Commentary #12: The World Is Vegan-if you want it!


In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione discusses the virtual billboard campaign, which focuses on empowering advocates with a positive message that change is possible and that we have the responsibility to effect that change. It is time to reject the vegan bashing that has become the central focus of the welfarist movement.

Commentary #13: Analysis of First Segment of “Animals and Us”


On December 31, 2009, the BBC World Service broadcast the first segment of the two-part program One Planet: Animals and Us. This program was hosted by Victor Schonfeld, who did the highly influential The Animals Film in 1982. The Animals Film was among the first—if not the first—film to reveal how humans actually treated nonhumans. Animals and Us involves Schonfeld’s return to the topic 27 years later to ask whether anything has changed since 1982. The first segment dealt primarily with the use of animals for food and focused on factory farming.
In this Commentary, sociology instructor Roger Yates, NZ Podcast Producer Elizabeth Collins, and Prof. Gary L. Francione discuss and critique this first segment.

Commentary #14: Analysis of Second Segment of “Animals And Us”


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.”

Commentary #15: The Tide Is Turning


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.

Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates


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.

Commentary #18: A Step Backward, the Importance of Veganism and the misuse of “Abolition”


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