Yearly Archives: 2008

A Debate on “Pet” Ownership

Dear Colleagues:

In light of the significant response to the debate on eating meat and animal products, Opposing Views decided to have another debate on animal ethics and focused on the institution of “pets.”

I am arguing against the perpetuation of “pet” ownership; the Humane Society of the United States is arguing in favor of it.

I hope that you will stop by, read the entries, and offer your comments.

I am delighted that Opposing Views is taking an interest in animal ethics.

Gary L. Francione
© 2008 Gary L. Francione

A “Monumental” Decision?

Animal welfare advocates are terribly excited over a recent decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court. According to a press release from The Humane Society of the United States and Farm Sanctuary, two of the petitioners in the case:

The New Jersey Supreme Court today struck down the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s regulations exempting all routine husbandry practices as “humane” and ordered the agency to readdress many of the state-mandated standards for the treatment of farm animals.

In this monumental case, the Court ruled that factory farming practices cannot be considered humane simply because they are widely used, setting a legal precedent for further actions to end the most egregious abuses on factory farms throughout the U.S. The Court also rejected the practice of tail-docking cattle, and the manner in which the NJDA had provided for farm animals to be mutilated without anesthesia.

“This is a major victory for farm animals in New Jersey, and will pave the way for better protections of farm animals nationwide,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “Setting a legal precedent in a unanimous vote that clarifies that commonly used practices cannot be considered humane simply because they are widely used will build on our momentum in challenging the cruel status quo on factory farms.”

In addition to striking down the agency’s sweeping exemption for “routine husbandry practices,” the Court further held that tail docking could not be considered humane, and the manner in which mutilations without anesthesia including castration, de-beaking and de-toeing could not be considered humane without some specific requirements to prevent pain and suffering. The Court made clear that the decision to permit these practices as long as they are done by a “knowledgeable person” and in a way to “minimize pain” could not “pass muster.”

“This decision will protect thousands of animals in New Jersey, and also calls into question some of the worst factory farm abuses practiced throughout the country,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president of animal protection litigation for The Humane Society of the United States. “All animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.”

Unfortunately, this excitement is not warranted. When one reads the actual opinion, one gets a very different picture.

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Italian and Polish Translations of Abolitionist Pamphlet

Dear Colleagues:

The Italian and Polish versions of the pamphlet are now available. They are provided in U.S. Letter and A4 formats.

You can download the Italian version here: Letter | A4

You can download the Polish version here: Letter | A4

Thanks to Marina Berati for the Italian translation and to Krzysztof Forkasiewicz for the Polish translation.

And still more languages coming soon!

Gary L. Francione
© 2008 Gary L. Francione

French Translation of Pamphlet Available

Dear Colleagues:

The French version of the pamphlet is now available. It is provided in U.S. Letter and A4 formats.

You can download the French version here: Letter | A4

Thanks to Maryline Chauvet, Valéry Giroux, and Marc Vincent for doing this translation.

Please also remember that we have a complete mirror site in French that was translated by Valéry Giroux.

We are gratified by the many, many messages we are getting from all over the world from advocates who find the pamphlet to be of assistance in their advocacy.

More languages are coming soon.

Gary L. Francione
© 2008 Gary L. Francione

Spanish and Portuguese Versions of Pamphlet Now Available

Dear Colleagues:

We now have available Spanish and Portuguese versions of our pamphlet on the fundamentals of the abolitionist approach to animal rights.

Both versions are provided in U.S. Letter and A4 formats.

You can download the Spanish version here: Letter | A4

You can download the Portuguese version here: Letter | A4

Thanks to Dra. Ana María Aboglio for doing the Spanish translation and to Regina Rheda for doing the Portuguese translation. And ongoing thanks to Randy Sandberg and Barna Mink for their web design work.

Please also remember that our video presentations, Theory of Animal Rights, Animals as Property, Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare, and Animal Law, are all available in Spanish and Portuguese (as well as in French and German).

Stay tuned. More translations are coming. And our podcast is about to be born….

Gary L. Francione
© 2008 Gary L. Francione

German Version of Pamphlet Now Available

Dear Colleagues:

The response to our pamphlet has been overwhelming and coming from advocates all over the world. Anna Charlton and I are very happy that so many people are finding the pamphlet of use in their educational efforts.

We are working as quickly as possible to make foreign language versions. Through the efforts of Karin Hilpisch and Barna Mink, we now have a German version available.

You can download the German version by clicking here.

The German version is provided in a format that will fit A4 paper size.

We also now have an English version that is available for A4 paper. You can download it by clicking here.

Please also remember that our video presentations, Theory of Animal Rights, Animals as Property, Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare, and Animal Law, are all available in German (as well as in French, Spanish, and Portuguese).

Karin Hilpisch, who translated the videos, has also translated a number of blog essays into German.

We are working diligently to make the abolitionist approach to animal rights accessible to advocates around the world and, again, we are very happy that so many of you are finding that the pamphlet facilitates your effort to engage in creative, nonviolent vegan education.

Gary L. Francione
© 2008 Gary L. Francione

Vegan Education Made Easy—Part 3: An Abolitionist Pamphlet

Dear Colleagues:

During the past year, I have received more than a hundred requests to produce a pamphlet that presents the abolitionist approach in an accessible way. So, with production help from Barna Mink and Randy W. Sandberg, Anna Charlton and I created a Tri-Fold pamphlet that we offer to you to facilitate your efforts to educate your family, friends, and community about veganism in a nonviolent and creative way.

Here is what the pamphlet looks like:

You can download the pamphlet by clicking here.

The pamphlet is presently available only in English. We will be providing French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese versions in the near future and we would like to provide it in even more languages later on.

We hope that you find this pamphlet to be useful.

Gary L. Francione
© 2008 Gary L. Francione