethics: Abolition, Regulation, or Citizenship? that featured: Anna E. Charlton, Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, and former Director, Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic Luis E. Chiesa, Professor of Law and Director, Buffalo Criminal Law Center, SUNY Buffalo (...more)
    23 Aug 2014 at 8:52pm       

  • The Vegan Society: “Corporate Partners” With “Sustainable” Animal Agriculture
    Triodos Bank invests in, among other things, organic/”sustainable” animal farming. (Click to enlrage.) And guess who’s a Corporate Partner with Triodos Bank? That’s right. The Vegan Society. (Click to enlarge.) (Click to enlarge.) Please understand: I am not saying that The Vegan Society should not accept a donation from Triodos–or (...more)
    8 Aug 2014 at 6:36am       

  • The Vegan Society: You Decide
    In the face of significant criticism for embracing “flexible veganism” in the form of its “You don’t have to be vegan to be buy products with the Vegan Society Trademark” rebrand, The Vegan Society put out a statement on August 5, 2014 that read, in part, that its “aims and objectives remain unaltered from those […] The (...more)
    7 Aug 2014 at 8:49am       

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