I have a sneaky feeling that it is draft time in Camp Francione, and the inner sanctum need to prove their worth.
Lest they get tapped on the shoulder and hear that dreaded line, “You are the weakest link. Goodbye“.
Why else would there be a succession of disguised worship pieces on Ecorazzi.com?
The really embarrassing bit is when even Francione doesn’t understand his own work.
New Welfarist Fantasy
For those who came in late, there is no such thing as a “new welfarist”.
This is a term that Gary Francione made up to otherise and denigrate those who do not subscribe to his theory.
Fancione knows that the terms ‘protectionist’ or ‘regulationist’ conjure up more positive feeling with the audience than an “abolitionist approachist”.
A “new welfarist” is a group or person who promotes increase regulation of animal industries to lead to veganism.
Or, anyone who disagrees, or not Francione approved as a certified follower of the “abolitionist approach”.
An “old welfarist” would be those groups that do not have veganism as an end goal, and simply want other animals treated better.
An example, of an old welfarist groups would be a Trap-Neuter-Release program. This is because they do not understand animal rights, or promote veganism as an end goal.
An example of a new welfarist group would be Animal Liberation Queensland.
Where It Gets Embarrassing
With those definitions in mind, and understanding that it is a made up term. Meaning the definition can change, depending on the narrative.
Could HSUS be labelled as a new welfarist organisation?
No. They can’t be.
Yet, this is exactly what the Grumpy Old Vegans, Frances McCormack and Alan O’Reilly in their latest puff piece.
Gary L Francione, called it an excellent essay.
I guess that means that he doesn’t understand his own theory.
Confusion Isn’t The Only Problem
Labeling HSUS a new welfarist organisation could be dismissed as an oversight.
Except it goes far deeper than that.
The authors and Francione, are promoting Trap-Neuter-Release campaigns.
At the bottom of the McCormack/O’Reilly article is the following disclaimer
This is definately NOT a Francione approved activity.
Primarily because they don’t promote veganism as THE moral baseline.
A Mutiny Is Required
Devout followers of Francione would be aware of his guilt by association methodology.
What this means is that Gary Francione is no longer suitable as the leader of the abolitionist approach movement.
Neither are Frances McCormack and Alan O’Reilly.
Therefore it is left to those folding-table activists to overthrow the inner sanctum of Camp Francione.
A mutiny is the only thing that will keep Camp Francione pure and full of evangelistic converts to His message.
Failing to do so will set it on a slippery path that will see the “buy my book” button replaced with “donate now”.
The Other Option
If mutiny seems a tad extreme, there is another less painful option.
That is to completely reject the abolitionist approach as part of any grass roots vegan education.
If the inner sanctum don’t follow or understand the sacred text, what hope is there for anyone else?
What are you waiting for?