Francione is a lawyer and a tenured professor, lectures regularly and is a published author.
While he’s completely off-base in his opinions — and that’s what they
are, simply one man’s opinion — if the disconnected-from-nature urban
majority actually falls for Francione’s misguided theories – – trading
food and fiber policies that include sustainable hunts (the ultimate in
free range) and the “cowboy way” for the “vegan way” — we’ll eliminate
domesticated livestock and collapse human civilization. Of course, for
some extreme vegans this would be a blessing. After all, fewer human
animals means more habitat for al the other animals!
But remember, human development only covers 6% of the Earth: 3% is for our plant crops and 3% for cities.
Instead of making livings as
professional critics I do wish vegans would focus on cleaning up the
monoculture crop production of the soybeans they so love. For example,
the greatest threat to wildlife is habitat loss, and most of this is
caused by clearing land for crop production.
Couldn’t vegans work with
those harvesting crops to reduce indirect kills in the field of
trillions of insects, birds and wildlife every season?
vegans develop recycling programs for the nonbiodegradable fake fur and
polyester clothing they embrace? These nonrenewable “alternatives” are
fouling the planet — our seas and lands are chock full of inorganic
plastic shoes and bags and clothing. Fovever. It never breaks down.
It makes so much sense for humanity to wear and treasure natural
fibers such as silk, wool and hides/pelts (leather, suede, furs such as
rabbit, shearling, mink, etc) and the fabulous new wool/fur hybrids on
To feed and clothe 6 billion
on a finite and watery planet, we must embrace diverse solutions and
rely on free market mechanisms to deliver fairly priced products that
capture the full cost of production, including recycling/disposal.
will forever rely on both plants and animals, from wild and
domesticated sources. Why? Because nature dictates it be so since less
than 3% of the Earth’s surface is capable of producing crops to feed and
clothe us. We are omnivores. Not carnivores. Not herbivores. Omnivores.
But, hey it’s a free country
and anyone is free to vegetate and agitate as a vegan. But reality and
nature dictate humans remain omnivores forever.
We human animals are locked in an eternal symbiosis with the other animals on this planet. It’s beautiful and natural and, in a fast-paced, increasingly urban world, something surely to celebrate.