Gary L. Francione quotes

  • Veganism is an act of nonviolent defiance. It is our statement that we reject the notion that animals are things and that we regard sentient nonhumans as moral persons with the fundamental moral right not to be treated as the property or resources of humans.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Fundamentals #Moral

  • Veganism is not a "sacrifice." It is a joy.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Sacrifice #Joy #Truthful

  • The idea that we have the right to inflict suffering and death on other sentient beings for the trivial reasons of palate pleasure and fashion is, without doubt, one of the most arrogant and morally repugnant notions in the history of human thought.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Fashion #Ideas #Suffering

  • Michael Vick may enjoy watching dogs fight. Someone else may find that repulsive but see nothing wrong with eating an animal who has had a life as full of pain and suffering as the lives of the fighting dogs. It's strange that we regard the latter as morally different from, and superior to, the former.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Dog #Pain #Fighting

  • Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Giving #Losing #Vegetarian

  • You cannot live a nonviolent life as long as you are consuming violence. Please consider going vegan.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Long #Violence #Vegan

  • Veganism is not a limitation in any way; it's an expansion of your love, your commitment to nonviolence, and your belief in justice for all.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Love You #Commitment #Justice

  • All sentient beings should have at least one right—the right not to be treated as property
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Compassion #Should #Treated

  • Veganism is about nonviolence. It is about not engaging in harm to other sentient beings; to oneself; and to the environment upon which all beings depend for life. In my view, the animal rights movement is, at its core, a movement about ending violence to all sentient beings. It is a movement that seeks fundamental justice for all. It is an emerging peace movement that does not stop at the arbitrary line that separates humans from nonhumans.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Rights #Views

  • Every time you drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese, you harm a mother. Please go vegan.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Mother #Glasses #Pieces

  • If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine how difficult it is for animals that you are not vegan.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Thinking #Animal #Vegan

  • If you love animals but think that veganism is extreme, then you are confused about the meaning of love.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Confused #Animal #Thinking

  • Being vegan provides us with the peace of knowing that we are no longer participants in the hideous violence that is animal exploitation.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Knowing #Violence

  • You don't have to love animals to recognize that it is immoral and unjust to exploit them. But if you do love animals, but you continue to participate in their exploitation, you need to rethink your idea of what love means.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Mean #Animal #Ideas

  • People need to be educated so that they can make intelligent moral choices
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Intelligent #People #Choices

  • Because animals are property, we consider as "humane treatment" that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Treatment #Torture

  • If you care about animals, there is one and only one choice: go vegan.  Can you choose not to be vegan?  Sure.  You can choose not to care.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Choices #Care

  • We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defence of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Needs #Purpose

  • Any serious social, political, and economic change must include veganism.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Political #Serious #Vegan

  • Every sentient being values her/his life even if no one else does.  That is what is meant by saying that the lives of all have inherent value.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Doe #Inherent #Values

  • Ethical veganism represents a commitment to nonviolence.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Commitment #Ethical #Nonviolence

  • Does veganism require a “sacrifice”? Yes. It requires that you give up that which you never had any right to in the first place.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Giving Up #Sacrifice #Firsts

  • They are nonhuman persons. They are not food. If animals matter morally at all, there is one and only one rational response: go vegan. Everything else is just participation in animal exploitation.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Matter #Vegan

  • Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #What Matters #Racism

  • People say that being a vegan creates a social problem in that others may react negatively. But isnt that the case if you take a principled position on any issue, whether its racism, sexism, heterosexism, violence as a general matter—or speciesism? The key is to educate others about *why* you take the position.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Keys #Issues #Racism

  • In order to be a teacher you've got to be a student first
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Teacher #Teaching #Order

  • Veganism is the application of the principle of abolition in your own life; it represents your recognition that animals are not things. Veganism is the recognition of the moral personhood of nonhuman animals.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Principles #Recognition

  • Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual; a complete rejection of the paradigm of oppression and violence that she has been taught from childhood to accept as the natural order. It changes her life and the lives of those with whom she shares this vision of nonviolence. Ethical veganism is anything but passive; on the contrary, it is the active refusal to cooperate with injustice
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Order #Profound #Childhood

  • Speciesism is morally objectionable because, like racism, sexism, and heterosexism, it links personhood with an irrelevant criterion. Those who reject speciesism are committed to rejecting racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination as well.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Racism #Links #Discrimination

  • Forty-two years after Dr. King was murdered, we are still a nation of inequality. People of color, women, gays, lesbians, and others are still treated as second-class citizens. Yes, things have changed but we have still not achieved equality among all humans. And nonhuman animals continue to be chattel property without any inherent value.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Kings #Gay #Animal

  • If we can live and prosper without killing, why would we not do so? I do not see veganism as 'extreme' in any way. I see killing for no reason as extreme in every way.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Way #Killing #Reason

  • The distinction between meat and other animal products is total nonsense. Vegetarianism is a morally incoherent position. If you regard animals as members of the moral community, you really don’t have a choice but to go vegan.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Vegetarianism #Choices

  • It's really not rocket science. If animals are not mere things; if they have moral value, we cannot justify eating, wearing, or using them particularly when we have no better reason than palate pleasure or fashion. If you are eating, wearing, or using animals, then your actions say that you regard them as mere things, despite what your words say.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Fashion #Animal #Rockets

  • If you are not vegan, please consider going vegan. It’s a matter of nonviolence. Being vegan is your statement that you reject violence to other sentient beings, to yourself, and to the environment, on which all sentient beings depend.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Matter #Violence #Vegan

  • If you claim to 'love' animals but you eat animal products, you need to think critically about how you understand love.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Thinking #Needs

  • We can no more justify using nonhumans as human resources than we can justify human slavery. Animal use and slavery have at least one important point in common: both institutions treat sentient beings exclusively as resources of others. That cannot be justified with respect to humans; it cannot be justified with respect to nonhumans—however “humanely” we treat them.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Important #Use

  • To say that a being who is sentient has no interest in continuing to live is like saying that a being with eyes has no interest in continuing to see. Death—however “humane”—is a harm for humans and nonhumans alike.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Eye #Harm #Interest

  • Welfare reforms and the whole “happy” exploitation movement are not “baby steps.” They are big steps–in a seriously backward direction.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Baby #Peace #Welfare Reform

  • Being vegan is not a matter of "lifestyle." It is a matter of fundamental moral obligation. Is being vegan a matter of "choice"? Only insofar as we are able to choose to ignore our moral obligations not to exploit the vulnerable.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Choices #Fundamentals #Matter

  • Humans treat animals as things that exist as means to human ends.  That's morally wrong. Sexism promotes the idea that women are things that exist as means to the ends of men.  That's morally wrong.  We need to stop treating all persons - whether human or nonhuman - as things.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Mean #Animal #Men

  • None of that is necessary. It's not as if we're in a situation where it is us or them.There's something peculiar about talking about the moral status of animals, when we are killing and eating them for no reason whatsoever.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Talking #Peculiar

  • We proclaim human intelligence to be morally valuable per se because we are human. If we were birds, we would proclaim the ability to fly as morally valuable per se. If we were fish, we would proclaim the ability to live underwater as morally valuable per se. But apart from our obviously self-interested proclamations, there is nothing morally valuable per se about human intelligence.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Self #Bird #Underwater

  • There is increasing social concern about our use of nonhumans for experiments, food, clothing and entertainment. This concern about animals reflects both our own moral development as a civilization and our recognition that the differences between humans and animals are, for the most part, differences of degree and not of kind.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Differences #Civilization

  • Animal rights without veganism is like human rights with slavery. It makes no sense. None whatsoever.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Rights #Slavery

  • When it comes to animal agriculture, there is conventional, which is rally hideous, and 'compassionate' and 'certified humane' or whatever, which 'may' be 'slightly' less hideous. But it is all torture. It's all wrong. These 'happy' gimmicks are just designed to make the public feel better about exploiting animals. Don't buy the propaganda of 'happy' exploitation. Go vegan and promote veganism.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Feel Better #Animal #Agriculture

  • It costs us so little to go vegan. It costs animals so much if we don't.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Cost #Littles

  • So it is always preferable to discuss the matter of veganism in a non-judgemental way. Remember that to most people, eating flesh or dairy and using animal products such as leather, wool, and silk, is as normal as breathing air or drinking water. A person who consumes dairy or uses animal products is not necessarily or usually what a recent and unpopular American president labelled an "evil doer.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Drinking #Animal #Air

  • Veganism must be the baseline if we are to have any hope of shifting the paradigm away from animals as things and toward animals as nonhuman persons.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Shifting #Paradigm

  • Veganism is about nonviolence: nonviolence to other sentient beings; nonviolence to yourself; nonviolence to the earth.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Earth #Nonviolence #Veganism

  • There is nothing more 'elitist' than thinking our palate pleasure can ever justify a second of suffering or a single death. Please go vegan.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Thinking #Suffering #Vegan

  • ...eating animals involves an intentional decision to participate in the suffering and death of nonhumans where there is no plausible moral justification.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Decision #Suffering

  • We cannot justify treating any sentient nonhuman as our property, as a resource, as a thing that we an use and kill for our purposes.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Purpose #Use #Resources

  • We do not think clearly about our moral obligations to animals.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Thinking #Animal #Moral

  • There is no moral distinction between fur and other materials made from animals, such as leather, which also is the result of the suffering and death of sentient beings.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Suffering #Fur

  • We eat animals because they taste good. And if that's O.K., what's wrong with wearing fur? We need as a society to think seriously about our institutionalized animal use.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Thinking #Animal #Taste

  • The most important form of incremental change is the decision by the individual to become vegan. Veganism, or the eschewing of all animal products, is more than a matter of diet or lifestyle; it is a political and moral statement in which the individual accepts the principle of abolition in her own life. Veganism is the one truly abolitionist goal that we can all achieve-and we can achieve it immediately, starting with our next meal.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Goal #Political

  • There is no meaningful distinction between eating flesh and eating dairy or other animal products. Animals exploited in the dairy industry live longer than those used for meat, but they are treated worse during their lives, and they end up in the same slaughterhouse after which we consume their flesh anyway. There is probably more suffering in a glass of milk or an ice cream cone than there is in a steak.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Meaningful #Animal #Glasses

  • We should stop bringing more domestic animals into existence.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Animal Rights #Should

  • There is no difference between sitting around the pit watching dogs fight and sitting around a summer barbecue roasting the corpses of tortured animals or enjoying the dairy or eggs from tortured animals.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Summer #Dog #Fighting

  • Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Sex #Race #Racism

  • An aim of an argument should be progress, but progress ultimately means little without victory.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Mean #Victory #Progress

  • The proposition that humans have mental characteristics wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Evolution #Theory #Characteristics

  • Being vegan is not just a matter of being 'kind' to animals.  First and foremost, it is a matter of being just and observing our moral obligation to not treat other sentient beings as things.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Matter #Be Kind

  • We should never present flesh as somehow morally distinguishable from dairy. To the extent it is morally wrong to eat flesh, it is as morally wrong - and possibly more morally wrong - to consume dairy
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Flesh #Global Warming #Should

  • We are vegans not simply because being vegan will reduce suffering. We are vegan because every sentient being values her or his life even if no one else does. We are vegan because justice minimally requires that we not take life for trivial purposes.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Justice #Suffering #Doe

  • There is no morally coherent difference between fur and other animal clothing, such as leather, wool, etc., just as there is no morally coherent distinction between meat and milk or eggs.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Eggs #Differences

  • Who I've been is not as important as who I'm becoming.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Growth #Important #Becoming

  • But if there were two dogs left in the universe and it were up to us as to whether they were allowed to breed so that we could continue to live with dogs, and even if we could guarantee that all dogs would have homes as loving as the one that we provide, we would not hesitate for a second to bring the whole institution of 'pet' ownership to an end.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Dog #Home #Animal

  • I certainly believe that we have a moral obligation to care for the dogs, cats, and other nonhumans whose existence we have caused or facilitated as part of the institution of 'pet' ownership. But I maintain that we ought to abolish the institution and stop causing or facilitating the existence of more 'companion' animals.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Dog #Believe #Cat

  • We should take good care of the domestic animals we have brought into existence until they die. We should stop bringing more domestic animals into existence.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Care #Should

  • If an animal has any rights at all, it's got the right not to be eaten.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Rights #Animal Rights

  • The theory of animal rights simply is not consistent with the theory of animal welfare... Animal rights means dramatic social changes for humans and non-humans alike; if our bourgeois values prevent us from accepting those changes, then we have no right to call ourselves advocates of animal rights.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Mean #Animal #Rights

  • Not only are the philosophies of animal rights and animal welfare separated by irreconcilable differences... the enactment of animal welfare measures actually impedes the achievement of animal rights... Welfare reforms, by their very nature, can only serve to ***** the pace at which animal rights goals are achieved.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Philosophy #Animal #Rights

  • We cannot talk simultaneously about animal rights and the 'humane' slaughter of animals.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Rights #Slaughter

  • We need to reshape the movement as one of grassroots activists, and not 'professional activists' who populate the seemingly endless number of national animal rights groups. For many people, activism has become writing a check to a national group that is very pleased to have you leave it to them. Although it is important to give financial support to worthy efforts only, giving money is not enough and giving to the wrong groups can actually do more harm than good.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Writing #Animal #Numbers

  • I maintain that we ought to abolish the institution and stop causing or facilitating the existence of more 'companion' animals.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Institutions #Existence

  • There is no 'need' for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs. Indeed, these foods are increasingly linked to various human diseases and animal agriculture is an environmental disaster for the planet.
    -- Gary L. Francione

    #Animal #Eggs #Agriculture