Gary L. Francione, American Educator ( - )

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Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.~Gary L. Francione

Age Community Racism

Most of the time, those who use animals in experiments justify that use by pointing to alleged benefits to human and animal health and the supposed necessity of using animals to obtain those benefits.~Gary L. Francione

Time Health Animal

There is no 'need' for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs. Indeed, these foods are increasingly linked to various human diseases and animal agriculture is an environmental disaster for the planet.~Gary L. Francione

Environmental Animal Human

Because animals are property, we consider as 'humane treatment' that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans.~Gary L. Francione

Animals Property Torture

We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.~Gary L. Francione

Animals Wear Eat

The proposition that humans have mental characteristics wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.~Gary L. Francione

Evolution Mental Theory

There is no moral distinction between fur and other materials made from animals, such as leather, which also is the result of the suffering and death of sentient beings.~Gary L. Francione

Death Suffering Animals

We eat animals because they taste good. And if that's O.K., what's wrong with wearing fur? We need as a society to think seriously about our institutionalized animal use.~Gary L. Francione

Good Society Animal

We do not think clearly about our moral obligations to animals.~Gary L. Francione

Animals Think Moral

Michael Vick may enjoy watching dogs fight. Someone else may find that repulsive but see nothing wrong with eating an animal who has had a life as full of pain and suffering as the lives of the fighting dogs. It's strange that we regard the latter as morally different from, and superior to, the former.~Gary L. Francione

Life May Pain

There is increasing social concern about our use of nonhumans for experiments, food, clothing and entertainment. This concern about animals reflects both our own moral development as a civilization and our recognition that the differences between humans and animals are, for the most part, differences of degree and not of kind.~Gary L. Francione

Food Differences Animals