Studying Social Movements to Understand Animal Advocacy
We study the progress of other social movements to further inform our understanding of tactics that may have application in animal advocacy. This is a long-term project which we have broken into phases.
In the first phase of our social movements project, we have been gradually releasing case studies on several social movements. The first case study released deals with animal activism itself, in order to establish a point of comparison for other movements we look at. We are currently still in the process of writing further case studies. Later, we’ll analyze these case studies as a group in order to find patterns. We hope to then use these patterns to inform our thinking about animal advocacy. Case studies that have been released so far are linked below. More information about our overall thinking on this project is available on our blog.
Learn about the history of the movement, tactics used by animal activists, legislation that protects animals, and public perceptions of the movement. This case study does not address all aspects of the animal activism movement that ACE has researched in the course of our work, but it provides a point of comparison for future case studies of other movements.
The successes and failures of the children’s rights movement can serve as lessons to animal advocates. Learn about the background of the Children’s Rights movement with references to different geographical contexts including England, Sweden, and New Zealand.
Find out about the historical roots of the fat activist movement and consider what animal activists can learn from the kinds of tactics used by fat activists. This case study tackles similarities and differences between the movements, and offers observations relevant for contemporary animal advocates.
Modern American environmentalism shares two unusual characteristics with the animal advocacy movement: a need for allies to speak on behalf of those who lack political power of their own (ecosystems, farmed animals) and a strong focus on consumer change (recycling, veganism). These common features make environmentalism a particularly promising case study for understanding the most effective ways to help animals.
This report examines the emergence of an organized abolitionist movement in Britain by 1787 and assesses how important this social movement was in achieving the passage of abolitionist legislation in 1807. Additionally, it uses the findings of these observations to try to inform the contemporary movement of advocates for non-human animals.