Quotes

Quotes by Gary L. Francione

2013

“If you are a feminist and are not a vegan, you are ignoring the exploitation of female nonhumans and the commodification of their reproductive processes, as well as the destruction of their relationship with their babies;

If you are an environmentalist and not a vegan, you are ignoring the undeniable fact that animal agriculture is an ecological disaster;

If you embrace nonviolence but are not a vegan, then words of nonviolence come out of your mouth as the products of torture and death go into it;

If you claim to love animals but you are eating them or products made from them, or otherwise consuming them, you see loving as consistent with harming that which you claim to love.

Stop trying to make excuses. There are no good ones to make. Go vegan.”  - November 17, 2013

“Being vegan is not just a matter of being ‘kind’ to animals.  First and foremost, it is a matter of being just and observing our moral obligation to not treat other sentient beings as things.”  - January 24, 2013

“Humans treat animals as things that exist as means to human ends.  That’s morally wrong. Sexism promotes the idea that women are things that exist as means to the ends of men.  That’s morally wrong.  We need to stop treating all persons — whether human or nonhuman — as things.”  - January 8, 2012

“It’s really not rocket science.  If animals are not mere things; if they have moral value, we cannot justify eating, wearing, or using them particularly when we have no better reason than palate pleasure or fashion.  If you are eating, wearing, or using animals, then your actions say that you regard them as mere things, despite what your words say.”  – January 6, 2013

2012

“If we take the position that an assessment that veganism is morally preferable to vegetarianism is not possible because we are all “on our own journey,” then moral assessment becomes completely impossible or is speciesist.  It is impossible because if we are all “on our own journey,” then there is nothing to say to the racist, sexist, anti-semite, homophobe, etc.  If we say that those forms of discrimination are morally bad, but, with respect to animals, we are all “on our own journey” and we cannot make moral assessments about, for instance, dairy consumption, then we are simply being speciesist and not applying the same moral analysis to nonhumans that we apply to the human context.”  - 2012

“Is veganism a matter of ‘choice’?  That depends on whether you think we have the moral right to choose to exploit the vulnerable for frivolous purposes such as palate pleasure.”  – December 22, 2012

“There is a tendency to see inherent or intrinsic value as some mysterious concept.  It’s not.  It just reflects the reality that some things–nonsentient things like rocks, cars, and cell phones–have value only to the extent we value them.  Some others–humans and sentient nonhumans–value themselves even if no one else values them.  Inherent value is the name we given to the moral recognition of that valuation.”  - December 16, 2012

“Vegan food: easy, cheap, fast, healthy, delicious.  Don’t let anyone tell you anything to the contrary.”  - December 6, 2012

“Got nonviolence?  Go vegan.”  - December 3, 2012

“If you care about animals, there is one and only one choice: go vegan.  Can you choose not to be vegan?  Sure.  You can choose not to care.”  - December 1, 2012

“Express your thanks for all you have by resolving not to harm others.  If you are not vegan, celebrate today by going vegan and then let every day forever be an expression of your thanks through your refusal to participate in animal exploitation.”  - November 22, 2012 (Thanksgiving Day, United States)

“Do animals matter morally?  If so, make sure four words are part of your vocabulary: vegan, educate, adopt, foster.”  - September 14, 2012

“Veganism is not a limitation in any way; it’s an expansion of your love, your commitment to nonviolence, and your belief in justice for all.”  - September 6, 2012

“Every sentient being values her/his life even if no one else does.  That is what is meant by saying that the lives of all have inherent value.”  - August 28, 2012

“Being vegan provides us with the peace of knowing that we are no longer participants in the hideous violence that is animal exploitation.”  - August 28, 2012