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
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