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Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach Paperback – December 14, 2015
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Gary L. Francione is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law. Anna Charlton is Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law. She was the co-founder and co-director (with Gary L. Francione) of the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic from 1990-2000.
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Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation and Animals Property & The Law (Ethics And Action) by the same author, no other book would give you the clarity of ideas, the consistency of morals and the rationality of arguments to make sense of what the term "animal rights" stands for in ideological, legal and practical perspective.
It is no surprise that animal advocates are often confused by the constant barrage of conflicting messages sent out by animal welfare organizations and non-vegan animal “advocates.” These institutions claim they want to help animals and happily take our money; but they tell us that veganism isn’t necessary, that it is difficult and extreme. Abolitionism teaches us that veganism is not difficult, not extreme and that going vegan is not only necessary, but it’s the very least we can do if we want to help animals.
Using impeccable logic, this book demonstrates that there is no substantive justification for eating, wearing or otherwise using animals. Abolitionism focuses on ending animal use, and seeks to shift the paradigm away from treating animals as things. As long animals are considered to be replaceable resources they will never receive the justice they deserve, and humans will continue to use them, however unnecessarily, with impunity. For each individual abolitionist, veganism is the starting point, not the end goal when it comes to helping animals.
If you believe nonhuman animals have inherent moral value and are not merely replaceable “things” for humans to exploit, you must read this book. If you are confused when someone says you can help animals by writing a check but it’s okay to continue using and killing them, you must read this book. If you are upset by the hypocrisy of organizations and people who advocate to save some animals but eat and serve other animals as food, you must read this book. The world is vegan! If you want it.