Is There Danger of Elitism in the Animal Rights Movement?

Critter News

I believe that we have to be inclusive in the animal rights movement and attack the system using all kinds of methods in all sorts of fields. Remember the impact John Brown and his failed raid on Harpers Ferry had on the abolition movement? I do think that there is a real elitism in the movement, however. Is a vegan's efforts at advocacy worth more than a vegetarian's or even a meat eater's if they happen to agree on the same issue?

Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression , we’ve been discussing tactics and sharing our thoughts and experiences about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to advocacy. Well, as it turns out neither a trip to a slaughterhouse nor killing an animal yourself is powerful enough to make people go vegan.

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Are We Really a Movement?

Critter News

Last night, I watched "Milk," the film about assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk. I not only learned about Harvey Milk, but about the early stages of the gay rights movement (which is ongoing today when one looks at all the right-wing flutterings over gay marriage.) It made me think though about the animal rights movement. Are we really a social movement like gay rights and civil rights? Animals can't do that.

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Just Two Lessons Learned for Today

Animal Person

I've decided that 20 lessons is a good number to stop at, and today I'll discuss what are probably the two most controversial ones, about the animal rights movement. The Appeal of Cliques The first six Lessons Learned from 4 Years of Animal Person and numbers 7-10 hinted about cliques, but only the negative aspects. My only words of caution are about the image etched in the minds of the rest of the "movement" or the rest of the world, depending on the tone of the site.

2010 107

On Children's Books, Introverts & Films

Animal Person

First, Chris directed me to ePub Bud , which appears to be a timely and fantastic idea given my recent plea for more books for children about veganism. Next, a fellow introvert e-mailed me describing herself as extremely awkward socially as well as invisible and having social anxiety, and asking where/how she might be useful to the animal rights movement. and What does the market/world/animals need?

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On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

There is a general consensus that vegetarianism and veganism are different philosophically. There is no philosophical continuum, but there is a psychological continuum, as evidenced by everyone at the workshop taking steps back or forward, denoting their increase in animal use (including no meat to meat, or backsliding, like I did a decade ago), or their decrease (such as when vegetarians go vegan). In contrast, abstract-rational entities, like personhood or rights, are not.

Majority Rules in the Language of Animal Rights

Animal Person

Here's a hint from the authors: In the end, it's not the grammarians and usage experts who decide what's right. The animal rights movement, such as it is, is experiencing somewhat of a crisis of usage. I feel for the purist also with regard to the terms "animal rights" and "abolition." I have a definition of animal rights and for abolition that makes me an animal rights activist and an abolitionist. So who's right?