Saturday, October 24, 2009

On the Abolitionist Approach

"Veganism is an act of nonviolent defiance. It is our statement that we reject the notion that animal are things and that we regard sentient nonhumans as moral persons with the fundamental moral right not to be treated as the property or resources of humans.

If you are not vegan, go vegan. It’s easy. It’s better for your health. It’s better for the planet. But, most importantly, it is the morally right thing to do.

You can become an abolitionist today. Right now. Right this second. You do not need a big organization or expensive campaign. You do not need to sit naked in a cage. You do not need any leaders to tell you what to do. You just need to say no to violence and let that refusal to cooperate with oppression start with what you put in and on your body."

-- Prof. Gary L. Francione

Read the rest of it here ("Some Thoughts on the Abolitionist Approach") in the latest blog update on Prof. Francione's Abolitionist Approach website. You can also read it on the Opposting Views website and leave comments.


Anonymous said...

I would appreciate Francione's words much more if he weren't red-baiting other activists every chance he got. I actually can not bear to read his stuff after some of the stuff he has done to others (including suggesting people call the fbi on animal activists). See here:

M said...

I was a close observer of the events that you describe in your blog post and I can tell you with certainty that you don't have a single fact straight. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you've merely been grossly misinformed and misled.

Your warped accusation that Prof. Francione just generally "suggest[ed] people call the FBI on animal activists" is simply untrue. He did nothing other than recommend to anyone who may have received threats of bodily harm--including but not limited to death threats--to take them completely seriously and to inform the authorities. I don't know what reality you live in, but if someone (i.e. activist or otherwise) threatened any friend of mine, I would advise the same. Most sane people would (i.e. not just those who are unequivocal advocates of nonviolence).

Your accusation that Prof. Francione was "red-baiting" other activists is somewhat ironic considering the smear campaign waged against him while those events you've misrepresented took place.

If you want to keep perpetuating misinformation, fill your boots, but you won't be using my blog as a forum to spread lies.

Anonymous said...

Wow, defensive, angry, and insulting. I was talking about Francione but you just reacted as if I killed one of your children. I was following your blog but if someone so blatantly rude writes it maybe I shouldn't waste my time.

If you felt I was incorrect, you didn't have to act like a child to get your point across. Looks like you and Francione react similarly to criticism though. Ta ta now.

M said...

If my spelling out the truth and being firm about it is insulting to you, then so be it. Am I angry? Yeah, I get angry when people malign others whose work I admire. I'm not being defensive. I'm merely refusing to tolerate the malicious spreading of misinformation.