Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this Francione dude?  And why does he deserve an unofficial website, anyway?

Q:  Look, I'm a busy person, and there's too much stuff on this site.  I don't have time to read it all.  What's the bottom line?

A:  Read (or listen to) this interview and this one, and you'll get 80% of the way there.  Even people who have little interest in animal rights have told me that these interviews are gripping and thought-provoking.

Q:  Why does this site exist?

A:  The short answer is this:  This site exists because I agree with Professor Francione's abolitionist philosopy of animal rights, and I hope to convince other people to accept it, as well.  A longer response follows.

In a sense, this site is superfluous.  I first began developing this website in early 2006, while Professor Francione's “Animal Law” page was still badly out of date, and before he started writing his excellent blog.  My goal was to create a site that would act as a clearinghouse for information related to Professor Francione's theories about animal rights.  Now that Professor Francione has a solid presence on the Internet, the need for this site has been lessened – but here it is, just the same.

I first encountered Professor Francione's work in 2005, when I stumbled upon two audio interviews that he had granted to a Canadian radio show called “Animal Voices”.  My whole view of animal rights changed after I heard these interviews.  I followed up by reading his book, Rain Without Thunder, and my fate as an abolitionist was sealed.  I had long been uncomfortable with many aspects of the animal movement, but my uneasiness was vague and ill-defined.  Professor Francione's theories – and especially his critique of large animal groups, such as PETA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) – resonated with me and gave substance to my views.

I now believe that welfarist reforms don't work, and that they actually hurt animals in the long run.  By creating this site, I hope to spread the message to people who may not have been exposed to the abolitionist view of animal rights.

This site is a work in progress.  Much remains to be done.  If you have comments or suggestions, or if you would like to help expand this site, feel free to contact me.

Q:  When will this FAQs page have additional content?

A:  Um, I dunno – maybe when I get some free time.  Seriously, though, I would like to use the question-and-answer format to explain the specific elements of Professor Francione's abolitionist philosophy of animal rights.  The only problem is that writing this stuff takes time, and I have so little of it right now.