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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"
by greenandgreener April 20, 2010
 
1.
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.
by Pitbull Hugger February 21, 2004
 
2.
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."
by Rusty P Shackleford February 28, 2006
 
3.
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".
by weirdgirl August 07, 2003
 
4.
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:

Diet

Not eating animal products

Shopping

Avoiding products tested on animals
Avoiding products made with leather or fur

Living in an animal friendly way

Avoiding pesticides
Avoiding products that harm the environment

Education

Learning about animal issues
Teaching others about animal issues

Entertainment

Avoiding zoos and circuses

Investment

Investing only in companies with animal-friendly policies

Politics

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.
by PIB1 August 22, 2009
 
5.
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

or

Animal Liberation Front
by ANILAM June 12, 2012
 
6.
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
by dumguy1dumguy2 May 14, 2011
 
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Normally a preachy, whiny person not unlike the very religious people that wander about trying to shun the extremists of their creed while painting themselves and their crusades as moral and just even if it means committing immoral acts such as dishonesty (see definition 11).
Often found on any form of media that allows them to voice themselves no matter how ignorant, hateful or repulsive the remarks they make.
Most often they are young, white teens in well off enough backgrounds that they never had to experience a lack of necessities, thus they are often very opinionated, will blindly support anyone they feel is serving the cause and will not research beyond what they feel is right (ie when they free animals sheltered in society and leave them to die trying to survive on their own).
The more extreme of the line tend to value animal life over human, unless it's themselves, and will stoop to any level to continue their "moral" crusade. There is no compromising with them, they feel they know more than everyone else, will often tout their veganism as their evidence they know more, and will shout down or coerce others through violence (See Sea Shepherd).

the only way to deal with them is to ignore them and within a short period tend to grow tired and leave as their moral crusade tends to come and go in surges much like fads.
Normal person conversing with another; "Well I cleaned my tank and fed the fish yesterday, so they should be happy"

Opinionated animal rights activist; "You should free them, fish can't live in tanks like slaves, they live better and longer in the wild"

Extremist animal rights activist; "RAM THEM!"
by HaHaTargetSighted March 09, 2014