Posted: 02.05.2014
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach …and Abolition Means Veganism! Ahimsa in Jainism and the Moral Imperative of Veganism, Ahimsa, or nonviolence, is the fundamental principle of Jainism. Ahimsa Paramo Dharma - nonviolence is the highest religious duty. We can think about the concept of ahimsa in Jainism as having two dimensions: a dimension that focuses on ahimsa as a spiritual notion and a dimension...
Posted: 24.02.2011
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach …and Abolition Means Veganism! Dear Colleagues: The Vegan Society deleted the entire discussion on whether there should be advertisements for non-vegan restaurants/establishments in its magazine, The Vegan , from the Vegan Society Facebook discussion forum. I wonder why? On February 21, I received an email from the Head of Information of the Vegan Society thanking me...
Posted: 28.10.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach Donald Watson (1910-2005), co-founder of the Vegan Society in the U.K. and the person who coined the term “vegan” in response to the consumption and use of dairy and other animal products by “vegetarians,” was a remarkable person who was very far ahead of his time. In 2002, George D. Rodger of the Vegan Society did a four-hour interview of Watson. He has...
Posted: 06.08.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
A Statement on Veganism: Ahimsa in Crisis Dear Friends: Jai Jinendra. As you know, I do not regard veganism as a matter of "lifestyle," "diet," "health" (although it is increasingly clear that animal products cause physical damage), or ecology (although it is increasingly clear that animal agriculture is an environmental disaster). Veganism is nothing less than a fundamental commitment of the individual to...
Posted: 31.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione, Sagar K. Shah
Some Information on Dairy Production in India Jai Jinendra. I posted information about my discussion with Dr. Kachhara on a discussion list, Jain Vegans (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JainVegans/), and a member, of the group, Sagar K. Shah, posted the following message. Sagar is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics. He recently attained first class honors in his undergraduate degree at...
Posted: 28.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Last Observations On The Subject On Domestication: In Dr. Kachhara's most recent essay, he acknowledges that the domestication and use of nonhuman animals involves himsa and he agrees that unnecessary domestication cannot be justified, but he argues that animal use is required for farming in developing countries. A more equitable distribution of the world's wealth would obviate the...
Posted: 27.03.2009
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Ref: Observations by Dr. Kachhara I highly appreciate the concern of Prof. Francione for animals. His compassion for rescued dogs speaks a volume for his love for animals; it is an example to others. However, he has not addressed the question of our survival. Our love and kindness for animals would be meaningful only when we survive. There are two broad methods of producing food (1)...
Posted: 25.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Rejoinder to Observations by Prof. Francione on my Comments Jai Jinendra. I deeply appreciate the willingness of Dr. Kachhara to engage these issues and I am delighted that he acknowledges that strict vegetarianism (veganism) is required by Jaina doctrine under most circumstances. I do, however, disagree with his view that domestication is justifiable. He appears to make three...
Posted: 23.03.2009
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Ref: Observations by Prof. Francione Domestication of animals is a wider issue and is connected with survival of human race. The food needs of human beings before first Tirthankara Rishabhdeva were met from trees and the entire human race was then vegetarian, rather vegan. When supply of food from trees fell short of requirement king Rishabhdeva taught the art of agriculture and the related skills like trading...
Posted: 20.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Comment by Dr. N.L. Kachhara Dear Dr. Kachhara: Jai Jinendra. I appreciate your comments but I would like to make some observations. First, you claim, as a factual matter, that dairy farms in India "are not that bad." I have never been to India (I hope to visit soon) but many who have are appalled at the level of Himsa that occurs on the supposedly most "humane" farms and collectives...
Posted: 19.03.2009
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism by Prof. Gary L. Francione Professor Gary L.Francione has raised some very valid questions on practicing Jainism that should draw attention of all Jains. Non-violence is the foundation of Jain religion and must be strictly observed in all its aspects. The food norms, life style, clothing and personal chores were traditionally determined in India by the principle of non-violence. Dairy...
Posted: 11.09.2008
By Anna E. Charlton, Prof. Gary L. Francione
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach Animals: Our Moral Schizophrenia We claim to take animals seriously. We all agree that it is morally "wrong to inflict 'unnecessary' suffering or death on animals. But what do we mean by this? Whatever else it means, it must mean that it is wrong to inflict suffering or death on animals merely because we derive pleasure or amusement from doing so, or because it is...

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