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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.

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.
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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.

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Abolitionist Approach Podcast: An Easy Way to Start a Conversation About Veganism

8/6/2018
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Dear Friends: Here is a podcast that Anna Charlton and I did on an easy way to start a conversation about veganism. ********** If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence […] Related posts:Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On Anthony Bourdain, Veganism, and Bad Behavior by Some “Animal People” Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On the Misuse...

Duration:00:11:49

Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On the Misuse of “Abolition”

6/20/2018
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Dear Friends: Here is a podcast that Anna and I did on the misuse of “Abolition”. ********** If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself. If animals matter morally, […] Related posts:Commentary #18: A Step Backward, the Importance of Veganism, and the Misuse of “Abolition” Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On Anthony Bourdain,...

Duration:00:11:51

Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On Anthony Bourdain, Veganism, and Bad Behavior by Some “Animal People”

6/11/2018
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Dear Friends: Here is a podcast that Anna and I did on Anthony Bourdain. I was sitting too far away from the device. The dogs were walking around the room. We will do better! ********** If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other […] Related posts:Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On the Misuse of “Abolition” Thought of the Day: A Very Brief Introduction to the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights Thought of the...

Duration:00:17:58

Commentary: Vegan Education/Advocacy, “Forcing” Others to Go Vegan, and Animal Ethics as Involving Obligation and Not Choice

5/13/2014
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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 the idea that animal ethics is a matter of “choice” and not moral obligation. It’s […] Related posts:Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy/Education Tips: On Health Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats Commentary #23: Lennox and...

Duration:00:16:04

Commentary #23: Lennox and Moral Reasoning in Animal Rights

7/13/2012
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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 Advocacy, which I published in May and […] Related posts:The Legacy of Lennox Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets”...

Duration:00:52:26

Commentary #22: A Discussion on Abolition vs. Regulation with Robert Garner

2/3/2011
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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. Garner’s position, although a form of what I call “new welfarism,” is different from that of Singer and […] Related posts:Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman...

Duration:01:54:35

Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman

11/10/2010
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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. This book focuses on the debate ongoing in the animal advocacy community: should we pursue welfare reform as a means to […] Related posts:Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates Commentary...

Duration:00:48:52

Commentary #19: Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism: Five Principles

9/14/2010
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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. Our default position when we talk with people ought to be that they are […] Related posts:Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles Commentary #18: A Step Backward, the Importance of Veganism, and the Misuse of “Abolition” Commentary #1: Vegetarianism...

Duration:01:33:20

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

9/4/2010
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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. I maintain that having animal advocates praise this as a “step forward” and characterizing the issue of […] Related posts:Commentary #1: Vegetarianism as a “Gateway” to Veganism? Abolitionist Approach Podcast: On the Misuse of “Abolition” Commentary #4:...

Duration:01:11:57

Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates

5/2/2010
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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. As I am sure you are aware, I am opposed to all violence and I do not […] Related posts:Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and a Response to Nicolette Hahn Niman Commentary #11: Discussion with Professor Gary...

Duration:01:32:22

Commentary #16: Responding to Questions: Single-Issue Campaigns and MDA Opposition to the Abolitionist Approach

3/26/2010
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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. A number of the questions that I received concern single-issue campaigns so this Commentary deals primarily with that […] Related posts:On Johnny Weir, Single-Issue Campaigns, Treatment, and Abolitionist Veganism Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the...

Duration:01:13:33

Commentary #15: The Tide Is Turning

1/26/2010
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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, one of the leading U.K. newspapers. Schonfeld once again made clear that the mainstream movement had […] Related posts:Commentary #13: Analysis of First Segment of “Animals and Us” Commentary #14: Analysis of Second Segment of “Animals and Us”...

Duration:01:15:51

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

1/12/2010
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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 needs crystal clear guidelines and he explored veganism as a possible way to deal with […] Related posts:Commentary #13: Analysis of First Segment of “Animals and Us” BBC World Service Program “Animals and Us” Ends on a Vegan Note! Commentary...

Duration:01:15:25

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

1/4/2010
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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. The Animals Film was among the first—if not the first—film to reveal how humans actually […] Related posts:Commentary #14: Analysis of Second Segment of “Animals and Us” BBC World Service Program “Animals and Us” Ends on a Vegan Note! Commentary #15:...

Duration:01:23:47

Commentary #12: The Virtual Billboard Campaign: THE WORLD IS VEGAN! If you want it.

12/22/2009
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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. It is time to reject the vegan bashing that has become the central focus of the welfarist movement. And I introduce […] Related posts:Our Virtual Billboard: “THE WORLD IS VEGAN! If you want it.” A Note About Our Virtual Billboard Designs for the Virtual Billboard...

Duration:00:42:41

Commentary #11: Discussion with Professor Gary Steiner

12/6/2009
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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 about the reactions that he got to his editorial, including the criticisms from welfarists, many […] Related posts:Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach...

Duration:01:07:53

Commentary #10: World Vegan Day—Nov. 1, 2009

11/1/2009
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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, we have seen the growth of the abolitionist movement, which views […] Related posts:Commentary #12: The Virtual Billboard Campaign: THE WORLD IS VEGAN! If you want it. Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats Commentary: Vegan...

Duration:00:36:35

Commentary #9: Using Sexism to Promote Animal Rights

10/21/2009
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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. Why don’t animal advocates recognize that sexist campaigns similarly trivialize the issue of animal […] Related posts:Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats Commentary #23: Lennox and Moral Reasoning in Animal Rights Commentary #6:...

Duration:00:27:01

Commentary #8: A Discussion of Abolitionist Principles

9/21/2009
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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. Francione ©2009 Gary L. Francione Related posts:Commentary #17: Discussion with Ronnie Lee and Roger Yates Commentary #11: Discussion with Professor Gary Steiner Commentary #21: “The Animal Rights Debate,” the Abolitionist Approach Discussion Forum, and...

Duration:00:27:10

Commentary #7: An Up-Close and Personal Encounter with Moral Schizophrenia

9/8/2009
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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 car and the hunters who stopped to help the deer. In this Commentary, […] Related posts:A Note on Moral Schizophrenia Yet Another Example of Moral Schizophrenia Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats A Classic of “Moral...

Duration:00:26:22