In this Commentary, I talk with Rob Johnson, an abolitionist vegan in the United Kingdom. While a student at the University of Aberdeen, Rob started Grampian Animal Rights Advocates, which, as Rob explains, started as a new welfarist group. Rob has formed Vegan U.K., a grassroots organization designed to provide support and information about veganism and abolition for individuals and other grassroots groups. Rob also writes a blog, Animal Rights U.K.
It is clear that there is a need for grassroots vegan advocacy in the U.K. Most of the large groups do not promote veganism as a moral baseline and even The Vegan Society advertises non-vegan restaurants and inns in its quarterly magazine.
It is my hope that with Commentaries like this one and the ones that I did with Jeff Perz and Renata Peters and with Leila Fusfeld of the Peace Advocacy Network will give you ideas about the wide range of things that can be done to promote the view that animals are not resources and that their membership in the moral community means that we cannot eat, wear, or use them.
If you are not vegan, go vegan. It’s easy; it’s better for your health and for the planet. But, most important, it’s the morally right thing to do. If you are vegan, educate everyone you can about veganism.
Gary L. Francione
©2011 Gary L. Francione
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