Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lovettsville, VA and Portland, OR
I wonder what Gary Francione would do if he had the kind of funding some of the AW groups have. It's clear he thinks they are squandering their donation money, or basically using it to keep themselves in business, but has he said what he would do with it if it were up to him?
Maybe it's not a fair question since he's not really about fund-raising himself. But it seems he's criticizing them for what they say and do as they contend with government and industry, not the fact that their efforts are directed there.
What does Francione think the AW organizations should be doing instead of what they are doing? There is no interface with the government or industry in which an abolitionist can credibly urge government to mandate veganism, or try to force industry to cease meat production. I know he believes the answer is to bring down demand, but how does he propose to do that on a meaningful scale? If he believed "animal people" should unite the clans and try to get the agriculture subsidies removed, that would make sense to me, but I've never heard him advocate anything like that. I haven't heard him say activists should ignore industry and government and throw every bit of their resources at persuading consumers, but that does seem to be what he's getting at. Except that he also seems to think Vegan Outreach, which is doing just that, is also doing it wrong. Has he written the text for his own style of leaflet, and tried to get volunteers to hand them out?