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Nonhuman Animal Rights, Alternative Food Systems, and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Wrenn, Corey (2013) Nonhuman Animal Rights, Alternative Food Systems, and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. PhaenEx, 8 (2). pp. 209-242.


In response to concerns over the treatment of animals in the food industry, the humane product movement and welfare-focused Nonhuman Animal1 advocacy have arisen to create an alternate system of food production, one that has gained significant attention in the past 30 years (Singer and Mason 4). The industry-led humane product movement seeks to capitalize on public concern with Nonhuman Animal welfare in improving the “humaneness” of their products. The Nonhuman Animal advocacy movement seeks to address concerns with welfare by advocating industry reform. Ultimately, these shared goals mean that the two parties often cooperate for mutual benefit. As neither position challenges the property status of other animals, this paper argues that neither position is properly equipped to extend moral consideration to Nonhuman Animals. This paper also suggests that the shortcomings of advocacy groups reflect a desire to cooperate with state and industry out of self interest, which necessitates that they compromise goals and marginalize radical alternatives to Nonhuman Animal exploitation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: animal rights; nonprofit industrial complex; alternative food systems; welfare; abolition; factionalism
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 09:17 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:24 UTC
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