Applying Social Movement Theory to Nonhuman Rights Mobilization and the Importance of Faction HierarchiesSubmitted on Aug 15, 2013 (Original item from 2012) Advocacy Strategies | General Animal Protection
Aspects of social movement theory that apply to the animal protection movement are discussed in this article. A variety of topics are addressed from advocates’ motivations and experiences to the political environment and the media. A specific focus is given to faction hierarchies—segments of the movement that compete for limited attention and resources, e.g., radial groups versus professionalized organizations—which the author feels could be the greatest obstacle to success.
This study examined how effective a number of factory farming videos were in inspiring individuals to click to order a vegetarian starter guide. Study participants from two populations—young women and a more general sample that skewed younger and female—were directed to the videos using online advertisements. The results show a noteworthy difference in the effectiveness of the videos in motivating individuals to want to move toward vegetarian eating.
This report presents an overview of the 2013 Animal Rights National Conference from the perspective of several Animal Agriculture Alliance staff members. The document summarizes a large portion of the conference’s presentations, though offers little analysis except a brief conclusion on what AAA perceives to be the movement’s main strategies, target demographics, future goals, and impact. To the extent that the report is an accurate representation of the conference, its summary of key points of strategy as discussed by movement leaders is of use for advocates.
In this essay, Nick Cooney argues that if testing can be used to sell products, win elections, and spare human lives, it can also be used to save the lives of animals. Indeed he argues that the movement has an ethical obligation to use direct testing and research to guide its vegan advocacy work.
This report summarizes results from Year 6 of the Animal Tracker annual survey of U.S. adults regarding attitudes and behavior toward animals. The first survey (Year 1, 2008) included 16 questions; a subset of five of these questions was repeated in Year 3 (2010) and again in the current year (Year 6, 2013). In summary, the most recent survey finds that, while there is limited knowledge of animals other than companions, most people believe it is important to protect all animals. The perceived impact of animal advocates is modest, but most people hold favorable attitudes toward animal protection and support advocacy goals.
Community Partnering as a Tool for Improving Live Release Rate in Animal Shelters in the United StatesSubmitted on Jul 17, 2013 (Original item from 2013) Advocacy Strategies | Companion Animals | General Animal Protection
Community collaboration and a reliance on standardized data collection and reporting was shown in this research to significantly increase the proportion of companion animals who make it out of a shelter alive. The study focused on six communities that participated in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Partnership program. The average live release rate for these communities during the five years of the study increased by an average of 62%.
Identifying trends in the animal protection movement is never easier than at the Animal Rights National Conference. HRC was in attendance this year to take the pulse of research happenings on the ground where a shift towards a greater interest in research, measurement, and strategy was palpable, particularly as it related to vegan advocacy.
This article focuses on the use of animals for physician training. The author, a medical student, details his experience with a live dissection lab and his opposition in response. He argues that dissection is indefensible from both an ethical and scientific standpoint and offers insight into ways to counter this type of institution violence against animals.
In this article, author Kim Stallwood argues that animal advocacy should be approached as a public policy issue. He offers an evaluation of the animal protection movement and its strategies, and concludes that the movement’s emphasis on personal lifestyle choice is inadequate and that it would benefit from a long-term strategy that brings animal protection into the realm of mainstream politics.
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