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Commentary #1: Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism?

In this first Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione discusses whether we should promote vegetarianism as a “gateway” to veganism. His response: “I conclude that the answer is ‘no.’ The bottom line: if you are a vegetarian, you are still complicit in animal suffering; you are still complicit in animal killing. If you regard animals as […]

Commentary #2: “Pets”

In this second Abolitionist Approach Commentary, Prof. Francione explores the issue of “pets,” and addresses the following question: Does the institution of pet ownership violate animals’ basic right not to be regarded as things? This question is also found in the Appendix of Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?

Commentary #3: On Michael Vick

In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione explains why he thinks the Michael Vick matter is not really about Michael Vick or dog fighting. It is about fundamental moral principles that we claim as a society to accept.

Commentary #5: On Violence

In this Commentary, Prof. Gary L. Francione discusses the issue of violence. He regards violence as inherently immoral and has discussed that issue often, including in the following essays: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/a… http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/m…

Commentary #10: World Vegan Day- Nov 1, 2009

In this Commentary, Prof. Francione reflects on the state of the vegan movement. The bad news: the large welfare corporations have done a great deal to marginalize veganism. The good news: we have seen the growth of the abolitionist movement, which views veganism as the moral baseline, rejects welfare reform and single-issue campaigns, and considers […]