Animal liberation activists in the UK have reason to celebrate the election results on June 8th, but animal activists – and the wider left – should not let the resurgence of parliamentary socialism undermine the continued need for a diversity of tactics. [Read more…]
India’s intriguing status as the world’s largest beef exporter, milk producer, and among the top leather producers – industries which are substantially sustained by the mass slaughter of cattle – implausibly coexists with its legislative prohibitions on cow killing. Most Indian states criminalise the slaughter of the cow, bull and progeny, and beef sourced from them, based on a core Hindu ethic of reverencing the cow as sacred. The blind spot in India’s cow protectionism discourse, politics and legislations, is however the inconvenient fact of the living cow. That this is a tiresome, even mischievous lens through which to approach this issue is evident in India’s booming cattle industries – for commodification of any animal product – in particular lactation – on a mass-scale, is impossible without doing extraordinary violence to them. [Read more…]
Artist Sunaura Taylor has long grappled with the intersections between the disability rights and animal liberation movements. Her newest book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (The New Press, 2017), is an in-depth examination of the various meanings of ability, their social contexts and constructions – and the overlap between disability and animal rights. The book is an insightful and nuanced analysis of disability issues. Beasts of Burden is also deeply personal in nature and uncompromising in its defence of total liberation. [Read more…]
I assigned students in the seminar that I teach on minorities and minoritized groups to connect to a local minority advocacy or social group. Students were supposed to talk to the group’s members, attend events, and write a journal about how the members interact with the culture around them and how they construct their identity. All students were happily surprised of the warm, welcoming response by these groups—from an LGBTQ network and an Islamic community center, to students for Israel and a Hindu society. The only exception to the general kumbaya were the two students who had decided to connect with the local animal shelter. After a brief meeting, the shelter’s employees told them they couldn’t interact with them anymore. [Read more…]
On February 17 the animal rights movement lost a monumental figure in Tom Regan. Perhaps no one in modern philosophy has dedicated themselves to the defense of the rights of animals with such dedication and intellectual rigor. His influence on the movement is simply historic and his ideas and arguments have remained at the foundation of moral engagement with the question of the rights of animals.
We have invited friends, colleagues and activists to share some brief thoughts reflecting on his passing. [Read more…]