A new pamphlet on vegan/abolition education is available for download. Created by Gary L. Francione and his colleague and partner Anna Charlton, the tri-fold pamphlet addresses the moral inconsistencies involved in how we view different animals. It points out that while we all agree that the infliction of unnecessary suffering and death on animals is wrong; almost all of our uses of animals are for trivial reasons.
By far our largest use of animals is for food. Some startling statistics are provided, such as 53 billion animals (not included fish and other sea animals) killed worldwide each year for food consumption. Animal agriculture’s detrimental effects on the environment, and on human health are explained; along with the wasteful inefficiencies in terms of land use, water use, and the effects on the world food supply of feeding grain to animals instead of directly to humans.
The authors explain how the property status of animals greatly limits what can be achieved through legislative animal welfare measures or efforts to improve industry treatment standards. More “humane” treatment offers very little for animals, and actually encourages people to continue to consume animal products, while doing nothing to address the idea of ending animal exploitation.
The last portion of the pamphlet presents veganism as the solution. Veganism works to decrease animal suffering and death by directly reducing demand. It’s simple, nonviolent, and sets a positive example for people around you.
At the end is a link to Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach, where more detailed information on the topics summarized in the pamphlet can be found.
The pamphlet, which can be downloaded here, may be printed double-sided, then folded. It’s a great low-cost tool for your own education, to give to friends and family members, or to distribute to the public. Hopefully those who read it will begin thinking about these issues.
August 13, 2008 Update: Subsequent to this posting, the creators of this pamphlet have made it available in additional languages. There are now versions written in German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Polish, with more to come.