[Marxism] A socialist analysis of the value of the animal liberation movement

David Picón Álvarez david at miradoiro.com
Mon Jun 9 13:36:34 MDT 2008

I understand the animal rights movement has some unsavory enemies, but that 
shouldn't make us support it automatically, in my view. It seems to me that 
much of the animal rights movement is moralistic, of an essentially petty 
bourgeois character, like those people who abhor capitalism because of those 
horrible-looking factories and damnit, you can't get good servants anymore. 
I'd agree that unnecessary cruelty to animals should be curtailed, and that 
we should defend the biosphere from that which can render it unhospitable to 
human life (like global warming, say), but from there to postulating animals 
as actual subjects, with rights, etc... that's taking it too far imo.


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