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Veganism is not a sacrifice…

Veganism is restricting?

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An Abolitionist Approach Poster


Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles


Veganism is not a sacrifice.

A New Abolitionist Approach Poster


I am not a fan of putting time and money into single-issue campaigns. I maintain that our time, effort, and other resources are better placed in promoting veganism. As long as 99%+ of the planet regards the eating of animal foods and consumption or use of animal products to be acceptable, we will never make the paradigm shift that we need to make if we are going to dislodge the notion that humans have a moral right to exploit nonhumans. We need to build a nonviolent movement for abolition that has veganism as its moral baseline.

~ Gary L. Francione

Read more: Vegan Education Made Easy—Part 2


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An Abolitionist Approach Poster


The abolitionist rejects the welfarist position on veganism both because it explicitly endorses speciesism and exploitation, but also because it is counterproductive as a matter of strategy. If you explain to someone that there is no moral justification for eating any animal foods, she may not give up everything right away, but you have stated a clear and consistent position and you have provided a clear goal to which to aspire. If you tell her that it is morally acceptable to do less than become a vegan, you can be certain that she is unlikely to see any need to go further. When you have people like Singer, the so-called “father” of the movement, telling people that they can act morally by being “conscientious omnivores,” that is exactly what many people will do.

In conclusion, there is a world of difference between the veganism of the abolitionist and the “veganism” of the welfarist. The latter sees veganism as a means of reducing suffering but does not see it as a moral baseline.

~ Gary L. Francione

Excerpt from: “Oh my god, these vegans…”


If words of peace and nonviolence…


“If we are ever going to see a paradigm shift, we have to be clear about how we want the present paradigm to shift.

We must be clear that veganism is the unequivocal baseline of anything that deserves to be called an ‘animal rights’ movement. If ‘animal rights’ means anything, it means that we cannot morally justify any animal exploitation; we cannot justify treating animals as human resources, however ‘humane’ that treatment may be.

We must stop thinking that people will find veganism ‘daunting’ and that we have to promote something less than veganism. If we explain the moral ideas and the arguments in favor of veganism clearly, people will understand. They may not all go vegan immediately; in fact, most won’t. But we should always be clear about the moral baseline. If someone wants to do less as an incremental matter, let that be her/his decision, and not something that we advise to do. The baseline should always be clear. We should never be promoting ‘happy’ or ‘humane’ exploitation as morally acceptable.”

~ Gary L. Francione

Excerpt from:

The Paradigm Shift Requires Clarity About the Moral Baseline: Veganism


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Veganism is not just a way of reducing suffering…


“It is important to understand that there are significant differences among those who regard themselves as vegans.

One important difference is between those who maintain that veganism is merely a way of reducing suffering, and those who maintain that it is a fundamental commitment to justice, nonviolence, and a recognition of the moral personhood of nonhuman animals.

The difference between these two groups is not merely a matter of abstract theory—it has profound practical consequences.”

~ Gary L. Francione

Read more:
Veganism: Just Another Way of Reducing Suffering or a Fundamental Principle of Justice & Nonviolence?