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Atheism in the American Animal Rights Movement: An Invisible Majority

Wrenn, Corey (2019) Atheism in the American Animal Rights Movement: An Invisible Majority. Environmental Values, 28 (6). pp. 715-739. ISSN 0963-2719. (doi:10.3197/096327119X15579936382509)

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Previous research has alluded to the predominance of atheism in participant pools in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement (Galvin and Herzog, 1992; Guither, 1998) as well as the correlation between atheism and support for anti-speciesism (Gabriel et al., 2012; The Humane Society, 2014), but no study to date has independently examined this demographic. This article presents a profile of 210 atheists and agnostics derived from a larger survey of 287 American vegans conducted in early 2017. Results demonstrate that atheists constitute one of the largest movement demographics, and these vegans are more likely to adopt veganism out of concern for other animals. While atheist and agnostic vegans did not register a higher level of social movement participation than religious vegans, they were more intersectionally oriented and more likely to politically identify with the far left. Given the Nonhuman Animal rights movement’s overall failure to target atheist demographics, these findings suggest a strategic oversight in overlooking the movement’s most receptive demographic.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3197/096327119X15579936382509
Uncontrolled keywords: Animal Rights, Atheism, Secularism, Social Movements, Veganism
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 09:40 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 10:58 UTC
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