Animal Abolitionism Revisited: Neo-Colonialism and Morally Unjustified Burdens

  • Luis Cordeiro-RodriguesEmail author


Bob Fischer has written a reply to my article ‘Animal Abolitionism and ‘Racism without Racists’’. In this article, Fischer contends that my arguments whereby animal abolitionism engages in acts of racism without racists are mistaken. I wish to reply to Fischer’s objections in this article, through four sets of contentions: (1) Fischer’s arguments reveal some misunderstandings in terms of the concept of racism and, particularly, of ‘racism without racists’; (2) his arguments also underestimate the burdens suffered by individuals who wish to become vegan; (3) Fischer’s views on infantilisation lead to counter-intuitive conclusions; (4) and Fischer’s counter-argument against my neo-colonial critique of abolitionism misunderstands the points made in my previous article.


Bob Fischer Animal abolitionism Racism without racists Neo-colonialism Unjustified burdens  



This research was supported by 中央高校基本科研业务费专项资金资助 (supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. Number of fund: 1709107). I also wish to thank Bob Fischer for his wonderful reply to my article.


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