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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.

  • The Animal Confusion Movement
    All of the large animal charities are partnering with industry to promote happy exploitation. All of the large animal charities and their supporters reject abolition as it is presented here: ' a rejection of the status of animals as property and recognition of nonhuman personhood based only on sentience; ' an emphasis on veganism as […] The (...more)
    22 Jul 2014 at 4:30am       

  • Statement on “Abolitionist” and “Abolitionist Vegan” Groups
    I have no formal affiliation with any organization, including those that characterize themselves as “abolitionist” or “abolitionist vegan” organizations. Some people who get exposed to my work get excited and decide to start “abolitionist” or “abolitionist vegan” groups. I am not sure why these people (...more)
    22 Jul 2014 at 4:07am       

  • An HSUS Reprimand and My Reply
    Someone from the The Farm Animal Protection Corporate Outreach Program at the Humane Society of the United States sent me a poster bearing the standard welfarist slogan, “don’t be divisive,” apparently to reprimand me for not getting with the corporate program: (Click to enlarge.) I liked the color scheme and general layout. Here (...more)
    20 Jul 2014 at 8:29am       

  • Vegan Society “Ambassador”: Veganism is not “for everyone” and “it's not probably for very many people.”
    Marathan runner Fiona Oakes is an “Ambassador” of The Vegan Society. Here’s what Ms. Oakes had to say in a June 2014 BBC Radio interview (at 3:00 minutes in): I run in a positive proactive kind of way to promote a vegan diet…I’m not saying that it’s for everyone, I’m saying that it’s not probably […] The (...more)
    19 Jul 2014 at 4:59am       

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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 Tide Turns Against Pastured Cows
    Reality can be a bitch. Especially when you’re committed to propaganda. There’s no more common form of agrarian propagandizing than the insistence that pastured cows can save the earth. If that assessment sounds hyperbolic, check in with Allan Savory, who says that pastured cows can save the earth. While the media, which knows precious little (...more)
    20 Jul 2014 at 5:06pm       

  • Chipotle Goes Telepathic
      Chipotle’s recent marketing stunt is so bold—so weirdly bold—I almost want to respect the depth of their gall. Although the company has been under fire for claiming that it serves “food with integrity” when in fact it serves loads of factory farmed meat, it has reacted to the negative publicity by promoting Niman (...more)
    17 Jul 2014 at 2:05pm       

  • The Vegan Identity
    After years of this kind of writing, the kind of writing I do here, I’m starting to see my name preceded by “vegan author.” Naturally. I identify as a vegan and thus am happy to embrace the qualification. That said, I don’t really put it out there myself. When people ask for a bio, I [...] (...more)
    14 Jul 2014 at 4:51pm       

  • The Elephants In The Room
      My apologies for the long absence. The site experienced ongoing technical problems while my web man was on vacation. But the good news is that we all got a rest. That said, matters are in order and I’m back to work. Over the break I became intrigued by the current outrage against ivory. Just [...] (...more)
    12 Jul 2014 at 10:51am       

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  • Snargleplexon

    10 posts in the feed.

    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.

  • The Journey to Veganism
    Professor Francione puts it best here. Also, I’m testing Facebook “Embed This Post” feature. Post by Gary L. Francione: The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. (...more)
    17 Jul 2014 at 8:45am       

  • New Host Test
    Theme’s busted.  Testing. (...more)
    3 Jun 2014 at 8:18pm       

  • “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,… (...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       

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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."

  • Taiwan Opens First Vegan Supermarket!
    If you happen to find yourself in Taipei, make sure to stop by iVegan, Taiwan’s first all vegan supermarket! iVegan opened in Taipei this August.  According to Vegan Taiwan, the supermarket is complete with “fresh fruit and veggies, packaged goods, frozen foods, fresh baking, cleaning and body care products' and even housewares.” (...more)
    15 Jul 2014 at 3:36pm       

  • Since I Became Vegan…
    Although I’m not much of a Facebook person, I must admit that there are a few things I love about it. One of those is the way it connects activists with each other, so that we can feel a sense of community and share in each other’s successes and struggles. A while ago, Gentle World volunteer Butterflies Katz did […] (...more)
    1 Jul 2014 at 6:05pm       

  • What Does the Word ‘Vegan' Really Mean?
    “In a vegan world the creatures would be reintegrated within the balance and sanity of nature. A great and historic wrong, whose effect upon the course of evolution must have been stupendous, would be righted. The idea that his fellow creatures might be used by man for self-interested purposes would be so alien to human thought […] (...more)
    1 Jul 2014 at 12:52pm       

  • 3 Easy Kale Salads
    Marinated kale salads are not only a delicious way to enjoy these dark greens, but they are also easy to make. There are 2 keys to a tasty kale salad: 1. A good acid (lemon, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.) 2. A little bite For all of these recipes, the kale leaves have been […] (...more)
    30 Jun 2014 at 3:13pm       

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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

  • Can Non-Violent Protest Work for Animal Rights?
    I wanted to followup on my essay published yesterday on the foolhardiness of "non-violent" direct action as a drain on our resources. Some readers had questions about he effectiveness of protest and I want to flesh out these ideas. Importantly, yesterday's essay put "non-violent" in quotations for a reason:  I was specifically referring to violent (...more)
    15 Jul 2014 at 1:51pm       

  • "Non-Violent" Direct Action Protest Doesn't Work, More Importantly IT IS EXPENSIVE
    There are a variety of reasons why people support "non-violent" direct action protesting--it raises awareness, it gives activists a feeling of "doing something," or it is even supposed to challenge "free speech" restrictions.  I think these justifications are largely bogus at worst, or reflect a lack of critical thinking at best. In (...more)
    14 Jul 2014 at 11:13am       

  • Animal Exploitation in Hobbit Production: A Socialist Critique
    By Jon Hochschartner Besides overseeing the creation of a remarkably dull film, from a Marxist-animalist perspective, the capitalists behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey1 were unusually brutal on their non-human workforce. As many as 27 animals involved in shooting — including horses, chickens, goats and sheep — were (...more)
    12 Jul 2014 at 7:57pm       

  • The Social Psychology of Speciesism Lecture Series
    For those new to social psychology, I've published an introductory four part hour long lecture on the science of human-nonhuman relationships. In the first lecture, I make a case for the inclusion of Nonhuman Animal issues in the social sciences. In the second lecture, I cover a few important social psychological concepts that help explain institutionalized (...more)
    10 Jul 2014 at 2:13pm       

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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.

  • Why Organic Meat, Dairy and Eggs Are Not Sustainable
    We must treat as highly suspect the claim that organic animal agriculture is sustainable. Organic methods are an environmentally-mixed bag—sometimes slightly better, sometimes a little worse, and often the same as inorganic. But since animal protein takes many times the energy, water, and land to produce as plant protein, any modest gains from raising (...more)
    15 Jul 2014 at 12:51am       

  • On the Claim That “Humane Meat” Leads to Veganism
    If someone tells me that he buys all of his flesh from a "humane" butcher and all of his lacteal secretions from a "humane" dairy farmer, this tells me that he is the sort of person who cares about animal suffering and wants to do what he can to reduce it. He has, however, been misled into thinking that what he is purchasing is the product of merciful (...more)
    8 Jul 2014 at 9:12am       

  • Small Town Grocer Issues Restraining Order Against Animal Advocate
    We recently learned from one of our subscribers that a local natural grocery store that also owns a yoga and holistic healing center in a small town in New Hampshire is planning a chicken slaughter demonstration on June 28th. Since then we launched a Change.org petition urging the owners to cancel the demo and thousands have signed on. Please consider (...more)
    24 Jun 2014 at 6:41am       

  • Vegan Doctor Weighs in on Paleo Diet Claims
    Today's Paleo Diet promotes eating grass-fed animals, but it's important to remember that the animals our Paleolithic ancestors ate have been hunted to extinction or have vanished due to climate change. Today's grass-fed animals are domesticated, and genetic manipulation is the norm. The Paleo Diet also encourages seafood consumption. At present, (...more)
    17 Jun 2014 at 11:19am       

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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.

  • ‘Bleating Hearts:' 1001 Ways You Didn't Know Animals Are Exploited
    Author Mark Hawthorne nailed it the first time with Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, which aimed to empower people to get active for animals around the world. Now, he's nailed it again with Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering. It's the most comprehensive book about animal exploitation ever written. (...more)
    3 Jul 2014 at 10:03am       

  • GRANT WINNER: ‘We Animals' Humane Education Project
    We are delighted to announce the next recipient of The Thinking Vegan’s grants for animal activism: ‘We Animals' Humane Education Program, founded by Jo-Anne McArthur and supported by We Animals board members Anna Pippus, Karol Orzechowski, and Sandy Yuen. ‘We The post GRANT WINNER: ‘We Animals' Humane Education Project appeared (...more)
    19 Jun 2014 at 7:15am       

  • GRANT WINNER: National Animal Rights Day
    We are delighted to announce the next recipient of The Thinking Vegan’s grants for animal activism: The National Animal Rights Day, and lead organizer Aylam Orian. Scene: New York City. Time: June, 2011. A group of animal rights activists join The post GRANT WINNER: National Animal Rights Day appeared first on The Thinking Vegan. (...more)
    16 May 2014 at 10:00am       

  • Will Tuttle on Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice
    Few living vegans are as influential and as compelling as Dr. Will Tuttle. His book The World Peace Diet has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century, and many vegans and activists credit Will with sparking their initial (or eventual) shift to veganism. Will and his wife, artist Madeleine Tuttle, travel the world giving lectures, (...more)
    6 May 2014 at 10:07am       

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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

  • Behind the Vegan Scare
    A healthy vegan baby boy. Yes, they do exist. Maybe you've heard about the Florida mother, Sarah Anne Markham, who was arrested earlier this week for child neglect. Her baby was admitted to a hospital suffering from dehydration and she refused to allow the baby to be given medicine because she claimed "it contained ingredients that (...more)
    27 Jun 2014 at 5:58pm       

  • Do Animals Have Emotions?
    Here is a fascinating story from CBS New York on animals and emotions. It's a brief story (2 minutes and 43 seconds) about animal behaviour and emotions using some very moving examples of animals forming bonds with other animals and human beings (my favourite story is of Mr. G. and Jellybean - you'll love it, I promise!). (...more)
    21 Jun 2014 at 8:52pm       

  • Words to Remember
    A sentiment we'd all do well to remind ourselves - over and over again... (...more)
    21 Jun 2014 at 2:19pm       

  • Farewell Casey Kasem, Humanitarian, Vegan and Advocate for Animals - and All-Around Great Guy
    I was a huge Casey Kasem fan in the 1970s and 1980s, back in the heyday of the radio show he hosted, American Top 40. Little did I know at the time that Casey was very political. In fact, he was a lifelong supporter of a variety of progressive causes, including the anti-nuclear movement, environmentalism, social justice (...more)
    19 Jun 2014 at 10:13am       

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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.

  • On Speciesism and Token Gestures
    The bottom line is that for any animal advocacy to bring about meaningful long term change for the billions killed each and every year for human pleasure, it needs to address speciesism. Convincing... (...more)
    16 Jun 2014 at 1:10pm       

  • Time Magazine Takes the Low Road
    I missed this article by Jeffrey Kluger a few weeks ago. I figure that it's because the writing at Time Magazine has been generally unimpressive over the years and that even if the piece had shown up... (...more)
    4 Jun 2014 at 8:07am       

  • Foer and Chipotle Partner to Make Eating Animals a More Pleasurable Experience
    It's been a while since I've thought of Jonathan Safran Foer. He last came up in a discussion a few years ago when I had been corresponding about animal ethics with a Jewish cultural anthropologist.... (...more)
    23 May 2014 at 12:32pm       

  • I Am Not a Vegetarian
    I remember with perfect clarity the day it finally clicked for me just how completely meaningless the word "vegetarian" is. It was around six years ago and a friend and I had decided to have a bite... (...more)
    12 May 2014 at 7:26am       

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  • Team Earthling

    25 posts in the feed.

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

  • Team Earthling and Progressive Podcast Australia ICAS Reflection
    Download (right-click, Save As) This bonus episode finds Stevie and Luc, as well as Nick and Katie from Progressive Podcast Australia wrapped in blankets, sipping hot mugs of tea and talking about the amazing weekend they had at ICAS.  Join them for a broad discussion that covers activism approaches, non-violence, body (...more)
    8 May 2014 at 5:44am       

  • 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       

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  • FARM Blog

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    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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  • 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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  • Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come

    100 posts in the feed.

    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 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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