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Animal Rights - Human Rights

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:


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.

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