My Plenary Talk (Audio) at the Animal Rights 2013 National Conference

On Saturday, June 29, I gave the plenary talk at the Animal Rights 2013 National Conference. You can listen to the audio here. The title of my talk: “The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights.”

I understand that a video will be available at some point, which will allow you to see the PowerPoint presentation.

I hope you enjoy, and learn from, this presentation.


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.

And never, ever buy into the nonsensical notion that we need to promote “happy exploitation” in order to get people to go vegan. It’s the opposite: the entire “happy exploitation” industry has one goal: to make the public more comfortable about animal exploitation.

The World is Vegan! If you want it.

Gary L. Francione
Professor, Rutgers University

©2013 Gary L. Francione

Postscript Added July 7, 2013:

At the Animal Rights 2013 National Conference, in addition to my Plenary Talk, I had a discussion with Bruce Friedrich that you can hear here. You can read a commentary on the exchange here and here.

I will be doing a longer discussion directly with Bruce in early August that will be released under my new podcast series, “VEGAN.FM,” which was kindly given to me by Adam Kochanowicz.