Abolitionist Animal Rights: Critical Comparisons and Challenges Within the Animal Rights Movement
This article describes the goals and positions of the abolitionist segment of the animal protection movement as well as its current state, challenges, and future prospects. The author discusses the reform/abolition debate and posits that abolitionism is the only morally consistent approach to animal protection. The author also presents reasons for why abolitionism has thus far been unable to achieve substantial success.
“The abolitionist movement is an emergent and radical approach to nonhuman animal rights. Calling for a complete cessation in nonhuman animal use through the abolishing of property status for nonhuman animals and an adoption of veganism and nonviolence, this approach stands in stark contrast to mainstream approaches such as humane production and welfare reform. This paper describes the goals and stances of abolitionism; the basic debate between abolitionism and other nonhuman animal rights movements; and the current state, challenges, and future prospects for abolitionism. It is argued that abolitionism, as developed by Francione, is the only morally consistent approach for taking the interests of nonhuman animals seriously. Further, it is suggested that the newness of the abolitionist movement and the mainstream nonhuman animal welfare movement’s dismissal of abolitionism has thus far prevented any substantial abolitionist success.”
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