Two New Essays on Open Democracy

We have two new essays on the progressive and highly-respected Open Democracy site:

Why We Must Respect the Rights of All Sentient Animals

It’s Time to Reconsider the Meaning of ‘Animal Welfare’

These essays appear on the Transformation page of the Open Democracy site.

We hope that you enjoy these essays and that you will share them with anyone who cares about nonhuman animals.


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 not an option — it is a necessity. Anything that claims to be an animal rights movement must make clear that veganism is a moral imperative.

Embracing veganism as a moral imperative and advocating for veganism as a moral imperative are, along with caring for nonhuman refugees, the most important acts of activism that you can undertake.

The World is Vegan! If you want it.

Learn more about veganism at

Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Professor of Law, Rutgers University
Honorary Professor (Philosophy) University of East Anglia

Anna E. Charlton
Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers University

©2018 Gary L. Francione & Anna E. Charlton