[SHARE] Human supremacism: why are animal rights activists still the “orphans of the left”?

I think instead of bouncing awesome articles I’ve found around to my various social media sites I’ll start first by posting them here, maybe with a little commentary. This will be my first.

This article by philosopher Will Kymlicka strikes close to the issue I think the modern animal rights movement must first deal with. We have a rough history of political naïveté. We treat “animal rights” as if it’s a standalone thing and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The activists who enter social justice through animal rights often lack the political (power relations) understanding and nuance struggles require. To go forward I believe we need a reformation. One that, in the very least, de-emphasizes whiteness and defaults to orgs/individuals already doing the work but largely ignored.

…human supremacism is not only unnecessary to counteract dehumanisation, but is in fact counterproductive. This, in turn, implies that the prospects for bringing animal rights back into the family of social justice movements are significantly improved. We do not need to throw animals under the bus in order to uphold the rights and dignity of women, racial minorities, or people with disabilities. In fact, the fight against species hierarchy and the fight against intra-human hierarchies are mutually supportive, not zero-sum. …

Read more: Human supremacism: why are animal rights activists still the “orphans of the left”? by Will Kymlicka at New Statesman


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