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The Pitchfork

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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."

  • Do We Have a Contract With Animals?
      My last three columns have explored philosophical defenses for eating animals. I've done this from the perspectives of utilitarianism, animal rights, and contractualism. My intention with this series has been, in part, to reiterate how difficult it can be to justify eating animals, but also to defuse the off-putting “total abstinence” dictum (...more)
    5 Oct 2015 at 7:11am       

  • One Beautiful Sentence
    “I was learning something from the paintings of Cézanne that made writing simple true sentences far from enough to make the stories have the dimensions that I was trying to put in them.” –Earnest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast (1964) L’Estaque with Red Roofs, 1885 (...more)
    22 Sep 2015 at 7:08am       

  • Why “Humane” Meat Cannot Survive The Meat Market
    Perdue, the fourth-largest chicken company in the United States, is a giant among giants in the agribusiness world. Recently, it purchased Natural Food Holdings, which owns Niman Ranch, a niche meat producer known for its comparatively impressive welfare and sustainability standards. News of Niman's acquisition was generally greeted with the big (...more)
    18 Sep 2015 at 10:21am       

  • Ant Armies In Agriculture
    A recent study found that ants offer a better form of agricultural insect control than chemical insecticides. If indeed true, this finding would appear to be excellent news for the prospect of veganic farming.  I therefore  find the idea very exciting. With predatory insects, farmers could grow plants for people to eat without exterminating other [...] (...more)
    2 Sep 2015 at 6:55am       

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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.

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  • Why Do Vegans Love Non-Vegan Companies So Much?
    For some years now, I have been outspoken in my criticism against LUSH Cosmetics, a non-vegan company that regularly engages misogynistic stunts to promote its products. Among other things, LUSH sexually objectifies female employees, blames women for speciesism (although the forms of speciesism LUSH concerns itself with are male-led industries), (...more)
    4 Oct 2015 at 8:57am       

  • Buyer Beware: Animals WERE Harmed In the Making of Desert Essence
    A disturbing trend among "natural" companies in an increasingly competitive market is the use of "animal-friendly" labeling to describe decidedly unfriendly ingredients. While shopping on Lucky Vitamin, I almost bought a product from Desert Essence marked as vegetarian and "cruelty-free," until I carefully read the ingredients: Desert (...more)
    2 Oct 2015 at 2:31pm       

  • Report Finds that Vegan-Avoidance Outreach Results in Vegan Avoidance
    A colleague passed on some new research conducted by The Humane League (see here and here) (a non-vegan, pro-welfare organization dependent on grants and fundraising for survival) and has asked for my input. I will not go into the details of the methodological issues with the report, as the same issues surface time and time again and I have (...more)
    1 Oct 2015 at 2:14pm       

  • The Vegans on the Bus Go Round and Round! New Campaign Announced
    I am pleased to announce that The Abolitionist Vegan Society (TAVS) has launched its crowdfunding campaign to place vegan advertisements on the back of buses in major American cities. This is a cost-efficient means of bringing the vegan message to a large demographic of people, directing them to the TAVS "Why Veganism?" website where introductory (...more)
    10 Sep 2015 at 2:03pm       

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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."

  • DEVA Nutrition – Vegan Supplements
    Gentle World wishes to acknowledge DEVA™  Nutrition for their kind support of our upcoming vegan event and our year-round educational program. Many vegans are likely very aware of the existence of DEVA, as they offer some of the most affordable vegan supplements on the market. But for those who aren’t already familiar with their range, we encourage (...more)
    26 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm       

  • Not a Second to Lose
    Carol Williams, United Kingdom I was raised to eat animals, just like most children in our society. I spent 58 years condemning sentient beings to lives of ruthless exploitation that would end in brutal death. For a few years I was vegetarian and then lapsed back into my old habits. I have no excuses for […] (...more)
    19 Sep 2015 at 1:42pm       

  • Our August Visitors
    I cannot begin to describe how much I have learned and experienced the past week. I am absolutely grateful that life brought me here, even if it was for a fleeting period. I arrived here as someone curious about veganism, but I leave as an individual enlightened, and committed to a kinder, gentler, loving way […] (...more)
    7 Sep 2015 at 11:07pm       

  • Vegan Mac n Cheese! (Gluten-free & Soy-free)
    One of my favorite pasta dishes as a child was mac and cheese. Since becoming vegan it was something I thought I'd never have again. But while I was preparing to make dinner one day, an idea came to mind as I looked down at the flavorful organic squash on the kitchen counter. What I love about this recipe […] (...more)
    7 Sep 2015 at 5:39pm       

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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.

  • Book Review: The Chain by Robin Lamont
    Calvin Neufeld reviews The Chain by Robin Lamont. A fiction novel set in and around a commercial slaughterhouse. With a cover image, a title and a subject matter that would turn any reader away, this reader was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Continue reading → (...more)
    24 Sep 2015 at 7:32am       

  • Time to Spread the Joy
    Between December 2014 and June 2015, more than 33 million chickens, turkeys and ducks were suffocated to death with firefighting foam and carbon dioxide in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States in response to the avian influenza outbreaks that began on poultry farms in 2014. Continue reading → (...more)
    17 Sep 2015 at 9:27am       

  • Is a Concern for Animals “First World”?
    In the Q & A at one of my recent presentations, someone pointed out that they've heard a concern for animals criticized as "first world." Aside from the obvious prejudice in the use of terms such as first world and third world, for our purposes, let's just focus here on its implication that advocating for animals is a frivolous issue compared with (...more)
    8 Sep 2015 at 6:00am       

  • When I Look Inside the Trucks, I Look With My Heart
    Each day that I wake up with the thought of bearing witness in mind, I feel that same knot in my chest anticipating how much suffering I will see during my visit to the slaughterhouse. But still I go. To at least be present at the scene of another's pain and suffering, even when I cannot stop it, feels important; to be there sending empathy and (...more)
    1 Sep 2015 at 11:32am       

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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 Problem: “Animal Advocates” Who Promote Animal Exploitation
    [Note: Click to enlarge images.] Mercy for Animals, an animal welfare organization, claims that “The Problem” is “Animals suffering miserably on factory farms.” Wrong. The problem is identifying the problem as “factory farms” and not animal use or exploitation–wherever it occurs and however supposedly “humane” (...more)
    16 Sep 2015 at 5:26am       

  • A Movement That Moves Backward
    When I wrote “Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement” in 1996, I argued that the animal rights movement was becoming a “new welfarist” movement. That is, the movement claimed to embrace animal rights and abolition but it promoted the idea of using traditional welfarist reform to get to abolition. (...more)
    14 Sep 2015 at 5:41am       

  • McDonald's “Cage-Free” Eggs, Peter McSinger and the McAnimal Movement
    In 2012, the European Union “ban” on conventional battery cages for laying hens came into effect. I wrote a blog post and discussed how, even though this supposed “ban” was not a ban on battery cages at all and required only that producers use “enriched” cages for laying hens, and even though conservative welfarists (...more)
    14 Sep 2015 at 5:10am       

  • Direct Action Everywhere (DxE): Vegan Advocacy is “Harmful to the Animal Rights Movement”
    The Modern Animal Movement Rejects Veganism as a Moral Baseline The modern animal movement, which promotes welfare reform and single-issue campaigns, explicitly and uniformly rejects veganism as a moral baseline. There is not a single one of the large “animal advocacy” groups that promotes veganism as a moral imperative. All of the large (...more)
    12 Sep 2015 at 7:00am       

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  • The Thinking Vegan

    10 posts in the feed.

    "The Thinking Vegan focuses on ethical veganism as a social justice movement, as opposed to a dietary plan, and covers issues related to the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, scientific “research,” labor and pets. We feature articles, reviews, ideas, interviews with thinkers and doers in the vegan/animal rights community, guest posts, and a thinking vegan’s take on newsworthy events. Regular features include The Thinking Vegan Consortium, where vegans engaged in different forms of activism answer the same question to show a diversity of perspectives, and The Thinking Vegan Pop Quiz, where we ask our Facebook community a question and post a selection of responses."

  • Meet Mr. Universe, Vegan Barny du Plessis
    Barny Du Plessis, reigning Mr. Universe, calls himself “a vegan warrior fighting for the animals and our planet.” He's been a competitive bodybuilder since 1998, and holds a number of other championships and first-place wins in the last 15 years. After 55 competitions, Barny says he's performing better than ever as a vegan. The post (...more)
    23 Aug 2015 at 7:09pm       

  • Vegamusicomic Jamie Kilstein: “If we weren't changing minds I would be pretty sad”
    Comedian and animal activist Jamie Kilstein, who recently killed at the closing night of FARM's Animal Rights National Conference, is the co-host of Citizen Radio, a political podcast spiked with humor, and co-author of #NEWSFAIL: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will (Simon and Schuster, (...more)
    10 Aug 2015 at 2:45pm       

  • Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Farmed Animal Conference
    This June 5-7 is the first-ever, first of its kind, Farmed Animal Conference for activists interested in farmed animal rescue, care, and advocacy. The event is organized by Northern California sanctuary Animal Place and takes place at their 600-acre Grass The post Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Farmed Animal Conference appeared first on The Thinking (...more)
    25 May 2015 at 10:19am       

  • Beware of Vegan Cannibals
    To be vegan is to challenge the status quo. We have stepped outside the matrix of our upbringing and culture that has indoctrinated us into accepting the brutalization and slaughter of animals. To be vegan is also to be challenged. The post Beware of Vegan Cannibals appeared first on The Thinking Vegan. (...more)
    19 May 2015 at 7:01am       

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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.

  • Veganism is Ethics in Action
    Striking at the Root I've seen a few people on social networking sites post this recent article by Ginny Messina, aka The Vegan RD. It's called "Preventing Ex-Vegans: The Power of Ethics" and... (...more)
    12 Jul 2015 at 7:42pm       

  • How Not to Be an Annoying Vegan?
    College Education Fail?  Hot on the heels of her article from November called "How to be a vegan without being annoying", Castleton State College's The Spartan's own staff writer Jorah McKinley... (...more)
    30 Jan 2015 at 5:29pm       

  • I Love Vegan Food Bloggers
    I Love Vegan Food Bloggers, Yes I Do! I love (love, love, love!) vegan food bloggers. I appreciate and respect folks who have the time, energy, creativity, knowledge and skill to concoct all kinds... (...more)
    20 Oct 2014 at 1:00pm       

  • On Sprinkles and Integrity
    I was flipping through my Facebook newsfeed a few days ago and noticed that my friend Denise had posted a couple of emails to a small vegan group to which we both belong. They concerned Vegan Treats.... (...more)
    24 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm       

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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.

  • 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, 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       

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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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  • 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.

  • Responses to Mike Archer's Conversation piece
    Mike Archer's article for The Conversation, 'Ordering the vegetarian meal? There's more animal blood on your hands' has been doing the rounds on social media this week, thanks to I Fucking Love Science and their vegetarian/vegan baiting. This article is neither new, nor scientifically sound (see footnote), yet it keeps popping (...more)
    8 Nov 2014 at 4:57pm       

  • 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       

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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: (...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: 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, Gentle World (, 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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