The Animal Rights Challenge Kim Stallwood Minding Animals, London 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Animal Rights Mission <ul><li>Intervene in abusive situations </li></ul><ul><li>Bring public attention to egregious ex...
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Moral Shock <ul><li>Open our eyes to animal cruelty </li></ul><ul><li>See what was previously hidden  </li></ul><ul><l...
How We Become  Animal Advocates <ul><li>Assume society will change in the same way that we changed – a personal transforma...
How We Become  Animal Advocates <ul><li>This powerful experience informs the rationale of the majority of the animal right...
 
Important Point #1 <ul><li>To understand how social movements advance their mission from obscurity to acceptance </li></ul>
Important Point #2 <ul><li>To implement a strategy balancing a vegan utopia with the pragmatic politics of the possible </...
 
The Animal Rights Challenge <ul><li>Make Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue </li></ul>
Where’s Public Opinion? <ul><li>2% “completely vegetarian”  </li></ul><ul><li>5% “partly vegetarian” </li></ul><ul><li>Con...
 
 
 
The Animal Rights Challenge <ul><li>Make Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue </li></ul>
Lord Houghton of Sowerby <ul><li>Animal welfare is largely a matter for the law.  This means that to Parliament we must go...
Lord Houghton of Sowerby <ul><li>There is no complete substitute for the law.  Public opinion, though invaluable and indee...
UK and US Movements <ul><li>Mostly female practitioners whereas many of the organizations’ leaders are male </li></ul><ul>...
30 Years of  Putting Animals into Politics
Social Movements <ul><li>“ A collective, organized, sustained, and noninstitutional challenge to authorities, powerholders...
The Five Stages of  Social Movements <ul><li>Public Education </li></ul><ul><li>Public Policy Development </li></ul><ul><l...
The Five Stages of  Social Movements <ul><li>As a social justice issue progresses through each stage, its influence and re...
The Five Stages of the  Abolition of Bloodsports <ul><li>As a social justice issue progresses through each stage, its infl...
Labour Government’s Accomplishments Since 1997 <ul><li>Toxicity testing banned </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol and tobacco produ...
Comparison of Three Social Movements  with the Five-Stage Analysis Civil Partnerships Smoking in Public Places Animal Righ...
ASH and Stonewall <ul><li>ASH  </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy & Policy Development  </li></ul><ul><li>Information & Research  ...
Responding to the Challenge <ul><li>Evaluate, develop and reassess long-term strategies with the Five-Stage Analysis </li>...
Responding to the Challenge <ul><li>Establish a permanent movement-wide initiative targeting local, general and European e...
Responding to the Challenge <ul><li>We need a think tank committed to creating the political ideas and hosting the policy ...
Conclusion <ul><li>Understand how social movements advance their mission from obscurity to acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Im...
The Animal Rights Challenge <ul><li>Make Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue </li></ul>
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This presentation considers the challenges of the animal rights movement to achieving legal and moral rights for animals. The presentation was given at the Minding Animals Conference in London in 2008. Kim Stallwood. www.kimstallwood.com. kim@kimstallwood.com.

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The animal rights challenge minding animals 2008

  1. 1. The Animal Rights Challenge Kim Stallwood Minding Animals, London 2008
  2. 8. The Animal Rights Mission <ul><li>Intervene in abusive situations </li></ul><ul><li>Bring public attention to egregious examples of animal cruelty </li></ul><ul><li>Attract the media’s attention </li></ul><ul><li>Create a more humane world </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge institutional exploitation </li></ul><ul><li>Go vegan! </li></ul><ul><li>Think! Care! Act! </li></ul>
  3. 15. The Moral Shock <ul><li>Open our eyes to animal cruelty </li></ul><ul><li>See what was previously hidden </li></ul><ul><li>Discover animal exploitation everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out and witness animal suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent its occurrence </li></ul><ul><li>Want others to see what we now see </li></ul><ul><li>Want them to experience their personal transformative moment </li></ul>
  4. 16. How We Become Animal Advocates <ul><li>Assume society will change in the same way that we changed – a personal transformative moment caused by a moral shock – when animal cruelty and exploitation become visible </li></ul>
  5. 17. How We Become Animal Advocates <ul><li>This powerful experience informs the rationale of the majority of the animal rights movement’s existing programs, which are largely public educational </li></ul>
  6. 19. Important Point #1 <ul><li>To understand how social movements advance their mission from obscurity to acceptance </li></ul>
  7. 20. Important Point #2 <ul><li>To implement a strategy balancing a vegan utopia with the pragmatic politics of the possible </li></ul>
  8. 22. The Animal Rights Challenge <ul><li>Make Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue </li></ul>
  9. 23. Where’s Public Opinion? <ul><li>2% “completely vegetarian” </li></ul><ul><li>5% “partly vegetarian” </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Attitudes to Food Standards survey 2008 </li></ul>
  10. 27. The Animal Rights Challenge <ul><li>Make Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue </li></ul>
  11. 28. Lord Houghton of Sowerby <ul><li>Animal welfare is largely a matter for the law. This means that to Parliament we must go. That is where laws are made and where the penalties for disobedience and the measures for enforcement are laid down. </li></ul>
  12. 29. Lord Houghton of Sowerby <ul><li>There is no complete substitute for the law. Public opinion, though invaluable and indeed essential, is not the law. Public opinion is what makes laws possible and observance widely acceptable. </li></ul>
  13. 30. UK and US Movements <ul><li>Mostly female practitioners whereas many of the organizations’ leaders are male </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to humane education and public education programs that link children’s and people’s welfare and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on egregious examples of animal cruelty that seek to portray all animal suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of cruelty-free lifestyles </li></ul><ul><li>Struggle to reconcile the tension between utopian idealism and pragmatic politics </li></ul>
  14. 31. 30 Years of Putting Animals into Politics
  15. 32. Social Movements <ul><li>“ A collective, organized, sustained, and noninstitutional challenge to authorities, powerholders, or cultural beliefs and practices.” </li></ul>
  16. 33. The Five Stages of Social Movements <ul><li>Public Education </li></ul><ul><li>Public Policy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Litigation </li></ul><ul><li>Public Acceptance </li></ul>
  17. 34. The Five Stages of Social Movements <ul><li>As a social justice issue progresses through each stage, its influence and resistance to setbacks increase proportionately. (www.kimstallwood.com) </li></ul>The Caring Sleuth—Personal Transformative Moment Public Policy Maker—Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue Minimum Influence Maximum Influence Stage Five: Public Acceptance Stage Four: Litigation Stage Three: Legislation Stage Two: Public Policy Development Stage One: Public Education
  18. 35. The Five Stages of the Abolition of Bloodsports <ul><li>As a social justice issue progresses through each stage, its influence and resistance to setbacks increase proportionately. (www.kimstallwood.com) </li></ul>Minimum Influence Demos, Sabbing, Letter writing Local hunt bans by county councils Hunting Act 2004 House of Lords, EC of HR Maximum Influence Stage Five: Public Acceptance Stage Four: Litigation Stage Three: Legislation Stage Two: Public Policy Development Stage One: Public Education
  19. 36. Labour Government’s Accomplishments Since 1997 <ul><li>Toxicity testing banned </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol and tobacco products testing banned </li></ul><ul><li>Sow gestation crates banned </li></ul><ul><li>Fur farming banned </li></ul><ul><li>Bloodsports banned </li></ul>
  20. 37. Comparison of Three Social Movements with the Five-Stage Analysis Civil Partnerships Smoking in Public Places Animal Rights 5: Public Acceptance 4: Litigation 3: Legislation 2: Public Policy Development 1: Public Education
  21. 38. ASH and Stonewall <ul><li>ASH </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy & Policy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Information & Research </li></ul><ul><li>Networking & Enabling Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Resources & Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Image & Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Works with: </li></ul><ul><li>British Heart Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer Research UK </li></ul><ul><li>Stonewall </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural and Attitudinal Change </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying for Legal Change </li></ul><ul><li>Providing Information </li></ul><ul><li>Good Practice Design and Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Works with: </li></ul><ul><li>Leeds City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitan Police Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Sainsbury’s </li></ul>
  22. 39. Responding to the Challenge <ul><li>Evaluate, develop and reassess long-term strategies with the Five-Stage Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Position animal rights as a Public Education and as a Public Policy issue </li></ul><ul><li>Build alliances with non-animal rights organizations, civic groups, professional associations, businesses, NGOs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in international coalitions with like-minded groups </li></ul><ul><li>Position animal rights within a larger social and political context </li></ul>
  23. 40. Responding to the Challenge <ul><li>Establish a permanent movement-wide initiative targeting local, general and European elections </li></ul><ul><li>Stay focused on political parties, elected representatives and government employees to ensure accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Join political parties, get active and stand for election </li></ul><ul><li>Target elected representatives who consistently oppose animal interests </li></ul>
  24. 41. Responding to the Challenge <ul><li>We need a think tank committed to creating the political ideas and hosting the policy debates to make the moral and legal status of animals a priority in British politics </li></ul>
  25. 42. Conclusion <ul><li>Understand how social movements advance their mission from obscurity to acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Implement a strategy balancing a vegan utopia with the pragmatic politics of the possible </li></ul>
  26. 43. The Animal Rights Challenge <ul><li>Make Animal Rights a Mainstream Political Issue </li></ul>

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