NZ Vegan Podcast Episode 21 - Why I agree with the Abolitionist Approach with regard to Pets.

 
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This is a big subject, and I realize there are so many more things I could say than I said, and so many more reasons I could add to the ones I gave, but I hope I at least got it across why I feel the way I do about this issue and why I personally agree that we should not have companion animals or pets anymore than we should have food animals, clothing animals or animals for entertainment or scientific research.
Firstly this is the link to the video from Hurricane Katrina of which I extracted the audio clip that appears in the podcast.
https://ia600504.us.archive.org/18/items/OprahOprahsaveddog/OprahWinfreysaveddog_512kb.mp4
Please access the following links if you are interested in the words that made me think about this issue of companion animals and agree that the possession of companion animals is not morally justifiable and therefore not right. I hope you read it because it is very well written! I hope it makes as much sense to you as it does to me. This whole article is great, the chapter on pets in regard to this specific topic is question number 3.
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/faqs/
Also here is a great clip from an interview: scroll down to the interview called:
ARGUES AGAINST “THE RIGHT TO HAVE PETS”
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/audio/
click on mp3 to hear the clip.
A great article: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/pets-the-inherent-problems-of-domestication
Another great article: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/animal-rights-and-domesticated-nonhumans/#.UZf-ApX9tzM
The following is a link to a link to a debate in which the arguments presented by Professor Francione make utter and complete logical sense to me, and if they don't make sense to someone else who reads them, then there is no way that this podcast episode will :-)
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/a-debate-on-pet-ownership/
I would say that the arguments presented in the above debate are the best ones to read if you want to know how you really feel about the issue. I cannot see anyone who successfully refutes Professor Francione's statements, I just see the utter sense, logic and reason in the philosophy. However I am very aware that not everyone agrees, although I have never seen, read or heard anything by someone who doesn't agree that has convinced me otherwise.
P.S. here is a link to the vegan (/vegetarian *sigh*) childrens book! I think it is the first of its kind! Rock on!
That's Why We Don't Eat Animals
P.P.S Adam Kochanowicz's show is called Vegan FM not Vegan TV - sorry! Here is the link (it is also in the link list)
http://vegan.fm/

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