If you are some misinformed New Welfarist who wants to defend Direct Action Everywhere or Ricky Gervais or any of that other bullshit, please don’t waste your (or my) time here. If, however, you realize how stupid New Welfarism is and want to learn that there is a way to actually HELP animals rather than perpetuating the animals-as-property paradigm, then please feel free to leave comments and engage in reasonable conversation. I am not interested in hearing New Welfarism defended on my blog–there is no defense for it. If you want to read up on the ONLY animal rights advocacy that is ever going to actually help animals, then please read up on the Abolitionist Approach as formulated by Gary Francione. Go to his website at http://www.abolitionistapproach.com or read any of his numerous books. Start with Eat Like You Care, as it’s an easy read for anyone new to the ideas. Also check out The International Vegan Association (http://www.internationalvegan.org/boston/) for some great information and ways to get involved. If you are into podcasts, check out NZ Vegan at http://nzveganpodcast.blogspot.ca/. There are lots and lots of Abolitionist vegans who are doing meaningful and useful advocacy rather than soliciting donations and working with industry to exploit animals more efficiently. Look around and see what they have to say. And go vegan if you aren’t already–it’s the least we can do for animals.
I really wonder why so many big welfare organizations aren’t actually advocating veganism when it should be the first thing we should do! I can post more about that later, I guess. In the meantime, what are you waiting for? Go vegan.