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Full article: http://www.candidhominid.com/2011/04...gan-vegan.htmlTheory is extremely important. Gary Francione wrote about this recently, and I'm glad he did. Theory can make activists uncomfortable, or exhaust their patience. Nevertheless, it's essential. Actually, in a sense, theory is inescapable. All activism stems from a set of ideas about what is true and appropriate. These ideas can be your own, in that you understand them, or someone else's, if you follow a group's program without much thought.
While I admire the impulse to just get active, things aren't that simple. Fortunately, they aren't much more complex. Some reading and thinking are required, but it's not as if every activist needs to earn a fancy degree at an elite college.
We must first acknowledge that the animal movement is not united, either by an ultimate goal or by activist tactics. There are currently several distinct camps of advocates working independently.