One of the first people I read when I first started researching animal rights and veganism, was Dr. Gary L. Francione. His book (which he co-authored with Robert Garner), The Animal Rights Debate, was the second book I ever read on the subject.
Here is his mission statement:
“The mission of this website is to provide a clear statement of an approach to animal rights that (1) requires the abolition of animal exploitation and rejects the regulation of animal exploitation; (2) is based only on animal sentience and no other cognitive characteristic, (3) regards veganism as the moral baseline of the animal rights position; and (4) rejects all violence and promotes activism in the form of creative, non-violent vegan education.”
Do yourself a favor, go visit his site and take an in-depth dive into the Abolition Approach to Animal Rights.
Have you heard about the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)? If you haven’t, you should get to know them. They do very much needed, and very important work on behalf of humans as well as taking a strong stand (and actually fighting for) the abolition of using animals for research and exploitation. Here is their mission statement:
PCRM promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs:
- PCRM has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies.
- Our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious conditions.
- PCRM’s Cancer Project has provided vital information to tens of thousands of people.
- The New Four Food Groups is PCRM’s innovative proposal for a federal nutrition policy that puts a new priority on health.
- Our public service announcement series features medical experts on prevention and health.
We encourage higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research:
- We oppose unethical human experiments. While great strides have been made in eliminating such experiments, problems remain. For example, children are still given synthetic growth hormone in experiments to make them taller, and both children and adults are exposed to unnecessary new drugs which have toxic effects.
- We promote alternatives to animal research and animal testing. We have worked to put a stop to gruesome experiments, such as the military’s cat-shooting studies, DEA narcotics experiments, and monkey self-mutilation projects. We also promote nonanimal methods in medical education. Currently, more than three-quarters of all U.S. medical schools have dropped their animal labs for medical students.
Since 1985, PCRM has been influencing advancements in medicine and science. We advocate for preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, conduct clinical research, and advocate for higher ethical standards in research. Our membership includes 150,000 health care professionals and concerned citizens.
Do yourself a favor, check them out today PCRM.