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Abolitionist Approach Podcast

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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. The Commentary will promote ethical veganism and creative, non-violent vegan education as the primary forms of activism to move toward the abolition of animal use.

Commentary: Vegan Education/Advocacy, “Forcing” Others to Go Vegan, and Animal Ethics as Involving Obligation and Not Choice
13 May 2014 at 4:46pm
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Commentary #23: Lennox and Moral Reasoning in Animal Rights
13 Jul 2012 at 5:54pm
It’s been a while since I did a Commentary and I have been meaning to start up again but, alas, it’s been a busy time. I was planning to do a podcast on the topic of my essay, Moral Concern, Moral Impulse, and Logical Argument in Animal Rights Advocacy, which I published in May and that got a terrific response. And then I saw the story yesterday (... More)
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Commentary #22: A Discussion on Abolition vs. Regulation with Robert Garner
3 Feb 2011 at 6:00am
Dear Colleagues: My most recent book, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, involves a debate between me and Professor Robert Garner of the University of Leicester. In this Commentary, Professor Garner and I discuss our book. Garner’s position, although a form of what I call “new welfarism,” is different from that of (... More)
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Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman
10 Nov 2010 at 12:24pm
Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I discuss three issues. First, I talk about my new book, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, co-authored with Professor Robert Garner, and published by Columbia University Press. This book focuses on the debate ongoing in the animal advocacy community: should we pursue welfare reform as a means to (... More)
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Commentary #19: Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism: Five Principles
14 Sep 2010 at 5:27pm
Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I address a topic that I have been asked to cover by a number of you: how do we talk with non-vegans about veganism? I present five general principles: 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, (... More)
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Commentary #18: A Step Backward, the Importance of Veganism, and the Misuse of “Abolition”
3 Sep 2010 at 11:16pm
Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I discuss several topics: First, I talk about the announcement by the new welfarist Mercy for Animals that the retail giant Costco has taken a “step forward” by agreeing to market “humane” veal. I maintain that having animal advocates praise this as a “step forward” and characterizing (... More)
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Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates
2 May 2010 at 9:50pm
Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I have two guests: Ronnie Lee, who founded the Band of Mercy in 1972 and the Animal Liberation Front in 1976, and Roger Yates, an adjunct lecturer in sociology at University College, Dublin. As I am sure you are aware, I am opposed to all violence and I do not support militant direct action. This is the starting (... More)
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Commentary #16: Responding to Questions: Single-Issue Campaigns and MDA Opposition to the Abolitionist Approach
26 Mar 2010 at 11:09am
Dear Colleagues: Several weeks ago, I asked for questions that people would like me to address. I received approximately 80 questions. I plan to do several Commentaries in which I discuss at least some of these questions. A number of the questions that I received concern single-issue campaigns so this Commentary deals primarily with that topic and with (... More)
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Commentary #15: The Tide Is Turning
26 Jan 2010 at 5:15pm
Dear Colleagues: Victor Schonfeld, director of the influential 1982 film, The Animals Film, followed up his two-part BBC World Service program, One Planet: Animals and Us, with an editorial, The Five Fatal Flaws of Animal Activism, in the Guardian, one of the leading U.K. newspapers. Schonfeld once again made clear that the mainstream movement had lost (... More)
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Commentary #14: Analysis of Second Segment of “Animals and Us”
12 Jan 2010 at 9:48pm
Dear Colleagues: The second segment of the BBC’s One Planet: Animals and Us, hosted by Victor Schonfeld (who did the influential The Animals Film in 1982), focused on vivisection. Schonfeld ended the program by agreeing that the animal rights movement needs crystal clear guidelines and he explored veganism as a possible way to deal with the problem (... More)
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Commentary #13: Analysis of First Segment of “Animals and Us”
4 Jan 2010 at 7:31pm
Dear Colleagues: On December 31, 2009, the BBC World Service broadcast the first segment of the two-part program One Planet: Animals and Us. This program was hosted by Victor Schonfeld, who did the highly influential The Animals Film in 1982. The Animals Film was among the first—if not the first—film to reveal how humans actually treated nonhumans. (... More)
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Commentary #12: The Virtual Billboard Campaign: THE WORLD IS VEGAN! If you want it.
22 Dec 2009 at 8:32am
Dear Colleagues: In this commentary, I discuss the virtual billboard campaign, which focuses on empowering advocates with a positive message that change is possible and that we have the responsibility to effect that change. It is time to reject the vegan bashing that has become the central focus of the welfarist movement. And I introduce Christine, (... More)
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Commentary #11: Discussion with Professor Gary Steiner
6 Dec 2009 at 10:26pm
Dear Colleagues: In this, Commentary #11, I have a discussion with Gary Steiner, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bucknell University. Gary recently had an editorial in the New York Times about veganism and we talk about the reactions that he got to his editorial, including the criticisms from welfarists, many of whom (... More)
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Commentary #10: World Vegan Day—Nov. 1, 2009
1 Nov 2009 at 10:45pm
Dear Colleagues: Happy World Vegan Day to all of you. In this Commentary, I reflect on the state of the vegan movement. The bad news: the large welfare corporations have done a great deal to marginalize veganism. The good news: in the past year, we have seen the growth of the abolitionist movement, which views veganism as the moral baseline, rejects (... More)
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Commentary #9: Using Sexism to Promote Animal Rights
21 Oct 2009 at 3:57am
Dear Colleagues: Would Martin Luther King have had an “I’d Rather Go Naked than Sit in the Back of the Bus” campaign? Of course not. He would have recognized that such a campaign would trivialize the important message of civil rights. Why don’t animal advocates recognize that sexist campaigns similarly trivialize the issue of (... More)
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Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles
21 Sep 2009 at 1:03pm
Dear Colleagues: There are some advocates who claim to be abolitionists but who support welfare reform or who support violence. In this Commentary, I explain why welfare reform and violence cannot fit into the abolitionist approach. Gary L. Francione ©2009 Gary L. Francione Related posts: Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates (... More)
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Commentary #7: An Up-Close and Personal Encounter with Moral Schizophrenia
8 Sep 2009 at 12:36am
Dear Colleagues: I refer to the delusional and confused way that we think about animals as a social/moral matter as constituting “moral schizophrenia.” I had a recent encounter with moral schizophrenia in dealing with a deer who had been hit by a car and the hunters who stopped to help the deer. In this Commentary, I describe and discuss (... More)
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Commentary #6: Aspects of the Vegetarian/Vegan Debate
29 Aug 2009 at 8:06am
Dear Colleagues: Our first Commentary about vegetarianism as a “gateway” to veganism has provoked continuing controversy and in this Commentary, I address three issues: 1. Does my position that we cannot draw a moral distinction between flesh and other animal products mean that we ought to be confrontational or judgmental when we talk to (... More)
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Commentary #5: On Violence
22 Aug 2009 at 3:37pm
Dear Colleagues: I am opposed to violence. I regard violence as inherently immoral. I have written about and discussed that issue often, including in essays (1,2) on this site. I recognize that many of you disagree with my opposition to violence. But that is irrelevant. Even if you believe that violence can be justified, there are still compelling reasons (... More)
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Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats
17 Aug 2009 at 10:39am
Dear Colleagues: A number of people have written to me in response to the Commentary on “pets” to ask about the issue of non-vegan cats. It is my understanding that many cats can live healthy lives on a vegan diet but what if there are cats who absolutely need to consume animal products? In this Commentary, I offer some ideas that I hope (... More)
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Commentary #3: On Michael Vick
14 Aug 2009 at 6:27pm
Dear Colleagues: As you know, I have since 2007 been wondering about why anyone thinks that Michael Vick is any worse than anyone else who consumes or uses animal products. (See 1, 2, 3) In any event, Vick was released from prison in May, 2009, and on July 27, 2009, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Vick. The Philadelphia Eagles (... More)
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Commentary #2: “Pets”
12 Aug 2009 at 5:29am
Dear Colleagues: The issue of “pets” is a hot button issue with many advocates. Here is something I wrote in the Appendix to my book Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?: Question 3: Does the institution of pet ownership violate animals’ basic right not to be regarded as things? Answer: Yes. Pets are our property. Dogs, (... More)
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Commentary #1: Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism?
8 Aug 2009 at 11:45pm
Dear Colleagues: Welcome to the Abolitionist Approach Commentary. The Commentary will consist of a series of podcasts that discuss and explore various aspects of the idea that we ought to abolish, and not merely regulate, animal exploitation. The Commentary will reflect ideas contained in this website and in my books. Animals are nonhuman persons and (... More)
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