Posted By Gary Francione,
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I am a law professor. My primary area of scholarship has
involved the moral and legal status of nonhuman animals. I have been a vegan
for 26 years. The basis of my veganism has always been spiritual; I reject
violence against all sentient beings. I have long accepted that Ahimsa should
be the guiding principle of all human behavior. You can read more about my
views on animal ethics at my website: www.AbolitionistApproach.com.
I am presently working with Pravin Shah of the Federation of
Jain Associations in North America on a new edition of The Book of Compassion. I teach about Jainism in my course, “Human
Rights and Animal Rights.” I believe firmly that the doctrines of Ahimsa,
Anekanta, and Aparigraha are more relevant than at any time in human history.
These doctrines provide clear answers speak to all of the pressing issues of
our time: war, poverty, violence, and ecological destruction.