Veganism is not elitist, what is elitist is the thought that your palate pleasure and convenience justify the suffering and death of another sentient being.
Gary L Francione is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
His work has focused on three issues: the property status of animals, the differences between animal rights and animal welfare, and a theory of animal rights based on sentience alone, rather than on any other cognitive characteristics. (via veganmyway)