When conservation and animal rights collide

10,000 Birds

In responding to Suzie’s post defending wildlife rehabilitation I began to think again about the areas in which animal rights and animal welfare overlap with the field of conservation, and the ways in which they don’t. Not from an environmental perspective but from a “don’t you like animals?” If you like animals you will generally not want them to suffer and you won’t want them to go extinct. Conservation Animal Rights

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?

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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How to Confront Cruelty

Critter News

I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. Why and how do people campaign on behalf of a species that is not their own? Responses to this question provide important insights into the much misunderstood animal rights movement and the people in it who challenge the moral orthodoxy that underpins our attitudes towards nonhuman animals.

The Inuit Point of View on Polar Bears

Critter News

He said that a lot of Inuit feel betrayed by the animal rights movement, and by some biologists when it comes to polar bears. The polar bear is the WWF's poster animal in its campaign against global climate change, said Nirlungayuk, and "the Inuit are caught in the middle.". Here's an article in the Nunatsiaq News that talks about polar bear conservation from the Inuit point of view. The Inuit harvest, or hunt, polar bears in Canada. "In

On Small Victories

Animal Person

Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate? Both, of course, were seen as victories, but the article's author, Richard Foot, asks: Do such successes mean the animal rights movement is winning its long, controversial campaigns to gain the same legal protections for animals as those ascribed to humans? restaurants by animal rights activists." Paul Watson 's response is, I think, the right one.

On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

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). Hence the psychological continuum described (below) by Austria's Association Against Animal Factories from about a year ago.