Examining Animal Activism, by Katharina Braun

Who are animal activists?[1] Animal ethics is a thriving field of research, which results in increasing knowledge about the goals and methods of animal activists. But how do animal activists promote their goals? And how do their strategies relate to the law and democracy? In this blog post I highlight possible criteria that may assist in discussing the strategies of animal activists as well as their moral, legal and societal implications. Shedding light on animal activism is not just of academic interest. Animal activists constantly debate which goals and strategies to pursue. Should…continue reading →
The Meanings of Anti-vaccination in Edward Carpenter’s Anti-vivisection Writings, by Mo O’Neill

The Meanings of Anti-vaccination in Edward Carpenter’s Anti-vivisection Writings, by Mo O’Neill

Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was an essayist, poet and activist who lived on the border between Derbyshire and Sheffield. My thesis unpicks aspects of his extensive body of work which reach beyond the parameters of the human, including his animal rights advocacy and his broader vision of a multispecies, sexually liberated socialist utopia. At present, I am working on a chapter exploring Carpenter’s anti-vivisection advocacy, a major area of his pro-animal thought. Within this research, I am also encountering many of Carpenter’s ideas on anti-vaccination. Carpenter’s critique of vaccination is mostly articulated across his…continue reading →