Essay on Domestication and Pet Ownership

Our essay on domestication and pet ownership was published by Aeon.


It’s generated quite a bit of controversy, including being the subject of a comment by Wesley Smith in the The National Review.

The Abolitionist position on domestication is also explored in other posts on this site, including here and here.


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.

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Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University School of Law

Anna E. Charlton
Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University School of Law

©2016 Gary L. Francione & Anna E. Charlton