Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach Commentary
By Gary L. Francione
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The Abolitionist Approach Commentary will consist of a series of podcasts that discuss and explore various aspects of the idea that we ought to abolish, and not merely regulate, animal exploitation. The Commentary will promote ethical veganism and creative, non-violent vegan education as the primary forms of activism to move toward the abolition of animal use.
||Commentary: Vegan Education/Advocacy, “Forcing” Others to Go Vegan, and Animal Ethics as Involving Obligation and Not Choice||In this Commentary, Anna Charlton and I discuss educating yourself so that you can educate others and the importance of doing education/advocacy in your community; the idea that vegan advocacy represents an attempt to “force” people to go vegan; and||5/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #23: Lennox and Moral Reasoning in Animal Rights||It’s been a while since I did a Commentary and I have been meaning to start up again but, alas, it’s been a busy time. I was planning to do a podcast on the topic of my essay, Moral Concern, Moral Impulse, and Logical Argument in Animal Rights Advoc||7/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #22: A Discussion on Abolition vs. Regulation with Robert Garner||Dear Colleagues: My most recent book, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, involves a debate between me and Professor Robert Garner of the University of Leicester. In this Commentary, Professor Garner and I discuss our book.||2/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman||Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I discuss three issues. First, I talk about my new book, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, co-authored with Professor Robert Garner, and published by Columbia University Press.||11/10/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #19: Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism: Five Principles||Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I address a topic that I have been asked to cover by a number of you: how do we talk with non-vegans about veganism? I present five general principles: Principle #1: People are good at heart.||9/14/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #18: A Step Backward, the Importance of Veganism, and the Misuse of “Abolition”||Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I discuss several topics: First, I talk about 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.||9/3/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates||Dear Colleagues: In this Commentary, I have two guests: 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.||5/2/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #16: Responding to Questions: Single-Issue Campaigns and MDA Opposition to the Abolitionist Approach||Dear Colleagues: Several weeks ago, I asked for questions that people would like me to address. I received approximately 80 questions. I plan to do several Commentaries in which I discuss at least some of these questions.||3/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #15: The Tide Is Turning||Dear Colleagues: Victor Schonfeld, director of the influential 1982 film, The Animals Film, followed up his two-part BBC World Service program, One Planet: Animals and Us, with an editorial, The Five Fatal Flaws of Animal Activism, in the Guardian,||1/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #14: Analysis of Second Segment of “Animals and Us”||Dear Colleagues: 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||1/12/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #13: Analysis of First Segment of “Animals and Us”||Dear Colleagues: 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.||1/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #12: The Virtual Billboard Campaign: THE WORLD IS VEGAN! If you want it.||Dear Colleagues: In this commentary, I discuss 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.||12/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #11: Discussion with Professor Gary Steiner||Dear Colleagues: In this, Commentary #11, I have a discussion with Gary Steiner, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bucknell University. Gary recently had an editorial in the New York Times about veganism and we talk abou.||12/6/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #10: World Vegan Day—Nov. 1, 2009||Dear Colleagues: Happy World Vegan Day to all of you. In this Commentary, I reflect 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: in the past year,||11/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #9: Using Sexism to Promote Animal Rights||Dear Colleagues: Would Martin Luther King have had an “I’d Rather Go Naked than Sit in the Back of the Bus” campaign? Of course not. He would have recognized that such a campaign would trivialize the important message of civil rights.||10/21/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles||Dear Colleagues: There are some advocates who claim to be abolitionists but who support welfare reform or who support violence. In this Commentary, I explain why welfare reform and violence cannot fit into the abolitionist approach. Gary L.||9/21/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #7: An Up-Close and Personal Encounter with Moral Schizophrenia||Dear Colleagues: I refer to the delusional and confused way that we think about animals as a social/moral matter as constituting “moral schizophrenia.” I had a recent encounter with moral schizophrenia in dealing with a deer who had been hit by a ca||9/7/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #6: Aspects of the Vegetarian/Vegan Debate||Dear Colleagues: Our first Commentary about vegetarianism as a “gateway” to veganism has provoked continuing controversy and in this Commentary, I address three issues: 1. Does my position that we cannot draw a moral distinction between flesh and ot||8/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #5: On Violence||Dear Colleagues: I am opposed to violence. I regard violence as inherently immoral. I have written about and discussed that issue often, including in essays (1,2) on this site. I recognize that many of you disagree with my opposition to violence.||8/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats||Dear Colleagues: A number of people have written to me in response to the Commentary on “pets” to ask about the issue of non-vegan cats. It is my understanding that many cats can live healthy lives on a vegan diet but what if there are cats who abso||8/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #3: On Michael Vick||Dear Colleagues: As you know, I have since 2007 been wondering about why anyone thinks that Michael Vick is any worse than anyone else who consumes or uses animal products. (See 1, 2, 3) In any event, Vick was released from prison in May, 2009,||8/14/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #2: “Pets”||Dear Colleagues: The issue of “pets” is a hot button issue with many advocates. Here is something I wrote in the Appendix to my book Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?: Question 3: Does the institution of pet ownership violate ani||8/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Commentary #1: Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism?||Dear Colleagues: Welcome to the Abolitionist Approach Commentary. The Commentary will consist of a series of podcasts that discuss and explore various aspects of the idea that we ought to abolish, and not merely regulate, animal exploitation.||8/8/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
I am so happy that Gary Francione decided to start a podcast, his words are insightful, his message is clear and it is a must listen to for any vegan or individual interested in veganism.
Professor Francione's abolitionist approach is lucid, succinct, and rock-solid. To truly understand animal rights, you can do no better than to read his books, but his blogs and podcasts go a long way toward clearing up much of the confusion that permeates our culture, even within the 'animal protection movement'!
Essential listening for anyone who takes animal rights seriously.
Gary Francione is a voice defiant of naive optimism. The Abolitionist Approach commentary delivers commentary on current events and animal issues which often strongly disagree with the status quo. For those ready to be critical for the benefit of the billions who suffer for our use every day, The Abolitionist Approach Commentary is essential listening.