Too many of these definitions are completely illogical and incorrect, and i am going to set it all straight.
An animal rights activist is a person who actually cares about the malicious and unjust torture that happens to countless animals species. Abuse happens in all places, and is caused by careless companies, and sick-minded individuals who take their ghastly fantasies and frustration out on creatures who have nothing to give but love and companionship. animals are tortured in many forms, cosmetics testing, detergent testing, shelters, circuses, domestic, farm, slaughterhouses, fur trade, and by hunters. ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE AMAZING PEOPLE WHO ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO LIVE A LIFE FULL OF ANIMAL/CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS. BEING AN ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST IS AN EXTREMELY HARD THING TO DO IN THIS DAY AND AGE. HAVE SOME RESPECT, BECAUSE YOU DONT HAVE THE MENTAL STRENGTH, AND THE HEART TO DO WHAT THEY DO.
YOU PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN YOU INFORMATION
normal person: "your so stupid, why do u care about animals? they're only born so we can eat them, wear them, and kill them for fun. As long as i can get my big mac at the end of the day, i'm happy"
Animal rights activist: "thats just about the most ignorant, selfish, and simple minded thing i've ever heard. As you were speaking i think i actually heard a few of my brain cells die. I'm leaving before you open your mouth again, i could never live with myself being even close to as dumb as you are"
Bored suburban white kid with waaay too much time on his/her hands.
Found in decadent wealthy societies where most people have more food than they need and anthropomorphize their overfed pets.
Irrelevant in developing nations or to people who have real life problems to worry about.
The animal rights activist screamed and ranted in front of Macy's while brandishing photoshopped pictures of roadkill. "See this poor little innocent animal that died for your sins in this evil leg-breaking trap!!" The homeless family across the street was unimpressed.
Hypocritical asshole who thinks that he/she can stop the killings of "poor, innocent animals" by harming humans and being a bitch until they get their way. In other words, someone with smaller intellegence.
Because she was an animal rights activist, Emma became known to everyone as "The world's bitch".
Terrorist who is a fanatical fascist and may be a memeber of peta, alf, elf, the humane society, or any other domestic terrorist group. These people have been in the city too long and either have brain damage or think Disney movies are real. They enjoy blowing up fur farms, fur factories, restaraunts, banks, stores, homes, etc. They see animals and humans as equal, which means they have all fallen away from God's Word, and are ignorant of Genesis 1:26. peta's elite propaganda members like to put out sexually immoral and sexist items to grab peoples attention. They also try to shock people into believing them by feeding them lies. Basicly, don't trust them or make any eye contact. They've been around animals too long and are now starting to sport animal-like behavior. Especially that ugly woman, Ingrid hitler, or whatever her name is.
"Did you hear about that arson attempt over at old man Sedgewick's fur farm?" "Yeah I heard they caught a couple of animal rights activists trying to light a match but they passed out because they were too weak from only eating vegetables."
A BBC website put it best:
The press often confuses animal activists with animal extremists.
Animal activists live their lives in an animal-friendly way and use only conventional means to promote the animal cause. These include:
Not eating animal products
Avoiding products tested on animals
Avoiding products made with leather or fur
Living in an animal friendly way
Avoiding products that harm the environment
Learning about animal issues
Teaching others about animal issues
Avoiding zoos and circuses
Investing only in companies with animal-friendly policies
Lobbying for pro-animal legislation
Campaigning about animal issues
Telling other people about animal issues
Writing books and articles about animal issues
The animal rights activist doesn't just talk about the issue, he/she does something about it.
A person, who ignores malnutrition on the rest of the planet, and tries to force his/her own view on others. Often seen protesting medical advances, clothes or food that involved animals in the process. Would rather "convert" people to his/her own beliefs than accomplish something productive in life. Often resort to drastic action for attention, because their "cause" is not important enough for normal people.
An animal rights activist may be from the groups of
People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals
Animal Liberation Front
A practice & philosophy of compassion to all animals & to stop cruelty to them based off human exploitation........nothing more, nothing less. The rest is off-shoot branches of the movement that differ in method to achieve the objectives & what constitutes exploitation (see veganism etc).
Usually hits a nerve with people who aren't animal rights activists & makes them feel uncomfortable & so they slander the movement often without being informed, instead basing their opinions on stereotypes.
The Animal rights activist movement has been around for centuries in some form & can be seen in the philosophies of Kant, Rousseau, Bentham, Thoreau, I.B Singer, Voltaire, Schweitzer & many many more
There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
A person who speaks for those who can't speak for themselves(animals), fights for those who can't fight for themselves and defend for those who can't defend themselves.
He is an animal rights activist, he saves innocent lives everyday and he is a Vegan too.