Tim etherspin

Hi readers,I’m so happy with the state of blogging in the sphere of animal rights here in 2009.
A number of theorists,philosophers and all manner of animal rights activists are blogging,podcasting,vodcasting and creating fantastic resources
In light of this I’m starting a monthly (at LEAST!) feature showcasing some of the best abolitionist perspectives we’ve come across (the ethereal blend bloggers) so these fantastic articles and other writings get a wider audience.

Here goes …

The Vegan Newshttp://news.vegan.fm/ is a multi segment video news show with a great new interview series on abolitionist theorist and writer Gary Francione ( http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/ )

Part 1
explaining “Moral Schizophrenia” . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO8NXatlQhc&feature=related
Part 2
Gary ties together beautifully sentience and self awareness.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsX5VXN67gQ&feature=related
Part 3
Contrasts the strategies of seeking welfare reform in animal use VS aiming to remove the property status of animals.
References and criticises  PETA as a long term economical benefit to chicken producers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMnc039SpiI
Part 4
Superbly assesses the notion that Lacto-Ovo Vegetarianism is a half step towards or moral alternative to Veganism and looks at the supposed benefit to animals of making concessions like encouraging nonvegans to consumer cage free eggs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwjefuK9JMc&feature=related

-further note : the later segments of this interview are also up now

Who You Callin Vegangelical ?

The Huffington Post is currently featuring a brilliant piece by Ari Solomon http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ari-solomon/who-you-callin-vegangelic_b_290582.html which is not specifically abolitionist but reaffirms that veganism is a notion worthy of discussion and is a robust philosophy regardless of efforts to marginalise it and paint it as a sort of religion or fundamentalism – “So, who’s the real extremist? The person who tries to stop unnecessary suffering by cutting out animal products, or the person who says, “I like the way that tastes, so a sentient being needs suffer and die?”" .
I recommend the article but have to state that I disagree with his notion that there are truly some vegans who are so for environmental or health reasons, I don’t believe that either route leads to veganism without incorporating ethics as the environmental concerns wouldn’t mean omitting donated / recycled animal products like leather jackets etc and health based animal product omission could still include a number of non vegan items,for example, honey as a sweetener, so yes, sorry Ari but I think all actual vegans have concern for animals.
Further reading /additional article by Ari http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ari-solomon/animals-are-stupid_b_336049.html


I can happily say I have so many links I’m gonna have to make this a part 1 !