The idea that the abolitionist position is not normative—it doesn’t give us anything practical to do—is again wrong. The foundational premise of the abolitionist perspective is veganism. As far as I’m concerned, veganism is the single most important form of social activism that anybody can engage in. And it’s not a lifestyle thing. It has to do with a commitment to non-violence, and it has to do with a commitment to the respect for persons, whether they are human persons or non-human persons.
~ Gary L. Francione (May 18, 2008)