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Gary L Francione

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Gary L Francione is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University, and Honorary Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia. His books include:The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (with R. Garner) (2010); Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (2008); and Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000).

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Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules

Gary L Francione

Peter Singer has for some years promoted a position very similar to the one you present here. I have four comments: First, if one sees not eating animal products as reflecting a moral imperative that concerns justice and the right of animals not to be used as property (in addition to a concern about suffering), one would not consume the meat (or other animal product). Think about it in the context of human issues. Would we not speak up if our companions uttered racist or misogynistic epithets to people because we would not want our companions to see that being in favor of equality was difficult? I think not. It’s interesting how we never denigrate as “absolutists” people who object to hum...

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The pig on your plate

Gary L Francione

Dear Barbara J. King:

I am interested to know why you think that intelligence is the criterion that determines whether it is morally justifiable to kill and eat pigs. Why is sentience–subjective awareness–not enough? Why is, for example, the ability to move a joystick relevant to the morality of killing?

Moreover, it’s interesting how the supposedly empirical characteristics on which we focus have hidden normative dimensions. For example, Peter Singer maintains that normal humans have an interest in continuing to live (in addition to not suffering) because they are self-aware–by which he means that they have reflective self-awareness. He argues that some nonhuman animals, su...

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The case against pets

Gary L Francione

Dear All:

We think it is terrific that you are debating the arguments that we make in our essay. We don’t want to interfere with or intervene in that debate except to point out that any claim that animal products are necessary for optimal human health, and that a well-planned vegan diet cannot be as good–if not better–for human health than a diet that includes animal products, is simply wrong. For example, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) states: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequ...

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