I have been critical recently of the “rebrand” of The Vegan Society, which, as I have explained has a major flaw: it doesn’t promote veganism.
I have in the past been critical of The Vegan Society for taking paid advertisements in in its magazine, The Vegan, which promote non-vegan restaurants and inns. For example, I was critical of an ad in which a non-vegan restaurant was described in The Vegan as “A Haven for Peace & Inspiration.” It’s not any sort of “haven” for the animals who were exploited to produce those foods.
The Vegan Society announced that, on July 19, 2014, there would be a members-only Q&A session in London to address concerns about the new “rebrand.”
I asked to attend by Skype and offered to pay for a membership:
July 9, 2014
Dear Ms. de Boo:
I am requesting to be able to attend the July 19 meeting by Skype. I would like to hear firsthand what you all have to say about what I regard as a most serious departure from the progressive vision of Donald Watson.
I am doing research into Watson and it is clear to me that Watson was a moral realist who would never agree with the relativism that is the very foundation of your new approach.
In any event, I would very much like to attend but given that I am in the United States, I am requesting the accommodation of being able to attend by Skype.
If you want me to pay a membership fee as a condition of my virtual attendance, I will remit that to you immediately.
/s Gary L. Francione
Professor, Rutgers University
I received the following reply:
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I have brought The Vegan Society “into disrepute.” I have insisted that The Vegan Society promote veganism as a moral baseline.
How very sad.
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.
It’s easy to go vegan and if you agree that animals have moral value, it’s the only rational thing to do!
Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
©2014 Gary L. Francione