Ok then, Francione
The F-word of animal advocacy
I believe that Francione is the worst thing to have happened to the animal rights movement.
Sure, some of his points (about animals as commodities) are valid, pertinent and interesting, but others have made them too, and before him as well. What’s special about him is that he only accepts his own one approach as THE valid one and condemns all others. When people from the animal ag business hear of him, they can’t help but love his work as he is so divisive and counter-productive. They know they can have a long life of prosperity while the animal rights movement limits itself to demanding all or nothing.
His various accusations against every other vegan / animal rights / animal welfare organisations are mind boggling and denote a mind that cares not for its audience or for the delivery of an important message. Saying that non-Francionist organisations are responsible for the rise in the consumption of meat is incredible. Clearly, these organisations are responsible for steps forward, valuable reforms, for more vegetarians and vegans, for meat reducers, for popularising the topic of animal matters, etc.
An accusation I have read is that animal welfare organisations have been around for a very long time and animals are still exploited. Well, 1/ abolitionists have been around for a very long time and there are more slaves in the world now than there’s ever been throughout history. Is it the abolitionists fault? Of course not! 2/ Animal welfare organisations have not been around for very long at all. The interest in animal welfare has only grown so much very recently. 3/ Animal Welfare groups have contributed to crucial reforms, making the conditions of animals less horrible. It takes a special kind of person to say that the conditions must stay as horrible as possible until humanity goes vegan.
I also believe that you need *both* abolitionist approaches and welfare approaches operating at the same time in society to maximise change for animals (animals suffering now and animals who would suffer in the future). I care about animals, I take their interests into account, therefore I am a partisan of the abolition of meat, of shutting down all slaughterhouses, of fighting for a world where animals are never again seen as commodities.
I am 100% an abolitionist. I take part in demonstrations for reforms, I sign petitions against various forms of animal abuse, I leaflet against Live Export and against Factory Farming, I talk to people about vegetarianism, about veganism, about eating less meat, especially no chicken. I am a member of Think Kind, a wonderful initiative promoting humane education at schools. I encourage people to think about animals, to open their eyes and their hearts and change and I also aim at changing the laws and the industry regulations.
What in my opinion is NOT NEEDED is an approach that not only limits itself to an all or nothing stance but also pretends that accepting steps forward is counter-productive.
— Also read “Cattle Industry Enjoys Seeing Us Divided”:
What others have written (mostly better than me!) on the topic:
Christinne Muschi / Reuters If a man collapses at the opera, should the show go on? This question came up after a…mobile.nytimes.com
Some people asked me why I'm criticizing Francione (and the franciobots) like this, and are telling me I'm making the…veganstrategist.org
The following blog post is an opinion piece written by ACE's Executive Director, Jon Bockman. It is not meant to convey…www.animalcharityevaluators.org
When I criticize Gary Francione, I do so mostly because he doesn't cease to criticize almost every other animal rights…veganstrategist.org
For those unfamiliar with the good professor, Gary Francione preaches a strain of animal activism which were it to be…armoryoftherevolution.wordpress.com
By Erik Marcus The term "animal rights" resists unambiguous definition since there are a number of divergent approaches…www.vegan.com
August 21, 2012 This week, a video blog post takes a data-based look at the impacts of farm animal welfare reforms. The…ccc.farmsanctuary.org
On April 21, 2011, Gary Francione wrote a blog entry entitled, "The Abolitionist Approach in a Nutshell." A nutshell…davidsztybel.blogspot.ca
Professor Gary L. Francione's book on animal rights movement strategy, Rain without Thunder: the Ideology of the Animal…davidsztybel.blogspot.com.au
Campaigns for “Welfarist” Reforms Cause People to Buy Significantly Less Meat:
There has long been debate about the effects of so called "welfare" reforms on the actual lives of other animals, and…arzone.ning.com
Understanding the Numbers for Better Advocacy:
Presented at the National Animal Rights Conference, AR2015 Matt Ball, Farm Sanctuary Welcome and thanks for coming. If…www.mattball.org
Some more on the absurdity of Francione’s absolutist approach:
To be sure, I have encountered vegan extremists over the years. They are the ones who criticize those outside their…www.examiner.com
by Pax Ahimsa Gethen Update, July 20, 2015: I've moved this essay to my new blog; please go there for updates and to…funcrunch.org
By Susan Gabriel, Sabine Doebel, and The Humane League When producing websites, videos, flyers, and other materials…humaneleaguelabs.wordpress.com
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