Vegan Society Follow-Up, Part 1: A Resounding Silence

My intention in writing this 4-part essay is to follow up on the issue raised in my first blog essay last month, Banned by the Vegan Society for Saying That the Vegan Society Should Be Vegan. I suggest reading that essay to gain the necessary background in order to understand the important matters being addressed in…

Eating Animal Products: Children Having Children

Today, Gary Francione, abolitionist animal rights philosopher, posted this article, Eating meat/dairy products linked to early puberty on his Facebook page concerning animal products and early puberty/health problems:My comment:The China Study (2006), by Dr. T. Colin Campbell (the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University) and his son, Thomas M. Campbell, a physician, examines the relationship between…

Carnism: 101

Here's a short version of the "carnism" theory:We're all conditioned to exploit animals by an "invisible" ideology called "carnism." We need to expose this "invisible" ideology.But the ideology that accounts for our exploitation of animals is not "invisible." That ideology is the animal welfare position that has been around for 200+ years. The animal welfare…

Comment on ‘Vegan Feud’ Part 2

The following is a re-post of a comment by me on September 19, with some additions and modifications, on the Columbia University Press blog, in the comments section following Professor Francione's response to Professor James McWilliams's essay, Vegan Feud. I recommend taking the time to read Francione's excellent response, Irreconcilable Differences.Francione’s response to McWilliams’s surprisingly naive and…