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Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement

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Are "animal welfare" supporters indistinguishable from the animal exploiters they oppose? Do reformist measures reaffirm the underlying principles that make animal exploitation possible in the first place? In this provocative book, Gary L. Francione argues that the modern animal rights movement has become indistinguishable from a century-old concern with the welfare of ani ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published September 3rd 1996 by Temple University Press (first published August 1st 1996)
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To put it as succinctly as possible, Prof. Francione's work will change your world-view forever. I cannot recommend his work highly enough.

Generally speaking if you want cutting-edge animal rights theory written in a way which is understandable, consistent and clear, then go no further than *any* work by Prof. Gary L. Francione. After reading his books, I could never think about nonhuman animals in the same way again. I cannot view welfare "reform" in the same way. And I can clearly see the fla
Adam Kochanowicz
Crucial for understanding the animal rights movement and why anyone who takes the interests of animals seriously should go vegan and not support animal welfare.
Gary Francione doesn’t get along well with most well-known animal advocates and organizations. Some find him inspiring, others endlessly frustrating. The reason for this great rift is because that Francione believes that animal welfare reforms (such as larger cages for factory-farmed hens, for example) are pointless and counter-productive when the goal is animal rights, whereas most activists disagree.

There is much name-dropping of animal activists here, most of it disparaging. Francione does c
Francione tends towards repetition, but his points are well worth reiterating. For anyone genuinely concerned about the rights of animals, as opposed to the regulation of their oppression, this book will be indispensible; for anyone who advocates regulation in favor of abolition, this will be a damning indictment. A foundational work that everyone interested in the topic should take seriously.
Kathleen O'Neal
This book reminded me a great deal of the fear of seeming too radical and the allergy to theory and debate that has always bothered me about certain segments of the youth rights movement. The book does a good job of exploring these dynamics in the case of the animal rights movement in the mid-1990s in a way that is still relevant to that movement and others today. Highly recommended.
Dr. Francione's philosophical framework ("ideology") is compelling, clear, consistent. He provides a very solid casing in which to arrange one's thinking about animal ethics. His writing is severely redundant, though perhaps because the evidence he marshals to demonstrate the attitudes of the "new welfarists" are so repetitive (not due to any fault of his own).
*The* statement of abolitionist animal rights theory. An instant classic, as they say, and required reading for anyone interested in the great moral question of our time. Which ought to be everybody.
Simply a must-read for any animal advocate. As relevant today as when it was first published (or probably even more relevant now).
Oct 20, 2009 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Even if one doesn't agree with every word, Gary Francione is always compelling, passionate and persuasive.
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A prominent and respected philosopher of animal rights law and ethical theory, Gary L. Francione is known for his criticism of animal welfare laws and regulations, his abolitionist theory of animal rights, and his promotion of veganism and nonviolence as the baseline principles of the abolitionist movement. Unlike Peter Singer, Francione maintains that we cannot morally justify using animals under ...more
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