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Veganism: The Moral Imperative – Gary Francione, JD
Veganism: The Moral Imperative – Gary Francione, JD
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Vegetarian Summerfest
Gary L. Francione - How to Get People to Think about Veganism
Gary L. Francione - How to Get People to Think about Veganism
Published: 2014/02/21
Channel: The Radical Revolution
CNN interviews Gary Francione on man who kicked cat
CNN interviews Gary Francione on man who kicked cat
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: Lian Kai
Prof. Gary L. Francione - Introduction to Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
Prof. Gary L. Francione - Introduction to Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
Published: 2015/10/21
Channel: VegfestUK
DEBATE: Vegan vs Vegan (Gary Francione vs Bruce Friedrich)
DEBATE: Vegan vs Vegan (Gary Francione vs Bruce Friedrich)
Published: 2013/07/27
Channel: TVA - Atheist Channel
Gary L. Francione Destroys the Idea that Plants Feel Pain
Gary L. Francione Destroys the Idea that Plants Feel Pain
Published: 2014/05/29
Channel: John T
Professor Gary L. Francione - Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach
Professor Gary L. Francione - Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach
Published: 2016/02/21
Channel: MACROVegan T.V.
The Animal Rights "Movement": Moving Backwards
The Animal Rights "Movement": Moving Backwards
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Gary Francione doesn
Gary Francione doesn't understand veganism or activism (dumpster diving & what it means to be vegan)
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Unnatural Vegan
Introducción al Enfoque Abolicionista de los Derechos de los Animales - Gary Francione
Introducción al Enfoque Abolicionista de los Derechos de los Animales - Gary Francione
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: Cristina Cc
A Vegan Critique of "Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach", by Gary Francione.
A Vegan Critique of "Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach", by Gary Francione.
Published: 2017/01/08
Channel: à-bas-le-ciel
Thought of the Day: Domestic Animals
Thought of the Day: Domestic Animals
Published: 2016/11/27
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Advocacy for 2017: Abolitionist Approach Webinar
Advocacy for 2017: Abolitionist Approach Webinar
Published: 2016/12/31
Channel: Gary L. Francione
On Moral Reasoning
On Moral Reasoning
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Animal Ethics: Your Questions Answered--Abolitionist Approach Webinar
Animal Ethics: Your Questions Answered--Abolitionist Approach Webinar
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: VegfestUK
Professor Francione Debates Professor Tibor Machan: “Do Animals Have Rights?” (EN)
Professor Francione Debates Professor Tibor Machan: “Do Animals Have Rights?” (EN)
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: Gary L. Francione
"¿Y si a alguien, simplemente, no le importan los animales/la justicia?" - Gary Francione
"¿Y si a alguien, simplemente, no le importan los animales/la justicia?" - Gary Francione
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: Cristina Cc
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I'm Vegan: Gary Francione
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: epski
Animal Rights Quotes - Prof. Gary L. Francione (No. 2)
Animal Rights Quotes - Prof. Gary L. Francione (No. 2)
Published: 2015/06/09
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Vegan Series: Eat Like You Care featuring Gary L. Francione & Anna Charlton
Vegan Series: Eat Like You Care featuring Gary L. Francione & Anna Charlton
Published: 2014/04/17
Channel: VeganSeries
Jainism, Animal Rights, and Veganism
Jainism, Animal Rights, and Veganism
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Drawing the Line (Gary Francione)
Drawing the Line (Gary Francione)
Published: 2013/11/01
Channel: Gooseberry Productions
Animals As Food Session 3, DePaul University
Animals As Food Session 3, DePaul University
Published: 2014/12/06
Channel: Gary L. Francione
PETA V.S Gary L. Francione at World Vegan Summit & Expo "Happy Explotation"
PETA V.S Gary L. Francione at World Vegan Summit & Expo "Happy Explotation"
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: Vegan Guy
GARY FRANCIONE - The Abolitionist Approach
GARY FRANCIONE - The Abolitionist Approach
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: VeganRevolution
Captain Sanchez - Become A Vegan (Featuring Professor Gary L. Francione)
Captain Sanchez - Become A Vegan (Featuring Professor Gary L. Francione)
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: Captain Sanchez
Animales Como Propiedad - Profesor Gary L. Francione
Animales Como Propiedad - Profesor Gary L. Francione
Published: 2008/12/31
Channel: Brandeau
Excerpt -  Prof.  Gary L.  Francione -  The Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single Issue Campaigns
Excerpt - Prof. Gary L. Francione - The Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single Issue Campaigns
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Vegan Speaks
Appropriation of Abolition and Animal Rights by Regulationists, Gary L Francione 2013
Appropriation of Abolition and Animal Rights by Regulationists, Gary L Francione 2013
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: Vegan Speaks
Prof. Gary L. Francione FULL TALK and Q&A at Vegfest Scotland 2015
Prof. Gary L. Francione FULL TALK and Q&A at Vegfest Scotland 2015
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: VegfestUK
Commentary #2: “Pets”
Commentary #2: “Pets”
Published: 2015/06/09
Channel: Gary L. Francione
GARY FRANCIONE - The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
GARY FRANCIONE - The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
Published: 2015/04/13
Channel: GO VEGAN RADIO
Excerpt -  Prof.  Gary L.  Francione -  Introduction to Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
Excerpt - Prof. Gary L. Francione - Introduction to Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Vegan Speaks
Animal Rights Quotes - Prof. Gary L. Francione (No. 1)
Animal Rights Quotes - Prof. Gary L. Francione (No. 1)
Published: 2015/06/09
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Vegan Freak Radio #094 - Interview with Gary L. Francione (Part 1 of 2)
Vegan Freak Radio #094 - Interview with Gary L. Francione (Part 1 of 2)
Published: 2011/12/10
Channel: Veganizm
Facebook Debate with Gary L. Francione
Facebook Debate with Gary L. Francione
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: colburnpclark
Compilation of Animal Rights Quotes: Professor Gary L. Francione (No. 1)
Compilation of Animal Rights Quotes: Professor Gary L. Francione (No. 1)
Published: 2015/05/22
Channel: Tannia Meeth
Gary Francione
Gary Francione
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: Vegan Jains
Prof. Gary L. Francione and Prof. Anna Charlton - Q&A session at Vegfest Scotland 2015
Prof. Gary L. Francione and Prof. Anna Charlton - Q&A session at Vegfest Scotland 2015
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: VegfestUK
Gary Francione & Abolitionist Veganism
Gary Francione & Abolitionist Veganism
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: Reg Flowers
Captain Sanchez - Veganism feat. Professor Gary L. Francione [Vegan Hip Hop] Truth
Captain Sanchez - Veganism feat. Professor Gary L. Francione [Vegan Hip Hop] Truth
Published: 2015/12/13
Channel: Captain Sanchez
Gary Francione
Gary Francione
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: Vegan Jains
Vegan Freak Radio #052 - Welfarism, abolitionism, and veganism - Interview with Gary L. Francione
Vegan Freak Radio #052 - Welfarism, abolitionism, and veganism - Interview with Gary L. Francione
Published: 2011/12/10
Channel: Veganizm
Prof. Gary Francione Q&A Complete - VegFest UK 2015
Prof. Gary Francione Q&A Complete - VegFest UK 2015
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: Alai Naseer
World Vegan Summit & Expo - Gary Francione Interview (NEW VERSION)
World Vegan Summit & Expo - Gary Francione Interview (NEW VERSION)
Published: 2015/02/23
Channel: GO VEGAN RADIO
Farm Sanctuary Rejects Veganism as a Moral Baseline and Promotes Animal Exploitation--Again
Farm Sanctuary Rejects Veganism as a Moral Baseline and Promotes Animal Exploitation--Again
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Gary L. Francione
Gary Francione Interview Part I
Gary Francione Interview Part I
Published: 2009/11/02
Channel: vegannews
GARY FRANCIONE - Grassroots Vegan Advocacy Workshop – Session 2 (Part I)
GARY FRANCIONE - Grassroots Vegan Advocacy Workshop – Session 2 (Part I)
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Benevolent Vegan
GARY FRANCIONE Grassroots Vegan Advocacy Workshop – Session 2 (Part II)
GARY FRANCIONE Grassroots Vegan Advocacy Workshop – Session 2 (Part II)
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Benevolent Vegan
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Gary Francione
photograph
Gary Francione with Mollie and Katie,
who were rescued from a shelter
Born May 1954 (age 63)
US
Education BA in philosophy, University of Rochester
MA in philosophy, and JD, University of Virginia
Occupation Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Known for Animal rights advocacy, Abolitionism (animal rights)
Spouse(s) Anna E. Charlton
Website

AbolitionistApproach.com
HowDoIGoVegan.com

Video of Francione speaking about veganism, 2009

Gary Lawrence Francione (born May 1954) is an American legal scholar. He is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law–Newark.[1][2]

Francione is known for his work on animal rights theory, and in 1989, was the first academic to teach it in an American law school.[2][3] His work has focused on three issues: the property status of animals, the differences between animal rights and animal welfare, and a theory of animal rights based on sentience alone, rather than on any other cognitive characteristics.[4]

He is a pioneer of the abolitionist theory of animal rights, arguing that animal welfare regulation is theoretically and practically unsound, serving only to prolong the status of animals as property by making the public feel comfortable about using them.[5] He argues that non-human animals require only one right, the right not to be regarded as property, and that veganism – the rejection of the use of animals as mere resources – is the moral baseline of the animal rights movement.[6] He rejects all forms of violence, arguing that the animal rights movement is the logical progression of the peace movement, seeking to take it one step further by ending conflict between human and non-human animals, and by treating animals as ends in themselves.[7]

Francione is the author or co-author of several books about animal rights, including The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (2010, with Robert Garner), Animals as Persons (2008), Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996), and Animals, Property, and the Law (1995). He has also written papers on copyright, patent law, and law and science[citation needed].

Background[edit]

Francione graduated with a BA in philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa O'Hearn Scholarship, allowing him to pursue graduate study in philosophy in the UK. He received his MA in philosophy and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was articles editor of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Albert Tate, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.[1]

After practising law at the New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984, and received tenure in 1987. He began to teach animal rights theory as part of his course in jurisprudence in 1985. In 1989, he joined the Rutgers faculty, and in 1990, he and his colleague Anna E. Charlton started the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Project, in which law students were awarded academic credit for working on actual cases involving animals. Francione and Charlton closed the clinic in 2000, but continue to teach courses in animal rights theory, animals and the law, and human rights and animal rights. Francione also teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal philosophy.[1] In 1989, Francione taught the first course in an American law school on animal rights and the law.[2]

Francione has been a professor at Rutgers since at least 1995, when the New York Times reported that the Rutgers' Animal Rights Law Center, the only one in the US, was receiving 200 calls a week, and that Francione was losing "well over half the lawsuits the clinic brings", as they were taking a strict abolitionist approach.[8]

Animal rights theory[edit]

Property status of animals[edit]

In Animals, Property, and the Law (1995), Francione argues that because animals are the property of humans, laws that supposedly require their "humane" treatment and prohibit the infliction of "unnecessary" harm do not provide a significant level of protection for animal interests. For the most part, these laws and regulations require only that animals receive that level of protection that is required for their use as human property. Animals only have value as commodities and their interests do not matter in any moral sense. As a result, despite having laws that supposedly protect them, Francione contends that we treat animals in ways that would be regarded as torture if humans were the ones being used. He argues that we could choose to provide some greater measure of protection to animals even if they were to remain our property, but only up 'til the point where it becomes too costly for us to continue. Legal, social, and economic forces militate strongly against recognizing animal interests unless there is an economic benefit to humans.

Comparison of animal rights and animal welfare[edit]

In Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996), Francione argues that there are significant theoretical and practical differences between animal rights, which he maintains requires the abolition of animal exploitation, and animal welfare, which seeks to regulate exploitation to make it more humane. Francione contends that the theoretical difference between these two approaches is obvious. The abolitionist position is that we cannot justify our use of nonhumans however “humanely” we treat animals; the regulationist position is that animal use is justifiable and that only issues of treatment are relevant.

Francione describes as "new welfarists" those who claim to support animal rights, but who support animal welfare regulation as the primary way to achieve incremental recognition of the inherent value of nonhumans. He argues that there is no factual support for this position because not only do regulations seldom if ever go beyond treating animals as economic commodities with only extrinsic value, but the perception that regulation has improved the "humane" treatment of animals may very well facilitate continued and increased exploitation by making the public feel more comfortable about its consumption of animal products.

A central tenet of Francione's philosophy is that the most important form of incremental change within the abolitionist framework is veganism. Francione has also long argued that the animal rights movement is the logical extension of the peace movement and should embrace a non-violent approach. He maintains that an abolitionist/vegan movement is truly radical and that violence is reactionary.

Relevance of sentience[edit]

In his Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000), Francione argues that a theory of abolition should not require that animals have any cognitive characteristic beyond sentience to be full members of the moral community, entitled to the basic, pre-legal right not to be the property of humans. He rejects the position that animals have to have humanlike cognitive characteristics, such as reflective self-awareness, language ability, or preference autonomy in order to have the right not to be used by humans as resources. Francione derives this right from the principle of equal consideration in that he maintains that if animals are property, their interests can never receive equal consideration.

As part of this discussion, Francione identifies what he calls our “moral schizophrenia” when it comes to nonhumans. On the one hand, we say that we take animal interests seriously. Francione points to the fact that many of us even live with nonhuman companions whom we regard as members of our families and whose personhood—their status as beings with intrinsic moral value—we do not doubt for a second. On the other hand, because animals are property, they remain things that have no value other than what we choose to accord them and whose interests we protect only when it provides a benefit—usually economic—to do so. According to Francione, if animals are going to matter morally and not be things, we cannot treat them as property. Francione debated the sentience of plants with Michael Marder in a debate organized by Columbia University Press.[9]

Animal rights movement[edit]

Francione has been critical of what he calls "animal welfarist organisations" such as PETA. He claims, quite controversially, that these groups condone the continued exploitation of animals through supporting isolated improvements in animal welfare. Contrary to reducing the harm imposed upon animals, Francione argues that this support leads consumers to further justify their consumption of unethical food products as they believe such an action is morally permissible or helpful. PETA, however, claims to oppose "humane meat."[10] Francione's response is that PeTA does not reject happy exploitation.[11]

In 2008, Francione opposed California's Proposition 2, which was a ballot proposition to prohibit the confinement of certain farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.[12]

Francione’s theory of animal rights, particularly his views on animal welfare, is criticized by some sections of the animal-protection movement, who argue that animal welfare does provide meaningful protection for animal interests. Moreover, many within the animal protection community maintain that certain animals, such as the great apes or dolphins, ought to receive greater protection based on their higher cognitive capacities. Francione opposes this view—which he calls the "similar minds position"—on the grounds that sentience is the only characteristic required for personhood. As he writes, "The exploitation of the nonhuman great apes is immoral for the same reason that is immoral to exploit the hundreds of millions of mice and rats who are routinely exploited in laboratories or the billions of nonhumans who we kill and eat."[13]

Francione is a pacifist and does not believe in using violence to achieve animal rights.[14] He has been criticised for this stance by Steven Best, who refers to those in the movement who reject violence as "Franciombes" and supports the more permissive attitude to violence of groups such as Negotiation is Over.[14]

Criticism[edit]

As part of Francione's modus operandi, he has attacked persons who are part of the animal rights movement, not only on the welfare or reductionist side of the animal rights movement, but also on the side that is closer to his animal rights approach. While he tries to criticize others by making accusations of not having a consistency on their vegan advocacy, he tends to make it personal in many instances. He had a personal conflict with a person who worked close to him, and due to that conflict, he unfairly delivered several unwarranted attacks towards her and her supporters.[15] This behavior has prompted criticism within his base and those who are inclined to use similar ideology.

Another strong criticism to Francione's approach, has been that, while he claims to be against racism, sexism, and many other "isms," there are clear examples of his contribution to the oppression of those who he claims to support as an ally. "The abolitionist faction, lead by Francione, has entrenched and systemic issues with racism and sexism, issues that it seems to have no interest in addressing."[16]

Francione has always considered that anything less than veganism as a moral baseline is not good for the animals, even when the circumstances of a person were to prevent such person from having such moral baseline. And as described by Christopher Sebastian, "judging people for lacking similar emotional, physical, and financial resources reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how poverty and circumstance affect outcomes for communities who have a dramatically different context due to their lived experiences.

This is inherently classist and ableist. In fact, since the poverty which informs classism disproportionately impacts communities of color, it’s also indirectly racist. And for those of us who consider ourselves allies of such communities, that’s a hard truth to consider." [17]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Animal Rights: The abolitionist Approach". Co-Authored with Anna E. Charlton, Exempla Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-9967192-3-0
  • "Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals". Exempla Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-492-38651-3.
  • The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation. Columbia University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-231-14955-6
  • "Animal Welfare and the Moral Value of Nonhuman Animals." Law, Culture and the Humanities 6(1), 2009: 24-36.
  • Animals As Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation. Columbia University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-231-13950-2
  • "Taking Sentience Seriously." Journal of Animal Law & Ethics 1, 2006.
  • "Animal Rights Theory and Utilitarianism: Relative Normative Guidance." Between the Species 3, 2003.
  • Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000. ISBN 1-56639-692-1
  • Rain without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996. ISBN 1-56639-461-9
  • Animals, Property and the Law. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995, ISBN 1-56639-284-5
  • "Personhood, Property and Legal Competence, in Paola Cavalieri & Peter Singer (eds.), The Great Ape Project. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1993, pp. 248–257.
  • (with Anna E. Charlton) Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection. Jenkintown, Pa. : American Anti-Vivisection Society, 1992.

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Anna E. Charlton, is an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers, is active in the same field, and has co-authored several publications with Francione.[8][18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gary L. Francione", Rutgers School of Law Newark, accessed February 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "An interview with Professor Gary L. Francione". Animal Freedom.org. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ Francione, Gary. Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation. Columbia University Press, 2008, back cover.
  4. ^ Unferth, Deb Olin (February 2011). "Gary Francione: Animal Advocate". Believer Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ Hall, Lee. "An Interview with Professor Gary L. Francione" Archived May 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Friends of Animals, accessed February 25, 2008.
  6. ^ Francione, Gary L. (July 13, 2015). "Debates: Veganism without Animal Rights". European Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mission statement", abolitionistapproach.com, accessed 9 June 2012.
    • For the right not to be regarded as property, see Francione, Gary. Rain Without thunder: the Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement, 1996.
  8. ^ a b "Four-Footed Clients and Futile Cases;A Rutgers Law Professor Fights to Expand the Animal Kingdom's Rights". The New York Times. 11 November 1995. 
  9. ^ "Michael Marder and Gary Francione debate plant ethics". Columbia University Press.
  10. ^ PETA.org. "Is There Such a Thing as 'Humane' Meat?"
  11. ^ "A Response to PETA's Position on 'Happy' or 'Humane' Exploitation". AbolitionistApproach.com. October 11, 2012.
  12. ^ Francione, Gary L. (2008-09-02). "What to Do on Proposition 2?". Newark, New Jersey: Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach. Archived from the original on 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2012-11-29. ... it is my view that animal advocates should vote against Proposition 2 ... 
  13. ^ Francione, Gary (2006). "The Great Ape Project: Not so Great", Animal Rights: the Abolitionist Approach, accessed June 23, 2009.
  14. ^ a b ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMIST CAMILLE MARINO CALLS FOR VIOLENCE, Southern Poverty Law Centre, 1 March 2012
  15. ^ "Three Announcements about TAVS: The Term “Abolitionist,” Changing TAVS’ Name, and Brand New and Comprehensive Website about Veganism". The Abolitionist Vegan Society | The hub of the organized grassroots movement of veganism around the world. Join us in advancing abolitionist veganism, animal rights. Retrieved 2017-05-20. 
  16. ^ "Three Announcements about TAVS: The Term “Abolitionist,” Changing TAVS’ Name, and Brand New and Comprehensive Website about Veganism". The Abolitionist Vegan Society | The hub of the organized grassroots movement of veganism around the world. Join us in advancing abolitionist veganism, animal rights. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  17. ^ "Christopher Sebastian McJetters – Striving with Systems". strivingwithsystems.com. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  18. ^ "Gary L. Francione". Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach. 

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