The Fight For Animal Rights

1660 WordsFeb 18, 20167 Pages
Rise of the Movement why did it come about? why did it appeal to people? The fight for animal rights is one that has been going on for centuries. “The new emphasis upon animals ' feelings of sensation in the eighteenth century brought growing criticism of some forms of cruelty. Doubts about the ethics of castrating domestic animals were raised as early as 1714." (Guither, 1998, p.1) According to Guither (1998), London was the first to encourage the prevention of animal cruelty in 1824 where it eventually became the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They aimed to "attack animal cruelty and promote kindness to animals in support of prevailing social and religious values, support enforcement of existing laws, and pass new ones. (Guither, 1998, p.2) Guither (1998) stated that: Ruth Harrison initiated much of the public concern for the welfare of farm animals under modern production methods when her book Animal Machines was published in England in 1964. Among animal activists, her influence in stimulating concerns and public actions about how humans treat animals have been compared to Rachel Carson who stimulated interest and public policies in the US environmental movement. (p.2) The brambell report was later introduced, which is a document outlining the standards for farm animals and their welfare. This was a huge advancement for the movement, initiated in northern European countries. Although this report focuses primarily on farm animals, the
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