Gary-L.-Francione

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
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

When we use race to devalue human persons, we call it racism.
When we use sex to devalue human persons, we call it sexism.
We we use sexual orientation or preference to devalue human persons, we call it heterosexism.
When we use age to devalue human persons, we call it ageism.
When we use species to devalue nonhuman persons, we call it speciesism.

All of these forms of discrimination are wrong. Please reject them all.

—  Gary L. Francione
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

It was never about losing. It’s about gaining this perspective that changes your outlook of the world. Your lifestyle is brand new and exciting. And as a result of this change of lifestyle, it brings peace to you and others. #veganbasement

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
Domesticated animals are completely dependent on humans, who control every aspect of their lives. Unlike human children, who will one day become autonomous, non-humans never will. That is the entire point of domestication – we want domesticated animals to depend on us. They remain perpetually in a netherworld of vulnerability, dependent on us for everything that is of relevance to them. We have bred them to be compliant and servile, and to have characteristics that are pleasing to us, even though many of those characteristics are harmful to the animals involved. We might make them happy in one sense, but the relationship can never be ‘natural’ or ‘normal’. They do not belong in our world, irrespective of how well we treat them.
—  Gary L Francione and Anna E Charlton: Why keeping a pet is fundamentally unethical
Creative, non-violent vegan advocacy demands that we educate others without judging them. But the substance of our message must always be clear: if animals matter morally at all, we cannot justify any animal use. Although we must be compassionate educators, being compassionate does not mean that we should tell people that “happy exploitation” or, indeed, that anything less than veganism, is morally desirable because we want them to feel comfortable. Indeed, that is disrespectful to the person you are trying to educate and it is an act of injustice to the animals who are being exploited.
—  Gary L. Francione