Once upon a time, utilitarian Peter Singer's views about animal rights and speciesism seemed radical. But compared to professor Gary Francione, Singer's views are mild.
In a Philosophy Bites interview, Francione lays out his radical veganism, asserting that humans have no business using or killing animals for any reason, including insects.
He's taking his own philosophy to heart. He must play a form of hopscotch when he walks from his car into a building, because he says he won’t walk on grass for fear of killing an insect. Sadly, his gyrations won't work because insects cross the road or sidewalk, or creep inside the home. One would wonder what he'd do if his house had a sudden roach, wasp, or rat infestation.
But it gets worse. His radical ideas extend to domesticated animals. He believes that all animals should be wild animals. Forget wool coats, blankets, etc.
Francione is an admitted dog lover . . . or maybe not. Following his own logic, he has adopted dogs from rescue, but then promptly began forcing his will on them. He feeds them a strict vegan diet. I wonder if they supplement their diet with an occasional squirrel or rabbit.
Francione's ideas and actions constitute a clear case of how our mentality goes when we don't believe in God: From nothing we were made, to nothing we return.
Thanks to Michael Cook from BioEdge.com for alerting me to this fascinating story.