The second segment of the BBC’s One Planet: Animals and Us, hosted by Victor Schonfeld (who did the influential The Animals Film in 1982), focused on vivisection. Schonfeld ended the program by agreeing that the animal rights movement needs crystal clear guidelines and he explored veganism as a possible way to deal with the problem of animal exploitation.
The BBC World Service is the most widely-listened to radio program in the world. It is exciting that veganism was discussed on the program.
In this Commentary, sociology instructor Roger Yates and NZ Podcast Producer Elizabeth Collins join Prof. Gary L. Francione for a commentary on the second segment of “Animals and Us.”
In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione discusses whether the tide is turning in favor of creative, nonviolent abolitionist-vegan advocacy. His guests are Roger Yates, who is an adjunct lecturer in sociology at University College, Dublin and Vincent J. Guihan, a doctoral student at Canada’s Carleton University and a person who has a finely-tuned sense of the politics of the animal movement.
In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione addresses questions concerning single-issue campaigns as well as the issue about why many of those who promote violence are opposed to the abolitionist approach.
In this Commentary, Prof. Gary Francione discusses a number of topics with Ronnie Lee, who founded the Band of Mercy in 1972 and the Animal Liberation Front in 1976, and Roger Yates, an adjunct lecturer in sociology at University College, Dublin.
Prof. Francione is opposed to all violence and does not support militant direct action. That is the starting point of their discussion.
In this Commentary, Prof. Francione discusses several topics.
First, the announcement by the new welfarist Mercy for Animals that the retail giant Costco has taken a “step forward” by agreeing to market “humane” veal. Prof. Francione maintains that having animal advocates praise this as a “step forward” and characterizing the issue of eating veal (as opposed to all animal products) as an important issue is a step backward.
Second, he addresses the argument made by certain large organizations that because we cannot avoid animal products altogether, any baseline moral principle that we should adhere to veganism is just artificial “personal purity.”
Finally, he talks about the misuse of “abolition” by those who advocate welfare reform and violence.
He also talks about his book. The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation
In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione discusses the topic about how to talk with non-vegans about veganism and presents five general principles:
In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione and Prof. Robert Garner discuss their book, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?
In this Commentary, Prof. Francione discusses a case of moral schizophrenia concerning a dog named Lennox, his views about moral reasoning in animal rights advocacy, and the concept of sentience.
In this Commentary, Anna Charlton and Prof. Gary L. Francione discuss educating yourself so that you can educate others and the importance of doing education/advocacy in your community; the idea that vegan advocacy represents an attempt to “force” people to go vegan; and the idea that animal ethics is a matter of “choice” and not moral obligation.