I get literally hundreds of emails weekly from people asking basic questions about animal rights, the difference between rights and welfare, and the implications of the property status of nonhumans on matters involving welfare regulation.
I try to answer as many of these questions as I can. It may, perhaps, be helpful if those who have such questions take a look at the brief videos that are available on this site on our video page. There are three videos that are particularly relevant to the questions I get: Theory of Animal Rights, Animals as Property, and Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare. These are available in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Theory of Animal Rights is also available in Japanese.
These videos were designed to be teaching tools to explain the basic ideas in a simple but not simplistic way.
There is also an FAQ section that is taken from my book, Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?, published in 2000 by Temple University Press.
Remember: if you are going to educate others, you need to educate yourself first! These videos and the FAQs are a great way to begin to become familiar with basic concepts in a way that will not overwhelm you or those whom you seek to educate!
Gary L. Francione
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