Professor Gary L. Francione recently appeared in a Philosophy Bites podcast interview and discussed his abolitionist approach to animal rights. Despite the short length of the interview (around 15 minutes), many topics were covered, including:
- The ideology of animal welfare: Jeremy Bentham and Peter Singer
- Veganism as a moral requirement
- Moral status of animals: sentience and cognitive characteristics
- Achieving abolitionism via welfare reforms
- Alleged differences between factory farming and humane farming (e.g., free range, “happy meat,” “compassionate consumption”).
- Domestication, pets and non-vegan cats
- Unintended harms of a vegan diet
- Eating road kill
- Veganism and its relation to the modern animal rights movement
(For interested readers, I left some comments about some of the above).