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Advocate for Animals!: An Abolitionist Vegan Handbook By Gary Francione

Publisher: Exempla Press


Advocate for Animals
Advocate for Animals!: An Abolitionist Vegan Handbook
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This book is a must read for everyone who is serious about advocating for animals! There are many well-meaning people out there who care about animals, and want to speak up on their behalf but not exactly sure how to do it right. This brand new book by esteemed longterm vegan educators, Professor Francione and Professor Carlton shows the way. The clarity, the logic and the consistency of writing makes this book a brilliant helping tool for all of us, abolitionist vegan educators and to all future abolitionist vegan educators as well. What a wonderful handbook to have and to share with others. Thank you wholeheartedly for writing it! It was a much needed book and it will be well-used, there is no doubt about that. Excellent!
~ Vanda Kadas

What a wonderful book! It answers so many questions for those who want to advocate for the animals but have some doubts as to how certain sensitive questions should be handled. It is so inspiring that it will make you want to get out there and start speaking up immediately for our non human friends and with complete confidence! Thank you Gary and Anna for all that you do and for this wonderful and newest addition to the very important books you’ve already written for the animals.
~ Anita

Yet another fantastic and very much needed book by Profs. Francione and Charlton! It's a must-read for anyone who is eager to become an effective advocate for animal rights, yet doesn't know where and how to start. The rational foundation and practical advices this book offers are an outstanding source of inspiration for people to come up with their own creative, peaceful method of educating others about veganism as moral baseline.
~ Fairy Godmother

This is the best book ever written on animal advocacy. It is explained in such an easy format that is simple, concise and hugely effective. There is no graphic images, no abusive use of language required to be a successful vegan advocate. Professors Francione & Charlton speak the truth and their truth will prevail. It's a proven fact that social movements take time but their abolitionist approach is the only one that makes sense. Otherwise, our animal kingdom stay within the revolving door with the same old same old same old. If we want to change the future, we must change the present. The abolitionist approach is the answer their message is clear. Be calm and clear with your message at every opportunity to Educate, Educate and Educate. A book for every household world-wide.
~ Marlene Watson-Tara

A fantastic, clear and concise animal rights book about how to educate others about veganism. Really an absolute must read for all vegans. I am fortunate and thankful to have a small contribution in this book and even though I'd already consider myself a reasonably well schooled abolitionist vegan educator I found reading this book extremely valuable. The information and advice included, as well as from other advocates around the world was great and provided new ideas, learning, insight and motivation. Gary Francione, Anna Charlton and all of those who helped bring this book to life have provided another great resource to help and motivate animal advocates in the cause to educate people about veganism as a moral imperative. This book lays out very clearly that the grassroots abolitionist vegan movement is about selfless activism in the form of creative non-violent vegan education for justice for animals. And how to do it.
~ Damon

If you are already vegan and familiar with the Abolitionist Approach that has been developed by Francione and Charlton, this book will be very useful for you because it will help you to understand the basics of vegan advocacy. After reading this book you will have the information you need to advocate veganism and of course the courage and inspiration. Alongside with basic principles of advocacy, you will also be able to read the experiences of vegan activists from all around the world. Don't forget: We do not need large organizations to change the world, actually, they are a part of the problem. What we need is caring individuals doing what is right and encouraging others to do the same. This book will help you to do that!

If you haven't read any of Francione and Charlton's work, I'd suggest you start with Eat Like You Care. It will provide you the answers to the frequently asked questions about veganism (And if you are not vegan yet, it will be crystal clear to you that you should go vegan if animals matter to you). And go on with reading "The Abolitionist Approach". After reading those, this book would be even more useful.
~ Efe Altinal


Website: Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach

Gary L. Francione is Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa O'Hearn Scholarship that allowed him to pursue graduate study in philosophy in Great Britain. He received his M.A. in philosophy and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. He was Articles Editor of the Virginia Law Review.

After graduation, he clerked for Judge Albert Tate, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court. He was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984, where he was tenured in 1987. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1989. Professor Francione has been teaching animal rights and the law for more than 20 years, and he was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school. He has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including serving as a member of the Guest Faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. He is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his abolitionist theory of animal rights.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law, including Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000), Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996), Animals, Property, and the Law (1995), Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection (with Anna E. Charlton) (1992), and Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (2007).

Professor Francione and his partner and colleague, Adjunct Professor Anna E. Charlton, started and operated the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic/Center from 1990-2000, making Rutgers the first university in the United States to have animal rights law as part of the regular academic curriculum, and to award students academic credit not only for classroom work, but also for work on actual cases involving animal issues. Francione and Charlton represented without charge individual animal advocates, grassroots animal groups, and national and international animal organizations. Francione and Charlton currently teach a course on human rights and animal rights, and a seminar on animal rights theory and the law. Professor Francione also teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, and legal philosophy.

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