If you asked me who I thought is one of the more powerful voices of the animal rights and vegan movement, hands down I would say Gary Francione. If you are not familiar with his blog, Abolitionist Approach, check it out. I only subscribe to a small number of blogs and his is one. Every time a post comes in I look forward to reading it.
Gary is a law professor at Rutgers University. He's also a book author and gives talks on the topic of animal rights and veganism. What I find refreshing about him is his straight-forward and honest approach and that he's not afraid to call it like he sees it. He doesn't shy away from pointing out the problems of things like PETA fighting to get KFC to treat birds nicer, rather than to stop killing them, or to have them start serving a vegetarian sandwich. He also addresses issues that hurt the veg movement, like using sexism to promote not wearing fur or vegetarianism.
He challenges us to think and then act, even if you don't always agree with him, it's interesting to hear what he has to say. His posts and audio commentary segments are thought-provoking and well written. A few of my favorites include:
- Commentary: Using Sexism to Promote Animal Rights
- New Welfarism Fails on its Own Terms
- Some Thoughts on the Meaning of Vegan
- PETA and KFC: "no differences of opinion about how animals should be treated"
Recently he also sent out source materials on Donald Watson, who coined the term "vegan." It includes a lengthy interview with Watson, as well as a look at his first newsletter. These are interesting to read over if you have the time.
If you are already a vegetarian or vegan you will likely find his blog to be quite interesting. If you are new to such ideas, or want to learn more about animal rights or veganism, you should check it out. He will certainly give you something to think about.