An Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation
Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, John Sorenson, Kim Socha and Atsuko Matsuoka
Afterword: From Animal Oppression to Animal Liberation: A Historical Reflection and the Growth of Critical Animal Studies: Karen Davis
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From Animal Oppression to Animal Liberation
A Historical Reflection and the Growth of Critical Animal Studies
After we met as hunt saboteurs in the mid-1980s, I had a conversation with a fellow animal rights activist who said, “Ten years ago when I started doing this, I thought we’d end sport hunting in no time. I thought reason would prevail. It seemed so obvious.” Likewise, philosopher Peter Singer, whose 1975 book Animal Liberation sparked the modern animal rights movement, told a group of us in the 1990s that in the early 1970s when he was working on the book, “My expectation ranged all the way from having mass support for goals such as getting rid of factory farming. But that hasn’t happened.”
Decades later, our campaigns against factory farming and sport hunting continue, along with all of our other campaigns to liberate nonhuman animals from human oppression. We stopped the Hegins Pigeon Shoot in Pennsylvania in the 1990s, but Pennsylvania gun clubs continue to round up and shoot tens of thousands of pigeons each year purely for fun. Thus far, efforts to prohibit these sadistic massacres have failed in the state legislature even though pigeon shoots are illegal under the state anticruelty law. The 7.5 billion chickens slaughtered annually for food in the United States in the mid-1990s has climbed to 9 billion, and analysts predict that the number of farm animals slaughtered on a global...
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