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Abolitionist Animal Rights: Critical Comparisons and Challenges within the Animal Rights Movement

Wrenn, Corey (2012) Abolitionist Animal Rights: Critical Comparisons and Challenges within the Animal Rights Movement. Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, 4 (2). pp. 438-458. ISSN 2009-2431. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Animal rights; social movements; factionalism; radical flanks; welfare; abolition
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 09:29 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 14:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72442 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Wrenn, Corey: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4041-0015
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