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VegfestUK welcomes Professor Gary L Francione to London in October for the inaugural Peoples Vegan Activist Summit

VegfestUK welcomes Professor Gary L Francione to London in October for the inaugural Peoples Vegan Activist Summit

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Professor Gary L Francione, distinguished professor of law from Rutgers University, New Jersey USA, and a leading scholar and exponent of Animal Rights across the Globe, is our Keynote Speaker at the first People’s Vegan Activists Summit on Sunday October 11th 2015 at Olympia London, as part of the huge VegfestUK London event held over two days and set to attract over 10,000 visitors.


Professor Francione will be presenting a talk on the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights, as well as exploring and debating his views about why welfare reform campaigns and the "happy exploitation" movement, as well as single-issue campaigns are not only not helpful but are actually counterproductive.



The Abolitionist Approach focuses on creative, nonviolent vegan advocacy as a means to stop the use of animals. His approach is often misunderstood, particularly by those who promote welfare reform campaigns and single-issue campaigns. 

Professor Francione adds, "We must stop promoting the idea that there is a right way to do the wrong thing. If animals matter morally, we cannot justify using them as our resources. We ought to be speaking with a single voice:  if animals matter morally, veganism is not an option--it is a necessity.  We should never promote "humane" exploitation, or the idea that it's worse to eat foie gras than steak or ice cream, or that fur is worse morally to wear than wool or leather.  If people who care about animals hear the message of veganism as a moral imperative but want to do less than go vegan, that should be their choice and never what we advise is morally acceptable or desirable to do. I am delighted to be coming to the London VegFest and I look forward to frank but amicable discussions with everyone."


VegfestUK organiser Tim Barford added, “We are honoured and indeed thrilled that the Professor is giving up his valuable time to travel from the USA to join our summit as the Keynote speaker. The Abolitionist Approach is highly regarded by many UK activists, and we have little doubt that all the talks will be packed out by a group of people hungry to learn. Gary’s approach is unique, and incredibly powerful, as well as often misunderstood. VegfestUK aims to restore the balance a little and give The Abolitionist Approach a platform in the UK. And who better to introduce it than the man himself.  Gary – we welcome you, and thank you massively for coming.’’


Other speakers at the summit include author Dr. Melanie Joy, activist Ronnie Lee, author Kim Stallwood, presenter Victoria Moran and a number of leading global activists. The summit consists of a series of keynote speeches, films, workshops, debates and discussions aiming to empower visitors with effective forms of vegan activism in their communities. For a taste of the workshops involved, see our other blog on the Activists Workshops at our Bristol event earlier this year.


The People’s Vegan Activists Summit is part of a packed programme of activities that also include a People’s Vegan Health Summit on the Saturday, plus 200 stalls, 14 caterers, talks, cookery demos, living raw food demos, kids activities, comedy hours, a LifeWell SuperHub for natural holistic approaches to wellbeing, a Teen VGN Zone for teenage vegans to get together and network, a Mature Zone for the elderly, plus a ceremony for the VegfestUK Awards celebrating the best products and campaigns of the vegan lifestyle in 2015. To find out more, visit the event website 


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  • by lars pardo
    reply Jun 20 2015

    is Dr Andrew Linzey going to be speaking? - he's the gentleman who founded the Centre for Animal Ethics at Oxford

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