Happy Birthday Gary Francione!
Today is Gary Francione‘s birthday, and to express my gratitude for all he has done, I will match, dollar-for-dollar, the first $1,000 in cash donations to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary in his name.* Peaceful Prairie is the only abolitionist farmed animal sanctuary in the country, and is run entirely by volunteers. Read the stories of the residents, look at the spectacular photos and check out their vegan-as-moral-baseline-philosophy. Professor Francione has and is so impressed that he asked his readers to support them earlier this year.
Though I have always been an abolitionist, I, like many of you, used to think that abolition would come about through incremental reforms that reduced suffering. As Professor Francione would likely say, I wasn’t an abolitionist at all–I was a new welfarist
(.pdf download–and worth it). But thanks largely to Professor Francione’s books and website, I have altered my personal focus, my activist focus and my philanthropic focus with regard to animal rights.
If you have been similarly influenced, and you’d like to express your gratitude to the most significant voice in abolition, make a donation to Peaceful Prairie (press the "Make a Donation" button on the sidebar, and type "Happy Birthday Gary Francione" in the "Payment for" space at the top). Send Professor Francione an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell him about the difference he’s made in your thinking, eating and activism. And of course, wish him a Happy Birthday.
Matching gifts are an important vehicle to motivate potential donors to either give at that moment (when they were perhaps thinking about giving at another time), or to give more than they ordinarily would. Please use my offer as an incentive to give as much as you can to a vegan organization that directly helps farm animal every day of the year.
I’m going to visit Peaceful Prairie to deliver my donation in person and spend some time with the people and the animals. Naturally, I’ll let you know how that goes.
*Professor Gary Francione had nothing to do with this birthday gift idea.