The Animal Rights Debate. Abolition or Regulation?, by Gary L. Francione and Robert Garner, is the book the Book Club is currently discussing. To join the bookclub, please join our facebook event. We meet every second Monday at Cornucopia (upstairs), 19/20/Wicklow St, D2, from 6.30-8.30pm. No fees but Obtaining a copy of the book is essential.


  • Monday 27th January.
  • Monday 10th February.
  • Monday 24th February.
  • Monday 10th March.
  • Monday 24th March.
  • Monday 7th April.
  • Monday 21th April.
  • Monday 5th May.

About the Book:

“Gary L. Francione is a law professor and leading philosopher of animal rights theory. Robert Garner is a political theorist specializing in the philosophy and politics of animal protection.

Francione maintains that we have no moral justification for using non-humans and argues that because animals are property -or economic commodities- laws or industry practices requiring “humane” treatment will, as a general matter, fail to provide any meaningful level of protection.
Garner favours a version of animal rights that focuses on eliminating animal suffering and adopts a protectionist approach, maintaining that although the traditional animal-welfare ethic is philosophically flawed, it can contribute strategically to the achievement of animal-rights ends.”

How does it work?

Every fortnight for 6 meetings from the 27th January, the Book-Club will meet to discuss part of The Animal Rights Debate. Abolition or Regulation?. Participants will have read a selected part prior to each meeting.
Everyone will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the book. Further discussion is available on the Book Club’s online email forum.

Copies of the book will be available at all upcoming Book Club or we can arrange to meet in Dublin City with books.

A Book-Club is where a group of people get together to discuss a book; express their opinions and ask questions.