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Official Statement regards Gary Francione and VegfestUK

Official Statement regards Gary Francione and VegfestUK

2016-01-31 
| by Editor

Gary Francione will no longer be appearing at VegfestUK events.

 

Whilst we value his ideology, we cannot support his treatment of vegan activists in public any longer, especially in the UK right now.

 

We have a big respect and admiration for what is essentially a movement based on altruism. Volunteers giving up their time for free, or low paid workers working overtime, to help end the unfair treatment of animals.

 

Whilst we agree that some of our combined efforts may be problematical, ineffective or even counterproductive, and whilst we encourage respectful debate and critique between vegan activists especially, and see it as an essential part of a growing Social Justice movement, we do not support the current approach that Gary and his team employ towards valued and respected vegan activists across the globe.

 

We wish Gary and his team well, and thank Gary and Anna especially for their excellent books and eye opening ideology, and thankyou also to those members of his team who have appeared at VegfestUK events to speak about the Abolitionist Approach. We are deeply grateful for your input.

 

And VegfestUK will continue to promote veganism from a Justice for All pro intersectional perspective.

 

But in a way that respects other activists, in a spirit of mutual cooperation, compassion and admiration for our efforts. And even if we disagree, we are open to debate, discussion and solutions.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend our events. And we will review our criteria shortly.

 

xxx VegfestUK

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