Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - May 24, 2019
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Are Animal Welfare Reforms Beneficial?
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Rick and activists leafleted with volunteers, many of whom were affiliated with Anonymous for the Voiceless and others with Vegan Outreach, at Winter Jam in Atlanta. Rick did an amazing job distributing booklets prior to our arrival. Vegan Outreach activists passed out 72 Primal Strips, and the strips were helpful in starting conversations with people who had already received a booklet from Rick or another volunteer. One volunteer said she spoke to a couple in line who were vegan and thanked her for being there.


2. Are Animal Welfare Reforms Beneficial?

From the earliest days of animal advocacy, people have recommended reforms to reduce animal suffering and death. However, many animal advocates have opposed such reforms on several grounds. Over the next few weeks, I will consider some of their objections.

Critics of animal welfare reforms assert that reforms send the message that animal exploitation and abuse are acceptable, as long as they are not too severe. Further, they assert, when animal advocates support welfare reforms they undermine animal rights and animal liberation.

I think it is hard to anticipate how people will respond to any advocacy campaign. Humans are complex, and there are many ways they can interpret and respond to a campaign. It is possible that animal welfare reforms encourage people to recognize that animals deserve moral consideration, and this could be a necessary step toward animal rights and animal liberation.

At the end of the day, I see animal rights and animal liberation as means to an end. They are abstract concepts, and I think what really matters are the actual experiences of sentient individuals. I think the goal of animal advocacy should be to allow animals to live according to their natural needs and desires, and to be free of human-caused pain, suffering, and early death. Widespread adoption of animal rights or animal liberation would likely improve the status of animals greatly, but so might the adoption of animal welfare reforms. I think it is very unclear which strategy is most likely to benefit animals.

Next week, I will consider a related argument, that advocating animal welfare reforms leaves intact the view that animals are property, and animals will always be abused as long as they are regarded as property.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry


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