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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.

  • “Eat Like You Care” at Temple University
    Here is a video of our presentation on Eat Like You Care at Temple University on March 10, 2014: ''''' 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. (...more)
    19 Apr 2014 at 11:50am       

  • Debating Eating Animals at MoMA
    On Thursday evening, April 17, I had the pleasure to participate in a program at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in which we discussed the following proposition: “Design can allow us to humanely include animal products in our diet.” Nicola Twilley argued in favor; I argued against. You can watch […] The post (...more)
    19 Apr 2014 at 6:52am       

  • On “Journeys”
    If many people said, “I did not reject racism overnight; it took me a long time to stop being a racist,” would we say that rejecting racism is a matter of a personal “journey”? Would we say that we should not take the position that racism is unequivocally and absolutely wrong? Would we say that […] The post On (...more)
    7 Apr 2014 at 5:29am       

  • Animal Ethics: Abolition, Regulation, or Citizenship?
    Despite 200 years of animal welfare laws, which require “humane” treatment and prohibit the imposition of “unnecessary” suffering, animal exploitation is occurring in more horrific ways than at any time in human history. On Friday, April 11, 2014, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will host a conference on “Animal Ethics: Abolition, Regulation or Citizenship” (...more)
    28 Feb 2014 at 1:45pm       

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  • FARM Blog

    10 posts in the feed.

    Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a non-profit organization that focuses on grassroots vegan education. They have numerous creative campaigns such as the 10 Billion Tour which offers incentives to the public to watch a 4 minute video. FARM's Compassionate Activist Network empowers individuals around the world to hold their own demos, tablings, lectures, screening, marches, silent vigils and more.

  • Skip the Easter Ham and Skip the Cruelty
    An Easter tradition here in the US has been to celebrate life and new beginnings by sitting down to a meal with a honey-baked ham as the centerpiece. Thing is… if most folks took a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday, they might notice that consuming the body of a dead [...] (...more)
    19 Apr 2014 at 9:55am       

  • All Our Water is Going to a Plant We Don't Eat to Support a Diet We Don't Need
    2013 went down as the driest year in California's recorded history.  A major reservoir outside of Sacramento has been reduced from 83% to 36% capacity in just over 2 years.  In the Central Valley, 1,200 square miles of land is sinking at a rate of 11 inches a year from the drilling of groundwater.  And [...] (...more)
    17 Apr 2014 at 6:52am       

  • Eat Less Meat to Save More Wildlife, Show More Love for the Planet
    When the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, people were concerned about air and water pollution and the survival of endangered species. They talked about how the growing human population was crowding out wildlife and how we all have a responsibility to take care of the planet. Now, 44 years later, there are 3.5 [...] (...more)
    10 Apr 2014 at 10:10am       

  • Spread the Vegan Message this Earth Day!
    Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of global warming and is responsible for more water pollution, topsoil depletion, deforestation, and wildlife destruction than any other human activity, yet the public as well as many environmentalists still consume animal products without making that connection. Together, we need to educate folks that (...more)
    8 Apr 2014 at 8:53am       

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  • Corey Wrenn

    100 posts in the feed.

    Corey Lee Wrenn is an Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and a graduate instructor and PhD student of Sociology. Her research focuses include social movement theory and nonhuman animal rights activism. She regularly blogs on animal rights issues and interviews activists.

    She also blogs at: www.examiner.com/vegan-in-roanoke/corey-wrenn

  • 'Beasts of Burden' was an Influential Vegan-Socialist Text
    By Jon Hochschartner Beasts of Burden was an influential vegan-socialist pamphlet, first published in late 1999 by Antagonism Press. It's authorship remains a mystery, so far as I'm aware. The text is written using the pronoun, 'we,' but of course that does not necessarily mean the pamphlet was a collaborative project. (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 2:40pm       

  • Are Animals Part of the Working Class?
    By Jon Hochschartner Horses so often died from exhaustion, their bodies were left to rot in the streets of major cities Vegan socialist Jason Hribal's challenge to anthropocentric leftism, from a 2003 issue of the academic journal Labor History, in which Hribal attempted to redefine the proletariat to include animals, (...more)
    17 Apr 2014 at 2:01pm       

  • Carpenter was Fabian Animal Advocate
    By Jon Hochschartner Edward Carpenter was a socialist and early gay-rights activist, who practiced prefigurative vegetarianism and advocated on behalf of animals. It should be said that Carpenter's brand of socialism, Fabianism, was despised by many revolutionaries of his era, such as Leon Trotsky, who regarded it as overly (...more)
    16 Apr 2014 at 1:20pm       

  • Make Your Reservations! Vegan Cuisine in Jeffery Dahmer's Murder House
    No, you can't actually eat vegan cuisine in Dahmer's home . . . but yes, this is for real.  And, I'm sure no one is surprised to learn that PETA is behind the stunt. Per usual, PETA cashes in on horrific human tragedies to draw attention to violence against animals.  In doing so, they effectively alienate veganism from the (...more)
    15 Apr 2014 at 3:26pm       

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  • Eating Plants

    10 posts in the feed.

    James McWilliams is "a historian and writer who's books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong, How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. My writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, Forbes, Travel and Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Texas Observer."

  • The Craven Cliven Hoedown
    Cliven Bundy is either the smartest or dumbest gaucho on the range. Here’s his claim to fame: he mooched 20 years’ worth of grazing fees from the Bureau of Land Management and, when the BLM moved in to settle up, he tapped a populist-prone and hardware-wielding posse to protect his clean $1 million in unpaid dues. [...] (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm       

  • The Economics of Animal Welfare
    Pistol v. Poleax: a Handbook on Humane Slaughter was published in London in 1932. The book's opening line explains, “If there is one quality in the British character which is so ingrained as to be almost universal, it is love of animals and hatred of unnecessary cruelty.” This sentiment underscores the book's 500+ page effort [...] (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 6:15am       

  • Hunting and Hate Speech
    Language– in particular the ability to harness it’s power to tell stories—is arguably a phenomenon that makes us unique as humans. Whether or not this ability confers upon us special moral status is a topic of debate, but as as I see it, while the ability to forge narratives enriches life in an essential way, [...] (...more)
    16 Apr 2014 at 11:45am       

  • The Tyranny of TED
    The Food Movement—in its fervent quest to revive nonindustrial animal farming as a “humane” alternative to industrial agriculture—follows an increasingly tyrannical TED talk script to reach the mainstream. In instructing consumers to pay more to support animals who are killed after being loved, it accomplishes the very TED-like (...more)
    16 Apr 2014 at 4:53am       

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  • The Thinking Vegan

    10 posts in the feed.

    Gary Smith is The Thinking Vegan. The blog’s philosophical bent is abolitionism and liberationism, which does not support any use of animals.

  • Vegan athlete Rob Bigwood: ‘Uneducated, arrogant, selfish people hide behind their keyboards'
    I was surprised to find myself enthralled by Game of Arms. Not only was it well shot, but the storylines were engaging and showed the humanity of the athletes. When the show featured Rob Bigwood as part of his New York arm wrestling team Arms Control, they didn't shy away from Rob's veganism, in fact they portrayed it very fairly. It also (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 10:56am       

  • Vegan Passover: honoring all those enslaved
    Around this time of year four years ago, I had a discussion of Passover with a group of friends who are, like myself, Jewish and vegan. The discussion centered around how difficult it can be to attend seders where the dinner table is littered with the body parts of nonhuman animals. Being vegan, we not only abstain from eating meat, dairy and eggs, (...more)
    14 Apr 2014 at 10:19am       

  • Make us food: Chef Tigre
    We thank Chef Tigre for helping us debut a new feature, “Make us food,” in which chefs, cookbook authors, and other food industry professionals cook for us, discuss their work, and their activism. Late last year, to celebrate the Los The post Make us food: Chef Tigre appeared first on The Thinking Vegan. (...more)
    9 Apr 2014 at 4:58pm       

  • Attention Thinking Vegans: Free Money for Animal Activism and Outreach
    Grants for animal activism: $1000 to fund, start, or expand efforts to make the world better for animals. The post Attention Thinking Vegans: Free Money for Animal Activism and Outreach appeared first on The Thinking Vegan. (...more)
    26 Feb 2014 at 8:59am       

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  • Gentle World

    50 posts in the feed.

    "Gentle World's core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. Toward that end, Gentle World has served as a clearing house of information for the past 30 years, helping children, teens and adults embrace a lifestyle that incorporates their values."

  • Midway Film
    This morning I opened my e-mail inbox to discover a headline I simply couldn't ignore: People Should Know About This Awful Thing We Do. In light of all the awful things I already know we do, I just wasn't sure that I would be able to handle learning about yet another. But I clicked anyway. […] (...more)
    13 Apr 2014 at 4:48pm       

  • Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources
    As the Veganic (Vegan Organic or Stockfree Organic) movement continues to grow, many online resources have become available for new and experienced gardeners and farmers who are interested in these sustainable and ethical growing methods. Although Gentle World has a growing wealth of information for beginning veganic gardeners, there are also three (...more)
    7 Apr 2014 at 1:32pm       

  • Gentle World Powers Up with Outback!
    Gentle World wishes to say a special thank you to OutBack Power, for their generous assistance toward  upgrades to the solar power system in our New Zealand educational center. “OutBack Power Technologies is a leading designer and manufacturer of reliable power electronics for renewable energy applications including solar, wind, micro-hydro, and (...more)
    3 Apr 2014 at 11:20pm       

  • Why James Cameron Says You Should Be Vegan
    Yes, you… That is, if you consider yourself to be an environmentalist. Cameron, who was honored at a National Geographic Anniversary Gala last June, took the opportunity to inspire others by explaining his recent decision to stop using animal products. “We're always talking about the action items… What are we asking people to do? What are […] (...more)
    29 Mar 2014 at 8:28pm       

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  • Free From Harm

    30 posts in the feed.

    Free From Harm is a great resource for anyone curious about or already committed to animal rights. They write on lesser known news items, humane education, animal rights, and bring attention to the myths of "humane meat.

  • B12: A Magic Pill, or Veganism's Achilles Heel?
    In supplemental vitamin B12, we have something very like a magic pill against the unspeakable suffering and unnecessary execution of billions of animals every year. Yet because B12 is not produced by plants, it is often argued that vegan diets are “unnatural” and that ethical appeals to veganism are therefore unsound. ... READ ON (...more)
    11 Apr 2014 at 11:53am       

  • Eating Animals: Addressing Our Most Common Justifications
    We’ve heard them all before — the justifications people give for continuing to consume animal products even when faced with an abundance of plant-based food options. Here are some of the most common justifications for eating animals that vegans encounter … ... READ ON (...more)
    27 Mar 2014 at 5:17pm       

  • Ezra The Rooster: The Little Chicken Who Could!
    Everyone has been asking about Ezra the rooster! It's been more than two months since Ezra's life-saving rescue and emergency medical treatment at Niles Animal Hospital. As some of you know who have been following his story, Ezra the rooster lost his feet and a portion of one of his legs to gangrene and frostbite. For those of you who aren't familiar (...more)
    21 Mar 2014 at 5:16am       

  • Contamination and Cruelty in the Chicken Industry
    The National Chicken Council, which represents the U.S. chicken industry, has released its 2014 update of the NCC Animal Welfare Guidelines for the humane treatment of the nine billion chickens raised for meat each year in the United States. Rather than advancing animal welfare, these guidelines, first formulated in 1999, outline industry practices (...more)
    19 Mar 2014 at 3:07pm       

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  • My Face Is On Fire

    25 posts in the feed.

    My Face Is on Fire focuses on abolitionist vegan education, animal rights issues and the misrepresentation of veganism in pop culture or mainstream media.

  • Another Underhugged Non-Vegan Takes a Few Digs
    Oh, PeTA! Some fellow vegans and I were mocking PeTA yesterday. You know the old saying: Sometimes you either have to laugh or cry? Genuine and clear-thinking animal rights advocates know the harms... (...more)
    20 Mar 2014 at 9:09am       

  • Home as a Safe Zone
    Transition and Compromise Before learning about abolitionist animal rights, I spent many years as a vegetarian, slowly shuffling around animal products, but for the longest time with no actual end... (...more)
    18 Mar 2014 at 12:52pm       

  • Why Speciesism Should be Our Focus
    The Buzz There's been a lot of buzz this past week about an article by Victoria Dawson Hoff, published on Elle magazine's website. Hoff's article on Elle is called  "On Being a Vegan Who Wears... (...more)
    26 Feb 2014 at 1:50pm       

  • "Flexible" for Whom?
    A conversation with a new friend a few weeks ago led to her mentioning a vegetarian she knows. She suggested to me that she views vegetarianism in a more positive light because it is "more flexible"... (...more)
    29 Jan 2014 at 8:08am       

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  • The Rational Vegan

    20 posts in the feed.

    A look at veganism and the vegan community from a rationalist perspective. Be prepared for controversial topics and viewpoints. The purpose here is not to offend, but to educate and to challenge conventional (vegan) thinking.

  • Abandon Ship!
    This page has been defunct for quite a while (more than I even realized as I was gallivanting around). As of now, I am only updating through Facebook. You can find that page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rational-Vegan/183398501711863 (...more)
    12 Feb 2014 at 9:18am       

  • Dining Out
    Recently I ate out with a large group of coworkers, most of whom I had just met. Unfortunately, the restaurant chosen was one of those big chain sports and burger type places. I scoured the menu and found one item that just might work if it weren't for the cheese splattered on top. Undaunted by the social ramifications, I dared to question (...more)
    17 Nov 2011 at 11:26am       

  • More Cleanse Nonsense
    Vegan cookbook author Claire Gosse and fitness "expert" Brock Picken have a new book called Vegan Flush (press release here). Scare quotes on 'expert' there because what kind of fitness expert doesn't understand how the human body actually flushes out toxins? (Hint for "experts" out there--your liver and kidneys take care of things). (...more)
    6 Nov 2011 at 9:18am       

  • Blame the Corporations
    Yesterday I ran across a link from Animal Legal Defense Fund declaring that Occupy Wall Street Takes on Corporate Animal Abuse. The linked "official declaration" contains this statement: "They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices." Okay, so I'm not sure (...more)
    9 Oct 2011 at 11:55am       

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  • Team Earthling

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    Stevie and Luc blog about their thoughts and observations regarding vegan activism. You'll also find both Aussies on the Team Earthliing Podcast.

  • Why are animals excluded from intersectional social movements?
    This is a guest post by Naty Guerrero-Diaz. Find out more about Naty and her work below. I am a member of a few networks that self-define as intersectional. We often discuss issues to do with race, feminism, sexuality, gender and class oppressions, and the members appear to recognise the ways in which different forms of oppressions interlink; (...more)
    2 Feb 2014 at 3:30am       

  • 'Green is the New Red' by Will Potter [Review]
    While we spoke about Will Potter's 'Green is the New Red' in Episode 106, I wanted to capture my thoughts about the book in writing, and to invite and encourage an ongoing discussion about the push-back animal rights and environmental activists are experiencing. 'Green is the New Red' is not a pleasant book to read. It's not one that will (...more)
    26 Dec 2013 at 9:03pm       

  • 6 tips for eating at non-vegan restaurants
    Eating out at non-vegan restaurants can be super stressful, especially if you're a new vegan. Grandma's 70th is being held at a non vegan restaurant and there's no way in hell you can bail.  So what do you do? Here are our top tips for tackling this and similar tricky situations. We've been to family functions, (...more)
    8 Nov 2013 at 4:08pm       

  • 'The Sexy Vegan's Happy Hour at Home' [Review]
    Is this our first cookbook review? Why yes, yes it is! If you want the podcasted version of this review, check out Episode 103: Vegan Food Culture Artifacts Brian L. Patten's The Sexy Vegan's Happy Hour at Home This book was lent to us by Theresa of The Tropical Vegan (...more)
    5 Nov 2013 at 11:30am       

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  • Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come

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    Butterflies Katz is a writer, author, chef, activist, poet, veganic gardener, vegan for 33 years. She's been a pioneer in vegan diets for dogs. Her essays and articles have been regularly published in magazines such as the Vegan Voice.

  • 100+ Vegan-Owned~Vegan Businesses Worldwide
    Divided by country, this special feature shines a spotlight on over 100 vegan-owned~vegan businesses, worldwide. Hopefully this post will inspire more vegan businesses to open thereby making vegan living more accessible to the public. A show of support for this sampling of vegan business owners. (Email: veganpoet@hotmail.com to be added (...more)
    15 Dec 2013 at 8:39pm       

  • A LETTER TO NONVEGANS - December 2013
    STOP it. Please. Stop believing that you have the right to demand the practice of horrifically exploiting other members of the animal kingdom, who are conscious and feeling. They share with us the capacity to suffer, sentience, pain receptors, a brain, a nervous system, faces with eyes, a desire to live. We should be able to empathize. And vegans have (...more)
    2 Dec 2013 at 8:39am       

  • A Photo Collage: The Essence of Veganism
    In the name of art, I didn't give credit on each photo. Thank-you to the animal sanctuaries,  Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Gentle Barn, C-A-L-F, Woodstock, Brightside, and Farm Sanctuary,  www.stiftung-fuer-tierschutz.de Gentle World (gentleworld.org), Gina Mathews, and whoever else (let me know)  for taking a (...more)
    27 Oct 2013 at 3:15pm       

  • Plenty of Pictures Proving that Pigs are Pals - NOT Pork
    Photo Credit: C-A-L-F Photo credit: C-A-L-F Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary Marjie V Bremner Photo Credit: C-A-L-F (...more)
    27 Oct 2013 at 11:47am       

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  • We're All Animals

    150 posts in the feed.

    I am a professor of U.S. History at the University of Waterloo, father, companion, writer, film & TV fanatic, vegan (ex-omnivore) and a supporter of animal and human rights and nonviolence. I live with two kids, two cats and a bearded dragon

  • An Inspiring Video from the Saints at Edgar's Mission
    Have you ever heard of Edgar's Mission? It's a wonderful farm sanctuary in Australia. They've been doing great work to help animals for years. More than 300 animals live at Edgar's Mission, which consists of 60 breathtaking acres in Victoria, Australia. If you get a chance, check out Edgar's Mission's Website Here. (...more)
    13 Aug 2013 at 7:33pm       

  • A Town in Texas That Loves its Chickens (in a good way!!)
    The town of Bastrop, Texas (pop. 7,218), has become a huge chicken sanctuary! No kidding! And from watching this video, the folks in town are fiercely protective of their Poultry Population! They even have Chicken Crossing Signs in town! "This is one animal loving community," says Kay Garcia McAnally, (...more)
    10 Aug 2013 at 2:58pm       

  • I WAS A TEST TUBE HAMBURGER!!!
    For the record: I'm thrilled to hear about the new Stem Cell/Petri Dish "Frankenburgers." If there's a chance these uber-costly hamburgers might one day plummet in price and take the place of millions and millions slaughtered cows, then I say hallelujah! Bring it on! The unveiling of Frankenburger ("It's alive! It's alive!") this past (...more)
    10 Aug 2013 at 2:42pm       

  • Pigs the Way Pigs Are Meant to Live!
    Here is a pair of heartwarming videos that show a different way that pigs can live. Instead of being emptied out of long trucks into slaughterhouses, they can live the good life of freedom like these beautiful pigs swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas. Two things about this video are apparent: 1) Pigs love their (...more)
    8 Aug 2013 at 8:55pm       

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  • Snargleplexon

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    Vegan commentary from an abolitionist perspective in the form of articles and jokes from a world where we must hypocritically convince aliens not to dine on us.

  • “Eat Like You Care” and Michael Vick
    via Prof. Gary Francione’s Facebook page update: This morning (from the U.K.): A wonderful book. One of the reviews mentioned that rather than to persuade the reader of your position, you get the reader to see that they already believe carries the implication that they should be vegan. Brilliant! It is clearly written. I loved […] (...more)
    24 Jul 2013 at 5:51am       

  • Email Response to a Vegan-Curious
    Begin vegan with a nonvegan spouse can be challenging but it's totally doable. Think of it like trying to quit smoking while living with a smoker. (...more)
    10 May 2013 at 9:04am       

  • Why The Dalai Lama is Full of It
    The Dalai Lama eats animals, and having people kill animals for him to eat is the opposite of compassion. (...more)
    3 May 2013 at 8:38am       

  • Can Kids “Make Up Their Own Minds” About Veganism?
    A vegan diet provides a consistent, clear and truly compassionate framework built on honesty, healthy eating, love and, yes, even on justice. (...more)
    19 Aug 2012 at 11:37am       

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  • We Other Animals

    100 posts in the feed.

    I've been vegan for 12 years. I'm also a doctoral candidate, a step father, an immigrant, a tennis player, a pirate (I don't care what the quiz says), a cyclist, a poet and a concerned citizen.

  • New Outreach Posters (Be fair! Go vegan!)
    Two new posters from Jo and me. For those who are concerned about this sort of thing, the approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text for Flesch Kincaid is 2.79 (so, just below third-grade reading level). The Flesch Reading ease is 85.64%. (...more)
    21 Feb 2012 at 6:07pm       

  • Is veganism healthy?
    As an abolitionist, I promote veganism because animal use is unfair. However, one of the common questions about and objections to veganism is whether veganism is nutritionally sound or healthy. It is important to understand the question of health as a vegan generally, as well as it place in the education process.  Sensational stories (...more)
    14 Jan 2012 at 10:48am       

  • Being funny (and why it's important)
    As is often the case with my blog, I try to teach other advocates.  I try to teach them not only how to be better advocates (which strikes me as kind of a smaller endeavour), but how to be better persons (which is often herculean).  But for all those vegans who have, hours afterward, think "I shoulda said!!!" a blog on how to be funny (and (...more)
    7 Jan 2012 at 12:28pm       

  • Abolitionizing the debate: Francione moves the public and the advocacy community left
    In no small way, 2011 has been a year that has witnessed a lot of movement in animal advocacy.  Francione's work continues to surge in popularity with advocates.  Even five years ago, there were not all that many abolitionists.  Now there are probably several hundred, perhaps thousands, active worldwide.  Active advocacy does not (...more)
    1 Jan 2012 at 2:27pm       

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