Nonhuman animals have the fundamental moral right

Video: Animals as Property

Professor Francione argues that the property status of animals renders meaningless animal welfare laws that prohibit the infliction of “unnecessary” suffering and require the “humane” treatment of nonhumans. Professor Francione’s book, Animals, Property, and the Law (Temple University Press, 1995), provided the first legal analysis of the property status of animals and was described by Tom Regan as a “work of unquestionable historic importance.”



There is veganism & there is animal exploitation…

“If, as I maintain, we cannot justify the use, however ‘humane,’ of animals, then we ought to be clear about that. We ought to be clear that we cannot justify eating, wearing, or using animals. Period. If those who are concerned about the issue are not yet willing to give up animal use and go vegan, they can take whatever incremental steps they want. But those incremental steps should never be characterized as normatively desirable if we really believe that animal use is unjust. Just as we would never say that ‘humane’ or ‘happy’ sexism or racism is acceptable, we should never characterize ‘humane’ or ‘happy’ meat or dairy or whatever as morally acceptable.”

~ Gary L. Francione

Excerpt from: Got Faith (in Animal Welfare)?


There is veganism & there is animal exploitation…

“Animal rights is a binary matter: you exploit animals or you go vegan.

There’s no third choice.

You cannot exploit ‘compassionately.’ You just exploit. Your ‘compassion’ is about making you feel better about continuing to exploit animals. ‘Compassionate’ exploitation has *nothing* to do with the obligation of justice that we owe nonhuman animals.

Justice requires that we stop using animals altogether. ‘Humane’ exploitation is nothing more than a fantasy. *All* animal use involves torture. And even if it did not, and even if we could treat animals we exploit ‘humanely,’ we *cannot* justify using and killing animals for our palate pleasure, sense of fashion, entertainment, or any other purpose.

But make no mistake about it: ‘compassionate’ animal exploitation is nonsense, just as ‘compassionate’ slavery or ‘compassionate’ genocide is nonsense.

If you are not vegan, go vegan. It’s easy; it’s better for your health and for the planet. But, most important, it’s the morally right thing to do. You will never do *anything* else in your life as easy and satisfying.”

~ Gary L. Francione

“Compassionate” Animal Use is Nonsense