Is There Danger of Elitism in the Animal Rights Movement?

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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. Tags: activism musings animal rights animal welfare

The Gap Between Wildlife and the Animal Rights Movement

10,000 Birds

Today I’m exploring a couple questions that have been bouncing in my head for a while…I’d love to hear your thoughts…I’m not calling into question animal rights, just the focus of the movement. – The Great Ornithologist Felonious Jive Animal rights. Unfortunately, once we discuss anything beyond this basic point, people vastly disagree on what is right and wrong. Politics Animal Rights I Am Birder PETA

How to Confront Cruelty

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I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. 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. Tags: animal cruelty books

Are We Really a Movement?

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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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Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

The initial attractiveness of utilitarianism as a moral theory on which to rest the call for the better treatment of animals was noted in an earlier context. Because animals are sentient (i.e., Especially because animals are made to suffer in the pursuit of human purposes—in the name of "efficient" factory farming, for example, or in pursuit of scientific knowledge—the utilitarian injunction to count their suffering and to count it equitably must strike a responsive moral chord.