Farm to Fable
The Fictions of our Animal Consuming Culture

Written by Robert Grillo, 2016 (director of FreeFromHarm.org)
Forward by Carol J. Adams (author of The Sexual Politics of Meat)
Published by Vegan Publishers

Why do the vast majority of us continue to consume animals when we could choose otherwise? What are the cultural forces that drive our food choices? These are the fundamental questions Farm to Fable seeks to answer in two ways: by asserting that our beliefs about eating animals remain largely unexamined and therefore unchallenged, and by demonstrating how the fictions of popular culture continually reinforce these beliefs and behaviors. Farm to Fable deconstructs these fictions for those who truly want to know not only where our food comes from, but also why we make the choices that we do. For seasoned animal advocates as well, this book will provide important insights.
Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy
A Clinical Psychology Perspective

By Casey T. Taft, PhD, 2016
Published by Vegan Publishers

How can we as animal advocates best help nonhuman animals? This is a question that gets thrown around and debated passionately among those who care deeply about animals. Many fall within different "camps," claiming that their particular approach is more "effective" despite a lack of any meaningful or peer-reviewed scientific study. Often, claims of effectiveness are not grounded in any particular theory of behavioral change and may actually run counter to the clinical and scientific literatures about how change occurs for other behaviors. Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy applies principles and methods from the field of clinical psychology to enhance the potential impact of the animal advocacy efforts of individuals and groups. This work is based on the premise that animal advocates are the change-makers and will help determine whether this movement succeeds or fails. Fortunately, there are tried and tested models and strategies that have been shown to help create true, internal, long-standing behavioral change for a range of problem behaviors that include unnecessary violence. Taft discusses these methods and illustrates how they can best be applied in preventing the needless harm inflicted upon animals.
Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger?
And Other Questions People Ask Vegans

By Sherry F. Colb, 2013

What about plants? Don't animals eat other animals? There are no perfect vegans, so why bother? If you're vegan, how many times have you been asked these, and other similarly challenging, questions from non-vegans? Using humor and reason, Sherry F. Colb takes these questions at face value and also delves deeply into the motivations behind them, coming up with answers that are not only intelligent but insightful about human nature. Through examples, case studies, and clear-eyed logic, she provides arguments for everything from why veganism is compatible with the world's major religions to why vegetarianism is not enough. In the end, she shows how it is possible for vegans and non-vegans to engage in a mutually beneficial conversation without descending into counterproductive name-calling.
Eat Like You Care
An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals

By Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton, 2013

The best justification we have for the unimaginable amount of suffering and death that we impose on animals is that they taste good. But how is this any different from Michal Vick claiming that his dogfighting operation was justifiable because he enjoyed watching dogs fight? Vick liked sitting around a pit watching animals fight. We enjoy sitting around a summer barbecue pit roasting the corpses of animals who had lives and deaths that were as bad as, if not worse than, Vick’s dogs. What is the difference between Michael Vick and those of us who eat animals? There are many excuses that have kept us from stopping our consumption of animals. The authors explore the 30+ excuses they have heard as long-time vegans and address each one, showing why these excuses don’t work. Packed with clear, commonsense thinking on animal ethics, without jargon or complicated theory, this book will change the way you think about who and what you eat.
Animal Rights
The Abolitionist Approach

By Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton, 2015

The exploitation of animals is pervasive, entrenched, and horrific. In this book, the authors reject the idea that animal use is acceptable if we treat animals “humanely.” They reject the campaigns for “compassionate” exploitation promoted by virtually all large animal protection organizations. These campaigns, the authors argue, reinforce the notion that we can consume our way out of injustice and trade one form of exploitation for another. They are ethically wrong and they are, as a practical matter, ineffective.
     The central argument of this book is that we need a paradigm shift. We must see nonhuman animals as nonhuman persons.
     This paradigm shift—this revolution of the heart—starts with our own veganism, not as some sort of “flexitarian lifestyle” issue, but as a basic, fundamental, and non-negotiable commitment to justice and fairness for nonhuman animals. Veganism, as an ethical imperative, recognizes that we have no justification for using animals —however “humanely”— for our purposes. It continues with our daily efforts to educate others in creative, positive, and nonviolent ways about veganism—something that each of us can do if we want to. Is it easier to write a check to someone else than do the work ourselves? Of course it is. But it won’t work because the large advocacy organizations are not seeking to end animal exploitation; they are, by promoting the idea of “compassionate” animal use, seeking instead to make the public feel more comfortable about continuing to exploit animals.
Advocate for Animals
An Abolitionist Vegan Handbook

By Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton, 2017

Since the beginning of time, there have been—in total—about 110 billion humans who have lived and died. We kill more nonhuman animals than that every single year. Think about that for a second. Our exploitation of nonhumans represents violence on a scale that is unparalleled. The largest number of animals we kill is for food—about 60 billion land animals and at least one trillion sea animals killed annually. And there are many billions more killed every year for various other reasons.
     For the past two hundred years, animal advocacy has focused on treatment. That is, animal advocates have campaigned to get supposedly more “humane” treatment standards. That approach has been a failure and has only made people feel more comfortable about continuing to exploit animals. Abolition involves a clear and explicit rejection of the animal welfare position—the idea that it is morally acceptable to use animals as long as we treat them in a “humane” way. In order to abolish animal exploitation, we must abolish animal exploitation from our individual lives. If we believe that animals matter as individuals, we must go vegan. We must stop eating, wearing, and using animals to the greatest extent practicable. And we must engage in creative, nonviolent vegan advocacy in order to convince others to go vegan.
Although the following books may be too expensive for most to purchase, they may be available in a library.

These books unequivocally explain and clarify that what humans the world over do to individuals of other land and sea species is not normal or necessary. Rather, it is a learned social conditioning that in actuality is a monumental social injustice and atrocity.

As we humans wouldn't advocate or educate for anything less than the cessation of
human-on-human injustices, so too, the exploitation of non-human land and sea individuals by humans needs to be abolished in its entirety. Not regulated. Not reduced. Abolished. And peaceful, non-violent vegan education is the most effective means of achieving and maintaining this outcome on their behalf.
Animals, Property, and the Law

By Gary L. Francione, 1995

Francione argues that the current legal standard of animal welfare does not and cannot establish fights for animals. As long as they are viewed as property, animals will be subject to suffering for the social and economic benefit of human beings. Exploring every facet of this heated issue, Francione discusses the history of the treatment of animals, anticruelty statutes, vivisection, the Federal Animal Welfare Act, and specific cases such as the controversial injury of anaesthetized baboons at the University of Pennsylvania. He thoroughly documents the paradoxical gap between our professed concern with humane treatment of animals and the overriding practice of abuse permitted by U.S. law.
Rain Without Thunder
An Abolitionist Vegan Handbook

By Gary L. Francione, 1996

In this wide-ranging book, Francione takes the reader through the philosophical and intellectual debates surrounding animal welfare to make clear the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Through case studies such as campaigns against animal shelters, animal laboratories, and the wearing of fur, Francione demonstrates the selectiveness and confusion inherent in reformist programs that target fur, for example, but leave wool and leather alone.
Introduction to Animal Rights
Your Child or the Dog?

By Gary L. Francione, 2000

Two-thirds of Americans polled by the Associated Press agree with the following statement: "An animal's right to live free of suffering should be just as important as a person's right to live free of suffering." More than 50 percent of Americans believe that it is wrong to kill animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport. But these same Americans eat hamburgers, take their children to circuses and rodeos, and use products developed with animal testing. How do we justify our inconsistency? In this easy-to-read introduction, animal rights advocate Gary Francione looks at our conventional moral thinking about animals. Using examples, analogies, and thought-experiments, he reveals the dramatic inconsistency between what we say we believe about animals and how we actually treat them.
Animals as Persons
Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation

By Gary L. Francione, 2009

In this collection, Francione further advances the theory of animal rights. For example, unlike Peter Singer, Francione maintains that we cannot morally justify using animals under any circumstances, and unlike Tom Regan, Francione's theory applies to all sentient beings, not only to those who have more sophisticated cognitive abilities. Francione does not attack anyone personally. Rather he uses a calm, rational approach to explain the discrepancies inherent in welfare objections to the justifications for abolishing the exploitation of non-human animals.
Beating Hearts
Abortion and Animal Rights

By Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf, 2016

How can someone who condemns hunting, animal farming, and animal experimentation also favor legal abortion, the deliberate destruction of a human fetus? The authors of Beating Hearts aim to reconcile this apparent conflict and examine the surprisingly similar strategic and tactical questions faced by activists in the pro-life and animal-rights movements.