Gary L. Francione Quotes

It costs us so little to go vegan. It costs animals so much if we don't.

...eating animals involves an intentional decision to participate in the suffering and death of nonhumans where there is no plausible moral justification.

We should stop bringing more domestic animals into existence.

We do not think clearly about our moral obligations to animals.

If you love animals but think that veganism is extreme then you are confused about the meaning of love.

If you claim to 'love' animals but you eat animal products you need to think critically about how you understand love.

Animal rights without veganism is like human rights with slavery. It makes no sense. None whatsoever.

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

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.

Being vegan provides us with the peace of knowing that we are no longer participants in the hideous violence that is animal exploitation.

They are nonhuman persons. They are not food. If animals matter morally at all there is one and only one rational response: go vegan. Everything else is just participation in animal exploitation.

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.

We cannot talk simultaneously about animal rights and the 'humane' slaughter of animals.

If an animal has any rights at all it's got the right not to be eaten.

I maintain that we ought to abolish the institution and stop causing or facilitating the existence of more 'companion' animals.

Veganism is not a "sacrifice." It is a joy.

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.

We do not need to eat animals wear animals or use animals for entertainment purposes and our only defence of these uses is our pleasure amusement and convenience.

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

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.

An aim of an argument should be progress but progress ultimately means little without victory.

Welfare reforms and the whole "happy" exploitation movement are not "baby steps." They are big steps"?in a seriously backward direction.

Any serious social political and economic change must include veganism.

If you think that being vegan is difficult imagine how difficult it is for animals that you are not vegan.

Who I've been is not as important as who I'm becoming.

Every time you drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese you harm a mother. Please go vegan.

People need to be educated so that they can make intelligent moral choices

There is no morally coherent difference between fur and other animal clothing such as leather wool etc. just as there is no morally coherent distinction between meat and milk or eggs.

Vegetarianism as a moral position is no more coherent than saying that you think it morally wrong to eat meat from a spotted cow but not morally wrong to eat meat from a non-spotted cow.

Ethical veganism represents a commitment to nonviolence.

You cannot live a nonviolent life as long as you are consuming violence. Please consider going vegan.

We should take good care of the domestic animals we have brought into existence until they die. We should stop bringing more domestic animals into existence.

If you care about animals there is one and only one choice: go vegan. Can you choose not to be vegan? Sure. You can choose not to care.

Veganism is not a limitation in any way; it's an expansion of your love your commitment to nonviolence and your belief in justice for all.

There is nothing more 'elitist' than thinking our palate

Being vegan is not just a matter of being 'kind' to animals. First and foremost it is a matter of being just and observing our moral obligation to not treat other sentient beings as things.

Every sentient being values her/his life even if no one else does. That is what is meant by saying that the lives of all have inherent value.

Even if plants were sentient veganism would still be a moral imperative given that it takes many pounds of plants to produce one pound of flesh.

We cannot justify treating any sentient nonhuman as our property as a resource as a thing that we an use and kill for our purposes.

Veganism is about nonviolence: nonviolence to other sentient beings; nonviolence to yourself; nonviolence to the earth.

Does veganism require a "sacrifice"? Yes. It requires that you give up that which you never had any right to in the first place.

In order to be a teacher you've got to be a student first

If we can live and prosper without killing why would we not do so? I do not see veganism as 'extreme' in any way. I see killing for no reason as extreme in every way.

All sentient beings should have at least one right"?the right not to be treated as property

Veganism must be the baseline if we are to have any hope of shifting the paradigm away from animals as things and toward animals as nonhuman persons.