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New Position Paper Available: Is It Always Wrong To Consume Animal Products?

Many people don’t understand why vegans abstain from consuming and using animals and animal products even in very small quantities. For example, many products which could otherwise be free from animal products include ingredients such as “natural flavors,” which in some cases are animal-derived. In our new position paper on veganism and trace animal ingredients, we ask: […]

Setting Goals for Advocacy Conversations

The key to successful interpersonal advocacy is making a good pitch for abolitionist veganism. Of course, making a good pitch can be challenging. In an effort to clearly and succinctly articulate what you believe and why, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the ideas you’d like to communicate. It’s important to remember that not every […]

Tips for Abolitionist Letter Writing

It’s very common for mainstream media outlets to cover issues related to the treatment of animals. For example, you may see a story about a dog owner severely abusing his “pet” or an article reporting on a proposed bill which plans to modify how animals are treated on factory farms. While these stories deal with matters […]

New Position Paper Available: What Do IVA Advocates Do?

It’s important to take stock of the many ways we can stay active as abolitionist advocates. For a thorough discussion of the nature of IVA’s advocacy work and the importance of abolitionist vegan education, see our new position paper entitled What Do IVA Advocates Do? As abolitionist vegans, the most important advocacy work we can […]

New Position Paper Available: Welfare Reform Work

The IVA strongly believes, following Professor Gary Francione’s arguments, that animal use ought to be abolished, that each of us has a moral obligation to be vegan, and that all animal advocacy efforts should be strictly dedicated to abolitionist vegan education. There are some vegans who agree that we should not use animals, but whose […]