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

Adam Richmond adambrichmond at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 9 14:58:54 MDT 2008

Sorry, but I don't believe it is a goal of socialism to "human exploitation".
Nor do we hope for animals to have rights.  That doesn't mean that socialists should approve of needless animal torture and vivisection, but the animal liberation movement has generally earned the scorn of workers.  

Animals deserve human protection, but rights, no.  Animals cannot have "rights" in the same sense as humans can have civil rights. Such an argument is based on moralism, and a disgust with the status quo of the barbaric and polluted world we live in.

Debordagoria <phantasmagorias at yahoo.com> wrote: I'm trying to get my animal rights friends to post this to their forums, and I would like some feedback from the comrades here as well.  
Michael D.
The animal rights/liberation movement has come under such intense fire from the State because it has emerged as a threat to operations and profits of postindustrial capital (heavily rooted in research and therefore animal experimentation) and as a significant form of resistance. The transnational elite want the fire crushed before its example of resistance becomes a conflagration.   

Conversely, the animal liberation movement is most effective not only as a single-issue focus to emancipate animals from human exploitation, but to join a larger resistance movement opposed to exploitation and hierarchies of any and all kinds. Clearly, SHAC and the ALF alone are not going to bring down transnational capitalism, pressuring HLS and raiding fur farms and laboratories will not themselves ignite revolutionary change, and are more rear-guard, defensive actions. The project to emancipate animals, in other words, is integrally related to the struggle to emancipate humans and the battle for a viable natural world. To the extent that the animal liberation movement grasps the big picture that links animal and human oppression struggles as one, and seeks to uncover the roots of hierarchy including that of humans over nature, they can be viewed as a profound new liberation movement that has a crucial place in the planetary struggles against
 injustice, oppression, exploitation, war, violence, capitalist neo-liberalism, and the destruction of the natural world and biodiversity.  

Yet, given the profound relation between the human domination of animals and the crisis – social, ethical, and environmental – in the human world and its relation to the natural world, the animal liberation movement is in a unique position to articulate the importance of new relations between human and human, human and animal, and human and nature. 
Dr. Steven Best 


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