Entries by Gary L. Francione

Guest Essay: Mercy for Animals and Cage-Free Duplicity

This is a guest essay written by Linda McKenzie, a long-time Abolitionist advocate. ******* Mercy for Animals and Cage-Free Duplicity Linda McKenzie Part 1 Mercy For Animals (MFA) is a classic example of welfarist organizations that make a habit of talking out of both sides of their mouths, and of saying one thing while doing […]

Aeon.com Essay on the Interest Animals Have in Living

Here is our second essay in Aeon.com. The title of the essay is: A ‘humanely’ killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong. We hope that you enjoy it and that it stimulates your thinking about the issue of the interest that animals have in continuing to live–apart from their interest in not suffering. […]

Guest Essay: The Himsa of Milking and Cow Protectionism: A Response to Swami Sivarama

In an essay written for this page, Dr. Yamini Narayanan, Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, explains how Swami Sivarama has misinterpreted Hindu doctrine in his promotion of “Ahimsa milk.” The posting of this essay does not imply agreement with the views of the author as a general matter. ********** […]

Eating Animals: Our “Choice”?

In our discussions about veganism, a common—almost unquestioned—assumption is that veganism is a matter of choice. What is meant by this is not simply that we can choose whether or not to eat, wear, or use animal products because these choices are not prohibited by law, but that we have no moral obligation to choose […]

Daiya, Animal Testing, and the Meaning of “Vegan”

Some people are upset about the fact that Daiya has been acquired by a company that is reported to do animal testing. They are claiming that Daiya products are, therefore, no longer “vegan.” That is silly. It is no different from saying that a package of frozen broccoli isn’t vegan because it is made by […]

The Crowland Chicks and Our Conventional Wisdom About Animals

The BBC reported that someone dumped about 1800 chicks in a field in Crowland, near Peterborough, in the United Kingdom. The chicks were killed because they were found close to an avian flu exclusion zone. Photo: RSPCA/BBC The RSPCA, which is investigating, believes that the chicks belonged to a commercial chicken producer and were abandoned […]

Thought of the Year: Go Vegan Now. Stay Vegan Forever.

This was originally published on January 2, 2017 on the Abolitionist Approach Facebook page. ********** 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. If animals matter morally, veganism is […]

Webinar: Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy: 2017

This is our second Webinar, which occurred on December 30, 2016. The organizer was Benjamin MacEllen. There were more than 400+ participants. ********** 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 […]