Animal Rights Movement

Peggs, Kay (2020) Animal Rights Movement. In: Rojek, Chris, (ed.) Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. 2nd ed. Wiley. ISBN 9781405124331


The origin of the animal rights movement (ARM) is usually traced to nineteenth century anti-vivisectionist campaigns in Britain. After a lull the ARM re-emerged in the twentieth century and is now found across the world. Like other social movements the ARM uses various methods to influence views and mobilise support. This entry explores the complexities of the ARM as a social movement, including origins, membership and media responses. It considers the notion of ‘rights’ and examines the differences between ‘abolition’ and ‘welfare’ - issues that are so important to our understanding of the ARM.

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