We previously discussed the anti-vaccination stance of a member of the animal rights group “Progress for Science”. The fact that this individual prefers oregano oil, ginger, garlic, and other herbs over vaccines did not come as a surprise. We have already noted the strong similarities between the arguments espoused by the anti-vaccination and animal rights groups. … Continue reading Gary Francione: “I don’t believe in vaccinations”
While reading Edzard Ernst's fantastic blog I came across a list of "common anti-vaccination tropes" that originated in a 2012 paper by A. Kata. What's interesting is that nearly every argument could be used by an animal rights activist if you simply switch the word "vaccination" to "medicine". So: 1. I am not anti-medicine, I … Continue reading Similarity of Anti-Vaccination and Anti-Animal-Testing Arguments
On March 8th I debated Prof. Gary Francione at Rutgers. It was an interesting, heated but civil debate, with a somewhat anticipated outcome. In a few words, we have profound, irreconcilable differences. There is a deep, fundamental gap between the views of the vast majority of the public and anyone whose moral theory declares permissible … Continue reading The Human or the Mouse? Would You Flip a Coin?