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Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies

A Historical Collection


Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II and Amber E. George

Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection represents the very best that the internationally scholarly Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) has published in terms of articles that are written by public critical scholar-activists-organizers for public critical scholar-activists-organizers. This move toward publishing pieces about engaging social change, rather than high-theoretical detached analysis of nonhuman animals in society, is to regain focus for liberation at all costs. The essays in this collection focus on intersectionality scholarship within the realm of Critical Animal Studies, and discuss issues related to race, gender, disability, class, and queerness. Not only are these articles historically significant within the field of Critical Animal Studies, but they are integral to the overall social justice movement. Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection should be read by anyone interested in the Critical Animal Studies field, as we consider them to be classic writings that should be respected as foundational texts. There are many interesting and innovative texts, but these are historical, not only because they were published in JCAS, but because they were among the first to publish on a particular intersectional issue.

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Chapter Ten: Animal Advocates for Prison and Slave Abolition: A Transformative Justice Approach to Movement Politics for an End to Racism (Anthony J. Nocella II)


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Animal Advocates for Prison and Slave Abolition

A Transformative Justice Approach to Movement Politics for an End to Racism



Introduction to Racism in the Animal Advocacy Movement

Within the animal advocacy movement and critical animal studies, there is frequent discussion of and engagement around concepts and terms such as intersectionality, total liberation, alliance politics, and solidarity. Despite this rhetoric, there is very little actual leadership participation by animal advocacy movements within other movements. I remember the first time I confronted pure deliberate racism in the animal advocacy movement. In early 2000, I had posted an e-mail on a listserve for action in defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner and journalist in Pennsylvania (Abu-Jamal, 2009). A respondent was shocked and offended that I posted it. However, her issue was not that I was attempting to gather support for a convicted murderer (a murder of which many people think he is not guilty). No, she was offended because he is black. She also made a number of offensive racial comments against Abu-Jamal. Little did I consider that the animal advocacy movement is a microcosm of US society, and that animal advocacy has only recently been accepted as a social justice movement. Similarly, a few years ago on Facebook, I witnessed animal advocates argue that Michael Vick, a professional football player who was convicted in 2007 of conspiring to engage...

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